Summer Scams to be on the Lookout for Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke to America’s Work Force on June 3 about popular scams of the summer.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauThe first scam involves trying to sell your timeshare. McConnell said that there are companies that will tell someone they can help them sell their timeshares, and end up charging their victim ridiculously high fees for their services. The second scam that McConnell talked about was counterfeit goods online. She warned consumers to be careful when purchasing online, especially from China, because they sell counterfeit products and will scam the consumer out of their money. Lastly, McConnell addressed door-to-door magazine subscription scammers. She said that women will go door to door asking consumers to subscribe to a magazine because the money they make from the subscriptions will help them get their kids back from child services.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsMark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Union also appeared on this edition of AWF. Gruenberg talked about the Labor Federation dropping their budget for organizing efforts from 30 percent down to 10 percent of their budget. He also spoke about the Debbie Dingell plan for transportation and infrastructure funding, specifically how raising the gas tax might not be as effective as they think.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the American Federation of Government Employees negotiating a new contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and also the Trump administration stripping whistleblower protections.



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First Responders Receiving Bargaining Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, editor of Press Associates Inc., union news, spoke to America’s Work Force on May 6 about giving first responders more bargaining power for themselves.

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Gruenberg first spoke about how the United States is facing its lowest level of unemployment since 1969 and how certain jobs, such as factory jobs, have been increasing. He then went and talked about medicare for all, and also how the Trump administration has been trying to tear down the Affordable Care Act. Gruenberg then discussed first responders and how they should have more bargaining rights to negotiate contracts for themselves. He said that given their typically dangerous job, they should have the ability to bargain to negotiate for better hours, wages, equipment, safety standards, and more. Lastly, Gruenberg talked about three veteran women organizers who put together a coalition to lobby to put women and family issues as a top priority for 2020 presidential candidates. Some issues they want to tackle include equal pay for equal work, paid maternal leave, and not separating families at the border.

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Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke with AWF on May 6 about employment scams. She discussed how scammers were taking advantage of people when Amazon was looking for a place to set up their HQ2 and scammers would take people’s applications and take their personal information and have them fall victim to identity theft. McConnell also talked about a Social Security Administration spoofer phone call claiming they would take away a person’s benefits, deactivate their number, or offer them better benefits if they provided their social security number.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the gerrymandering in Ohio districts and how it was found unconstitutional. He also discussed postal service mail carriers and Stamp Out Hunger food drive.



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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America’s Work Force Covers Potential Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election

On April 1, Mark Gruenberg writer with Press Associates Inc., discussed the potential 2020 presidential candidates.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg spoke about the list of potential candidates for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. He discussed Joe Biden being incredibly high up on the polls for not even having announced his candidacy yet. Gruenberg then went on and discussed Michelle Obama’s book tour and how she has not been using union laborers to set up her stage production. He said that this is a big problem because of her husband, Barack, positive stance on unions and union workers. Gruenberg also talked about labor law reform along with equal work for equal pay laws being put into place.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau, spoke with America’s Work Force on April 1 about new scams that people have been falling into. One of the scams regards bitcoin where a scammer would pose as someone from the IRS or a utility company and tell you that you have to make a payment as soon as possible or you will suffer a consequence. The scammer then sends the victim a QR code that they scan at a bitcoin kiosk linked to the scammer’s account and wire money to the scammer in order to prevent whatever the fraudulent consequence was. A second scam that McConnell discussed was a kidnapping scam where a scammer would call a victim and tell them that their loved one has been kidnapped and they will let them go if they pay off their ransom.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke today about workers in Illinois fired for going on strike that was legal under the National Labor Relations Board and have now filed a complaint against their former company.



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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Pro-Worker Legislation was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On March 4, Mark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Inc. union news service, spoke about the progressive agenda set for 2019 while on America’s Work Force.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg discussed pro-worker legislation being one of the main targets in the progressive agenda for the year. He said that the pro-worker legislation will include legislation on equal pay for equal work and workers freedom to negotiate act. Gruenberg also touched on the Green New Deal and how some Republicans are in favor of using alternative energy sources over fossil fuels. To wrap up his interview, Gruenberg discussed the long term effects of the government shutdown, such as huge financial hits on government workers who had to dip into their savings and 401k’s because they were not receiving pay during the shutdown.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, discussed a variety of scams for students to be on the lookout for during spring break season. She explained the importance of researching housing accomodations thoroughly before booking and paying for them, and to also look up the address to make sure that it is valid. McConnell also talked about “car wrap” scams and “friends and family” scams.



