Ohio Federation of Teachers Leads the Discussion Today on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 15 on improving conditions in charter schools.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper first talked about the non-profit organization called Say Yes to Education and how they are working to ensure children in our communities have the means and opportunity to attend college. The organization works to provide scholarships for college or other post secondary schools to give kids the opportunity to further their education and have a fair shot at advancing in life. Cropper then discussed charter schools and how many of them in the area are underfunded and in desperate need of more resources for their classrooms. She hopes that Ohio’s legislatures are challenged to visit these schools and listen to these educators and committees about what needs to be done to improve their classrooms so that they can give their kids the best educational experience possible.

The ProgressiveSarah Lahm, a Minneapolis-based writer with the Progressive spoke with AWF on Oct. 15 about why Democrat candidates should target charter schools with parts of their agendas. She said that non-profit charter schools are in a never-ending battle against for-profit schools as they usually fall under the victim to being underfunded and under resourced. Lahm said that if a candidate could gain support from people in charter school areas by promising to help improve quality and conditions of schools, the candidate will find they will gain many supporters.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Houston Airport Workers receiving an increase in minimum wage from $7 an hour up to $12 an hour.



 

America’s Work Force Radio welcomes a new school year

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers joined America’s Work Force on August 20 to discuss the beginning of another new school year.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper first discussed the new bulletproof backpacks that have been released in the wake of recent school shootings, as a means for protection for today’s children. Also, she talked about how after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool in Florida, there has been attempts to put common sense gun legislation in place in Ohio to limit people’s access to high powered rifles. Cropper stressed how with a lot of gun legislation, the government is not trying to completely take away people’s rights to their firearms, just limit access to high capacity rifles and other extremely powerful guns.

On the topic of school shootings, Cropper talked about teachers who think they are being proactive by bringing a gun of their own into their classrooms to protect their class in case of emergency. Teachers wanting to protect their students is a great thought, however, in one instance, a teacher left their classroom, leaving one of the students to find the unlocked case where the gun was kept, picked it up and pointed it at another student. No one was harmed, but that situation could have turned out to be disastrous even though the teacher had good intentions of protecting their kids. Lastly, she talked about the Ohio budget for education and how some legislation that was put in place expanded the voucher program.

American ProsepectDavid Dayen, executive editor of the American Prospect joined the August 20 show to talk about President Trump’s fake trade war with China. He talked about how the President called China a currency manipulator and continues to battle with them over tariffs. Dayen said that the President continues delaying to give China a necessary response on how to end this feud over steel.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Shell workers just outside of Pittsburgh who were told they either had to attend President Trump’s rally, or take the day off with no pay, and how that was unfair to the workers.



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Automotive Technician Program Discussed on America’s Work Force

On June 16, America’s Work Force Radio learned how Cuyahoga Community College Automotive plays a key role in training the next generation of General Motors automotive technicians.

Cuyahoga County Community CollegeTri-C Automotive Technician Program Director Kitty McCarthy came on AWF to discuss how GM pays for their apprentices to receive an automotive technician education. Called the General Motors Dealer Technician Apprenticeship, students learn the most up-to-date information in order to learn how to work as an automotive technician in the ever changing auto industry. The need for highly qualified technicians is increasing as vehicles are becoming increasingly complex, especially as manufacturers continue to push electric engines. In order to meet the demand for certified GM technicians at their dealerships, GM has stepped up to the plate. Once the technicians complete the GM Dealer Technicians Apprenticeship, they will be eligible for a job as an automotive technician with GM.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperOhio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked about a failed loan forgiveness program for public service workers. According to Cropper, there is a loan forgiveness program that forgives student loan debt after 10 years of public sector service. Lately, loan officers are claiming people in the program, who were eligible for to have their loans forgiven, filled out their forms incorrectly and these companies are now unwilling to forgive the loans. Ultimately, these loan officers tell these individuals their loans were not forgiven and if they fill out their forms correctly this time, their loan will be forgiven in an additional 10 years.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the beginning of Mother Jones Magazine and the March of the Mill Children back in 1903.



