Booming Economy in Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary-treasurer with the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on Friday, July 5 about the economy in Columbus, Ohio.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager first spoke about Columbus and all of the construction projects going on in the area. He said that the amount of construction going on in the area is a good thing because it is putting a lot of people to work and helping boost their economy. Next, Hager spoke about a neutrality agreement with Columbus hotel employees and their employers. He said that the hotels told their employees they are not for, or against unions, so if they decide that they want to unionize, the employers will not push back against them.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Matt RothschildMatt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign spoke with AWF on Friday, July 5 about the current environment of the Wisconsin legislation. He discussed the big problem of gerrymandering and how over 60 percent of Wisconsin legislators are working hard to ban it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the demise of journalism in the United States.



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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Nuclear Energy Bill Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary-treasurer at the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke to America’s Work Force on June 7 about House Bill 6.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager discussed Ohio House Bill 6, dealing with nuclear energy. He expressed his opinion of being in favor of keeping nuclear power plants functioning, despite push back from other members of the building trades council. Hager also talked about a two year, $600 million workers compensation bill and whether he thinks it will be helpful or not. Furthermore, he mentioned the people and organizations that the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades will be endorsing, including but not limited to, Mayor Ginther, Judge Judy Thomas, and attorney Jessica D’Varga. Lastly, Hager talked about the building trades council’s 2019 D.A.D.’s Day Shoot and why they do it.

Cleveland SceneSam Allard, writer with Cleveland Scene spoke with AWF on June 7 about the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland and its expected completion in Fall 2019. He also said how they will need to borrow more money in order to finish the project. When all is said and done, the project will have cost an estimated $185 million. Allard then talked about the nuCLEus project, located near the mixed use complex in Cleveland. He also spoke about decrepit county jails in Ohio that are in desperate need of money to fund repairs and improvements.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the proposed sale of the General Motors plant in Ohio to become an electric car plant and how it won’t replace all of the jobs lost from the shut down after the end of the Chevy Cruze production.



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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Upcoming Work Opportunities in Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary for the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on May 3 about an increase in job opportunities in Columbus, Ohio.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council

Hager began his time on AWF by talking about the National Building Trades Legislative Conference that he attended last month. Hager discussed the speakers that he was drawn to during the conference. He then discussed infrastructure improvements in the Columbus area, which would create a large amount of job opportunities and get people back to work. Hager mentioned the gas tax increase and how some people are upset about. On the bright side, it will be useful towards infrastructure repairs and improvements around the city. Hager then talked about a $23 million recreation center in Columbus that will be union built and will be a huge opportunity to put even more people in the area back to work.

Tim Murphy Mother Jones

Russ Choma, writer for Mother Jones Magazine spoke with AWF on May 3 about President Trump’s problems with Deutsche Bank. He said that democrats subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for the President’s tax returns, but then President Trump and all of his family members sued Deutsche, putting the bank in a tough situation. Choma said that the President suing the bank so they cannot release his tax returns is because if his tax returns get out, he will be audited. He then discussed the President’s golf habits and how large of an expense he is racking up with the amount of security and protection he needs to travel to these golf courses.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the International Association of Firefighters giving their support to democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.



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.

America’s Work Force Tackles The Need To Repair Ohio’s Infrastructure

America’s Work Force tackled the issue of repairing Ohio’s crumbling infrastructure.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn April 5, Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, discussed the situation facing Ohio’s legislators, who recently agreed to raise the state’s gas tax in order to fund infrastructure repair.

Hager talked about the gas tax and how it will assist in funding infrastructure repairs throughout Ohio. He said many bridges in Columbus and central ohio were rated fair, but are badly in need of repairs. Unfortunately, the money is currently not there to repair and maintain them. Hager also discussed the need to bring more people into the building trades and how great career opportunities can provide people a path to living a middle class life.

Cleveland SceneSam Allard, writer for Cleveland Scene magazine, spoke with AWF about the recent layoffs at the Plain Dealer. In a classic union-busting move, 14 Plain Dealer writers, who were part of the News Guild, were laid off because the newspaper wanted to downsize and outsource a part of their operations. Allard said a few members who had been working for the Plain Dealer volunteered to be laid off in order to preserve the jobs of their coworkers, but there were not enough volunteers to save all those individuals who were laid off.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who announced his intention to run for President in the upcoming 2020 election.



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.

Building Futures Impact on Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

The Building Futures program is making a positive impact in the lives of its graduates and Franklin County.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilMaking his monthly America’s Work Force Radio appearance on March 1, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager spoke about the recent graduation of the third Building Futures Class and the success of past classes. The third graduating class consists of 11 members, who completed the pre-apprenticeship program and will soon begin life as a building trades apprentice. The Building Futures program has an 88 percent graduation rate, with an 85 percent placement rate in to JATCs. The starting rate for program graduates as apprentices is $16.91. The first two graduating classes combined to have an economic impact of over $1.4 million in Franklin County on wages and benefits.

Hager also discussed recent new about Columbus Mayor Ginther, who this year will run unopposed for his current seat. Mayor Ginther is a huge supporter of the building trades and has worked to promote building trades careers and apprenticeships, as there is a need for more skilled tradesmen in the area with the amount of construction work scheduled for central Ohio.

