AT&T Investigation Discussed on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, administrative director for Communication Workers of America District 4 spoke with America’s Work Force on May 14 to discuss problems involving AT&T breaking promises on creating more jobs.

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Mathews discussed AT&T asking for a tax break that they would create more jobs in return. After receiving a $21 billion tax break, AT&T eliminated 20,000 jobs, even offshoring certain call center jobs. Mathews said that AT&T claimed that they had created 3,000 jobs, but that was after eliminating over 20,000, so they are still down thousands of jobs. With the tax breaks, AT&T CEOs have been giving themselves bonuses, as well as other benefits. He then went on to talk about the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) act and how it will strengthen worker rights. A big problem right now is workers being misclassified, which is causing them to lose benefits, worse wages, and have less job security.

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Rich Jordan, business manager for the Ironworkers Local 17 spoke about apprenticeships and getting more people involved in the trades. He spoke about the benefits of an apprenticeship with Local 17, such as free training, earn-while-you-learn pay model, good benefits, and job security. Jordan said that currently, there are 250 apprentices in their program, but they are always trying to recruit more. Ironworkers Local 17 accepts apprenticeship applications in their office every Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump imposing more tariffs on items such as batteries, spinach, and coffee.



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Dignity of Work was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

On March 14, three separate guests gave their input on the topic of dignity of work while on America’s Work Force.

Communication Workers of AmericaBernie Lunzer, News Guild– Communication Workers of America, joined AWF to talk about the attacks on journalism and the work that they do. Many journalists are attacked and berated for doing their jobs, and how people are sending legitimate threats to them. He talked about the dangers of working in journalism and if someone reports a story that goes against a person’s agenda, they deem it “fake” and an “unreliable source.” Lunzer stressed that journalism is not dying out and that the journalism practice needs to be preserved and protected at all costs.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerMichael Shields from Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on how the General Motors Lordstown workers could have been protected. He said that if the Art Modell law extended to corporations, the workers would have been able to keep their jobs or be properly reassigned. He also talked about strengthening unemployment compensation in Ohio so that when the workers were laid off, they would be properly compensated and would not be struggling to make ends meet while looking for new work. Also, Shields mentioned that if there were better tax incentive packages in Ohio, more companies would have wanted to come in and take G.M.’s spot or maybe even G.M. would have stayed open.

Senator Sherrod BrownSenator Sherrod Brown was the third and final guest on the March 14 edition of AWF. He discussed raising the minimum wage so that workers would not have to be living paycheck to paycheck to afford the most basic necessities. He also talked about President Trump’s new budget plan and how the GOP tax cut added to the deficit and to counteract it, they are cutting money from social programs such as social security and medicare.



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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H.R. 1 Breakdown Discussion on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, Communication Workers of America District 4, joined America’s Work Force on March 12 to discuss H.R. 1 and some of the things that are included in it.

Communication Workers of AmericaMathews spent some time on AWF speaking about H.R. 1, also known as the “For the People Act,” and how it aims to remodel our system of democracy and our voting rights. To begin with, this piece of legislation will make sure there is no “dark money” in future elections; any person who donates $10,000 or more to a campaign will be accounted for on a list that says who they are, how much they donated, and to which party. There will also be a digital list online of advertising money given to a particular organization during a campaign. H.R. 1 also aims to improve voting registration regulations by allowing same day registrations, registration by mail, and early registration. Lastly, Mathews said how H.R. 1 will update election security by improving voting locations and their equipment, as well as have a detail paper trail for all recounts.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Matt RothschildMatt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign discussed the democrat agenda for legislation in Wisconsin. He mentioned how, currently, democrats have the majority in Wisconsin and plan on putting passing progressive policies.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Oakland teachers reaching a tentative agreement to improve their classroom conditions, resources, and a salary increase going into 2021.



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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Legislature for the People was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Communication Workers of America Legislative and Political Director, Shane Larson, spoke about a new piece of legislature that was introduced at the beginning of the year during his time Feb. 12 appearance on America’s Work Force

Communication Workers of AmericaLarson discussed a new piece of legislature called “For the People Act” or H.R. 1 that was introduced in Jan. 2019. H.R. 1 covers big money in politics such as “dark money” and “special interest” money, expanding opportunities for more citizens to be able to participate in future elections. This can be done by making election day a holiday for federal employees and encourages businesses in the private sector to do the same, as well as a wide range of ethical issues. Larson explained that H.R. 1 has been overshadowed and relatively ignored due to the 35 day government shutdown that began in January and is worried that the same thing might happen again with the threat of another government shutdown projected to begin on Feb. 15.

Kris LaGrange UCOMM BlogKris LaGrange, head of UCOMM Communication, spoke about Amazon’s HQ2 in New York City during his time on AWF. He discussed Amazon’s vice president refusal to remain neutral if Amazon’s employees decided they wanted to unionize and how it has created concerns among NYC elected officials. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to that comment, saying that there will be pressure for Amazon to allow their employees to unionize and that he will also contribute to the pressure put on Amazon.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Denver teachers strike, which is the first strike in Denver in over 25 years, that was influenced by the pay increase and what they want done with their bonuses.



