Support for Ohio’s Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force

Hannah Halbert, project director with Policy Matters Ohio, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 9 about Ohio’s workers not making enough money to support themselves and their families.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy Hanauer

Halbert addressed the problem of Ohio workers, who work some of the most common jobs in the state, and their inability to support a family of three without any form of assistance. She said that one of the main reasons that the workers are not being paid enough is because of the lack of a union presence in these jobs. Halbert said that the lower the union density is in an area, the lower the pay for all of the workers in that field of work, which causes the entire economy to be lower. She said that many workers are scared to unionize to improve wages, work conditions, and hours because they fear being punished by their management or even fired. Furthermore, Halbert discussed the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and how it covers workers rights to organize and collectively bargain on behalf of themselves and their coworkers. Lastly, she talked about overtime pay and how only approximately 7.3% of Ohio’s workers are covered by overtime laws.

United Auto Workers Josh Nassar

Josh Nassar, legislative director with the United Auto Workers spoke with AWF on May 9 about President Trump claiming he will “save” Lordstown and bring jobs back to Ohio. The president made these promises as thousands of General Motors employees were laid off and the work was sent to Mexico. Nassar also spoke about the PRO act and how the end goal for the act is to put a stop to so-called Right-to-Work legislation. Finally, he spoke about healthcare and a judge in Texas deemed the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional and how president Trump is trying to kill the act in its entirety.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Uber and Lyft held the largest internationally organized strike for better wages, job security, and benefits for the workers.



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 Looks into Wage Theft in Ohio.

America’s Work Force tackled wage theft from employees running rampant in Ohio and what to do to counter it.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerMichael Shields, researcher with Policy Matters Ohio spoke to America’s Work Force on April 11 on the topic of wage theft being more prominent than people think within Ohio businesses. He said that according to a recent study, Ohio ranks number two, nationally, for their share of workers who are currently dealing with, or have dealt with wage theft. Shields claimed that according to the previously mentioned study, 5.5 percent of workers in Ohio deal with wage theft. Shields also discussed certain things that are deemed wage theft, such as not paying for a full-hours work, not paying employees overtime, minimum wage violations, and more. He also mentioned that often times, most workers do not report wage theft because they are unaware of their rights, or they are worried they will face repercussions for filing a complaint against their management.

UAW United Auto WorkersJosh Nassar, legislative director with the United Auto Workers also spoke to AWF on April 11. Nassar discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and labor law reform. On trade, he said that one thing that needs to be addressed is the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. From 2012 to 2016, the price of insulin doubled and Nassar said that big pharmaceutical companies were able to get away with it because there is little competition in that market and there is not a lot of price regulation on it. Nassar also talked about vehicle identification numbers and how they could be used to tell consumers when, where and what company their vehicle was made.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate, visiting Lordstown to talk to UAW workers as well as the teachers that are on strike in Youngstown, 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.

Dignity of Work was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

On March 14, three separate guests gave their input on the topic of dignity of work while on America’s Work Force.

Communication Workers of AmericaBernie Lunzer, News Guild– Communication Workers of America, joined AWF to talk about the attacks on journalism and the work that they do. Many journalists are attacked and berated for doing their jobs, and how people are sending legitimate threats to them. He talked about the dangers of working in journalism and if someone reports a story that goes against a person’s agenda, they deem it “fake” and an “unreliable source.” Lunzer stressed that journalism is not dying out and that the journalism practice needs to be preserved and protected at all costs.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerMichael Shields from Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on how the General Motors Lordstown workers could have been protected. He said that if the Art Modell law extended to corporations, the workers would have been able to keep their jobs or be properly reassigned. He also talked about strengthening unemployment compensation in Ohio so that when the workers were laid off, they would be properly compensated and would not be struggling to make ends meet while looking for new work. Also, Shields mentioned that if there were better tax incentive packages in Ohio, more companies would have wanted to come in and take G.M.’s spot or maybe even G.M. would have stayed open.

Senator Sherrod BrownSenator Sherrod Brown was the third and final guest on the March 14 edition of AWF. He discussed raising the minimum wage so that workers would not have to be living paycheck to paycheck to afford the most basic necessities. He also talked about President Trump’s new budget plan and how the GOP tax cut added to the deficit and to counteract it, they are cutting money from social programs such as social security and medicare.



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.

Tax Cut Issue Run Down on America’s Work Force

Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio, joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 14 to discuss tax cuts and how they have been hurting more than they are helping people.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerHanauer discussed the tax cuts that were accumulated over the years could have been used to help fix infrastructure, creating more jobs, and helping out schools. She described tax cuts hurting schools in Kansas so badly that they had to cut down the school week to four days rather than five. There is a tax law in Ohio in which an LLC. does not pay anything on income tax for their first 250,000 dollars and how ridiculous that is. Lastly, she talked about keeping legislators accountable in improving tax laws and reinvesting into their cities and people.

United Auto Workers Josh NassarJosh Nassar, legislative director of the United Auto Workers spoke about tariffs and trade during his time on America’s Work Force. According to Nassar, China has been dumping their access steel and aluminum in the United States and it is hurting U.S. steel workers. Nassar went on to talk the new NAFTA, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how he feels it is making progress, but there is still work to be done on the portion protecting workers. Nassar ending with the topic of healthcare and how it should be a right and healther should be expanded to cover more than it does.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Cleveland Clinic raising their minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, however, it is only for a certain group of employees.