Tim Murphy Mother JonesMother Jones writer Tim Murphy talked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during his appearance on AWF. He said Ocasio-Cortez is changing the way that politicians work and promote themselves through the use of social media. He claimed her social media has positively impacted her image because it is keeping people engaged and connected to her work.



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.

Dorsey Hager Explains the Benefits of Working in the Building Trades on America’s Work Force

Show regular and Executive Secretary of the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Dorsey Hager explains why people should begin a career in the building trades during his appearance on America’s Work Force.

Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Feb. 1, Hager discussed an upcoming Columbus area construction trades fair, where affiliated members of the C/CO BCTC will provide students and other career fair attendees with hands-on demonstrations of certain trade-specific tasks and also explain why they should consider becoming an apprentice. He said many people do not fully understand the the benefits of joining an apprenticeship, such as a debt-free education, the earn while you learn training model, good wages and good jobs. Hager also talked about the Building Futures program, which is designed to teach members of the underserved Franklin County community about the trades and provide them with the resources to help them become apprentices.

Mother Jones MagazineKara Voght, a writer with Mother Jones Magazine, also joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 1 and spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who could potentially be the biggest threat to Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid. Voght said Brown is worker and union friendly. He travels to union halls and speaks to workers about their concerns for their unions and other workers. She also examined the presidential landscape and different candidates.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the dignity of work and how working women have rights to sue over wage discrimination.



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.

Columbus Construction Trades Fair Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council talked about the Columbus Construction Trades Fair during his appearance on the Jan. 4 edition of America’s Work Force.

Hager said the Construction Trades Fair will take place on Jan. 31 in the Columbus City School District targeting young people who may be interested in the skilled trades or older adults looking for a new career path. Hager says that during the trades fair, not only can you ask questions, but you can also participate in demonstrations of what specific trades do. He also talked about the reconstruction that will take place at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The second guest on the show was Russ Choma, with Mother Jones magazine discussing a money laundering investigation on the Deutsche Bank, President Trump’s biggest lender. He said that President Trump owes the bank upwards of $364 million in loan debt. He also talked about President Trump doing business in Saudi Arabia.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the United Auto Workers filing suit against General Motors, also known as GM, accusing them of violating the labor contract by using temporary workers at a plant in Fort Wayne, IN instead of the laid off workers in Ohio. Flash said according to their labor agreement, GM was required to provide the opportunity to the laid off workers to relocate to another plant to continue work.


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.

America’s Work Force Radio Talks Columbus Crew Soccer

Keeping the Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Ohio’s capital city was the main topic on America’s Work Force Radio.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Dec. 7, Dorsey Hager, Executive-Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council, appeared on AWF and discussed the future of professional soccer in Columbus. Hager talked about the future plans of Mapfre Stadium, which is the current home of the Columbus Crew. He explained the plans to turn the Mapfre, formerly known as Crew Stadium, into a multi-purpose sports complex with various fields and an indoor training facility for the Columbus Crew. He provided insight into the project and how the Columbus/Central Ohio building trades will be utilized to build this complex. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has agreed to a Community Benefit Agreement on this project to ensure the work gets done on time, safely and under budget by local highly skilled workers. Hager also spoke about the Columbus Building Futures Program, which is pre-apprenticeship program designed to expose under served Franklin County residents to the building trades.

Mother Jones WebsiteTim Murphy, from Mother Jones Magazine, joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed soon-to-be former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and the impact he made in Texas during the midterm elections running against Sen. Ted Cruz. Murphy said O’Rourke’s campaign moved Texas from being a Republican state to a voting state.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Sen. Sherrod Brown, who condemned corporate greed. He also remembered Pearl Harbor 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 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.


Dorsey Hager from Columbus-Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Discussed Columbus Building Futures Program on America’s Work Force.

Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades, Dorsey Hager, was a featured guest on the Nov. 2 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager talked about the Columbus Building Futures Program, which is a 12-week program designed to provide individuals with the skills needed to begin a career in the region’s booming construction industry. Hager also spoke about the benefits of apprenticeships, including good wages and benefits and a rewarding career.

Mother Jones WebsiteThe second guest on America’s Work Force Radio was Dave Gilson, with Mother Jones Magazine. Gilson discussed nine white supremacists who ran for office this year. He said the white supremacists received some votes due to their party affiliation, which is why they continue to run for office. Gilson said the best way to stop these individuals from running for office is to have better, more qualified people run for those same positions.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about how President Trump is making it easier to sue unions. He also discussed the Google workers who staged a “Walk Out for Real Change” over a sexual misconduct scandal.


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.


Opiod Epidemic was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building & Construction Trades Council and Julia Laurie from the Mother Jones Magazine. While on the show today, Dorsey Hagar talks about the special election in the 12th Congressional District in Central Ohio, the National Alliance for Fair Contracting conference that he had attended and his presentation, how he wants to reach to under privileged communities and inform them about working in the trades, how he wants teachers to start to promote joining the trades as a path to success instead of saying college is your only option, and an end of summer union party. Julia Laurie discusses the heavy topic of the opioid epidemic and drug abuse. She talks about the 72,000 drug overdose deaths from 2017, how there was a 10% raise in drug overdose related deaths, when we can expect it to start leveling out, and how easily, and unnecessarily accessible these types of drugs are to people. Along with this, we talk about seeing the trades being promoted in a magazine in Toronto and how other places should start advertising the same way and the opioid epidemic hitting hard in Cuyahoga County in Ohio.

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.