Over the Counter Drugs Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Scott Melville, CEO of Consumer Healthcare Products Association spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 8 about over the counter drug prices.

Scott MelvilleMelville talked about how in 2011 under the Restoring Access to Medication Act, a person would be able to go into any pharmacy and purchase over the counter medication and their health savings account would pay for it. He said that a person’s health savings account would cover anything that their insurance provider did not cover. Meville also talked about how the rapidly increasing prescription drug prices are out of control and congress needs to work on putting together legislation to fix the issue. He stated that there is a common sense bi-partisan bill in the works right now to make prescription drugs more affordable, but we will have to wait and see what will happen.

Communication Workers of AmericaFrank Mathews, Administrative Director of District 4 of the Communication Workers of America joined AWF on Oct. 8 to talk about the AT&T tax scam and Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. He said that with the AT&T tax scam, an investigation needs to be done and punishment needs to be distributed to AT&T for not following up on their promises of creating jobs after saving money from a tax break. Mathews said that action needs to be taken against AT&T so that other corporations do not try to follow suit on this and abuse the tax system. He then talked about how the PRO Act is necessary to help protect workers against any reprisal or punishment when discussing organizing in their workplace. Mathews stated that it helps encourage workers to have a voice and stand up for themselves and shifts power back to workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the third week of the General Motors strike and how it affects their workers.



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 Discussed Richard Trumka’s Interview with Fox News

In early September, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO joined Fox News Sunday and discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada-Trade Agreement (USMCA).

AFL-CIOTrumka sat down with Fox News Sunday, the day before Labor Day to talk about why he does not think the USMCA is passable as it stands right now. He said that it is not enforceable and it will be a windfall for corporations and a disaster for workers. Trumka stated a few reasons as to why he does not believe it is passable as it stands. One of the reasons is that it allows either party to stop arbitration, which would ruin any progress of mending any problems between workers and their company. He also gave his opinions on the good and bad President Trump has done for workers since he took office.

Communication Workers of AmericaFrank Mathews, Communication Workers of America, District 4 administrative director spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 10 about the AT&T tax scam. He talked about AT&T breaking their promise to create more jobs with the profits that were made after their tax break, and instead of creating jobs, they offshored them. Mathews did say that employees did see an increase in their wages, however, it was only two cents an hour. Again, he stressed how this is nowhere near what was promised and the workers feel cheated.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about British Airways pilots going on strike and the Battery Wharf Boston hotel workers striking for better conditions and better pay.



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.

For The People Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, Administrative Director for Communication Workers of America, District 4 in Chicago spoke with America’s Work Force on August 13 about the For The People Act.

Communication Workers of AmericaMathews began his time on AWF by explaining to listeners what the For The People Act is and why it helps protect people. He said that the act helps protect voting rights, keeps money in the appropriate places in politics, prevents redistricting, and keeps government officials accountable. Mathews then talked about the AT&T tax scam and how the company turned their backs on the employees. AT&T was supposed to create jobs with the profits they made after receiving a tax break, but instead of creating jobs, they cut thousands of them or offshored them. He also talked about corporate stock buybacks and how it is hurting employees and only helping CEOs.

Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilDave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council spoke to AWF on August 13 about the Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP). He said that the Department of Labor is using Standard Recognition Entities (SREs), yet Wondolowski doesn’t think SREs are the best method for deciding if an apprenticeship program is up to standard. He said that there is no requirement to pay progressive wages, no equal employment opportunities, no safety requirements, and more things that go against what makes a union apprenticeship program stand out above others.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the New Jersey AFL-CIO winning a fight for workers that helped put a law in place that will penalize employers who do not pay they workers their full wages or 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.