America’s Work Force Looks Into FirstEnergy Solutions Bankruptcy Plan

The bankruptcy plan brought forth by FirstEnergy Solutions was recently rejected by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Alan Koschik,who ruled the plan was “patently unconfirmable.”

FirstEnergy Solutions is filing for bankruptcy in a restructuring plan, which if approved, would officially separate the subsidiary from FirstEnergy Corp., the energy distributor.

Ohio Consumers Counsel Public Affairs Director Dan Doron joined America’s Work Force on April 8 and discussed the FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy plan.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronAccording to Doron, the FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy plan would allow FES to avoid paying cleanup and decommissioning costs for their two nuclear and coal powered plants, which are scheduled to be shut down in the next few years. Their plan would push the remediation costs on to taxpayers. The FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy plan was rejected by a federal bankruptcy judge who ultimately said the plan abused the bankruptcy system.

While on the topic of utilities, Doron also brought attention to door-to-door scam, where scammers act as utility provider representatives and provided information on what to do if you have fallen victim to one of these scams.

CAP Center for American ProgressNicole Svajlenka, Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for American Progress, spoke to AWF about illegal aliens in the United States. She advocated on behalf of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), arguing Congress needs to extended protections for the “dreamers.” Last year, President Trump made an offer to Democrats to extended protection for the “dreamers,” but Democrats under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer turned down the offer, as they did not want to compromise with the president. Svajlenka also discussed the American Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also talked about job growth in the service sector.



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.

Tips to Avoid Falling for Utility Scams was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force

On March 11, Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumers Counsel gave tips on how to spot a potential utility scammer during his time on America’s Work Force.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronDoron said that on average, every fifteen minutes, one person falls for a utility scam, and they all could be avoided if that person had known the warning signs of a scammer. He went over some of the scams being used, such as caller ID spoofing, cramming, slamming, yes scam and other scams where the scammer puts a lot of pressure on consumers in hopes that they fall for their scam. Some of the warning signs of a scammer that Doron discussed were if they are demanding immediate payment, asking for personal account information over the phone, and putting increased pressure on a consumer to have them sign up for a “better plan.” Doron said that if you are ever concerned about something, that you should take out your utility bill and call the number listed on it and ask questions directly to your utility provider so they can clear up any confusion you may have.

Tony Liberatore Laborers 860Tony Liberatore, Jr., Laborers Local 860, spoke with AWF on March 11 about the spring construction season. He discussed slowing down and respecting the speed limit in construction zones for the safety of the workers onsite. Liberatore also discussed plans to improve Ohio’s roads from the proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents. The state countered DeWine’s gas tax increase proposition by stating that they would go for a 10.7 cent gas tax increase, rather than DeWine’s 18 cents.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Green New Deal and how people are saying that some legislators are against it and state that it is filled with lessons about how not to negotiate for cleaner energy.



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.

Utility Billing Issues Broken Down on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 11, Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel discussed utility marketing problems during his time on America’s Work Force.

Ohio Consumers CounselDoron discussed First Energy benefiting from tax reductions and how they agreed with Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to return 900 million dollars to its customers, which will result in a reduction in consumer bills. The reduction is projected to be around five dollars a month per customer. First Energy will also be upgrading their delivery system by installing advanced readers that will be able to provide both the company and customers with feedback on electric usage. Doron also talked about utility billing issues with consumers and learning the difference between being billed on the cost of distributing and the cost of how much of the utility a consumer actually uses. Lastly, Doron shared valuable information on how to avoid being scammed and how you can spot a scammer.

The Plain DealerReporter and writer for the Plain Dealer, Chuck Yarborough, discussed the future of the Plain Dealer during his appearance on AWF. Yarborough said that when it comes to in classic union-busting tactics, editors and designers are being outsourced. He also talked about a benefit concert hosted by the News Guild for the workers of the Plain Dealer called “The Concert for Truth.”

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the fight to increase the minimum wage to 15 dollars by 2024. He also mentioned a story of a person who worked 70-hour weeks on two minimum wage fast food jobs and how he was still unable to support his family.



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.

New Year’s Resolutions on Energy and Efficiency Discussed on America’s Work Force

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel provided tips on how to save money on energy during the winter months on the Jan. 14 edition of America’s Work Force.

Dan Doron, Public Affairs Director with Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, discussed ways on how to be more energy efficient during the winter months to help save money on utility bills. Doron stated that utility users should be more aware of holes in walls, gaps between doors and floors, and covering them up to keep your energy use more efficient. He also mentioned checking your thermostat to make sure it is at an appropriate temperature and even setting it five degrees colder in the winter or five degrees warmer in the summer to save more money. Doron then talked about improving home energy efficiency in the new year by fixing holes in walls, checking your insulation, and changing furnace filters.

