Ohio Budget Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tim Burga, president of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on July 2 about Ohio’s budget plan and the progress being made on it.

AFL-CIOBurga spoke about the Ohio budget plan that was voted on in late June and how an agreement was not reached, so an interim budget plan was set in place. He said that because Congress has not voted on the two outstanding house bills, they could not agree on the terms of their new budget plan just yet. Burga mentioned his support for Ohio House Bill 6, the clean air bill, because he supports the power plants mentioned in the bill. He said that the power plants provide good, well paying jobs to skilled workers. Burga also supports the power plants because they let off carbon free emissions, and the power plants continuously use union labor at their plants.

Kathryn Joyce Kathryn Joyce, freelance journalist with Type Investigate and the Huffington Post, discussed the politics in the wake of school shootings in the United States. In referencing the Marjory Stone-Douglas highschool shooting in Parkland, Florida in February 2018, Joyce discussed the different narratives each side of the political spectrum pushed in regards to the shooting and who to blame. She said that the Left blamed the lack of gun control legislation and the Right blamed the school system for their lack of disciplinary action on the gunman from when was younger and lashed out in school. She also talked about racial disparity in America’s school systems and the statistics claiming minorities are more likely to commit crimes when lashing out and not disciplined in school when they were younger, even though the majority of America’s school shooters have been caucasian.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Alaska’s governor and his aggressive budget cuts on their state budget.



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Democrat Debate Takeaways Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, writer and editor for Press Associates Union spoke with America’s Work Force on July 1 to discuss his takeaways on what was said during the Democratic debates in the last week of June.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg first spoke about the Supreme Court and their recent decision on a gerrymandering case in Ohio and other legislation surrounding the issues caused by gerrymandering. He then discussed the Democratic debates from the end of June and spoke about what he liked and did not like regarding the topics that were discussed. On the topic of the new NAFTA agreements, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, Gruenberg said that before it gets voted on he wants it to be enforceable with a strong presence of worker rights written and explained thoroughly for all to understand them. Lastly, he talked about CEO compensation and how unbalanced it is compared to other workers at the same company.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland, spoke with AWF about scams to be on the lookout for during the summer. She talked about the website healthyandbeauty.com and how they claim to be selling brand name beauty supplies for an incredible discounted price, then when a person purchases from them, they never send a product. The second scam that McConnell discussed is about was a door-to-door DNA testing company who claims they provide a free DNA background examination as long as a medical card is provided, with which the scammers will steal the information off of. A third scam she said to be cautious of is a roofing company saying they will repair your roof for free, but they actually are offering a free consultation, not a free roof. Lastly, McConnell talked about a social security scam where a scammer will use a phone call spoofing method to pose as a social security worker and retrieve a persons sensitive information.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Youngstown Vindicator newspaper being shut down after being in publication for over 150 years.



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Working Class Perspectives Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jack Metzger, professor emeritus of humanities at Roosevelt University in Chicago spoke with America’s Work Force on June 28 to discuss social class and race.

Jack Metzger Roosevelt UniversityMetzger began his time on AWF by talking about the Democratic debates that took place earlier this week. He reviewed what he liked and what he disliked about the change in policy that was discussed by the candidates. Metzger then talked about certain legislation being brought up by congress that would disproportionately benefit certain people while leaving others out. Lastly, he thoroughly talked about how the redistribution of wealth will help families who are living in poverty and give their families a second shot at life.

United Steel WorkersDonnie Black, United Steelworkers District 1 in Ohio, spoke with AWF on June 28 about leadership changes in their organization. With the current international president, Leo Gerard retiring, Tom Conway will assume the role as president. With the changes in leadership, Black said that they will still be reinforcing the idea that they need to continue to fight for their union and to keep pushing for collective bargaining.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about unjust CEO pay and a Supreme Court decision on how districts are drawn.



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Wayfair Employee Walkout Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on June 27 about Wayfair employees staging a walkout after finding out about who their company was profiting off of.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIOSamuel discussed the Wayfair employees in Boston staging a walkout after one of their employees found out that the company was selling bed furnishing to the detention camps along the border. Once the employees made the discovery, they staged a walkout in protest that they do not approve of the detention centers or their company doing being involved and doing business to help these centers. Samuel then talked about the new NAFTA agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how it is unacceptable in its current condition and needs to be improved before being voted in.

