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.


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Women in Politics Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Introducing more women into politics was a main topic of discussion during the Jan. 3 edition of America’s Work Force.

Madeleine May Kunin, 77th governor of Vermont, discussed Emerge Vermont, a program that recruits, supports, and trains Democratic women who want to run for a political position. Kunin said that we need more women in politics to fight for equal pay, the right for a woman to have control over decisions involving her own body and to end the violence against women. She then talked about a controversial law in Vermont that allows terminally ill people, who have less than six months to live, the option of ending their own life by means of a specific medicine when they feel the timing is right. Kunin also mentions her most recent book, Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties.

Nickie Antonio, Senator of Ohio, discussed protecting labor rights. She talked about fighting So-Called “Right to Work” and the attack on Prevailing Wage in Ohio. Senator Antonio also mentioned her priorities going into 2019 that include access to healthcare for all, improving infrastructure, fully funding public schools and creating a better atmosphere for students.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about President Trump refusing to open up key parts of the government until funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall is approved.

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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Mother Jones Exhibit Unveiling Discussed on America’s Work Force

On the New Year’s Day edition of America’s Work Force, the history and legacy of Mother Jones was discussed.

Rosemary Feurer, Director of the Mother Jones Heritage Project, discussed a newly unveiled exhibit, honoring the life and accomplishments of Mother Jones. The 4×4 marker located at a Coalfield, Illinois rest area on I-55 northbound includes a background on Mother Jones’ life, her accomplishments, and the Coalfield women’s march for justice and civil rights for worker families. Feurer also discussed John L. Lewis working to organize the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO talked about three areas that he believes organized labor needs in order to move forward in the new year. He said these three things include improving infrastructure, protecting public schools as well as eliminating corruption and scandal in private and charter schools, and restore local government funding.

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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America’s Work Force Discusses Government Reform With Guests

Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director of the AFL-CIO, discussed the incoming new congress on America’s Work Force Radio.

Samuel discussed House Resolution Bill 1 during the Jan. 2 edition of AWF. He mentions that HR 1 covers areas such as government reform, voting rights, campaign finances, gerrymandering, government ethics and much more. Samuel then talked about labor law reform to help make it easier for workers to organize and provide more bargaining power to the worker. He also covered the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and how it is benefiting Mexican workers.

Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director of the United Labor Agency, discussed helping people return to work after being out for a long period of time. He said his agency helps people write or update resumes, host workshops to refresh the worker’s skills, and assists in matching the worker’s skills with required skills in job openings. Megenhardt also talked about the future of advanced manufacturing.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the AFGE suing the Trump administration for forcing employees to work during the shut down with no pay. He also discussed the current status of the government shut down.


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 Looks at Middle Class Prosperity

On the final day of 2018, America’s Work Force Radio talked about middle class prosperity.

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On the Dec. 31 edition of America’s Work Force Radio, Robert E. Friedman, Founder and Chair Emeritus of Prosperity Now, argued in favor of what he called a Prosperity Bill, which would match an individual’s first thousand dollars in savings. Friedman, who authored the book A Few Thousand Dollars, said that given a reasonable opportunity, low income and middle class citizens would save, invest, start businesses and pursue higher education if they had extra money after covering their basic needs. He then explained past, present and future money, and how it affects everyone by either holding them back, or helping them pursue a quality life.

Dr. David Himmelstein, MD, FACP, a professor of public health and health policy in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, adjunct clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School discussed HR 676, which expands and improves Medicare for all. He said the legislation should prohibit for-profit companies from running hospitals and other healthcare institutions. Dr. Himmelstein expects a final version of the bill early in the New Year.

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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Fate of the GM Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force

The future of the GM Lordstown Plant was the main topic of discussion on the Dec. 28 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

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John Russo, visiting scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University, discussed the fate of the GM Lordstown plant during his AWF appearance. GM is closing multiple plants across North America, and in doing so, will lay off upwards of 15,000 employees. He said GM’s stocks rose six percent after making the announcement to downsize. Russo felt this showed Wall Street is only concerned about corporate profit, not about the livelihood of company employees. According to Russo, the GM closings will ultimately send more work to GM plants in Mexico or China. He also spoke about the possibility of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown making a 2020 presidential run.

United Steelworkers Union International President Leo Gerard joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked trade. He provided his thoughts on the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), including if it will be fair to workers. He discussed the incoming U.S. Congress and his hope they will improve infrastructure and the Affordable Care Act.