Human Resources Director, Kris Dzikas at Precision Valve and Automation discussed her company providing free health care to workers and their families. Dzikas described the benefits of having their health care provider in-house and how it is helping reduce absenteeism. She said that whenever a worker is not feeling well, they can receive a check up in the clinic, get treated, and get back to work. Dzikas stated that workers are being proactive with their health and are taking better care of themselves because of their in-house clinic.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about week three of the ongoing partial government shutdown and the effects it is having on the furloughed employees.

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.

Learn How to Protect Yourself Against Unwanted Telemarketing Calls and Scams on America’s Work Force Radio

Listeners of the Dec. 10 edition of America’s Work Force Radio learned how to protect themselves from unwanted telemarketing calls and phone scams.

Dan Doron Ohio Consumer CounselDan Doron, from the Ohio Consumer Counsel, talked about the steps people should take to prevent unwanted telemarketing calls from reaching them. He urged individuals to sign up for the national Do Not Call registry, which should help them reduce the amount of unwanted phone calls received from telemarketers. He discussed how to prevent being scammed by fraudulent telemarketers. The warning signs, Doron said, of a phone scammer are if they ask for credit card information, account numbers, or any other personal information.

Laborers Local 860 ClevelandLaborers Local 860 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Tony Liberatore joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed workers’ pay, along with So-Called “Right to Work” legislation. He also talked about Ohio’s infrastructure and discussed the need for infrastructure improvements throughout the U.S. as well.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the possibility of Tesla taking over shuttered General Motors factories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said there is a possibility the electric car manufacturer could buy the plants, if they close.


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.


Discussion on America’s Work Force Radio Focuses on Veterans Services and Utility Savings

Guests on America’s Work Force Radio talked about veteran’s services and savings on utility bills. 

Dan Doron Ohio Consumer CouncilOn the Nov. 12 edition of AWF, Dan Doron, with the Ohio Consumer Counsel, discussed an Ohio utility payment plan for veterans called the Patriot Plan, which requires utility companies to offer a payment plan to active-duty military members to repay previous debt without late fees or interest. Payment plans can be extended up to the amount of months a service member was deployed. Doron provided tips on how to save money on utility bills during the winter season and talked about door-to-door marketers from energy companies and the Block-the-Knock registry.

John Rice Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, from the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission, joined America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about services offered by the CCVSC to veterans. These services include, but are not limited to crisis lines, financial assistance and memorial affairs.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc wishes all veterans and current military members a happy Veteran’s Day and thanks all who have served or are currently serving our country.


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.


Ohio Consumer Counsel Dan Doron on America’s Work Force Radio

Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumer’s Counsel was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

Ohio Consumers Council OCCThe first guest on the show was Dan Doron and he discussed possible scams that people could fall for involving their utility providers. Doron talks about scammers targeting older individuals, more creative scams that are being pulled on people, how to spot a scammer, and what to do if you happen to fall for a scam. He also discusses do not call lists, and the importance of reporting a scam if you do fall for one. Just because you fell for a scam does not mean someone else should too; report it so that people can learn from your mistakes. To end his time on the show, Doron talked about “vampire power”, and different ways on how to save nearly $100 on your electricity a year!

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 Our second guest on the show was Fred Ross from IBEW 1245, and he talked about maintaining a strong relationship and open communication with members of your union. He talked about how staying transparent with your union will help maintain trust throughout the union, making sure everyone’s voices are heard, constantly improving your union, recruiting campaigns, the union difference, and how to keep members in the union, lowering the rate of people leaving the union.

Our show’s host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how a union can make a difference in your life, the Cordray and Dewine debates, and how a union in California is responding to the Janus decision.


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.


First Energy Declaring Bankruptcy Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On today’s show we had Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumer Counsel and Tony Liberatore from Laborers Local 860. Our first guest on the show, Dan Doron, spoke about First Energy Solutions and First Energy Corp., First Energy Solutions declaring bankruptcy and what to expect next, whether electricity prices will change when the new owner takes over, First Energy closing down their last coal-fired plant, elderly people getting scammed when searching for utility assistance, and AT&T withdrawing from the lifeline program to offer vital telephone services to elderly people. Our second guest on the show today was Tony Liberatore from Local 860. Tony talked about Local 860 showing up and protesting at a groundbreaking for Euclid’s lakefront trail, how he wants to meet with the mayor and discuss not exporting local jobs when they have the capability and man power to get such jobs done, encouraging people to unionize, and President Trump’s plan to pump up the infrastructure in our country. We also discuss the income gap, overtime pay, added jobs, and Spirit Airlines Customer Service finally organizing!

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.

Missouri Victory on Prop A was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

On the broadcast today we had Dan Doron, with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, and he talked about several topics including Consumer Payments to Subsidize Electric Utilities, Do Not Call List, Summer Crisis Program, and OCC Visits to Fairs! Also on the program was Terry O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborers International Union of North America(LIUNA), and he discussed the Missouri Victory on Prop A, the Infrastructure Proposal from Bill Shuster, the Pension Crisis, and Immigration Crack-down and it’s Effect on the Construction Industry!