Marcia ArgustMarcia Argust, director of the PEW Charitable Trust to Restore America’s Parks spoke with AWF on June 27 about repairing and maintaining infrastructure at U.S. National Parks. With congress funding slowing down and visitor numbers going up, there is only so much that could be done to maintain the old infrastructure at these national parks or repair something that may be broken. She said that the old infrastructure poses as a health and safety concern for visitors of these parks and is working to get the funding necessary to improve conditions at these parks.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the grounded Boeing 737 Max jets and nuclear energy rollback in Ohio House Bill 6.



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New Developments in the Councilman Ken Johnson Case Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Naymik, reporter for Cleveland.com spoke with America’s Work Force on June 26 to discuss new developments in the Cleveland Councilman Ken Johnson investigation.

Mark NaymikNaymik, who has been reporting on the Cleveland Councilman Ken Johnson investigation for nearly an entire year discusses new developments in the case. Over the past few years, Councilman Johnson has been claiming his monthly allowance of up to $1,200 in reimbursement without providing any receipts or any detailed list of what he is spending money on, raising questions on the authenticity of his requests. Naymik said that someone is finally auditing Councilman Johnson and they hope to crack down on his unethical requests for his maximum monthly reimbursements. He also told the story about Councilman Johnson quitting his position, activating his pension, and then having other people on the council reappoint him the next day. Naymik really wants to stress Johnson’s unethical behavior in hopes that more people start paying attention, ensuring he is held accountable for his actions.

Dan DeVernaFinancial advisor, Dan DeVerna spoke with AWF on June 26 about different pension plans that a person could select. In detail, he discussed one pension plan where you will begin to receive your pension and if something were to happen to you, your spouse will then receive part of your pension. DeVerna also talked about that same scenario, but if you do not have a spouse, your pension could go into your life insurance and your children or grandchildren will be able to receive it from there.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Alaska potentially shutting down if a budget levy is not passed and Arkansas making a work requirement in order for a person to receive medicaid.



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Manufacturing in America Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, retired former general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on June 25 about manufacturing in America.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger discussed the quality of American manufacturing and how the quality of what the U.S. makes is way above the quality of manufacturing in other countries, such as China or Mexico. He mentioned this because he wanted to bring attention to American jobs being outsourced and the quality of products decreasing because of the cheaper labor and materials being used. Buffenbarger stated that Boeing jets is guilty of doing this, by having their production moved overseas and receiving lower quality jets, but saving most on production costs. Lastly, he talked about Delta Airlines and their blatant union busting tactics by telling their employees that they are better off spending their hard earned money on video games or sporting events rather than having to pay union dues every year.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke with AWF on June 25 about the services that they offer to veterans and about providing easier access to transportation services. He also discussed the CCVSC now being fully staffed and having the ability to be able to travel to retirement homes to help veterans with whatever they may need assistance with.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about grocery workers in California from Local 135 voting to authorize a strike because of stalled contract talks over better wages, benefits and hours.



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200 Years of Financial Crisis Discussed on America’s Work Force

Richard Vague, author of the book A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises, spoke with America’s Work Force on June 24 as he discusses America’s history of financial problems.

Richard Vague A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial CrisesVague examined a series of major crises over the past 200 years in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Japan and China, including the Great Depression and the economic meltdown of 2008. He said one of the major causes of the crisis was bank lenders being too lenient on lending standards and giving out too many loans at once. Likewise, he said that in 2008, lenders giving out too many loans was again one of the primary causes of the strain on the economy. He talked about strengthening the lending standards so that the United States can avoid another economic catastrophe in the future.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisGreg Regan, secretary-treasurer for the Transportation Trades Department spoke with AWF on June 24 about the rail industry. He discussed the possibilities of driverless trains and what that could mean for the industry, and also congress attempting to limit train crews down from two people to one. Regan stated that this is a bad idea, and is fighting against it, because having the extra crew member could help increase the safety of operating the train, keeping the passengers or cargo safe. Lastly, he talked about the fatigue rule with rail workers saying that chronic fatigue has been an industry-wide issue and is something that needs to be addressed.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about construction companies exploiting their workers by hiring illegal immigrants, garnishing their wages, refusing to pay overtime and forcing them to live in prison-like conditions.



