Laborer’s International Discusses Infrastructure on America’s Work Force

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 6 about America’s diminishing infrastructure.

O’Sullivan first discussed Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) in the United States and how there is a large push back against them. He said that IRAPs strip back safety standards in apprenticeship programs because IRAPs make it so they can set the standard as to what is acceptable and what is not when it comes to training. Because of IRAPs, business owners are cutting corners on training so they can save money. O’Sullivan then went on to talk about the diminishing infrastructure in America. Ohio, ranked the 28th poorest infrastructure conditions, is in dire need of upgrading their roads and bridges, given they have one of the biggest interstate systems in the United States. He said that there needs to be a highway infrastructure trust fund to help support the rebuilding and improvement of our roads and bridges.

In These Times MagazineJeff Schuhrke, contributing writer with In These Times Magazine spoke about the mobilization of Chicago’s teachers. Chicago teachers are on strike for better classroom conditions, resources, smaller class sizes and other school improvements. Schuhrke said that the teachers are fighting for the common good of the students and education, not for selfish or personal gain. Lastly, Schuhrke talked about teacher assistants fighting for a wage raise and fee reduction.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the American Federation of Government Employees and their push for “e-dues”.



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Changing Gas Companies Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education program specialist with the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 9 about people changing their gas companies and saving money on their contracts.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronTinkham first discussed overly aggressive marketers for gas companies forcing people into contracts and making them pay more than they should. He said that some representatives of these gas companies are recommending their most expensive monthly plan as the best option and not letting the consumer decide on their own. Tinkham then talked about the best steps on how to change gas companies and how to get the best contract possibly for gas. He said that before picking the first plan you hear, research different companies and their plans before making a decision to ensure you are getting the best for your money.

Terry O’Sullivan, General President of Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) spoke with AWF on Sept. 9 about why industry recognized apprenticeships programs (IRAPs) are not good for the workers. He said that with IRAPs, the industry will be the watchdog and make sure the apprenticeships are up to standards, but this is dangerous because they can lower or change safety regulations to anything they want, putting workers at risk. O’Sullivan also talked about transportation infrastructure and the need to fix and improve our roads and bridges. He said that a lot of infrastructure across the United States is in desperate need for improvements, but cities won’t put money into the repairs, meaning people are in danger of getting hurt due to infrastructure failure.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed call center jobs and unions in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.



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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Ohio House Bill 6 Recap Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education specialist with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on July 8 about Ohio House Bill 6.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronTinkham provided a recap on what Ohio House Bill 6 is and what he believes is good and bad about the bill. During his recap, he reminded listeners that it involved First Energy Solutions, who had filed for bankruptcy because of the poor business decisions that they had made and lobbied for consumer funded subsidies to help them back on their feet. Tinkham said that H.B. 6 turned into a bailout for First Energy Solutions because Ohioans, even if they don’t use First Energy Solutions, will pay to assist the power plants under this new bill. He discussed the good and bad parts of this bill, that affects consumers. Lastly, Tinkham talked about robocalls and how to avoid being scammed over the phone.

Tony Liberatore Laborers 860Tony Liberatore Jr., business manager of Laborers Local 860 spoke with AWF on July 8 to talk about construction on Ohio’s freeways during the summer. Drivers should proceed with caution, and move over in the furthest lane from construction zones in order to ensure the safety of not only yourself, but also the construction workers onsite. Finally, Liberatore talked about the newly implemented gas tax in Ohio and what the long term plan is.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about a rally in Austin, Texas demanding the camps along the United States and Mexico border be shut down due to inhumane living conditions.



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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Improving America’s Infrastructure Discussed on America’s Work Force

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of Laborers’ International Union of North America spoke with America’s Work Force on June 10 about improving and repairing America’s infrastructure.

