Verde Energy Investigation Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, outreach and education staff member with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 9 about the ongoing Verde Energy investigation.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronVerde Energy is under investigation after the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) received hundreds of customer complaints stating that Verde is using unfair, misleading and deceptive marketing methods. Tinkham said that Verde would spoof other energy companies caller IDs and unsuspecting consumers would buy into contracts with Verde thinking they were somebody else. He also talked about holiday lighting display efficiency. Tinkham recommended that people use LED light fixtures when setting up their holiday displays, as they are much more economical to use and your lighting bill will be lower compared to using other lighting.

Kevin KennedyKevin Kennedy, mayor of the City of North Olmsted, Ohio, spoke about the aging water pipe infrastructure in his city. Kennedy said that the water lines that North Olmsted used have around a 100-150 year lifespan and how the current pipes are just over 100 years old. He explained the need to replace them and how especially during the winter months, burst pipes could be catastrophic.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about jobless numbers and people employed in low wage jobs who are receiving $18,000, or less, per year.



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Usefulness of Taxes Discussed on America’s Work Force

Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 12 to discuss why major tax cuts hurt communities.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerHanauer explained that taxes are needed so that we can invest in our communities and work to make them better places. Taxes help rebuild infrastructure, pay for new projects, support local programs, and more. She said that taxes are public investment, and the more that is contributed, the better the outcome. Hanauer mentioned that if there is another major tax break given to corporations, the communities will be the ones missing out because there will be less money being put into their projects and programs. She stated that she is disappointed when she sees major tax breaks be given out because it shows that there is less commitment to public interest and they care more about corporate greed. Lastly, she talked about the impact that lawmakers can have on their communities by fighting for things that are of public interest.

UAW United Auto WorkersDesiree Hoffman, international representative for the United Auto Workers talked about the new trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). With the USMCA coming closer to being complete, she said that she would like to see how the labor laws included in the trade agreement are going to be enforced. Hoffman said improved labor laws and worker protections in the USMCA is a step in the right direction, but now there needs to be a way to enforce them and punish those who break these laws and protections. She also talked about legislation for the regulation of prescription drug prices.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about voter fraud in Ohio and the miniscule amount of voters that turned out to be fraudulent.



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Money in Politics Discussed on America’s Work Force

Lisa Savage from the Green Party spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 11 about how money in politics could cause corruption.

Lisa SavageSavage, who is running for congress in the state of Maine, prides herself and her campaign in not taking money from corporations as donations and how it helps them run a clean campaign. She talked about how easy it is for corporations to manipulate candidates into taking certain stances or backing certain issues that they may not have on their own without any coaxing or bribing. Savage said by not accepting money for her campaign, she is able to express her thoughts and actions are all made under her own power and she cannot be bought or bribed. She also discussed ranked-choice voting and why it is a viable option to use for elections and how it shows what people really want in terms of parties or ideas. Lastly, she talked about healthcare problems in the United States and how fixing them should be the main concern for the candidates headed into the 2020 election.

The Labor CitizenTom Germuska, Jr., editor of the Cleveland Labor Citizen gave a preview of some of the stories that are featured in the December edition of the Labor Citizen. He highlighted stories that dealt with local unions in different trades volunteering their time in the community. One of the stories Germuska talked about was Plumbers 55 volunteering to give a class to a local boy scout troop on what plumbers do, how to fix certain issues involving sinks, and toilets, and also how to solder. He said that the Plumbers helped the boy scout troop earn their plumbing merit badges and exposed them to the trades and the union way. Germuska also said that included in the new edition of the Labor Citizen is a gift guide of union made goods.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the massive steps in the right direction that were made involving worker rights and labor laws.



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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.

The IrishmanThe Irishman, released to the streaming platform Netflix in late November 2019, is about Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters and mob influence in unions and businesses. Neal expressed the aspects of the movie he thought were both good and bad, especially when discussing the history and details of unions. He said that they failed to display the importance of unions back then and why people were fighting so hard to bust them during organizing. Another complaint Neal had in the way unions were displayed in the film is that he said they were “painted badly.” Neal also said that the film did a good job focusing on the history of Jimmy Hoffa and mob influence on unions and other aspects of businesses during the 1950s.