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.

Government Shutdown Repercussions Discussed on America’s Work Force.

The repercussions of the partial government shutdown faced by government employees was the main topic of discussion on the Jan. 10 edition of America’s Work Force.

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown spoke about the partial government shutdown affecting government employees by making them miss their first paycheck since Dec. 22. He discussed how many of these government employees rely on every one of their paychecks in order to survive but will not be receiving a paycheck this pay period because of the shutdown. Sen. Brown touched on President Trump’s stubbornness about not reopening the government until he receives full funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall even though he still has not used all of the money that was allocated towards border security.

Mike Shields, researcher with Policy Matters Ohio, discussed the barriers that people with past criminal convictions face when applying for job opportunities in Ohio. He said that those with past convictions are blocked from about 25 percent of job opportunities.

United Auto Workers Josh Nassar

Legislative Director of United Auto Workers, Josh Nassar discussed an upcoming UAW rally pushing for the reopening of the government. He also talked about food being at risk considering FDA food inspections being down 80 percent due to the government shutdown. Nassar also mentioned how he believes that the longer the shutdown goes on, the more that it will hurt the credibility of the United States.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about an increase in TSA workers calling out sick during the government shutdown, causing understaffing, leaving them underprepared for any emergency that may occur.

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.


United Auto Workers Talk USMCA Trade Agreement on America’s Work Force Radio

Josh Nassar, United Auto Workers Legislative Director, joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked about the effect of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the auto industry.

United Auto Workers Josh NassarNassar said the new trade pact is not strong enough to protect U.S. autoworkers. He felt the point of renegotiating NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was to lead to additional investment in domestic auto plants and the creation more jobs in the U.S., which would result in the shutdown of fewer automotive plants. Nassar then discussed the upcoming new congress term and issues lawmakers will focus on, such as Medicare for all, drug costs and pre-existing conditions.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerZach Schiller, Research Director with Policy Matters Ohio, appeared on AWF on Dec. 13 and spoke about the lame duck session of the Ohio legislature. He described a variety of bills the Ohio House and Senate House are voting on and the effects of the legislation, if it passed.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the battle to become Ohio’s next Speaker of the House. At least three labor unions have contacted Ohio House Democrats to express their support for Republican representative Larry Householder over current speaker Ryan Smith.


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.


Midterm Election Outcome is Major Topic on America’s Work Force Radio

The results of the midterm elections remain a major talking point on America’s Work Force Radio.

United Auto Workers Josh NassarUAW Legislative Director Josh Nassar discussed the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections. He talked about issues raised after unofficial results were released on Election Night, such as gerrymandering and voter suppression in some states, which Nassar argued impacted the outcome of certain races. Nassar also shared his thoughts on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, also known as the USMCA. This trade agreement, if passed by Congress, replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerFounding Executive Director of Policy Matters Ohio, Amy Hanauer, was a featured guest on America’s Work Force and also spoke about the results of the midterm election. She explained why she believed Issue 1 should have passed in Ohio. Hanauer said polling on Issue 1 mislead voters, which lead to its defeat. She said Ohioans should keep their minds open about another options and discussed a similar plan used in Oklahoma.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc provided more insight on the election results, including how the election of union members to public office will lead to more rights for working people.


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.


CEO to Median Employee Pay Ratio Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Zach Schiller, Research Director with Policy Matters Ohio, and Mike Foley, 1st Director of the Department of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County. Our first guest on the show, Zach Schiller, talked about a hot issue, the pay ratio of CEOs and median workers. Schiller discussed CEO pay and how it has changed dramatically over the years, how CEO pay is rapidly increasing while median employee pay is slowly increasing, retailers having the biggest pay differential, and big corporations and who is the biggest offender of the high CEO to median worker pay ratio. Our second guest, Mike Foley, talks about green energy, Brooklyn, Ohio and their landfill solar project and how they are allowed to put solar panels on top of landfills, powering county buildings, and how other energy distribution competitors are reacting to the success of this project. Also, we discuss certain wages being raised to be similar to union in hopes of driving unions out, labor launching a campaign to reject Brett Kavanaugh, and hotel workers in Chicago and joining Unite Here Local 1! We had some great discussion on the show today with all of these relevant topics!

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.

State of Working Ohio was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On the broadcast today we had Amy Hanauer, Executive Director for Policy Matters Ohio, and she talked about the upcoming State of Working Ohio Report! Also on the program was Josh Nassar, Legislative Director for the United Auto Workers Union(UAW), and he talked about several topics including The Supreme Court, Fuel Economy, Income Equality, and Trade!

Today’s show 7-13-17

On the broadcast today we had 3 guests!!! Our first guest was Josh Nassar, Legislative Coordinator for the UAW, and he talked about Health Care and Trade! Our second guest was Zach Schiller, with Policy Matters Ohio, and he talked about the Ohio Budget! Our third guest was Senator Sherrod Brown, and he talked about Overtime and the GOP Health Care Bill!