AT&T Looking for a Bailout Discussed on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, administrative director for the Communication Workers of America, District 4, spoke with America’s Work Force on June 11 about AT&T asking for money for a bailout.

Communication Workers of AmericaMathews discussed the ongoing problem with AT&T and how they continue to claim that if they receive a certain amount of money, they will invest in the company and create more American jobs. Time and time again, AT&T has proven that they are liars and continue to take the money given to them and have not followed through on their promises to create more jobs. In fact, Mathews said that over 3,500 call center jobs from AT&T have been offshored to Mexico since the bailout began. He said that negotiations for new contracts are still in the works with AT&T and that he hopes they stick to their promises of creating “shovel-in-the-ground jobs” for more Americans.

Tim Miller Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 33 SMW LU 33Tim Miller, business agent for Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 spoke to AWF on June 11 about the many job opportunities in the trades, specifically sheet metal work. He spoke about how to get started in the sheet metal trade and what a person will have to go through in order to become a sheet metal worker. Miller described how those who are accepted into the program will enter a five-year apprenticeship program, which will combine classroom instruction with on-the-job training. After discussing the benefits that come with an apprenticeship, he went on to talk about how a Cleveland area high school is partnering with SMW LU 33 by showing students their facilities and providing information about the trade, showing demonstrations of the trade and how it is a viable career option.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Kaiser Permanente in California and the mental health clinicians demanding better resources. He said that clinicians at Kaiser have been working without contracts since September of 2018.



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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.


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