Larry Willis, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 22 about the importance of the United States investing in its infrastructure. Continue reading
Kristine Grow, Senior Vice President of Communications for America’s Health Insurance Plans spoke with America’s Work Force on March 23 to discuss her latest project. Continue reading
Peter Cary, former investigative reporter with U.S. News and reporter for the Center for Public Integrity spoke with America’s Work Force on Feb. 24 about their organization. Continue reading
Phil Mattera, research director and the director of the Corporate Research Project with Good Jobs First spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 27 about a research article examining corporations breaking conduct codes. Continue reading
Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 23 to discuss the Safe Skies Act of 2019. Continue reading
Timothy Smith, executive producer at American Issues Initiative spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 25 about his film Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Continue reading
Author Steven Greenhouse joined America’s Work Force on Sept. 23 to talk about his new book “Beaten Down, Worked Up.” Continue reading
Lew Jennings, author of 19 Minutes to Live – Helicopter Combat in Vietnam, spoke with America’s Work Force on Memorial Day, May 27, about his book and his time served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Continue reading
Hugo Meunier, author of Walmart: Diary of an Associate, talked about what he learned about Walmart while undercover on the April 22 edition of America’s Work Force.
In 2012, Meunier went undercover as a Walmart associate for three months to investigate and record how the employees were treated. He stated that there was a brainwash type culture where employees were trained to denounce bad employees, sell out other employees if they don’t do things the Walmart cookie cut way, and to become “yes-men” to their superiors. Meunier touched on how employees would have individual meetings with their managers where they would push an anti-union agenda onto their workforce, saying that unions are only in it to work for themselves, not the company, and that is why the employees should not unionize.
Robert Zirkelbach, executive vice president of public affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), spoke with AWF on April 22 about changes to medicare and prescription prices. He said that there is new legislation coming out called “Medicare Part B,” which is a program to help seniors receive discounts on their prescriptions, whether in a hospital or from their doctor. This program would increase access to complex medicines as well as allow the government to price prescriptions like other countries do.
Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department was the last guest on the April 22 edition of AWF. Willis spoke discussed union busting moves in the aviation and rail work industries by people introducing legislature to make it easier to decertify unions in these sectors. He also talked about transit workers being assaulted on the job and discussed potential protections to keep them safe.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing Stop N Shop strike and the massive amounts of support that the workers are receiving during their strike.
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During the Feb. 25 edition of America’s Work Force, Doreen Cannon, president of Plumbers Local 55, a Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Affiliate, spoke about recruiting more people into the trades.
A trades fair is coming up on March 7, hosted at Max Hayes High School in Cleveland, Ohio from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Cannon said that the fair, hosted twice a year, has grown exponentially since the first trades fair five years ago. Cannon then went on to discuss the benefits of an apprenticeship, such as an earn while you learn approach, good health benefits, free training, and earning college credits. She spoke on the high demand for more apprentices and tradespeople in Cleveland due to the large amount of construction projects going on in the area.
Lake County Commissioner, John Hamercheck, spoke about the Perry Power Plant that is scheduled to shut down in 2021. He said that when the plant shuts down, over 30 million dollars in taxes will be lost, over 700 plant workers will be out of a job, and there will be nearly a half billion dollar hit to the states GDP. Hamercheck also mentioned that the Perry Power Plant just set a new operational record for most consecutive days in operation.
Larry Willis, President of the Transportation Trades Department, talked about infrastructure in Ohio receiving a “D+” rating and other failing infrastructure throughout the rest of the United States. He mentioned President Trump’s initial promises when he first took office about improving America’s infrastructure and how there has been nearly no progress on that promise. Lastly, Willis spoke about Governor Dewine proposing a gas tax raise of 18 cents by July, and the push for truck drivers to unionize.