Communication Workers of AmericaFrank Mathews, administrative director of the Communication Workers of America District 4 spoke about Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. As of November, the PRO Act is officially a bi-partisan bill, and this is good progress, in hopes to see it push through the senate. Mathews also discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and how it will include environmental protections, worker protections, prescription drug prices and labor law enforcement.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Cummins, the largest maker of truck engines in the United States, with layoffs starting in quarter one of 2020 and how it could leave some drivers having to pay for their own gas to make it home from their deliveries.



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Work Progress in Central Ohio Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary-treasurer for the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 6 to discuss the progress of different projects in the Central Ohio area.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilSome of the projects that Hager discussed included the Facebook Campus project, Columbus Crew stadium renovation, updates to the Ohio State University Medical Center and more. He said that the Facebook Campus will include 10 buildings and the size of the campus will roughly be the size of Columbus. The work will be done by the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council and, more importantly, will be done union. Hager said that the work and projects will take between four to six years to complete, and will be beneficial to the Columbus economy.

Andy LevinAndy Levin, freshman congressman from Michigan, spoke about Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The reason that Congressman Levin wants to see the PRO Act pass is because it is a major stepping stone in helping rebuild the middle class. The PRO Act will protect labor laws and enforce punishment when they are broken by companies, healthcare and benefits are protected, and drug prices are regulated. He also talked about getting more union members involved in local government so there is a stronger union representation and the union message gets to be put on the forefront for everyone to see.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about General Motors joint venture with a Korean manufacturing company where they will manufacture batteries for electric vehicles at the Lordstown Factory in Youngstown, Ohio.



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Heartburn and Ulcer Drug Recall Explained on America’s Work Force

Nicholas DiCiocco, attorney with Kelley and Ferraro, LLP spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 5 to discuss the Zantac recall throughout the United States.

Kelley & FerraroZantac, a common drug used to prevent heartburn and treat stomach ulcers, along with generic forms of the drug, were voluntarily pulled from shelves in the United States, starting in September. DiCiocco stated that the drug company made the executive decision to remove the drug from shelves, not the Food and Drug Administration. After some studies, it has been found that the drug contained low levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) which is linked to cancer, resulting in the drug company removing their product from store shelves before an official FDA recall. DiCiocco explained that his law firm is still reviewing all of the facts while taking on litigation cases for people who may be experiencing side effects of Zantac, and its generic drugs, before an official FDA recall is put in place.

Senator Sherrod BrownSenator Sherrod Brown spoke with America’s Work Force about the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump. In regards to whether the hearings are going too fast, he said he just wants to make sure all of the facts are presented because there is damnable evidence against the President that he attempted to bribe a foreign leader to gain political support. He also discussed pension protection programs and how pension program deregulation and Wall Street greed damaged pension programs and made them volatile. Lastly, Brown talked about automation taking jobs from people and why the Workers’ Right to Training Act could help counter this.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Google employees, who were trying to unionize, were terminated for “violating policy” and it is believed that Google did this in an attempt to kill their union efforts.



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Rehab Assistance Program Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dave Megenhardt, executive director of the United Labor Agency spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 4 about a rehab assistance program with his agency.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyMegenhardt discussed how the ULA helps those who are in rehab for an opiod addiction complete their treatment and get back into the workforce. He said that one of the most difficult things for people to do after they complete rehab is to get back on their feet and find a job so they can support themselves. The ULA provides people with the skills needed to meet qualifications for jobs and once establishing their stronger skills, finding a job that will best suite them. Megenhardt said the ULA will also help those who have completed their rehab stay sober and work with them to make sure they maintain their jobs.

