President Trump Making Promises Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mike Polensek, long time Cleveland city councilman, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 20 about promises President Trump has made as of late.

Mike Polensek

Polensek began his time by speaking about inner city Cleveland schools being closed or moved to different districts. He said that these schools would be closed because of lack of funding and lack of resources provided to the school. Polensek then talked about jobs being moved to China. He discussed President Trump promising that jobs will come back to America and American’s will be put back to work, but jobs continue to be lost to places outside of the United States. Lastly, Polensek spoke about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and where improvements need to be made in the agreement.

Steve Koepp

Steve Koepp, content creator for From Day One, spoke about worker burnout in the United States. He said that workers are working more and more hours, but taking less vacations and other time off. Koepp said that in Europeans receive a month of vacation time, but Americans don’t want to take that much time off because of the amount of work they would need to catch up on once they return from their vacation.



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Governor DeWine’s Agenda Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 18, Cleveland Councilman Mike Polensek joined America’s Work Force to discuss Governor DeWine and his agenda moving forward.

Mike PolensekPolensek first spoke about the General Motors Lordstown factory and how the former employees are still fighting to find more work. He said that even though they stopped production on the Chevy Cruze, they could still pick up another line of cars to make, putting the factory back into business. Polensek then spoke about the Amazon bid in Cleveland, where the city had proposed to spend four billion dollars on the Amazon campus plan. Lastly, he discussed DeWine’s proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents, among other plans in his agenda. Polensek said that the only way that a difference can be made is if Democrats and Republicans put their differences aside and work to reach a common ground to fix specific issues.

National Wildlife Federation David DeGerranoThe second guest on the March 18 edition of AWF was David DeGennaro from the National Wildlife Federation. DeGennaro spoke about the increase in use of ethanol in gasoline and how it is bad for the environment. Although corn farmers will be benefiting from the increase in demand for corn, the Clean Air Act will be violated from this. With more ethanol in gasoline, more gasses will form smog and make certain health issues worse for people. DeGennaro stressed how alternate forms of renewable energy still need to continue to be developed if we want true, clean energy.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Plain Dealer’s plan to eliminate 14 more newsroom jobs within the next two weeks. He said that we need to continue to promote good journalism and union jobs to prevent this from continuing from happening in the future.



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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Increased Levels of Lead in Cleveland’s Drinking Water was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Discovery of an increased level of lead in Cleveland’s children due to contaminated drinking water was a hot topic during the Jan. 21 edition of America’s Work Force.

Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek stated that 90 percent of children in Cleveland test positive for lead from local water, which is well above the federal standard for lead levels. He said that not only is the level of lead in these children a health concern, but it is also affecting their emotions, attitudes and other brain functions. Polensek also talked about the increase in the homicide rate in Cleveland and how it is higher than New York City and Chicago. He then spoke about changing the dynamic in Cleveland by replacing older and retiring police officers with a method called lateral transferring, which would bring in already trained and qualified police officers.

Judge Charles Patton spoke about meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his interview on Jan. 21 with America’s Work Force. Judge Patton said that when he was a young teenager, him and his friend walked to go see Dr. Martin Luther King give a speech at a church in Cleveland. He said that him and his friend found seats in the basement where they listened to his speech on the radio, and after the speech was over, they were able to meet Dr. King. Patton said that during his encounter with Dr. King, he told him that more professionals were needed in his movement and he told the young Judge Patton that he should become an attorney when he grows up.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we celebrate his movement. Flash played a clip from one of Dr. King’s speeches discussing dignity of work.

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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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.

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.


A Toast to New Tomorrows on America’s Work Force.

On today’s show we had Grace Heffernan, project manager for Towards Employment, and Mike Polensek, a councilman from the Cleveland City Council. Our first guest Heffernan discussed what Towards Employment is all about, TalentNEO, helping the formerly incarcerated get back into the workforce, help individuals prepare, obtain, maintain, and advance in a job so that they are able to support themselves and their families. Heffernan also talks about employers looking to fill jobs based on their skills rather than strictly based on their past education, their organization’s job readiness training in-house, and her fundraiser called “A Toast to New Tomorrows” which promotes opportunities toward employment. Our second guest Mike Polensek talks about high speed chases and new ways on how to end them safely. He also discusses Cleveland’s policy on joining and trying to stop a high speed pursuit, and the problem one home owner has encountered over the last couple of years regarding these dangerous high speed chases. Other topics that we discussed were pay differentials between men and women, how earnings are falling for men and the wage gap is still large, climate change conflict, justice for working people, gun rights, school vouchers, and the new controversy regarding sexual assault surrounding Brett Kavanaugh. We covered a lot of information on the show today and had some great discussion about serious matters!

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.