Preventing the Offshoring of Jobs Discussed on America’s Work Force

Shane Larson, National Director of legislation, politics, and international affairs for The Communications Workers of America, spoke with America’s Work Force on July 9 about legislation being put in place to prevent the offshoring of United States jobs.

Communication Workers of AmericaLarson discussed legislation being brought up to keep companies from offshoring some of their jobs. The legislation he mostly touched on was the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act, which is still a relatively new piece of legislation, and how it is attempting to counter AT&T offshoring their call center jobs. Larson then gave a review on AT&T and their tax break scam where they were going bankrupt and ask for subsidies to help them get back on their feet and for every billion dollars they received, they would create 7,000 more jobs. Instead, they took the money, gave bonuses to their executives and then offshored their call center jobs, upsetting many of the workers who had lost their jobs to this offshoring.

Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilDave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with AWF on July 9 about union density in Nashville, Tennessee. He said that Nashville had a relatively low union density and wages were low, but when unions began to form and gain more traction, wages began to rise from 11 dollars to 20 dollars. Wondolowski also talked about why project labor agreements are so important to the protection of workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke discussed employees at an Amazon fulfillment facility in Minnesota planning a six-hour work stoppage during Amazon’s Prime Shipping day.



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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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.



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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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.



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.

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.

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.



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!