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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Dorsey Hager Explains the Benefits of Working in the Building Trades on America’s Work Force

Show regular and Executive Secretary of the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Dorsey Hager explains why people should begin a career in the building trades during his appearance on America’s Work Force.

Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Feb. 1, Hager discussed an upcoming Columbus area construction trades fair, where affiliated members of the C/CO BCTC will provide students and other career fair attendees with hands-on demonstrations of certain trade-specific tasks and also explain why they should consider becoming an apprentice. He said many people do not fully understand the the benefits of joining an apprenticeship, such as a debt-free education, the earn while you learn training model, good wages and good jobs. Hager also talked about the Building Futures program, which is designed to teach members of the underserved Franklin County community about the trades and provide them with the resources to help them become apprentices.

Mother Jones MagazineKara Voght, a writer with Mother Jones Magazine, also joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 1 and spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who could potentially be the biggest threat to Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid. Voght said Brown is worker and union friendly. He travels to union halls and speaks to workers about their concerns for their unions and other workers. She also examined the presidential landscape and different candidates.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the dignity of work and how working women have rights to sue over wage discrimination.



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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Dorsey Hager from Columbus-Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Discussed Columbus Building Futures Program on America’s Work Force.

Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades, Dorsey Hager, was a featured guest on the Nov. 2 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager talked about the Columbus Building Futures Program, which is a 12-week program designed to provide individuals with the skills needed to begin a career in the region’s booming construction industry. Hager also spoke about the benefits of apprenticeships, including good wages and benefits and a rewarding career.

Mother Jones WebsiteThe second guest on America’s Work Force Radio was Dave Gilson, with Mother Jones Magazine. Gilson discussed nine white supremacists who ran for office this year. He said the white supremacists received some votes due to their party affiliation, which is why they continue to run for office. Gilson said the best way to stop these individuals from running for office is to have better, more qualified people run for those same positions.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about how President Trump is making it easier to sue unions. He also discussed the Google workers who staged a “Walk Out for Real Change” over a sexual misconduct scandal.


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.