International Affairs Discussed on America’s Work Force

Ben Davis, director of International Affairs spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 7 about the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).

United SteelworkersDavis spoke about the USMCA from Mexico’s standpoint and how it needs to focus on worker rights. He mentioned that there were three things that needed to be done to improve Mexican worker rights. First, identify the serious violations of labor rights and what could be done to fix that. Second, implement the Mexican labor law reform that was drawn up after the identification of the labor rights violations. Third, enforce the new labor rights and make sure they cannot be violated without consequences. Davis also discussed the necessity for improving the strength of unions and their representation in Mexico.

Matt McMonagleMatt McMonagle, partner with Kelley & Ferraro spoke about asbestos and mesothelioma. He discussed why asbestos was banned and the diseases that a person could get from prolonged exposure to asbestos. McMonagle then talked about mesothelioma and how his firm fights cases for people who have mesothelioma. Lastly, he talked about court cases involving the lawn care product called “Round Up”.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Harvard’s student union threatening to strike unless the school signs off on their new contract.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Asbestos Exposure Screenings Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kevin Corrigan, business manager of Kelly & Ferraro law firm spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 25 about screenings for asbestos exposure related disease .

Kelley & FerraroCorrigan talked about Kelley & Ferraro and how they have the ability to travel to union halls and screen their members, past and present for asbestos exposure and asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma. After the screening, if it was found that the person had mesothelioma or other asbestos related disease or complications, the lawyers at Kelley & Ferraro would fight to help that person receive financial compensation from asbestos manufacturers and distributors. The screening process involves an x-ray of the person’s chest and the results are given within the hour if the person is clean or not. Corrigan said that it is free for union members, past and present, so if a member of a union is retired, they could still get tested when their local hosts a screening.

John RussoJohn Russo, Working-Class Perspectives, spoke about his new article titled “Middle Class Racism.” The article talks about what people picture when they are asked to think about what President Trump’s voter base looks like. He talked about how people would typically think of people wearing “MAGA” hats or people promoting homophobic and xenophobic rhetoric from the Midwestern or Southern cities and states. Russo also talked about how, although a lot of President Trump’s tweets are ridiculous in nature, they also are a distraction from how racism is structural and people are unwilling to discuss it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about trade relations and work environments between the United States and Mexico.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Kelley & Ferraro’s Kevin Corrigan on America’s Work Force Radio

Kevin Corrigan, the business manager at a law firm called Kelley & Ferraro, was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

Kelley & FerraroOn Oct. 24th, Kevin Corrigan was featured on America’s Work Force to talk about asbestos related cancer. Kevin works for a law firm called Kelley & Ferraro and they deal with victims of asbestos related cancer, medical malpractice, workers compensation and wrongful deaths. Corrigan discussed how he and his partners travel with a mobile x-ray unit to union halls and do x-rays on workers who worked from 1979 and earlier for at least 5 years and find out if they have any asbestos related diseases and then are able to represent them if they would like if the tests come back positive. Corrigan has been doing these screenings since 2006 and his firm has been doing them since 2000! By having a mobile x-ray unit, they are able to travel to different union halls across the country and test their workers, which is incredibly convenient and timely.

Modern Warrior LiveRich DeChant with Tri-C Veterans Initiative, was our second guest on the show. He works in the veterans programs that are meant to help veterans get access to affordable education and workforce training programs, which allows them to transition successfully from military to civilian life. He also talks to hiring managers and discusses the benefits of hiring veterans and also how to fill in the gaps in their training. DeChant mentioned a live show in Cleveland called Modern Warrior Live, which is meant to bridge the gap between veteran and civilian communities.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Janus decision, the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act in New Jersey, problems with opting out of union contracts, and a boilermaker lockout while fighting against an anti-union contract proposal. Today’s show was fantastic with a lot of cool information and great stories!


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.