America’s Work Force Discusses the Federal Prison System

Jaque Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees spoke with America’s Work Force on August 21 about the federal prison system.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesSimon first spoke about federal employee unions that are constantly under attack by President Trump and other members of his administration. Next, she talked about if employees of any company were to speak about groups of people the way that President Trump does, they would be fired, immediately. An example would be telling a person to “go back to the country that they came from.” Simon said if it is inappropriate for employees to speak to each other in that manner, why should our President be able to get away with speaking like that?

Simon then talked about the federal prison system and the problems that have been occurring, regarding violence against inmates. With the recent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, among other deaths of inmates, there has been an increase in pressure on prisons to improve their conditions and safety standards for their inmates. She said that prison owners are against unions because it makes firing “bad eggs” harder and in turn, makes it more difficult to improve the quality of their staff.

Ohio Representative Larry HouseholderOhio house speaker, Larry Householder, joined AWF to discuss Ohio House Bill 6 and the new Ohio gas tax. He said that H.B.6 is helping to keep the power plants in Ohio in commission, which will save people money on utilities and provide clean energy to Ohioans. Householder also said that the recently passed Ohio gas tax increase is a good thing because the money from the gas tax is going to improve Ohio’s infrastructure. Ohio has the 2nd largest amount of bridges and the 4th largest highway system in all of the United States, so the money from the gas tax will be put to good use, in order to improve and repair infrastructure. He also mentioned that by having the money to repair highways and bridges, more jobs will be created, boosting the economy.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the United Auto Workers voting on whether or not to authorize a strike in preparation for one of their contracts that will be ending soon.



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Promoting the Construction Trades on America’s Work Force Radio

On March 5, Bill Brown from Ben Hur Construction, St. Louis, Missouri, spoke about the benefits of going into the construction trades during his time on America’s Work Force.

Ben Hur ConstructionBrown, who was a former marine, discussed going into the construction trades after he transitioned from active-duty back into civilian life and how easy he had assimilated to the training. He talked about programs such as Helmets to Hardhats, that provide training in the trades while guaranteeing job placement or an earn while you learn apprenticeship with a federally approved apprenticeship program. Brown talked about all of the benefits of an apprenticeship, such as free training, earn while you learn, good starting wages and a path to the middle class rather than going to college or university and taking on student debt without being guaranteed a job. He then talked about the quality of training in union construction and how they spend hundreds of hours perfecting their craft to make sure the work that they will be providing is well above the competition’s quality of work.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on March 5 about Governor Dewine’s gas tax increase to help fix roads and other infrastructure. He also talked about the misguided priorities of legislators over the years, avoiding the problems with fixing roads, as well as giving tax breaks to corporations who could help fix the roads. Lastly, Burga discussed lawmakers trying to repeal prevailing wage, in a union busting fashion, in certain areas where they do not think it is necessary to have 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.

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