In These Times MagazineJackson Potter with In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force about the school system in Chicago. He discussed the underfunding of their schools and how the conditions are not ideal for the students or teachers. Being a former educator in a Chicago school, Potter talked about how the teachers are fighting for better classroom conditions, resources and class sizes, among many other things, to ensure that the children are able to receive the best education they deserve.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Harvard graduate students in the student union being on strike until they can reach an agreement on a better contract with their school.



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Be on the Lookout for these Holiday Season Scams

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 2 to inform listeners of scams to be on the lookout for during this holiday season.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauMcConnell discussed a Cleveland based furniture company recently receiving complaints against them for sending customers damaged goods, if received at all, and making it nearly impossible for the customer to exchange or return the items bought. The second scam McConnell talked about deals with scam calls about social security numbers. If you are contacted saying that your social security is compromised, do not give up any information they are requesting, and contact the social security administration. Lastly, McConnell said to be cautious when holiday shopping online and do your research to make sure the company you are shopping from is legitimate. She mentions that companies overseas do not have the same business regulations as those in the United States and have a higher potential of being a scam than a U.S. company.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsMark Gruenberg, labor writer for Press Associates Union discussed the National Labor Relations Board rewriting and revising certain issues. He said that some issues they are revising involve unions and unionizing and how they are making it more difficult for a union representative to organize at a workplace and for unions to become recertified. Gruenberg expressed concern about how the NLRB is reversing old decisions and are fighting to make their new laws permanent, which could be hurtful in the future if someone may want to revisit and revise it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the caterers at Sky Chef fighting for better contracts including better wages, benefits and working conditions in the airports that they are located in.



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Factory Conditions Discussed on America’s Work Force

David Ranney, author of Living and Dying on the Factory Floor spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 29 about working conditions in factories.

Living and Dying on the Factory FloorRanney joined AWF to talk about his time back in the 1980’s working in factories and the conditions that he experienced. He explained that back then, factories were dangerous, unclean and difficult to work in, even factories that were unionized. Ranney said that when factories started shutting down and jobs began to disappear, workers were cheated out of their pay and pensions, among other things. On top of those issues, he said that there used to be immigration raids frequently, where immigration would detain any worker who was an immigrant, even if they were legally a U.S. citizen. Lastly, Ranney explained that as unions became more powerful, they helped make conditions, wages and benefits for factory workers better.

National Union of Healthcare WorkersSal Rosselli with the National Union of Healthcare Workers spoke about healthcare. He talked about nurses healthcare and how they are fighting to have healthcare coverage that is adequate enough and will cover any injuries that they may be exposed to while on the job. Rosselli also talked about nurses fighting to increase wages that will help them support themselves and their families. Lastly, Rosselli explained why the NUHW is supporting Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren during the next 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.

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Labor Law Enforcement Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Bill Samuel, director of government affairs with the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 28 to discuss labor law enforcement in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

AFL-CIOSamuel first discussed Senator Mitch McConnell, and how he brags about killing legislation in the Senate that passed through the House. Right now, there are over 200 bills that are sitting in the Senate that McConnell nicknamed “The graveyard” because he kills the bills. Among some of those bills are the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, Butch-Lewis Act, Paycheck Fairness Law and many more. Samuel discussed the USMCA and how worker protections are a main area of concern in it. He said that labor laws and worker protections have finally been included, but there needs to be a way to enforce the laws so if any of the participating countries in the agreement break the law, they can be rightfully punished for it. Some of the labor laws and employee protections include minimum wage laws, work conditions, work hours and the ability to unionize.

American ProsepectHarold Meyerson, contributing writer for the American Prospect talked about anti-unionism in the south. He talked about motor companies deciding between coming to the United States or going overseas to China and how they would compare cost, work productivity and wages in order to make a decision. Meyerson said that there are still some states in the U.S. that do not have minimum wage laws or unions, and those states became top prospects for these motor company locations. Lastly, he discussed the importance of labor law protections and how everyone involved in the USMCA needs to keep each other accountable with labor law enforcement.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about shadow unions, or corporate unions, in Mexican companies and how jobs are going to Mexico because the pay is low, and worker protection and labor laws are limited or non existent.



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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