America’s Work Force Radio welcomes a new school year

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers joined America’s Work Force on August 20 to discuss the beginning of another new school year.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper first discussed the new bulletproof backpacks that have been released in the wake of recent school shootings, as a means for protection for today’s children. Also, she talked about how after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool in Florida, there has been attempts to put common sense gun legislation in place in Ohio to limit people’s access to high powered rifles. Cropper stressed how with a lot of gun legislation, the government is not trying to completely take away people’s rights to their firearms, just limit access to high capacity rifles and other extremely powerful guns.

On the topic of school shootings, Cropper talked about teachers who think they are being proactive by bringing a gun of their own into their classrooms to protect their class in case of emergency. Teachers wanting to protect their students is a great thought, however, in one instance, a teacher left their classroom, leaving one of the students to find the unlocked case where the gun was kept, picked it up and pointed it at another student. No one was harmed, but that situation could have turned out to be disastrous even though the teacher had good intentions of protecting their kids. Lastly, she talked about the Ohio budget for education and how some legislation that was put in place expanded the voucher program.

American ProsepectDavid Dayen, executive editor of the American Prospect joined the August 20 show to talk about President Trump’s fake trade war with China. He talked about how the President called China a currency manipulator and continues to battle with them over tariffs. Dayen said that the President continues delaying to give China a necessary response on how to end this feud over steel.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Shell workers just outside of Pittsburgh who were told they either had to attend President Trump’s rally, or take the day off with no pay, and how that was unfair to the workers.



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The Fight Against Amazon Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 6, David Dayen, writer for In These Times Magazine, spoke about the pushback against Amazon’s HQ2 and logistics center plans during his time on America’s Work Force.

In These Times MagazineDayen spoke about Amazon HQ2 and hundreds of cities bidding on the project, using taxpayers money to fund the construction. After selecting New York City as the location for HQ2, Amazon eventually backed out of its commitment after push from the city to allow the workers to unionize. Dayen then spoke about Nashville, Tenn. being selected for an Amazon logistics center. He mentioned that the city is contributing $600,000 to the project, which is nearly two percent of the city’s 2019 budget, which was not received well by those living in the city. With having already a tight budget, people in the city are not happy with the city stretching the budget even further to put money towards this logistics center. Lastly, Dayen discussed the possibility of seeing medicare for all and how to prepare for the healthcare expansion.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyExecutive director of the United Labor Agency, Dave Megenhardt, talked about In-Demand Jobs Week, March 11 – March 15, and all that will be taking place during that week. He explained the purpose of In-Demand Jobs Week is for job seekers, employers, or young adults to learn about in demand jobs in the area and the training necessary in order to be successful in those jobs. Some of the jobs that Megenhardt talked about were healthcare, information technology, and transportation jobs. He said that the week will end with an open house where several local employers will be interviewing and speaking with qualified candidates for their jobs.



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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Non-Union Tesla was a Main Topic Discussed on America’s Work Force

On the broadcast today we had writer, editor, and researcher Tim Tolka, and contributing writer to The Prospect, David Dayen. Our first guest, Tim Tolka talks about how he got started with his research on his book Blue Mafia, small town police misconduct, brutality and corruption, consent decrees, and the backstory behind the federal investigations on the police in Steubenville and Warren Ohio. Our second guest, David Dayen talks about Tesla, the workers and the wages that they are making, how Tesla is the only United States car manufacturer that is non-Union, the high cost of living around the factory and how it is forcing the workers to have to live further than desirable away from their work, and Elon Musk and his promises to the workers (that do not include wage increases). Each of our guests dive deep into their incredibly interesting and thought provoking topics and made for a great show today!