Asbestos Exposure Screenings Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kevin Corrigan, business manager of Kelly & Ferraro law firm spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 25 about screenings for asbestos exposure related disease .

Kelley & FerraroCorrigan talked about Kelley & Ferraro and how they have the ability to travel to union halls and screen their members, past and present for asbestos exposure and asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma. After the screening, if it was found that the person had mesothelioma or other asbestos related disease or complications, the lawyers at Kelley & Ferraro would fight to help that person receive financial compensation from asbestos manufacturers and distributors. The screening process involves an x-ray of the person’s chest and the results are given within the hour if the person is clean or not. Corrigan said that it is free for union members, past and present, so if a member of a union is retired, they could still get tested when their local hosts a screening.

John RussoJohn Russo, Working-Class Perspectives, spoke about his new article titled “Middle Class Racism.” The article talks about what people picture when they are asked to think about what President Trump’s voter base looks like. He talked about how people would typically think of people wearing “MAGA” hats or people promoting homophobic and xenophobic rhetoric from the Midwestern or Southern cities and states. Russo also talked about how, although a lot of President Trump’s tweets are ridiculous in nature, they also are a distraction from how racism is structural and people are unwilling to discuss it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about trade relations and work environments between the United States and Mexico.



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What Lies Ahead: Future of Youngstown, Ohio Discussed on America’s Work Force

John Russo, writer for Working-Class Perspectives and retired professor emeritus from Youngstown States University spoke with America’s Work Force on July 26 about the future of Youngstown, Ohio.

John RussoRusso first discussed the Youngstown newspaper, The Youngstown Vindicator, and how it is being shut down. He discussed the effect that it would have not only on the community, but also to the newspapers suppliers. Russo explained why it is so important for people to receive their newspaper so they can stay up-to-date with current events, news and more, as it covers their surrounding towns and communities. He then talked about how the newspaper is not the only business being shut down in Youngstown, and as more and more businesses close, it feels as if the city of Youngstown is being wiped off of the map. Lastly, Russo talked about why there needs to be proper communication between Republicans and Democrats if they want to make any progress on any type of law or legislation.

United Steel WorkersFred Redmond, United Steelworkers vice president also joined with AWF on July 26. Redmond talked about President Trump manufacturing issues between Republicans and Democrats and how it is a risk to the United States’ democracy. He also spoke about working former general president of the USW, Leo Gerard, and how he paved the way for the success of the steelworkers union during his time in office.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about election security and driving more people to the polls to vote.



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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Steel Tariffs Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Tom Conway, international vice president for the United Steel Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on April 26 about the repercussions of the steel tariffs.

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Conway first spoke about the Dow Chemical Plant in Deer Park and how the company locked out their employees without any type of pay or benefits. The lockout came after weeks of bargaining in which both sides did not budge on their demands that they wanted met. Conway said that Dow gave the workers their final offer, which consisted of a rollback on worker protections and benefits. He also talked about the United States tariffs on steel and how it is affecting the prices of washers and dryers. Conway also said that the money from the tariffs was supposed to create more jobs, which it did, just not nearly as many as predicted.

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John Russo with Working Class Perspectives also spoke to AWF on April 26. Russo first spoke about Ohio and how important it will be in 2020 presidential race. He also discussed why many auto workers had voted for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race but how they are upset now since he did not follow through on his promises he made to their industry. Lastly, Russo spoke about the importance of labor negotiations and how workers should continue fighting for their rights and protections.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about celebrating the 28th year of Workers Memorial Day, which brings attention to the formation of OSHA to help workers remain safe and protected on the job.



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,

Bad Trade Deals Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

On Feb. 22, Dave McCall, United Steelworkers District 1, provided perspective on bad trade deals with China on America’s Work Force Radio.

United SteelworkersMcCall talked about China dumping steel into the United States steel market for such low prices that it is making it difficult for U.S. steel to compete. He said that China would send steel to other countries and then have them export it to the U.S., still for such low prices, which continues to add on to the issue. McCall said that the U.S. should invest in its own steel industry because when it overperforms, it has better return on investment, which in turn creates more money to invest in more resources, improve technologies, increase in workers and help the economy.

John RussoJohn Russo spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) stressing the dignity of work and workers during his speeches in various states during his Feb. 22 AWF appearance. Russo also talked about connecting some of Dr. Martin Luther King’s teaching on the dignity of work to how we look at work today. He said no matter what work a person is doing, if they are devoting themselves to it, then their job should be respected. He then went on to talk about the future of work and the protection of workers. He concluded his time by speaking about the variety of Democrat presidential candidates in what he called a political “parabola” rather than a political spectrum.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about West Virginia teachers returning to their classrooms after legislation passed, killing a bill that would have taken away funding for classrooms. He also mentioned Governor Dewine’s proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents that he wants implemented in full on July 1.



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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Fate of the GM Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force

The future of the GM Lordstown Plant was the main topic of discussion on the Dec. 28 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

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John Russo, visiting scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University, discussed the fate of the GM Lordstown plant during his AWF appearance. GM is closing multiple plants across North America, and in doing so, will lay off upwards of 15,000 employees. He said GM’s stocks rose six percent after making the announcement to downsize. Russo felt this showed Wall Street is only concerned about corporate profit, not about the livelihood of company employees. According to Russo, the GM closings will ultimately send more work to GM plants in Mexico or China. He also spoke about the possibility of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown making a 2020 presidential run.

United Steelworkers Union International President Leo Gerard joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked trade. He provided his thoughts on the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), including if it will be fair to workers. He discussed the incoming U.S. Congress and his hope they will improve infrastructure and the Affordable Care Act.

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.