Junior Apprenticeship Program Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on August 2 about the Junior Apprenticeship Program.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager talked about summer programs in Columbus and the Central Ohio area, whether it be a sports camp, or a typical summer camp, and how they are a great way for kids to go out all day, receive meals, interact with one another, and be out of the house all day. He then talked about the building trades putting together an apprenticeship camp for kids where every day of the week they would go to a different facility and learn about a different trade and even be able to work hands on with some of the things the workers in the trade do. Hager said it is a great way for kids to familiarize themselves with the variety of trades and maybe even spark an interest in them. Furthermore, he spoke about the C/CO BCTC Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship Program, where highschool aged students go through a 12-week program that provides them with trade specific instruction that will allow them to enter straight into an apprenticeship program once they are finished with highschool. Students in the Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship Program earn wages while they are learning trade specific skills during this program.

Tim Murphy Mother JonesRuss Choma, writer for Mother Jones Magazine also spoke to America’s Work Force on Friday, August 2. Choma spoke about President Trump and his recent attack on French wine and why it represents a conflict of interest. He said that the President threatened to retaliate against a new French law, which taxes American technology companies, by implying imposing taxes on French wine and saying that American wine is better. This presents a conflict of interest because the Trump family owns wineries themselves and is clear they would benefit if this tax is imposed.



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Dorsey Hager Explains the Benefits of Working in the Building Trades on America’s Work Force

Show regular and Executive Secretary of the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Dorsey Hager explains why people should begin a career in the building trades during his appearance on America’s Work Force.

Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Feb. 1, Hager discussed an upcoming Columbus area construction trades fair, where affiliated members of the C/CO BCTC will provide students and other career fair attendees with hands-on demonstrations of certain trade-specific tasks and also explain why they should consider becoming an apprentice. He said many people do not fully understand the the benefits of joining an apprenticeship, such as a debt-free education, the earn while you learn training model, good wages and good jobs. Hager also talked about the Building Futures program, which is designed to teach members of the underserved Franklin County community about the trades and provide them with the resources to help them become apprentices.

Mother Jones MagazineKara Voght, a writer with Mother Jones Magazine, also joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 1 and spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who could potentially be the biggest threat to Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid. Voght said Brown is worker and union friendly. He travels to union halls and speaks to workers about their concerns for their unions and other workers. She also examined the presidential landscape and different candidates.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the dignity of work and how working women have rights to sue over wage discrimination.



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Columbus Construction Trades Fair Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council talked about the Columbus Construction Trades Fair during his appearance on the Jan. 4 edition of America’s Work Force.

Hager said the Construction Trades Fair will take place on Jan. 31 in the Columbus City School District targeting young people who may be interested in the skilled trades or older adults looking for a new career path. Hager says that during the trades fair, not only can you ask questions, but you can also participate in demonstrations of what specific trades do. He also talked about the reconstruction that will take place at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The second guest on the show was Russ Choma, with Mother Jones magazine discussing a money laundering investigation on the Deutsche Bank, President Trump’s biggest lender. He said that President Trump owes the bank upwards of $364 million in loan debt. He also talked about President Trump doing business in Saudi Arabia.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the United Auto Workers filing suit against General Motors, also known as GM, accusing them of violating the labor contract by using temporary workers at a plant in Fort Wayne, IN instead of the laid off workers in Ohio. Flash said according to their labor agreement, GM was required to provide the opportunity to the laid off workers to relocate to another plant to continue 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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Mother Jones Exhibit Unveiling Discussed on America’s Work Force

On the New Year’s Day edition of America’s Work Force, the history and legacy of Mother Jones was discussed.

Rosemary Feurer, Director of the Mother Jones Heritage Project, discussed a newly unveiled exhibit, honoring the life and accomplishments of Mother Jones. The 4×4 marker located at a Coalfield, Illinois rest area on I-55 northbound includes a background on Mother Jones’ life, her accomplishments, and the Coalfield women’s march for justice and civil rights for worker families. Feurer also discussed John L. Lewis working to organize the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO talked about three areas that he believes organized labor needs in order to move forward in the new year. He said these three things include improving infrastructure, protecting public schools as well as eliminating corruption and scandal in private and charter schools, and restore local government funding.

