President Trump Creating a Permanent Underclass Discussed on America’s Work Force

Maximillian Alvarez, host of The Working People podcast and contributing writer for In These Times magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on August 7 about President Trump continuing to divide different classes.

Maximillian AlvarezAlvarez began his time on AWF by discussing the Blackjewel miners blocking a railroad in Kentucky in demand for their pay after their company declared bankruptcy. Since the company has declared bankruptcy, they have not paid their employees, and the employees are unable to access their 401k’s, not allowing them to file for unemployment because they are still employed by BlackJewel. Workers also cannot use their health insurance if they were to be injured while working. Alvarez talked about President Trump creating a permanent underclass by creating a system of terror. He explained this by saying that the President is pitting the different classes against each other, and having each class point fingers at each other, blaming others for different incidents that may have happened. By the President constantly finding scapegoats for tragedies, the division between classes continues to grow more and more.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyDave Megenhardt, executive director of the United Labor Agency in Cleveland joined this episode of AWF to discuss unions in Germany. He talked about the union model in Germany and why it is so successful and how much it is transforming and improving not only the work itself, but also the work conditions. Lastly, Megenhardt talked about the United Labor Agency having an open meeting where the public is welcome to listen and ask questions about unions and other union activity.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Dayton, Ohio mayor response to President Trump’s comments about the mass shooting that took place over the weekend.



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Shortage of Physicians in the United States Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dr. William Pinksy and Dr. Beatriz Wells spoke with America’s Work Force on July 3 to discuss the shortage of physicians in North America and what could be a viable solution to the problem.

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical GraduatesDr. William Pinsky, president of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, also known as ECFMG, began his segment on America’s Work Force by talking about what the ECFMG does and how they work to help solve the physician shortage in the U.S. Dr. Pinsky said that his company brings in people who passed their medical exams in different countries, puts them through an extensive vetting process, and then have them take the U.S. medical exam and get certified in the U.S. One of the benefits of this instead of finding recent medical school graduates is that the people who are put through the vetting process already have experience in the field and will be ready to work once they receive their medical license in the states. Dr. Beatriz Wills from Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore spoke about the environment of the medical field and her field of study.

In These Times MagazineDr. Peter Cole, writer for In These Times Magazine and professor of history at Western Illinois University in Chicago talked about the formation of unions in California. He talked about the International Longshore and Warehouse Union formation and why maritime workers need different unions to represent their different voices and needs. Lastly, Dr. Cole spoke about how unions fought racism back in the early 1900’s in California.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the 121st month of the largest economic expansion in the United States and how one fifth of the United States most wealthy families hold 88 percent of all U.S. wealth.



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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Organizing Efforts in Tennessee Discussed on America’s Work Force

Chris Brooks, contributing writer for Labor Notes and In These Times Magazine, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 1 about an organizing effort at a car manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Brooks discussed the Volkswagen car manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, TN and their attempts to organize. He said that originally, VW remained neutral and told the workers that if they wanted to unionize, it would be all up to the workers and that they would not get in the worker’s way. After the first attempt to organize failed, Brooks said that right-wing political operatives began to push back and showed some text book anti-union behavior against the worker’s organizing efforts. He said that politicians were bringing up legislation that would allow VW to get tax subsidies if they don’t have a union and repeatedly told workers why they don’t need a union. Brooks described it as being like South Carolina former Governor Nikki Haley.

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Amy Emery, workforce innovation and opportunity act services manager (WIOA) for the United Labor Agency spoke with AWF on May 1 about the services that the ULA provides. She also discussed in demand jobs week and the programs that were put together to help people find jobs and re-enter the workforce.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Amazon’s new Prime members free one day shipping and how increasing the workload on fulfillment center employees means a higher fulfillment rate, creating a potentially unsafe work space for workers trying to meet hourly quotas.



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.

The Fight Against Amazon Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 6, David Dayen, writer for In These Times Magazine, spoke about the pushback against Amazon’s HQ2 and logistics center plans during his time on America’s Work Force.

In These Times MagazineDayen spoke about Amazon HQ2 and hundreds of cities bidding on the project, using taxpayers money to fund the construction. After selecting New York City as the location for HQ2, Amazon eventually backed out of its commitment after push from the city to allow the workers to unionize. Dayen then spoke about Nashville, Tenn. being selected for an Amazon logistics center. He mentioned that the city is contributing $600,000 to the project, which is nearly two percent of the city’s 2019 budget, which was not received well by those living in the city. With having already a tight budget, people in the city are not happy with the city stretching the budget even further to put money towards this logistics center. Lastly, Dayen discussed the possibility of seeing medicare for all and how to prepare for the healthcare expansion.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyExecutive director of the United Labor Agency, Dave Megenhardt, talked about In-Demand Jobs Week, March 11 – March 15, and all that will be taking place during that week. He explained the purpose of In-Demand Jobs Week is for job seekers, employers, or young adults to learn about in demand jobs in the area and the training necessary in order to be successful in those jobs. Some of the jobs that Megenhardt talked about were healthcare, information technology, and transportation jobs. He said that the week will end with an open house where several local employers will be interviewing and speaking with qualified candidates for their jobs.



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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Midterm Election Results and EPA Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

The results of the 2018 midterm elections and the Environmental Protection Agency were the hot button issues discussed on the Nov. 7 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Shaun Richman In These Times MagazineContributing writer with In These Times Magazine, Shaun Richman, discussed the midterm elections and what the outcomes mean for both parties. He talked about the U.S. economy and how its current direction will affect the working class. Richman also spoke about worker strikes and U.S. labor law reform.

Mike Mikulka AFGE Local 704 EPAThe President of AFGE Local 704, Mike Mikulka, talked about the steps that he believes need to be taken in order to revive the EPA, including a “back-to-basics” agenda. Mikulka spoke about how the agency has fought budget cuts over the past few years. He said there needs to be a larger focus on the EPA so the agency can keep the environment safe.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about negative campaigning, which he said caused some people to not vote because they did not know what information portrayed in the commercials was true or false.


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.