Responsibility and Accountability Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, former General President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke with America’s Work Force Radio on Sept. 24 about the United States Department of Labor.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger spoke about President Trump appointing Eugene Scalia as the new Labor Secretary. He stressed that having Scalia as the Labor Secretary could hurt working people in some pretty big ways. One way being a change in pension plans and 401ks, potentially taking away what people have worked their whole careers to build up. Buffenbarger then discussed the second week of the General Motors United Auto Workers strike. Workers benefits are being wiped away, and workers are now in charge of their own health insurance now. He also said there appears to be no progress on getting a contract drawn up between the workers and GM.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke with AWF on Sept. 24 about the services that they offer veterans. Some of the services include Veteran Administration and pension program assistance. They also help veterans who are struggling with food, housing or utility bills. Lastly, Reiss talked about single use plastic bag bans at grocery stores.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the GM strike, and Native Women’s Equal Pay 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.

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Passing the Blame on General Motors Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On March 21, Josh Nassar, legislative director from the United Auto Workers, joined America’s Work Force to talk about people pointing fingers at each other and blaming one another for the shutdown of the Lordstown plant.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar talked about President Trump calling out the UAW President Dave Green, telling him to “quit complaining” and go do something about bringing work back to the Lordstown plant. Nassar also said that Trump blamed union dues being too high and that is why the plant went out of business, even though union dues are paid by the members, not the company. He then went on to talk about the new NAFTA deal, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how they are fighting to make sure worker rights are protected in the new trade agreement.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on March 21 about the USMCA also. Samuel said that AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, is fighting hard to ensure that workers are protected in the new agreement. He then discussed the General Motors debacle and how GM had been hedging with stock buybacks, rather than investing into the company and its employees. Lastly, Samuel talked about Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Under the PRO act, there will be no more So-Called “Right-to-Work” in any states, sanctions for companies so they do not violate worker rights to organize, monetary penalties for executives who violate worker rights with illegal firings, and much more.



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.

President Trump’s Proposed Budget Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On March 20, Jacque Simon, policy director of the American Federation of Government Employees joined America’s Work Force to talk about President Trump’s proposed budget.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesSimon talked about how President Trump’s proposed budget included cuts to many valuable programs, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, healthcare and social security, along with cuts to public education. She said that a lot of what the President is proposing to cut in his budget is a classic union busting move, however, as of right now, there is not much progress being made in Washington D.C. to push anything through. Simon went on to talk about the Paid Leave Act and the Federal Medical Leave Act and the push for more paid parental leave. Lastly, she spoke about the issue of TSA workers still waiting to receive back pay from their missed pay periods while working during the government shutdown.

AFL-CIODavida Russell with the North Coast Labor Federation – AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force on March 20 to talk about getting more involved in local government. She talked about if you want to see change, you have to actively participate and vote on issues that are important to you. To add on to that, Russell said that she would also like to see more union members get involved in government, whether it is running for a spot on city council, or by voting on issues that most affect unions.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the General Motors Lordstown plant and how the workers are demanding that the company invest into them as much as they had invested into the company over the years.



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.

Future of the General Motors Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 19, Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, spoke with America’s Work Force about the future of the General Motors Lordstown plant.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper talked about what General Motors could have done differently in order to keep the plant active and make sure the workers were able to keep their jobs. Had they invested more of their money into retrofitting the plant into being able to produce more lines of vehicles or a different line other than the Cruz, then the plant would still be in operation. Cropper mentioned that GM was still making money on the Chevy Cruz from their plant, they just wanted more money, and that was one of the factors that led to the shutdown. She then went on to talk about Governor DeWine’s proposed budget plan and how she appreciates that he put money into a budget for wraparound services for students. Lastly, Cropper discussed the Summit Academy and how they received money to fix staffing needs and to resume normal business operations.

Dr. Michael HutchinsonDr. Michael Hutchinson, associate clinical professor at Mt. Sinai joined AWF on March 19 to speak about healing America’s healthcare system. He talked about what it means to have an “all care” system compared to a medicare for all system and how they are similar. Lastly, he talked about how an all care system is “free enterprise” compared to healthcare for all being a form of socialism.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how there is still room for improvement for workers in it.



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.

Dignity of Work was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

On March 14, three separate guests gave their input on the topic of dignity of work while on America’s Work Force.

Communication Workers of AmericaBernie Lunzer, News Guild– Communication Workers of America, joined AWF to talk about the attacks on journalism and the work that they do. Many journalists are attacked and berated for doing their jobs, and how people are sending legitimate threats to them. He talked about the dangers of working in journalism and if someone reports a story that goes against a person’s agenda, they deem it “fake” and an “unreliable source.” Lunzer stressed that journalism is not dying out and that the journalism practice needs to be preserved and protected at all costs.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerMichael Shields from Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on how the General Motors Lordstown workers could have been protected. He said that if the Art Modell law extended to corporations, the workers would have been able to keep their jobs or be properly reassigned. He also talked about strengthening unemployment compensation in Ohio so that when the workers were laid off, they would be properly compensated and would not be struggling to make ends meet while looking for new work. Also, Shields mentioned that if there were better tax incentive packages in Ohio, more companies would have wanted to come in and take G.M.’s spot or maybe even G.M. would have stayed open.

Senator Sherrod BrownSenator Sherrod Brown was the third and final guest on the March 14 edition of AWF. He discussed raising the minimum wage so that workers would not have to be living paycheck to paycheck to afford the most basic necessities. He also talked about President Trump’s new budget plan and how the GOP tax cut added to the deficit and to counteract it, they are cutting money from social programs such as social security and medicare.



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.