Be on the Lookout for these Holiday Season Scams

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 2 to inform listeners of scams to be on the lookout for during this holiday season.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauMcConnell discussed a Cleveland based furniture company recently receiving complaints against them for sending customers damaged goods, if received at all, and making it nearly impossible for the customer to exchange or return the items bought. The second scam McConnell talked about deals with scam calls about social security numbers. If you are contacted saying that your social security is compromised, do not give up any information they are requesting, and contact the social security administration. Lastly, McConnell said to be cautious when holiday shopping online and do your research to make sure the company you are shopping from is legitimate. She mentions that companies overseas do not have the same business regulations as those in the United States and have a higher potential of being a scam than a U.S. company.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsMark Gruenberg, labor writer for Press Associates Union discussed the National Labor Relations Board rewriting and revising certain issues. He said that some issues they are revising involve unions and unionizing and how they are making it more difficult for a union representative to organize at a workplace and for unions to become recertified. Gruenberg expressed concern about how the NLRB is reversing old decisions and are fighting to make their new laws permanent, which could be hurtful in the future if someone may want to revisit and revise it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the caterers at Sky Chef fighting for better contracts including better wages, benefits and working conditions in the airports that they are located in.



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Supporting the PRO Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, labor writer for Press Associates Union spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 4 about a union supporting the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg discussed the National Labor Rights Board (NLRB) fighting recent injustices against worker rights and fighting to make sure workers voices are being heard during bargaining. He said that the Trump administration has shown time and time again that they are against unions and have been trying to pass anti-worker legislation, but the NLRB have been remaining strong in their battle against worker rights oppression. Gruenberg also talked about the Communication Workers of America, CWA, and how they said if a candidate supports the PRO Act, the CWA will offer their open support for that candidate. The CWA is not one to hide their support for workers and worker rights, so if a candidate comes out in support of the PRO Act, you can expect the CWA to support that candidate. Lastly, he talked about the United Auto Workers and Ford Motors reaching a tentative agreement on a contract.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland discussed three scams to be on the lookout for during the month of November. One of the scams was a “30-Day Success Plan” which is a get rich fast scam where a person would buy into the company at different levels, and the only way for that person to make money is to distribute fliers, which they had to pay for, and try to recruit other people. The second scam was a Jenny B Utah Marketing firm that would send a woman gift cards congratulating them on their pregnancy. The gift cards were for baby products, where shipping was more than the products so the discounts were pointless and the products they received were poorly made, making them not worth the money. The last scam McConnell told listeners to be aware of are social media coupon scams. An ad will appear on your webpage of a brand name product at a discount price and once a person clicks the link, their computer would be exposed to malware, which could access their personal information.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ford Motors committing to investing one billion dollars to Ohio assembly plants in new product lines, facility upgrades, and more.



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.

What Labor Unions Have Done for Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force

America's Work Force RadioAmerica’s Work Force host Ed Flash Ferenc talked to listeners on Labor Day about some of the victories labor unions have had and how they benefited all workers. One of the benefits labor unions gave the workforce is a 40 hour work week and work-free weekends. Before labor unions, workers worked over 60 hours, seven days a week, but thanks to unions, workers won weekends for leisure time and rest. Another important win for unions that Ferenc discussed was the right to collectively bargain for their contracts. By having the right to collectively bargain, power is shifted more equally than the power being held by corporations.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, President of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland spoke with AWF on Sep. 2 about specific scams to look out for now that the school year is back in session. Some major scams are directed toward college students; she told college students to look out for were job scams and roommate matching service scams. McConnell said that there is a significant increase in fake job postings targeting college students promising outstanding wages and hours but really end up just taking money from the job prospects. As for the roommate matching service, she said that an online company will ask people searching for roommates to fill out a questionnaire, making them think they will be paired with someone of the same interests, but, if anything at all, will just be matched for anybody looking to split rent. She also mentioned scams involving spoofing emails from major airline companies getting people to give up their personal information.

Mark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Union talked about some court decisions on redistricting and the National Labor Relations Board. He also talked about Walmart not ceasing the sale of firearms in the wake of all of these mass shootings and how people are beginning to boycott the 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.

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.

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.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union News

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.

Sue McConnell Better Business Bureau

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.

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.