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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

Immigration Reform and New Trade Deals Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke about the immigration reform and the United State-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the Feb. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIOSamuel spoke about President Trump’s emergency declaration to receive money to fund the southern border wall and how he is taking money from other departments in order to obtain what he needs, since congress would not approve his request for money. He then moved on to talking about immigration reform and how it needs to be done more appropriately. Samuel also mentioned the USMCA, new NAFTA, and how the negotiating between the three countries is complete, but workers are not satisfied by it. There needs to be more protection of workers and their jobs included, along with other labor law reform, said Samuel.

Dan DeVernaFinancial adviser, Dan DeVerna, spoke about understanding certain aspects of your retirement plan, as well as providing some tips, during his Feb. 28 appearance on AWF. DeVerna discussed how new retirement plans are allowing roth IRA’s in 401ks and other retirement plans. He said that you would pay tax on your money one time before it goes in, and then you would never pay tax on it again.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the upcoming trades fair on March 7, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, hosted at Max Hayes high school in Cleveland, Ohio.



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.

Increased Concern for Furloughed Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Workers struggling to make ends meet during the ongoing government shutdown was a main topic of conversation during the Jan. 24 edition of America’s Work Force.

AFL-CIO Bill SamuelGovernment Affairs Director with the AFL-CIO, Bill Samuel, discussed the thousands of government workers who have gone nearly an entire month without receiving a paycheck. Samuel said that a lot of the workers who are not working right now were not in high-paying positions, taking home around $500 a week, and are struggling to pay for rent, mortgages, car payments, groceries, and other necessities. He said he very much hopes to see the government reopen as soon as possible. Samuel also talked about the Democrats agenda for 2019, which includes increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, holding representatives accountable and work on immigration reform.

Dan DeVernaDan DeVerna, registered representative and investment advisor representative offering securities and investment advisory services with Ameritas Investment Corp made an appearance on the Jan. 24 edition of AWF. He is also author of Retirement Is Just the Beginning: The First Responder’s Guide to Protecting a Retirement Strategy, which discusses retirement strategies. DeVerna talked about what he calls the “retirement red zone,” which is when you have a target time that you want to retire, and you are quickly approaching it. While in the “retirement red zone,” DeVerna said that you should be organizing your “financial junk drawer” so that you know how much you will receive through your pension, 401k, or any other retirement plans so that you can properly prepare yourself for retirement.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump’s disapproval rating being at an all-time high during the longest government shutdown in the United States.


 

 


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.

America’s Work Force Discusses Government Reform With Guests

Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director of the AFL-CIO, discussed the incoming new congress on America’s Work Force Radio.

Samuel discussed House Resolution Bill 1 during the Jan. 2 edition of AWF. He mentions that HR 1 covers areas such as government reform, voting rights, campaign finances, gerrymandering, government ethics and much more. Samuel then talked about labor law reform to help make it easier for workers to organize and provide more bargaining power to the worker. He also covered the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and how it is benefiting Mexican workers.

Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director of the United Labor Agency, discussed helping people return to work after being out for a long period of time. He said his agency helps people write or update resumes, host workshops to refresh the worker’s skills, and assists in matching the worker’s skills with required skills in job openings. Megenhardt also talked about the future of advanced manufacturing.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the AFGE suing the Trump administration for forcing employees to work during the shut down with no pay. He also discussed the current status of the government shut down.


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.

Freelance Writer Remembers Nikki Delamotte on America’s Work Force Radio

Cleveland-based freelance writer Annie Zaleski joined America’s Work Force Radio to remember her late friend and colleague, Nikki Delamotte, who was killed in November.

Annie ZaleskiOn Nov. 22, Zaleski said she felt humbled to have worked with Delamotte on several articles and praised her work. Zaleski described Delamotte as a Cleveland Treasure and hopes people will remember Delamotte as a hardworking, fact-finding writer, who always wrote interesting articles.

 

Bill Samuel Director of Government Affairs AFLCIOBill Samuel, AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs, appeared on America’s Work Force Radio and discussed the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, the Affordable Care Act, social security and tax cuts. He believes Democrats, who reclaimed the majority in the House, will be in no mood to compromise on big issues.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc gives his condolences to the Delamotte family for the tragic loss of their daughter and beloved Cleveland journalist.


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.


Bill Samuel, Director of Government Affairs with AFL-CIO Featured on America’s Work Force Radio

Director of Government Affairs with the AFL-CIO, Bill Samuel, was one of two featured guests to appear on America’s Work Force Radio.

AFL-CIO Bill Samuel

On Oct. 25, Bill Samuel made an appearance on America’s Work Force Radio to discuss Republicans and the Affordable Care Act and pre-existing conditions. Samuel talks about how originally, Republicans wanted to kill the ACA and replace it, but as time went on they changed their minds and now they want to protect it, but make some changes to it. Samuel also talks about the new NAFTA, United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), and improving labor laws in Mexico.

Matt Rothschild Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Matt Rothschild, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, appeared on the show to discuss the Affordable Care Act, pre-existing conditions, and healthcare in Wisconsin. Rothschild also talks about his article titled How Democracies Die and gives a brief overview of the article.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spends time talking about the postal workers speaking out against the mail bomber and how to take action if you encounter suspicious packages.


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.


Ohio Senate Race was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force.

Today’s show featured guests Bill Samuel and Sam Allard. Bill Samuel is with the AFL-CIO and Sam Allard is a senior writer with the Cleveland Scene Magazine. Our first guest on the show, Bill Samuel, talks politics with Cordray and Dewine and also the senate race and Sherrod Brown. He then talks about worker’s rights, OSHA, Kavanaugh’s stance on the working people, and Seaworld and their poor support and protection of their workers. He then gets into the Butch Lewis Act to talk about benefits for retirees, and finishes his time with discussion on NAFTA negotiations and where those are leading. Our second guest Sam Allard discusses what “opportunity zones” are and why they need to have better regulations put onto them. To conclude his time on the show, Allard talks about the podcast called “Serial” and talks about our criminal justice system. We also talk about the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, how the new NAFTA negotiations involve incentives with outsourcing, the Janus decision and right to work foundations, and an elected state federation’s first woman president!

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.