The Ongoing Ken Johnson Investigation was the Main Topic of Conversation on America’s Work Force.

The investigation into Ken Johnson and why he continues to request being reimbursed his monthly maximum of $1,200 was discussed during the Jan. 23 edition of America’s Work Force.

Mark Naymik, writer for Cleveland.com, discussed the continued investigation looking into Ken Johnson and why he requests his maximum monthly reimbursement of $1,200 every month without offering any receipts or valid explanations. Naymik said that Johnson had recently requested $400 for gas after supposedly driving 700 miles for business in November, but did not provide detailed readings of his odometer before and after his trip. Naymik also said that Johnson requests reimbursement for gas for mowing lawns, but did not provide information on where he got the gas from, how much gas he bought, where the lawns were at that were supposedly mowed, and who did the mowing of the grass. As a result of Johnson’s shady activity, in order to receive reimbursements, council members will now be required to submit detailed summaries of what they spent money on, where they spent the money, and how much they spent.

Ron Herrera, International Brotherhood of Teamsters International Vice President and Director of the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, discussed the march for sanitation workers during his Jan. 23 appearance on AWF. Herrera said that the march has been taking place in Memphis, Tenn for over 30 years to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and his life work to spread his message of promoting and protecting the dignity of work. He also talked about the issues that waste workers still face across the country.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the victory for Los Angeles teachers reaching a tentative agreement after a 21-hour bargaining session, ending their six-day strike.

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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Cleveland.com Writer Discusses Ken Johnson Scandal on America’s Work Force Radio

Mark Naymik, who writes for Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer, discussed the ongoing scandal surrounding Cleveland Ward 4 City Councilman Ken Johnson on America’s Work Force Radio.

Mark NaymikOn Nov. 28, Naymik provided an update on the issues involving Johnson, who among other things, has been reimbursed $1,200 every month for the past 11 years for “ward services.” The FBI’s public corruption squad is currently investigating Johnson and the Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corp. that Johnson has for years supported with tax dollars. The Johnson scandal prompted Cleveland residents to bring about a charter change to reduce the amount of members on Cleveland’s City Council from 17 down to nine. This proposed charter change would also reduce council’s pay from $80,133 a year to $58,000.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Tyler LongpineTyler Longpine, Political Director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, also appeared on the show and discussed his thoughts about the lame duck session of Congress and multi-employer pension funds. He talked about upcoming issues that the next Congress will have to address in January, such as infrastructure.

 

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc provided his thoughts on the General Motors layoffs and President Trump’s response to the news of the shutdowns.


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.


Ken Johnson Controversy Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Today on our show we had Mark Naymik and Rita Lewis. Mark is from Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer and Rita is widow to Butch Lewis who worked with the Teamsters. Mark Naymik began his time on the show with talking about President Trump and his speech at the United Nations and then spent a while talking about the controversy surrounding Ken Johnson. To conclude his time on the show, Naymik talked about politics, state politics in Ohio involving Cordray and Dewine, the ECOT scandal, and Hyland Software being mentioned on a subpoena served by public corruption investigators. Rita Lewis was our second guest on the show today and she discussed pension plans. She talked about how hard her late husband, Butch Lewis of the Teamsters, fought for keeping pensions alive, Butch Lewis Act, and how it ultimately led to his death. Now, Lewis picks up where Butch left off and continues the fight and will not let the issue die out. We also discuss President Trump fighting court orders on what he can do with government employees, right to vote, voter registration day, and AFGE Local 3399 having problems with a VA. Lots of interesting stuff today on the show!

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.

Discussion on Buckeye Shaker Square Development on America’s Work Force.

On today’s show we had Mark Naymik from the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com and Mike Walden with the National United Committee to Protect Pensions. During the show, Mark Naymik talked about Ken Johnson, the Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation, and airline maintenance workers and passenger safety. Mike Walden talks about the National United Committee to Protect Pensions, which he is a part of, the North East Ohio Committee to protect pensions, and the Butch Lewis Act.