Value of Higher Education Examined on America’s Work Force

The value of higher education was a main topic of discussion during the Jan. 15 edition of America’s Work Force.

Holden Thorp and Buck Goldstein, co-authors of Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and Its Colleges and Universities, talked about putting a value on the education received from a college or university. They said that students go to college because they think that it is the only path to a good paying job directly out of school. Rather, most students end up leaving their university with crippling debt and no guaranteed job to help pay off their debts. They said that with the tuition of a university is rapidly increasing and students are forced to weigh their options and decide if higher education is truly worth it for them. With the great opportunities that apprenticeships in the trades offer, such as free education, guaranteed job placement, and an earn-while-you-learn model, some young adults are better off going into the trades rather than a university and setting themselves behind with debt and no job.

Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, discussed the Los Angeles teacher strike during her Jan. 15 appearance on AWF. Cropper said that the lack of funding was a major reason for the teachers to initiate their strike in Los Angeles. The teachers want higher wages, smaller class sizes and better funding to help the students receive the attention and better quality education that they deserve. Cropper also talked about the expansion of charter schools in Ohio.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the L.A. teachers strike in the second largest school district in the United States. He also talks about the ongoing government shutdown.

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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Oscar Meyer Heir Talks Wealth Inequality on America’s Work Force

Chuck Collins, author of Born on Third Base and Is Inequality in America Irreversible, talked wealth inequality on America’s Work Force Radio.

Chuck Collins

Collins, Director of Program on Inequality and the Common Good, appeared on the Dec. 18 episode and discussed the growing concentration of wealth and the advantages of being in the top 1 percent. Well-known as the Oscar Meyer heir who gave away his trust fund, Collins detailed a few advantages of being in the 1 percent. He explained how the richest Americans can hire professionals to lobby for changes in tax codes that will benefit them by reducing their tax obligations and shift the tax burden onto others. Collins laid out a plan to reverse wealth inequality, which includes the need for millennials to become more politically active and fight for progressive ideas, free college education, Medicare for all, the investment in infrastructure and increase taxes to high-income earners.

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President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about the latest union victory in the education field, as the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees won their battle for underpaid and overworked teacher assistants and research assistants, who will now receive better pay and benefits. She talked about the push her union is making in organizing within Cleveland-area charter schools. Besides talking about organized labor, Cropper also discussed how many Ohio schools have or are working to raise money for the Make-A-Wish program, which grants wishes to children diagnosed with a critical illness.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Michigan legislature, which continues to take an anti-worker stance by prohibiting union members to negotiate during working hours.  



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.

Student Debt Crisis Explained on America’s Work Force Radio

America’s Work Force Radio took an indepth look at the country’s student debt crisis.

Danny Iny Learned Leverage

Danny Iny, author of Leveraged Learning and founder of the online company Mirasee, spoke about the alarming statistics showing that student debt is on the rise nationally. Iny said the cost of attending a college or university is going up, while the value of college is going down. While student are graduating from a college or university, they are not equipped with the skills for jobs in their field of choice, leaving them with no income to pay off their student debt loan. Iny said the problem with higher education is colleges and universities are not providing students the skills needed to succeed in the real world.

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President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers Melissa Cropper appeared on AWF on Nov. 20 and discussed the results of the 2018 midterm elections. She said gerrymandering is a problem in Ohio. Cropper discussed the effort by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take school funding out of the union’s constitution.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discussed the California wildfires.


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.


Melissa Cropper, vice president of American Federation of Teachers, featured on America’s Work Force Radio

Melissa Cropper and Steve Rosenfeld made guest appearances on America’s Work Force Radio.

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On Oct. 16, Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers and Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers, discussed student debt. She also spoke about a class action lawsuit against Navient, who made numerous misrepresentations to steer borrowers away from public service loan forgiveness programs and into student loan repayment programs, which do not offer forgiveness after making a certain amount of payments.

Steve Rosenfeld Democracy Betrayed

Rosenfeld, author of Democracy Betrayed, has written a number of articles about the 2016 election. He talked about misinformation and false news about candidates on social media. He discussed how and why certain campaigns are being advertised to you on social media and spoke about his 2018 voter’s guide, which is meant to help connect voters to accurate, unbiased information so they can make educated votes in the upcoming General Election.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discussed two other topics, the Women Build Nations Conference, a building trades conference promoting women in the construction workforce, and food stamp usage 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.


Green Jobs and Energy were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT), and Lee Geiss, Ohio Regional Program Manager for the Blue Green Alliance. While on the show today, our first guest Melissa talks about women and their huge role on this upcoming election, women getting involved in politics so that they can have their voice heard on policies that are not representing them as well as they would like, and the Electronic Classrooms of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal. Our second guest on the show Lee Geiss talks about creating and retaining jobs while cleaning up the environment, green jobs and energy efficient solutions, educating people on green jobs, fuel economy standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation, and how rolling back certain standards will cause pollution, high gas prices, and job loss. Other topics of discussion included the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations, gas prices being at a four year high, television commercials and slandering candidates, and Ford Motor Company believing the tariffs will bring auto jobs back to the United States!

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.

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!