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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America’s Work Force Radio Talks Columbus Crew Soccer

Keeping the Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Ohio’s capital city was the main topic on America’s Work Force Radio.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Dec. 7, Dorsey Hager, Executive-Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council, appeared on AWF and discussed the future of professional soccer in Columbus. Hager talked about the future plans of Mapfre Stadium, which is the current home of the Columbus Crew. He explained the plans to turn the Mapfre, formerly known as Crew Stadium, into a multi-purpose sports complex with various fields and an indoor training facility for the Columbus Crew. He provided insight into the project and how the Columbus/Central Ohio building trades will be utilized to build this complex. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has agreed to a Community Benefit Agreement on this project to ensure the work gets done on time, safely and under budget by local highly skilled workers. Hager also spoke about the Columbus Building Futures Program, which is pre-apprenticeship program designed to expose under served Franklin County residents to the building trades.

Mother Jones WebsiteTim Murphy, from Mother Jones Magazine, joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed soon-to-be former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and the impact he made in Texas during the midterm elections running against Sen. Ted Cruz. Murphy said O’Rourke’s campaign moved Texas from being a Republican state to a voting state.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Sen. Sherrod Brown, who condemned corporate greed. He also remembered Pearl Harbor Day.


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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Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council returns to America’s Work Force Radio

Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council returns to be a featured guest on America’s Work Force Radio.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Oct. 5 Dorsey Hagar rejoins the show to talk about his latest trip to the Alberta Building Trades Conference and presenting there. While at the conference, he spoke about community benefit agreements, pre-apprenticeship programs, and lowering unemployment rates. Hagar also talked about starting a program called a Building Trades Pilot Boot camp, doing a trial run next year, where they will expose middle schoolers going into the 9th grade to the trades. They will host a week long class from 8-3 where they will let the students learn about all of the trades and work hands on with them to show them that there are more options after high school than just a four year university. The last thing he talked about on the show is a minority contractor outreach event.

Mother Jones WebsiteOur second guest on the show was Pema Levy, and she talked about Rachel Mitchell questioning Dr. Ford in the Brett Kavanaugh case. She talked about Mitchell being blasted for casting a doubt on Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh and how people who have worked with Mitchell in the past are disappointed in how she went about this who entire thing. She was called disingenuous and inconsistent in her practices and was incredibly unprofessional by jumping to conclusions on the case.

The show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the fight for $15 and what it means for Amazon employees. By raising the wages to $15 an hour, it may seem like a win for the workers, however, employees who already earned $15 an hour saying they are losing more than they are gaining. Because of the wage increase, workers are missing out on monthly bonuses and a chance to own Amazon’s skyrocketing stock because of this raise. On top of that, employees already earning $15 an hour are only going to be receiving an extra $1 per hour, so they are losing more than they are gaining out of this. We also talk about Bernie Sanders telling McDonald’s to follow in Amazon’s footsteps and raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. Finally, he talked about airline workers organizing.

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Opiod Epidemic was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building & Construction Trades Council and Julia Laurie from the Mother Jones Magazine. While on the show today, Dorsey Hagar talks about the special election in the 12th Congressional District in Central Ohio, the National Alliance for Fair Contracting conference that he had attended and his presentation, how he wants to reach to under privileged communities and inform them about working in the trades, how he wants teachers to start to promote joining the trades as a path to success instead of saying college is your only option, and an end of summer union party. Julia Laurie discusses the heavy topic of the opioid epidemic and drug abuse. She talks about the 72,000 drug overdose deaths from 2017, how there was a 10% raise in drug overdose related deaths, when we can expect it to start leveling out, and how easily, and unnecessarily accessible these types of drugs are to people. Along with this, we talk about seeing the trades being promoted in a magazine in Toronto and how other places should start advertising the same way and the opioid epidemic hitting hard in Cuyahoga County in Ohio.

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.