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American Legion Celebrates 100 Years of their Publication on America’s Work Force

Jeff Stoffer, editor of the American Legion Magazine, spoke with America’s Work Force on June 21 about the past 100 years of their publication.

Mark Seavey American Legion MagazineStoffer talked about the American Legion Magazine and the 100 year anniversary of its publication, which is July 4. He spoke about where it all began, the original issue, the prestigious writers that have written articles for their publication and the awards that they have received. Stoffer then discussed the 75th anniversary of the D-Day attacks during WWII and the ceremony that was held on the beaches in honor of that day. He said that he feels today’s youth is still actively researching the history of D-Day even though there is less history of American military activity in school textbooks.

Norm Wernett Alliance for Retired AmericansNorm Wernet, state director for the Alliance of Retired Americans, joined AWF on June 21 to talk about expanding and strengthening the social security system. He wants to strengthen the social security system because people work hard for all that they put into their social security and deserve to be able to access it when they retire. Lastly, Wernet said that we need to strengthen the social security system so that we do not have a financial disaster to deal with in the near future.



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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Mistreatment of Prisoners Discussed on America’s Work Force

Aviva Stahl, investigative journalist with the Nation magazine spoke to America’s Work Force on June 20 about the mistreatment of a prisoner in a maximum security prison.

The Nation MagazineStahl discussed her latest article submitted in the Nation magazine, which addresses the mistreatment of a prisoner who was on a hunger strike. The prisoner that she spoke about, Mohammad Salameh, is serving life in prison for terrorism-related charges, went on a hunger strike for political action against the prison to address the abuse against the prisoners. Stahl said that Salameh claimed the prisoners would go weeks, even months, without any type of speaking interaction with another person, so he had been hunger striking. To combat his hunger strikes, the prison would strap him down and force-feed him, which is painful, degrading and undeserving, even for people serving life sentences.

Furthermore, Stahl said that over the past 10 years, this has happened to Salameh over 200 times. Salameh said that he would be dragged out of his cell, and then strapped down tightly and have a feeding tube shoved up his nostrils and down his throat and into his stomach. Stahl said that Salameh accepts that he will be in prison for the rest of his life, but does not feel he should be abused the way that he has been.

United SteelworkersJose Arroyo, United Steelworkers Local 621 staff representative, spoke to AWF on June 20 about AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka’s three-state tour to talk about the new NAFTA agreement and what he feels needs to be included during his time touring. He also discussed Arconic manufacturing company and what they did with the money they saved with their tax break.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee and their workers voting against union representation.



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Education Budget and Accountability Discussed on America’s Work Force

Darold Johnson, director of legislation for the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke to America’s Work Force on June 18 about Ohio school funding and policy.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperJohnson first spoke about the problems that teachers are having in West Virginia, where lawmakers are trying to make legislation that will allow schools to fire teachers who are on strike. He said that this takes power away from the teachers because if they feel they are being mistreated or want to bargain for themselves, they could just be fired, giving all of the power to the school, and none to the teachers. Johnson then discussed the proposed education budget in Ohio and how it covers wrap around services, but not school funding. Lastly, he gave an overview on the school take over bill, House Bill 154, which would end the academic distress committee.

ProgressOhio Sandra TheisSandra Theis, interim executive director for ProgressOhio spoke with AWF on June 18 about the charter school accountability project. She talked about how there are an increasing amount of for-profit charter schools where more money is being given outside of the school, and less to the education for the students. Theis stressed that charter schools need to be held more accountable with their money and what they do with it, since children’s education should be a top priority, not making money while taking away valuable resources. She concluded her time on AWF by talking about the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal and how the FBI is being brought in to investigate it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka traveling to different states to hold meetings about the incomplete, new NAFTA agreement.



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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