Dangers of Vaping Discussed on America’s Work Force

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High Cost of Toxic Work Place Culture Discussed on America’s Work Force

Johnny Taylor, president of the Society for Human Resource Management spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 26 about high turnover in workplaces.

Society for Human Resource Management Taylor spent his time on AWF explaining the many reasons why there is high employee turnover in certain workplaces. One reason why he said people leave their jobs is because they dislike their bosses. Taylor said that the possible reasons why people dislike their bosses are because they feel undervalued, disliked by their boss, they are not inspired in their workplace and they feel their bosses are not great leaders. Another possible cause of worker dissatisfaction is the skill gap between workers. He said that some employees become upset because they were not adequately trained for their job and are falling behind their coworkers with the quality of their work. Finally, Taylor talked about boosting workplace morale and having a code of ethics for managers to follow.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director of the AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on Sept. 26 about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, and the U.S. Secretary of Labor. He said that the PRO Act is important because it ensures that workers rights are protected. The Act also shifts some power back to the workers to help them bargain for better contracts with their employers. Samuel talked about Eugene Scalia and how he has been anti-worker rights and how having him as the secretary of labor is a danger to workers. Lastly, he discussed the attempts to deregulate apprenticeship programs and how this would lower safety standards for apprenticeships, putting workers in danger while on the job.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the United States Department of Labor new law to pay overtime to workers earning less than $35,000 a year.



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Protecting Workers Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director of the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on August 22 about refining workers protections in the new NAFTA.

AFL-CIOSamuel discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he would like to see more worker protections included in the final draft before Congress signs off on it. He also talked about how he wants to make sure that workers in all three countries are properly protected, not just the workers in the U.S. Samuel said that fundamental components, such as, the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act need to be included in the USMCA to make sure that all of the power is not taken from workers and they are still able to exercise their right to bargain for their contracts. Lastly, he discussed the Butch-Lewis Act and how in its current state, he does not believe it will make it through the house, but with some revisions, he sees it passing.

Cuyahoga County Public Defenders OfficeAWF next guest was David King, assistant public defender at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office who discussed what can and cannot be expunged from a person’s record. After being convicted of a felony, it is difficult for a person to find a job again because of what they have on their record, but King works to expunge certain things from a person’s record in hopes to help get them a job again. He said that felonies in the first and second degree cannot be expunged, and neither can sex crimes or traffic tickets. He said that there is a full list of non-expungeable felonies located on their website or in their office.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Shell workers being used as political props at President Trump’s recent rally in Pennsylvania.



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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New NAFTA Discussion Continued on America’s Work Force

On Thursday, July 25, Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director with the AFL-CIO spoke to America’s Work Force about what needs to be done before passing the new NAFTA.

AFL-CIOSamuel began his segment on AWF by talking about union strength and union density increasing. He then discussed the passing of the Butch-Lewis act and how it strengthens pension plans. Samuel also talked about the new NAFTA agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), and how he finds it flawed. He does not believe that the USMCA covers workers rights enough and wants to keep updating it before it is called to vote to pass. Samuel wants to see more worker protections, more bargaining rights, and more job security for all workers and does not feel that the USMCA encompasses all of those things just yet.

For Our Future OHDaniel Van Hoogstraten, communication director of For Our Future Ohio also spoke to America’s Work Force on Thursday, July 25. Van Hoogstraten talked about their organizations progressive values, such as economic prosperity for all and building stronger public schools. He also talked about broken promises and how the public needs to stay on top of their government officials and keep them accountable for their words and actions. He stresses that if public figures say they will try to make changes, people need to keep the pressure on them about it or they will never see changes in their communities.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Protect the Right to Organize Act.



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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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.



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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Protect the Right to Organize Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 23 about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

AFL-CIO

Samuel spoke on the PRO Act and why it is necessary for worker protection. He said that the PRO Act protects the workers right to strike, binding arbitration to their first contract with their employers, and mainly fixes the misclassification of workers. Samuel said that fixing the misclassification of workers is one of the most important parts of this bill because it will help correctly classify workers as workers, rather than independent contractors, and allow them to receive proper wages, benefits, and protections that they are entitled to. He then went on to talk about Connecticut joining the fight for $15 minimum wage, and how by this fall they will be increasing their wages by 90 cents. Lastly, he spoke about the new NAFTA, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how there is pressure to strengthen portions of it protecting workers rights in Mexico, reducing wage suppression and union busting tactics.

Dan DeVerna

Financial advisor with Creative Financial Parners, Dan DeVerna, spoke with AWF on May 23 about long term care and health insurance. He discussed different forms of health insurance policies, such as the whole life insurance policy. DeVerna also mentioned affordable long term care policies to help people leave behind money for those who survived them rather than spending it all on additional care.

 

 

 

 



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 Discussed More Thorough Labor Law Reform

Bill Samuel, director of government affairs with the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on April 25 about better improving labor laws.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIO

Samuel discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), the updated version of NAFTA, and how the labor law reform in it still is not strong enough. He said that he would like to see the Mexican minimum wage, which is just above $3, to be raised so that the standard of living in Mexico could go up. Samuel stated that increasing the minimum wage in Mexico will help keep jobs in the United States as well because companies will be less willing to send jobs to Mexico since Mexican labor will not be as cheap as it once was. Lastly, he talked about Protect the Right to Organize Act (PRO) and the push to increase awareness of unions and the benefits of organizing.

Dan DeVerna

Financial adviser Dan DeVerna spoke with AWF on April 25 about what age you could retire at, and how to receive your retirement benefits. Outlined in his book “Retirement is Just the Beginning,” DeVerna states that there are specific plans put in place to retire at age 55, 59 ½, and 70 ½ years old. He said that every person is different, so they will all have different plans and should pick one that suits them the best. DeVerna also explained how much money a person needs for a good retirement and also how to get your money out of your 401k or other retirement plan.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc covered the Amazon driver’s recent victory where now they will not be forced to sign an arbitration agreement that would intentionally misclassify them, making them miss out on better pay and other benefits.



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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Passing the Blame on General Motors Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On March 21, Josh Nassar, legislative director from the United Auto Workers, joined America’s Work Force to talk about people pointing fingers at each other and blaming one another for the shutdown of the Lordstown plant.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar talked about President Trump calling out the UAW President Dave Green, telling him to “quit complaining” and go do something about bringing work back to the Lordstown plant. Nassar also said that Trump blamed union dues being too high and that is why the plant went out of business, even though union dues are paid by the members, not the company. He then went on to talk about the new NAFTA deal, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how they are fighting to make sure worker rights are protected in the new trade agreement.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on March 21 about the USMCA also. Samuel said that AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, is fighting hard to ensure that workers are protected in the new agreement. He then discussed the General Motors debacle and how GM had been hedging with stock buybacks, rather than investing into the company and its employees. Lastly, Samuel talked about Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Under the PRO act, there will be no more So-Called “Right-to-Work” in any states, sanctions for companies so they do not violate worker rights to organize, monetary penalties for executives who violate worker rights with illegal firings, and much 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.

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