New Developments in the Councilman Ken Johnson Case Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Naymik, reporter for Cleveland.com spoke with America’s Work Force on June 26 to discuss new developments in the Cleveland Councilman Ken Johnson investigation.

Mark NaymikNaymik, who has been reporting on the Cleveland Councilman Ken Johnson investigation for nearly an entire year discusses new developments in the case. Over the past few years, Councilman Johnson has been claiming his monthly allowance of up to $1,200 in reimbursement without providing any receipts or any detailed list of what he is spending money on, raising questions on the authenticity of his requests. Naymik said that someone is finally auditing Councilman Johnson and they hope to crack down on his unethical requests for his maximum monthly reimbursements. He also told the story about Councilman Johnson quitting his position, activating his pension, and then having other people on the council reappoint him the next day. Naymik really wants to stress Johnson’s unethical behavior in hopes that more people start paying attention, ensuring he is held accountable for his actions.

Dan DeVernaFinancial advisor, Dan DeVerna spoke with AWF on June 26 about different pension plans that a person could select. In detail, he discussed one pension plan where you will begin to receive your pension and if something were to happen to you, your spouse will then receive part of your pension. DeVerna also talked about that same scenario, but if you do not have a spouse, your pension could go into your life insurance and your children or grandchildren will be able to receive it from there.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Alaska potentially shutting down if a budget levy is not passed and Arkansas making a work requirement in order for a person to receive medicaid.



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 Discussed More Thorough Labor Law Reform

Bill Samuel, director of government affairs with the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on April 25 about better improving labor laws.

Bill Samuel AFL-CIO

Samuel discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), the updated version of NAFTA, and how the labor law reform in it still is not strong enough. He said that he would like to see the Mexican minimum wage, which is just above $3, to be raised so that the standard of living in Mexico could go up. Samuel stated that increasing the minimum wage in Mexico will help keep jobs in the United States as well because companies will be less willing to send jobs to Mexico since Mexican labor will not be as cheap as it once was. Lastly, he talked about Protect the Right to Organize Act (PRO) and the push to increase awareness of unions and the benefits of organizing.

Dan DeVerna

Financial adviser Dan DeVerna spoke with AWF on April 25 about what age you could retire at, and how to receive your retirement benefits. Outlined in his book “Retirement is Just the Beginning,” DeVerna states that there are specific plans put in place to retire at age 55, 59 ½, and 70 ½ years old. He said that every person is different, so they will all have different plans and should pick one that suits them the best. DeVerna also explained how much money a person needs for a good retirement and also how to get your money out of your 401k or other retirement plan.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc covered the Amazon driver’s recent victory where now they will not be forced to sign an arbitration agreement that would intentionally misclassify them, making them miss out on better pay and other benefits.



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,

Looking Back on American Strikes on America’s Work Force

On March 28, Rich Yeselson, writer for the Nation Magazine, joined America’s Work Force to discuss his new article that focuses on American strikes.

Yeselson spoke about his newly published article on the Nation Magazine’s website called An Injury to All: The Past and Future of the American Strike. This article reviews important strikes in American history and the outcomes and lasting effects that they had in the workforce. Yeselson also talked about the lockout of 1,700 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at the Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation (RAC) in Ravenswood, West Virginia among other shady business deals involving Marc Rich, controller of the RAC. Lastly, he talked about how to strengthen the labor movement.

Dan DeVernaFinancial planner Dan DeVerna spoke with AWF on March 28 about shifting more responsibility onto people when dealing with their pension plans. He talked about workers deferring more and more of the weekly pay into their retirement plans and how age is a factor in how much you are allowed to put into it. DeVerna also discussed what would happen to the money a person had saved up after they die and who it would all go to.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about remembering those who lost their lives during the Triangle ShirtWaist Fire.



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.