AT&T Scandal Discussed on America’s Work Force

Frank Matthews, administrative director for the Communication Workers of America, District 4, spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 14 about the AT&T tax scandal. Continue reading

Historical Accuracy of The Irishman Discussed on America’s Work Force

Al Neal, contributing writer to People’s World spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 10 to discuss the Netflix original movie The Irishman. Continue reading

AT&T Tax Scam Reviewed on America’s Work Force

Frank Mathews, administrative director for the Communication Workers of America District 4 spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 12 about the AT&T tax scam. Continue reading

Supporting the PRO Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, labor writer for Press Associates Union spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 4 about a union supporting the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Continue reading

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Communication Workers of America

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.

Ironworkers

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.

Communication Workers of America

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.