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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Education Budget and Accountability Discussed on America’s Work Force

Darold Johnson, director of legislation for the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke to America’s Work Force on June 18 about Ohio school funding and policy.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperJohnson first spoke about the problems that teachers are having in West Virginia, where lawmakers are trying to make legislation that will allow schools to fire teachers who are on strike. He said that this takes power away from the teachers because if they feel they are being mistreated or want to bargain for themselves, they could just be fired, giving all of the power to the school, and none to the teachers. Johnson then discussed the proposed education budget in Ohio and how it covers wrap around services, but not school funding. Lastly, he gave an overview on the school take over bill, House Bill 154, which would end the academic distress committee.

ProgressOhio Sandra TheisSandra Theis, interim executive director for ProgressOhio spoke with AWF on June 18 about the charter school accountability project. She talked about how there are an increasing amount of for-profit charter schools where more money is being given outside of the school, and less to the education for the students. Theis stressed that charter schools need to be held more accountable with their money and what they do with it, since children’s education should be a top priority, not making money while taking away valuable resources. She concluded her time on AWF by talking about the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal and how the FBI is being brought in to investigate it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka traveling to different states to hold meetings about the incomplete, new NAFTA agreement.



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.

The Dirty Dozen Corporations Discussed on America’s Work Force

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health spoke with America’s Work Force on May 21 about the United States “dirty dozen” companies.

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health NCOSH

Goldstein-Gelb spoke about the importance of workplace safety to allow workers to go to work, and come home safely with money in their pockets and no injuries sustained. She gave examples of corporations where injuries and deaths could have been prevented had the corporations followed OSHA standards. Goldstein-Gelb stated that workers should be properly trained and workplaces should be up to date on safety standards to ensure that the workers will be able to complete their jobs to the best of their abilities without having the high risk of injury or even death.

OFT-AFT Melissa Cropper

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke with AWF on May 21 to speak about the current state of public school funding formulas. She said that the current funding formula is only helping approximately 80 districts, leaving out all of the rest. Cropper mentioned that districts that have greater poverty problems are more likely to be flat funded, making them worse off than many other districts. She also discussed the new Ohio budget plan that did not include a new school funding formula, but talked more about wrap around funding for basic needs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Ford Motors cutting ten percent of their corporations salaried staff, and also House Bill 154, the Prioritizing Workers 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 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.

Teacher Strike in Ohio Run Down on America’s Work Force

On Feb. 19, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, Melissa Cropper, discussed the increased in teachers going on strike across the United States on America’s Work Force.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperTeachers throughout the U.S are standing up for themselves and their students and going on strike. This is the second teacher strike in a year in West Virginia for smaller class sizes, higher wages, more school counselors, and more quality resources for students. Cropper was joined by Christine Kindel, a teacher at Summit Academy in Ohio, currently on strike to fight for better resources for their students. Kindel said that the issues that resorted to their strike are resulting in a decline in janitorial services, teachers are leaving, which creates bigger classes, lack of special education resources, and other health and safety concerns at her school. She feels that it is unfair for the students and hopes to reach an agreement soon because this is ultimately hurting the students.

Fix Our Roads OhioKeary McCarthy of the Ohio Mayor’s Alliance discussed fixing Ohio’s roads during his Feb. 19 appearance on AWF. McCarthy is part of a coalition called Fix Our Roads Ohio, which stresses the needs of Ohio’s transportation infrastructure and a long term funding solution to fix and improve it for years to come.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ohio Republican lawmakers pushing to make Ohio’s prevailing wage an option rather than mandatory. He also talked about a non-partisan coalition coming together to review and assess immigration and border security needs.



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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Janus Decision Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On the show today we had Darold Johnson, Director of Legislation and Political Action, from the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), and Elyse Shaw, Senior Research Associate, from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Darold Johnson talks about the Summit Academy Charter School in Parma, fair wages, the teachers negotiating their first contract, Senate Bill 246 and intervention help for younger students. Elyse Shaw talks about the Union advantage for women, how policy affects men and women differently, wage gap issues, and how the Janus decision affects women in Unions. All of this and much more on today’s show!