Before Trump, There was Perot

Micah Sifry, writer for The Nation Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on July 24 about his article titled “Before Donald Trump, There was Ross Perot.”

The Nation MagazineSifry spoke about the late Ross Perot, who passed away on July 9, 2019. He talked about how Perot showed, long before Donald Trump, that a billionaire tycoon could run for president. Perot, who made his fortune as a software tycoon, ran as an independent presidential candidate against the then President George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Sifry mentioned how Perot had been leading the polls against the two parties front runner candidates. Lastly, Sifry spoke about why Perot was so successful, and also what his downfall was in the election.

John Murphy, Teamsters Local 122 secretary treasurer, spoke to AWF on July 24 about House Resolution 397, or better known as the Butch-Lewis Act. He discussed saving pensions in America and what could be done to help protect multi-employer pensions. Finally, Murphy discussed the rates on loans, specifically the pros and cons from both political parties.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Ohio House Bill 6 passing, better known as the nuclear bailout bill, and why it is such a catastrophe for Ohio tax payers.



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Healthcare Then vs. Now Compared on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 27, Dr. Gary Freed, professor at the University of Michigan, discussed the similarities and differences between healthcare back in the 1970’s compared to now.

Dr. Gary FreedDr. Freed talked about the healthcare plan that President Richard Nixon proposed in the 1970’s and spoke about how there are some aspects to it that were the same as ObamaCare. Part of Obamacare said that employers with at least 50 employees are required to provide healthcare for them, but in Nixon’s plan, it required the employers to provide the healthcare to the employees even if there were less than 50 employees. He made other comparisons to President Nixon’s healthcare plan with ObamaCare, but the biggest difference in the political parties that proposed these plans are simple; Nixon’s was Republican and Obama’s was Democratic. Finally, Dr. Freed discussed single payer healthcare and the problems that he sees with it, but also a scenario where he sees it working out.

International Brotherhood of TeamstersJohn Murphy from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters spoke about the Butch-Lewis Act, which involves protecting pensions for workers and retirees. He also discussed why Republicans attack pensions. One of the reasons behind this is they believe that keeping pensions in place saves unions, and Republicans, generally speaking, do not stand for unions.



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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