O’Sullivan discussed America’s infrastructure and the ever-increasing need for repairs and improvements on it. He said that President Trump mentioned that the United States would put near two trillion dollars into the infrastructure budget, but will need nearly double that to make substantial improvements across the country. O’Sullivan then talked about how even when the new gas tax is implemented, there is still going to be more investment needed into infrastructure programs to get the job done. Lastly, he talked about the Dreams and Promise Act and how Dreamers could make a big impact in the construction industry since there is currently a shortage in construction workers.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronDan Doron, public affairs director with the Ohio Consumer Counsel spoke with AWF on June 10 to discuss First Energy Solutions. House Bill 6 is a bailout plan for First Energy Solutions and will collect subsidies from all Ohio utility users, not just those who use First Energy Solutions. Doron said that what First Energy Solutions is doing right now has been done before; a utility company will go bankrupt, then try to collect bailouts using subsidies. He then discussed a current bill that will push allowances to local entities with whether they would prefer to use solar power or wind power rather than letting the state choose for them. Finally, Doron provides some tips for utility users who may be moving soon or have recently moved.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the nurses victory at Johns Hopkins hospital in Maryland and how the hospital will no longer garnish wages, prevent them from speaking about unions or organizing, and other labor laws that they had been previously breaking.



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.

 

Infrastructure Improvements Discussed on America’s Work Force

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), spoke with America’s Work Force on May 13 about infrastructure improvements across the United States.

O’Sullivan spoke about a recent highway bill, passed in 2015, that put $305 billion towards infrastructure improvements and repairs over five years, and how it was not nearly enough money. After President Trump and congress labeled infrastructure improvements a top priority, O’Sullivan would still like to see more action by the president to prove these claims, such as allocating more money for infrastructure. He then addressed re-authorizing the highway bill in 2020 to keep pushing to improve the status of America’s failing infrastructure. O’Sullivan also talked about the need to address climate change and realistic and efficient forms of renewable energy.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan Doron

Dan Doron, public affairs director with the Ohio Consumers Counsel spoke about First Energy Solutions asking for a bailout or they will be forced to shut down their power plants. If they have to shut down their plants, they claim that it will cost people more money because it will be expensive to have to transition to a different source of power, when in fact in the long run, it would be cheaper for the taxpayer. Doron also talks about utility line warranties and how some utility companies base warranties off of current condition of power lines in the neighborhood, how often they go down, and the environment surrounding the lines. He said that consumers need to do their research before selecting a warranty plan because some warranties do not cover pre-existing issues in the neighborhood.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the tariffs on aluminum and steel in the United States and how President Trump is saying that they are advantageous for the U.S.



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.

Laborers General President Terry O’Sullivan discusses Midterm Election Results on America’s Work Force Radio

The General President of Laborers’ International Union of North America, Terry O’Sullivan, talked about the results on the 2018 midterm election on America’s Work Force Radio.

LIUNA General President Terry O'SullivanO’Sullivan, the head of LIUNA, said Democrats, by virtue of regaining control of the House of Representatives, will have a larger voice on reforms and other legislation. He spoke about President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, which he believes will lead to changes in the nation’s immigration laws.

Cleveland City Councilman Mike PolensekCleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek appeared on the Nov. 19 edition of AWF and discussed the need to elect people who will look out for the working class and protect Medicare, Medicaid and pensions. Elected officials, Polensek felt, must focus on bringing more jobs back to the U.S. from overseas. He talked about a proposal to reduce the size of Cleveland City Council from 17 down to nine members and the benefits associated with such change.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how the “Fight for $15” helps families. Ferenc also talked about the need to restoring voter and voting rights.


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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Missouri Victory on Prop A was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

On the broadcast today we had Dan Doron, with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, and he talked about several topics including Consumer Payments to Subsidize Electric Utilities, Do Not Call List, Summer Crisis Program, and OCC Visits to Fairs! Also on the program was Terry O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborers International Union of North America(LIUNA), and he discussed the Missouri Victory on Prop A, the Infrastructure Proposal from Bill Shuster, the Pension Crisis, and Immigration Crack-down and it’s Effect on the Construction Industry!