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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Plain Dealer Contract Negotiations Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sam Allard, senior writer with Cleveland Scene magazine, discussed ongoing contract negotiations between The Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild during his appearance on the Dec. 27 edition of America’s Work Force.

Cleveland Scene

Allard discussed the potential layoffs of union employees from The Plain Dealer newsroom during the centralization of production operations. Currently, The Plain Dealer and the Newspaper Guild are going through contract negotiations. According to Allard, one proposal from Plain Dealer management included cutting 23 jobs and sending that work to the centralized facility. Allard then talked about the union’s counter-proposal, leaving out specific details, that would cut necessary costs without outsourcing jobs. He said they expect The Plain Dealer to respond to the counter-proposal by the end of the year.

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Also on the program, AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Suragroh melon farm having their Fair Trade USA certification revoked. A Honduras division of Fyffe, Suragroh was the number one supplier of winter season fruits and melons to the United States. The de-certification occurred after the discovery of poor working conditions at certain facilities and wage theft from their 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.

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United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Discussed on America’s Work Force

Independent labor voice, Tom Buffenbarger from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, appeared on the Dec. 26 edition of America’s Work Force.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Tom Buffenbarger

Buffenbarger joined AWF to discuss the new NAFTA, U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and areas that he feels could be improved. He said that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) does not look out for the skilled laborer and only ‘toward business owners who are looking out for themselves over their workers.’ Buffenbarger also discussed the government shutdown and the repercussions it is having on government employees.

Ohio District 13 Congressman Tim Ryan

A clip of Congressman Tim Ryan speaking on the House floor was the second feature on the Dec. 26 edition of AWF. During his speech, Ryan talked about the General Motors Lordstown plant ending production. Further discussion ensued about how this halt in production is affecting the workers and the surrounding area. He said ‘the working class is suffering while the top 1 percent continues to do well.’

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Sears’ executives taking bonuses rather than paying severance to workers who were laid off after the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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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Outgoing Commissioner Remembers His Time in the Public Service Sector on America’s Work Force.

On Dec. 24, Dan Troy, Outgoing Lake Country (OH) Commissioner, spoke about his fondest moments serving on the Ohio Legislature and as Lake County Commissioner during his feature on America’s Work Force Radio.

Dan Troy Lake County Commissioner

Troy, who served 14 years on the Ohio Legislature and 20 as Lake County Commissioner discussed his proudest moments working in the public service sector. He talks proudly of his time working on environmental pieces such as phosphorus reduction acts and solid waste laws tightening requirements on landfills. Overall during his time in the public sector he said he was most proud about the stability created in the county, their fiscal responsibility, and they delivered services that they had promised. Troy also spoke about people developing myopic views created by only paying attention to one media news outlet rather than diversifying and absorbing different viewpoints and creating your own opinion.

Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO

Larry Willis from the Transportation Trades Department also appeared on the Dec. 24 edition of AWF. Willis discussed Amtrak closing their call center in Riverside, California and moving to Florida in what seems like a classic union busting tactic. According to Willis, “500 good paying union jobs will be lost and the new workers will not be receiving health or pension benefits and will also be taking a pay cut.” Willis also said that the workers losing their jobs in Riverside will be training the new employees from Florida who will be taking their jobs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the American Federation of Government Employees reaction to the third government shutdown 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 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 Examines VA Copay Issues

Mark Seavy, from the American Legion, appeared on America’s Work Force Radio on Dec. 21 and talked about copay issues within the Veterans Administration.

American Legion Magazine Mark Seavey

According to Seavy, the VA refuses to reimburse veterans for out of pocket emergency services. He said it is ridiculous that the government has the money to deploy soldiers, but does have the money to care for them when they return home injured or sick. He believes there needs to be better copay options for veterans to cover the costs of medication, rehabilitation and other medical needs. Seavy also spoke about the decision by Defense Secretary James Mattis to resign after a disagreement with President Trump, who decided to U.S troops out of Syria.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta talked about what his organization plans to do in 2019. Fiesta said they will work to address issues such as the price of prescription drugs, the expansion of social security and raising the earning cap. He also discussed a recent court ruling, which declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Fiesta said the Texas judge made a poorly reasoned decision and did not thoroughly review the ACA.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed SNAP eligibility and recently passed legislation, which bans the shackling of pregnant women in federal prisons.


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.