IRAPs were the Main topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, Executive-Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 6th about IRAPs.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager spoke about Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, also known as IRAPs, and why he does not think that they are up to the standard they should be. When it comes to union apprenticeships, their training is intense and thorough to ensure that when an apprentice is working on a jobsite, they are able to do their job safely and be able to go home at the end of the work day. IRAPs strip down safety regulations for apprenticeships, which in turn will make job sites less safe, not only for the one worker, but for everyone else around them on the jobsite. Hager also talked about the large amount of construction in Columbus, Ohio and even though people may be upset at the amount of traffic caused by the construction, jobs were created and their economy is being stimulated. He said that people have to remember when they see orange barrels, jobs were created there, making an effort to improve the city.

Cleveland SceneCleveland Scene writer, Sam Allard also spoke with AWF on Sept. 6. Allard talked about his newly published article “I See a Cleveland Rising. I See Trouble on the Way.” In his article, Allard spoke about Cleveland and how people are talking about seeing the city move in a positive direction with all of this talk about creating economic prosperity for all, but it is all just talk. He said people cannot simply say these nice things, they need to act on it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about pension accountability act, and chicken producers conspiring with one another to withhold wages, and even cut wages, to employees they suspect are illegal immigrants.



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America’s Work Force Tackles The Need To Repair Ohio’s Infrastructure

America’s Work Force tackled the issue of repairing Ohio’s crumbling infrastructure.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn April 5, Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, discussed the situation facing Ohio’s legislators, who recently agreed to raise the state’s gas tax in order to fund infrastructure repair.

Hager talked about the gas tax and how it will assist in funding infrastructure repairs throughout Ohio. He said many bridges in Columbus and central ohio were rated fair, but are badly in need of repairs. Unfortunately, the money is currently not there to repair and maintain them. Hager also discussed the need to bring more people into the building trades and how great career opportunities can provide people a path to living a middle class life.

Cleveland SceneSam Allard, writer for Cleveland Scene magazine, spoke with AWF about the recent layoffs at the Plain Dealer. In a classic union-busting move, 14 Plain Dealer writers, who were part of the News Guild, were laid off because the newspaper wanted to downsize and outsource a part of their operations. Allard said a few members who had been working for the Plain Dealer volunteered to be laid off in order to preserve the jobs of their coworkers, but there were not enough volunteers to save all those individuals who were laid off.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who announced his intention to run for President in the upcoming 2020 election.



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Building Futures Impact on Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

The Building Futures program is making a positive impact in the lives of its graduates and Franklin County.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilMaking his monthly America’s Work Force Radio appearance on March 1, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager spoke about the recent graduation of the third Building Futures Class and the success of past classes. The third graduating class consists of 11 members, who completed the pre-apprenticeship program and will soon begin life as a building trades apprentice. The Building Futures program has an 88 percent graduation rate, with an 85 percent placement rate in to JATCs. The starting rate for program graduates as apprentices is $16.91. The first two graduating classes combined to have an economic impact of over $1.4 million in Franklin County on wages and benefits.

Hager also discussed recent new about Columbus Mayor Ginther, who this year will run unopposed for his current seat. Mayor Ginther is a huge supporter of the building trades and has worked to promote building trades careers and apprenticeships, as there is a need for more skilled tradesmen in the area with the amount of construction work scheduled for central Ohio.

Tim Murphy Mother JonesMother Jones writer Tim Murphy talked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during his appearance on AWF. He said Ocasio-Cortez is changing the way that politicians work and promote themselves through the use of social media. He claimed her social media has positively impacted her image because it is keeping people engaged and connected to her work.



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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Columbus Construction Trades Fair Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council talked about the Columbus Construction Trades Fair during his appearance on the Jan. 4 edition of America’s Work Force.

Hager said the Construction Trades Fair will take place on Jan. 31 in the Columbus City School District targeting young people who may be interested in the skilled trades or older adults looking for a new career path. Hager says that during the trades fair, not only can you ask questions, but you can also participate in demonstrations of what specific trades do. He also talked about the reconstruction that will take place at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The second guest on the show was Russ Choma, with Mother Jones magazine discussing a money laundering investigation on the Deutsche Bank, President Trump’s biggest lender. He said that President Trump owes the bank upwards of $364 million in loan debt. He also talked about President Trump doing business in Saudi Arabia.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the United Auto Workers filing suit against General Motors, also known as GM, accusing them of violating the labor contract by using temporary workers at a plant in Fort Wayne, IN instead of the laid off workers in Ohio. Flash said according to their labor agreement, GM was required to provide the opportunity to the laid off workers to relocate to another plant to continue work.


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 Radio Talks Columbus Crew Soccer

Keeping the Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Ohio’s capital city was the main topic on America’s Work Force Radio.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Dec. 7, Dorsey Hager, Executive-Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council, appeared on AWF and discussed the future of professional soccer in Columbus. Hager talked about the future plans of Mapfre Stadium, which is the current home of the Columbus Crew. He explained the plans to turn the Mapfre, formerly known as Crew Stadium, into a multi-purpose sports complex with various fields and an indoor training facility for the Columbus Crew. He provided insight into the project and how the Columbus/Central Ohio building trades will be utilized to build this complex. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has agreed to a Community Benefit Agreement on this project to ensure the work gets done on time, safely and under budget by local highly skilled workers. Hager also spoke about the Columbus Building Futures Program, which is pre-apprenticeship program designed to expose under served Franklin County residents to the building trades.

Mother Jones WebsiteTim Murphy, from Mother Jones Magazine, joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed soon-to-be former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and the impact he made in Texas during the midterm elections running against Sen. Ted Cruz. Murphy said O’Rourke’s campaign moved Texas from being a Republican state to a voting state.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Sen. Sherrod Brown, who condemned corporate greed. He also remembered Pearl Harbor Day.


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Opiod Epidemic was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building & Construction Trades Council and Julia Laurie from the Mother Jones Magazine. While on the show today, Dorsey Hagar talks about the special election in the 12th Congressional District in Central Ohio, the National Alliance for Fair Contracting conference that he had attended and his presentation, how he wants to reach to under privileged communities and inform them about working in the trades, how he wants teachers to start to promote joining the trades as a path to success instead of saying college is your only option, and an end of summer union party. Julia Laurie discusses the heavy topic of the opioid epidemic and drug abuse. She talks about the 72,000 drug overdose deaths from 2017, how there was a 10% raise in drug overdose related deaths, when we can expect it to start leveling out, and how easily, and unnecessarily accessible these types of drugs are to people. Along with this, we talk about seeing the trades being promoted in a magazine in Toronto and how other places should start advertising the same way and the opioid epidemic hitting hard in Cuyahoga County in 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.

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