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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New Congress Discussed on America’s Work Force

During the Jan. 8 edition of America’s Work Force, Frank Mathews with Communication Workers of America, discussed issues that the new congress will be taking on in 2019.

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Mathews talked about the new congress holding big corporations accountable who outsourced jobs after receiving tax cuts. He talked about investigating AT&T and other corporations who took advantage of the tax cuts, who said they will create more jobs, but outsourced them instead. Mathews also talked about more states rising up against So-Called “Right to Work,” specifically in the midwest.

Leonard DiCosimo with the Cleveland Federation of Musicians was also featured on the Jan. 8 edition of AWF. Dicosimo talked about a newly ratified collective bargaining agreement with musicians in the Cleveland Orchestra. These contracts included modest increases in salaries, increased benefits, changed audition policies and a 2 percent increase in weekly compensation. He also talked about the Cleveland Federation of Musicians upcoming plans for 2019.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing partial government shutdown and people calling their senators asking to not work on any bills that do not deal with the reopening of the government.

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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Communication Workers of America Administrative District 4 Director Discussed AT&T Jobs on America’s Work Force Radio

Frank Mathews, CWA District 4 Administrative Director, provided an update on AT&T Midwest jobs during his Dec. 11 appearance on America’s Work Force Radio.

Communication Workers of AmericaMathews said AT&T received a tax cut and he hoped they would create more jobs with the extra funds. Instead of creating jobs, AT&T ended up cutting thousands of jobs through offshoring and outsourcing. He then explained the importance of holding corporations accountable for their actions. Mathews spoke about current legislation in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Dave Wondolowski Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilDave Wondolowski from the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked about how apprenticeship programs affiliated with the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council were praised for their high quality of training. He explained the affiliated apprenticeship programs are all self-funded. Wondolowski talked about the recent Cleveland Building Trades Apprenticeship Fair, which had a record turnout, as more than 300 people attended the fair to learn about the opportunities provided by the trades. He also spoke about the importance of enforcing Project Labor Agreements and Prevailing Wage.

Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of AWF, discussed the recent lame duck legislation in Wisconsin, as well as the Trump administration’s new attack against collective bargaining agreements.


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.


Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski Talked Election Results on America’s Work Force Radio

Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, talked about results of the midterm election on America’s Work Force Radio.

 

Dave Wondolowski Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn his monthly AWF appearance, Wondolowski provided his thoughts on what the future holds following the midterms. He spoke about the republican candidates who won in the election in Ohio and the fate of a So-Called “Right to Work” bill sitting in a lame duck session of Ohio General Assembly.

 

Communication Workers of AmericaFrank Mathews, Administrative Director of the Communications Workers of America District 4, was also a guest on the Nov. 13 show. Mathews was surprised by the high amount of Ohio voters, from both parties, who participated in the election. Prior to the election, he thought 2 million votes for Democratic Party candidate Rich Cordray would have been enough for him to become Ohio’s next governor. Due to the high turnout, the 2 million votes was not enough for Cordray to win. Mathews also discussed certain bills sitting in the General Assembly’s lame duck session such as So-Called “Right to Work”, free speech on college campuses and telecommunication regulations.

 

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how the results of the midterm elections will put power back into the hands of working Americans. He also talked about show regular, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who is considering a run for the White House in 2020.

 


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.


AT&T Offshoring Jobs was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

On the show today, we had Frank Mathews, Administrative Director from Communication Workers of America (CWA) District 4, and Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary at the Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council (CBCTC). Our first guest, Frank Mathews, discusses the ongoing issue with AT&T withdrawing of service matrix and how they are offshoring jobs, the Federal Lifeline Program, the disappearing jobs during the Trump administration, and how the Trump Tax Bill is encouraging business to offshore their jobs. Our second guest, Dave Wondolowski talks about the importance of registering to vote, Richard Cordray, Ohio voting, hard times filling trades positions, Apprenticeship awareness, opportunities in the Building & Construction Trades, and bringing awareness about the trades back to high schools as a viable post-graduation opportunity for success. Along with all of this, we also talk about the Op-Ed written about President Trump, new NAFTA negotiations, regulations that prioritize workers, and promoting good U.S. manufacturing jobs and discouraging outsourcing!

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.

So called “Right-to-Work” Defeated in Missouri Discussed on America’s Work Force

On the broadcast today we had Curt Hess, Assistant to the Vice President of CWA District 4, and he talked about AT&T bargaining, the Right to Work defeat in Missouri, and the “Broken Promises Road Tour”! Also on the program was David Wondolowski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer for the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, and he talked about Right to Work Defeated in Missouri, the Ohio Governor’s Race, and Ohio’s District 12 Results!