Stagnant Wages Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dr. Jill Stein, two time green party presidential candidate, spoke to America’s Work Force on May 10 about stagnant wages and increasing healthcare costs.

Dr. Jill Stein

Dr. Stein said that one of the biggest problems right now for workers is that wages have been stagnant or barely increasing, while the cost of healthcare is skyrocketing. Next, she discussed medicare for all and that healthcare is a human right and should be accessible to all United States citizens. Dr. Stein also mentioned climate change and how the human race is directly responsible for the endangerment and extinction of a large amount of species.

The Labor Citizen

Tom Germuska, Jr. editor of the Labor Citizen, spoke with AWF on May 10 to give a preview on the May edition of the Labor Citizen. He then went on to talk about how construction work is still one of the most dangerous lines of work, even though the death rate from work related injury is decreasing. Furthermore, Germuska spoke about increased education on opiates and raising awareness for the increased number construction workers becoming addicted to opiates because of pain and injuries sustained on the job. Lastly, he talked about the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades day of community action on April 20.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed public service appreciation week and nurses appreciation week.



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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Rank Choice Voting Discussion on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 13 Dr. Jill Stein from the Green Party joined America’s Work Force to discuss rank choice voting and why she believes that it should be considered to use for future elections.

Dr. Jill SteinRank choice voting is when the voter will rank as many of the candidates as they would like by order of their own preference. Stein said that with rank choice voting, the voter will not feel like their vote is thrown away if their candidate loses because their vote will then be reassigned to their second choice of candidates, and so on. Stein claims that this is a way to make voting more fair and functional. She also talks about the Green New Deal and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) non-binding resolution that she presented on it.

The Labor CitizenTom Germuska, Jr., with the Labor Citizen began his Feb. 13 appearance on AWF by talking about the February edition of the Labor Citizen. Germuska covered the Church + State groundbreaking in Cleveland and how there is critical financing of the project coming from the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Fund, union pension funds creating more union construction jobs. There is also a Quicken Loans Arena renovation project that Germuska discussed as well as the Columbus Mayor, Andrew Ginther, running unopposed for his second term.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the chances going down of the government being shutdown on Feb. 15 due to a “fragile border security compromise” made between President Trump and lawmakers.



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.

Fear Mongering and Border Security Main Topics of Discussion on America’s Work Force

During the Jan. 9 edition of America’s Work Force, guest Dr. Jill Stein from the Green Party spoke about fear mongering and President Trump’s push for increased border security.

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party US

Stein discussed how President Trump is attempting to use fear mongering as an attempt to gain support on his decision for building a wall to increase border security between Mexico and the United States. Stein went into a discussion about how dangerous it is for the President to use fear mongering as a tactic and speaking lies on certain topics in hopes that he is able to get what he wants out of it. Stein talked about how President Trump claims that a wall will help prevent illegal drugs from entering the United States when a lot of illegal drugs are smuggled in cars using the actual points of entry into the U.S. She also talked about the ongoing partial government shutdown and how it is drastically affecting government employees who need their paychecks to be able to survive.

Tom Germuska, Jr. with The Labor Citizen was the second guest on the Jan. 9 edition of AWF. Germuska discussed the outlook on construction in Ohio. Germuska discussed how, on a national level, commercial construction could potentially slow down in 2019, but non-residential buildings and other infrastructure construction will be increasing. In 2017, fatal workplace injuries dropped 1 percent, reported Germuska.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the new house speaker, Larry Householder, and understanding issues on both sides of the political aisle so people can have conversations about the issues and can work to improve them while catering to the needs of both political parties.


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.



Green Party Green New Deal Explained on America’s Work Force Radio

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for New York governor, discussed the Green New Deal during his Dec. 12 appearance on America’s Work Force Radio.

Howie HawkinsHawkins, who finished third in New York’s governor’s race, described his vision of the Green New Deal, which includes items such as revitalizing the public sector through the investment in cleaner energy, improved infrastructure and mass transit. He talked about using the distribution of wealth, which he labeled as shared prosperity through progressive tax reforms, to fund schools and public services. Hawkins promoted the New York OFF Fossil Fuels Act, which is an effort to force the use of renewable energy, in an attempt to make New York the national leader in renewable energy.

The Labor Citizen MagazineTom Germuska, Jr., with the Labor Citizen, joined AWF and talked about the recent announcement of the Columbus Community Sports Complex project. The project utilizes a Community Benefit Agreement, which guarantees the use of highly trained and highly skilled local workers to construct the new sports complex. There was also an announcement about the construction of a new Major League Soccer stadium in Columbus for the Crew SC. MLS must approve the sale of the team to Dee and Jimmy Haslam before the project to build the new stadium can move forward. Germuska also discussed the December edition of the Labor Citizen. Within this 48-page publication is the Sixth Annual Holiday Gift Guide, which features union-made and U.S. made products.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc recapped President Trump’s meeting with incoming House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), where Trump threatened to shutdown the government if lawmakers do not agree to build his wall along the U.S. southern border.  Ferenc also discussed how the Unite Here union and Marriott Hotels reached a contract agreement, which should be a blueprint for all collective bargaining agreements moving forward.


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.


Two-Time Presidential Candidate Jill Stein on America’s Work Force Radio

On the show we had Jill Stein and Tom Germuska Jr. Jill Stein is a two-time presidential candidate from the Green Party and Tom Germuska is the editor for the Labor Citizen.

Jill SteinOn Oct. 10, Jill Stein was on the show to talk about the Brett Kavanaugh case. She said, “the Brett Kavanaugh debacle is a symptom of Democrat half-hearted fight against Republican interest.” She also discussed people showing more interest in other parties such as the Green Party. She concludes her her time on the show talking about Howie Hawkins running for Governor in New York. Howie is a Green Party candidate and pushes for worker rights and interests. She talks about how if Howie wins, it will pressure other states to consider Green Party candidates.

Labor Citizen MagazineOur second guest on the show was Tom Germuska Jr. from the Labor Citezen who spent his time talking about the content in the October edition of the magazine. Germuska also talked about early voting and some benefits that come with it, such as being about to sit down and read over all of your choices carefully and be able to make an educated vote. He also discussed getting the Cleveland and the Columbus Building Trades prepared for the midterm elections, updates on the Quicken Loans Arena project and how it will be done on time and on budget, and the importance of the Construction Trades Apprenticeship Fair and how it will open up people’s minds about the opportunities and potential for a good career that comes with working in the trades.

Host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Ford Motor Company saying they will have to layoff workers because Trumps’ tariffs made the company take about a $1 billion blow to profits and they will have to lay off around 12% of the company around the world! He also mentions members of Unite Here in Boston, San Francisco, and San Jose are striking against Marriott Hotels because of wages. The most profitable hotel chain in the world has workers who need to work more than one job to be able to provide for themselves and their families!


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.