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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Partial Government Shutdown Discussed on America’s Work Force

Week two of the partial government shutdown was the main topic of discussion during the Jan. 7 edition of America’s Work Force.

Mark Gruenberg People's World

Labor writer Mark Gruenberg with Press Associates Union discussed the partial government shutdown and the ongoing effects it has on government employees. He talked about “essential” government employees that are required to continue to work during the shutdown but are unsure if they will be paid or not. Gruenberg also talked about the American Federation of Government Employees lawsuit against the Trump administration in federal court to pay the “essential” workers, but the courts can’t heart the case right now because they are part of the shutdown. He also mentioned the outlook for the new congress.

Sue McConnell with the Better Business Bureau, BBB, joined AWF on Jan. 7 and discussed the top 10 scams of 2018, as listed by the BBB. From E-commerce to medicare scams, McConnell gives an overview and explanation of all of the top scams of the year.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump’s demands more money in order to pay for the border wall when he still has yet to use the current money allocated towards border security.

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.


BBB Warns of Holiday Shopping Scams on America’s Work Force Radio

Sue McConnell from the Better Business Bureau warned shoppers should beware of holiday shopping scams on America’s Work Force Radio.

McConnell, during her Dec. 3 AWF appearance, listed a number of scams to look out for while shopping during the upcoming Christmas season. One scam that motorists and anyone else using a gas or kerosene pump should be aware of is a credit card skimmer at the pumps. She said people’s credit card information is being stolen through the use of card skimmers and explained the steps to take if you fall victim to it. She stressed the importance of checking the validity of websites before making an online purchase. This is especially important on big-ticket items to ensure the company is legitimate so you do not get ripped off. Finally, McConnell talked about doing research and meeting in person before buying a puppy as a gift. By doing so, shoppers will be able to make sure the dog is as described, healthy and gives you the ability to ask any questions about the animal.

Mark Gruenberg People's WorldLabor writer Mark Gruenberg joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed the new congress, which will have the ability to rewrite existing labor laws to make them more worker friendly, especially for those who want to organize. He also talked about potential problems that could arise by privatizing the U.S. Postal Service. Gruenberg though, thinks privatization will not happen.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), which some people call the new NAFTA. He also spoke about workers with Unite Here Local 5, who ended their 51-day strike when they ratified a new contract with five hotels.


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.


Union Defeating Executive Orders Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On our show today, we had guests Mark Gruenberg and Sue McConnell. Our first guest Mark Gruenberg is head Washington DC’s bureau of People’s World and also an editor of Press Associations Inc. During his time on the show, Gruenberg talks about the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, people calling the senate and telling them to believe the survivors, Labor Federations, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) all speaking against Kavanaugh. Gruenberg also talks about the executive court orders being overturned and now how they are being appealed and he explains that federal workers cannot bargain over their pay, contracts with the middle class, Cordray and Dewine race, and a Blue Wave.

Our second guest on the show was Sue McConnell from the Better Business Bureau. Today, Sue talked about new scams going on with fake check scams and car wrap scams. People are being sent fraudulent checks from companies that they think are trustworthy, depositing the bogus checks, taking money out and sending it to a third party business involved in the scam, and then having to pay the bank back when they find out the check was fake. Last year, the public lost over $60 million from these fake check scandals and that does not include scams that were not reported! She also talks about doing research before sending money to Natural Disaster Relief charities because some may not be trustworthy and keep the money, and she finishes her time on the show talking about children’s identities being stolen and their credit scores being ruined.

We also talk about Labor 411 celebrating a decade of making a difference for workers, and supporting businesses who treat their workers well and provide good pay, benefits, etc. A lot of interesting stuff on the show today!


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Labor Day Show

Happy Labor day! On today’s show, we have guests Mark Gruenberg, editor for Press Associates Union News Service, and Sue McConnell with the Better Business Bureau. Our first guest on the show, Mark Gruenberg, talks about the race in Missouri on organized labor, progressive, pro-worker, women running in the primaries, Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s meetings with several labor leaders, Leo Gerard and his writings about President Trump, postal workers convention on privatizing the postal service, as well as postal banking and savings accounts and what happened to them. With her limited, yet informative time on the show today, Sue McConnell talked about three fraudulent job offers to be aware of, saving you some time, your money and possibly keeping your identity from being stolen stolen. Remember to always do careful research on job offers you find online before you send any personal information or money! More topics that we cover today are politics, the primaries, and some Labor Day History

We hope that you had a relaxing Labor Day!

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.