Lowering the Age of Interstate Trucking Discussed on America’s Work Force

Samuel Loesche, legislative representative with International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 122 spoke with America’s Work Force on May 22 to discuss lowering the age of interstate truck drivers.

Loesche said that there is legislation being put in place to reduce the age of interstate truck drivers from 21 down to 18. He said that one of the major reasons for this is because the number of interstate truck drivers has decreased significantly, so the thought is to lower the age of which a person could test for their Certified Driving License (CDL) in hopes of drawing more people into the job field.

Mark Naymik, political analyst for Cleveland.com, spoke about the ongoing Councilman Ken Johnson investigation with AWF. He discussed how Councilman Johnson has been abusing the reimbursement system and getting away with much more than he should be. Naymik stated that the FBI had even been brought into the investigation against Johnson. Furthermore, Naymik discussed legislation being brought up about single-use plastic bags, and cleaner energy.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about a program for coal miners in West Virginia called “Mined Minds” which will help coal miners train for a job in coding when they retire from coal mining.



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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Amazon Deal Falling Through in Cleveland Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On March 27, Mark Naymik with the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com spoke with America’s Work Force about the Amazon deal that almost happened in Cleveland.

Mark NaymikNaymik discussed the Amazon deal that almost came to fruition in Cleveland. While Amazon was searching for a location for their headquarters HQ2, Cleveland offered the company $800 million and 50 percent income wage credit on their payroll while also having a prime location downtown. In return, Cleveland would have gained 40,000 jobs. He also discussed the ongoing Ken Johnson scandal and how he continues to request his max monthly reimbursement of $1,200 without properly stating exactly why he needs reimbursement. Naymik said Johnson needs to be audited so that the city can see that Johnson is lying about needing reimbursement and how he is abusing the system.

Ken Hall, secretary treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and president of Teamsters Local 175 in West Virginia spoke with America’s Work Force about So-Called “Right to Work.” Recently, West Virginia defeated So-Called “Right to Work and Hall talked about what a major victory it was for working people. Hall said that even when So-Called “Right to Work” was allowed in West Virginia, companies still didn’t bring business there. He said, if anything, only more union jobs were created during the time. Lastly, he talked about how So-Called “Right to Work” does nothing to promote jobs and how it really is “Right to Work” for less.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about yesterday, March 26, being the National Day of Action, pushing to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.



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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Misclassification of Employees and Contractors Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 7, Allen Binstock, National Labor Relations Board Region 8, spoke about the misclassification of employees and the issues that come with it on America’s Work Force.

National Labor Relations BoardBinstock spoke about the issue with businesses misclassifying employees as independent contractors so that they do not have to offer health benefits, can pay hourly rates, don’t have to reimburse for business expenses, as well as many other reasons. In return, Binstock discussed how this is unfair for businesses to have their employees sign contracts saying that they are independent contractors to avoid certain expenses. Binstock also talked about how the National Labor Relations Board was put in place for employees to file complaints about job sites, unfair labor practices, contract negotiation complications, and more, and help the employees settle their complaints. He said that around 95 percent of these cases are solved on a local level, and the rest move on to Washington D.C. to be solved.

Labor 411Cherri Senders, publisher for Labor 411, spoke with AWF on March 7 about unions needing to find and purchase union-made products. Labor 411 and their product directory is used to guide consumers in the right direction to find union-made products for their own consumption or to use as gifts. Senders said that Labor 411 is superior to other union product databases because they update theirs frequently, have a mobile app, and their research to find these union products is incredibly thorough.



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.

Utility Billing Issues Broken Down on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 11, Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel discussed utility marketing problems during his time on America’s Work Force.

Ohio Consumers CounselDoron discussed First Energy benefiting from tax reductions and how they agreed with Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to return 900 million dollars to its customers, which will result in a reduction in consumer bills. The reduction is projected to be around five dollars a month per customer. First Energy will also be upgrading their delivery system by installing advanced readers that will be able to provide both the company and customers with feedback on electric usage. Doron also talked about utility billing issues with consumers and learning the difference between being billed on the cost of distributing and the cost of how much of the utility a consumer actually uses. Lastly, Doron shared valuable information on how to avoid being scammed and how you can spot a scammer.

The Plain DealerReporter and writer for the Plain Dealer, Chuck Yarborough, discussed the future of the Plain Dealer during his appearance on AWF. Yarborough said that when it comes to in classic union-busting tactics, editors and designers are being outsourced. He also talked about a benefit concert hosted by the News Guild for the workers of the Plain Dealer called “The Concert for Truth.”

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the fight to increase the minimum wage to 15 dollars by 2024. He also mentioned a story of a person who worked 70-hour weeks on two minimum wage fast food jobs and how he was still unable to support his family.



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.


Mark Naymik from Cleveland.com Featured on America’s Work Force Radio

Mark Naymik, political columnist for Cleveland.com with featured works in the Plain Dealer, was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

Mark Naymik On Oct. 24, Mark Naymik made an appearance on America’s Work Force Radio to discuss the controversy surrounding Ken Johnson and his monthly reimbursement payments of $1,200. Johnson has undefined expenses and is being reimbursed $1,200 every month and no one is questioning why. Naymik also talks about the political landscape in Ohio with the governor race and the senate race.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Tyler LongpineThe second featured guest to appear on the show was Tyler Longpine, Political Director with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. While on the show, Longpine discusses the upcoming election, voter suppression, and what is at stake for working families. He goes on to talk about retirement security, social security, and union pensions.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talks about the “mystery tax cut” and what he thinks the Republicans end game with it is, the Freedom Foundation being anti-worker, and a scam tracker to report any contact received by anti-union groups.


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.