Upcoming Work Opportunities in Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary for the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on May 3 about an increase in job opportunities in Columbus, Ohio.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council

Hager began his time on AWF by talking about the National Building Trades Legislative Conference that he attended last month. Hager discussed the speakers that he was drawn to during the conference. He then discussed infrastructure improvements in the Columbus area, which would create a large amount of job opportunities and get people back to work. Hager mentioned the gas tax increase and how some people are upset about. On the bright side, it will be useful towards infrastructure repairs and improvements around the city. Hager then talked about a $23 million recreation center in Columbus that will be union built and will be a huge opportunity to put even more people in the area back to work.

Tim Murphy Mother Jones

Russ Choma, writer for Mother Jones Magazine spoke with AWF on May 3 about President Trump’s problems with Deutsche Bank. He said that democrats subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for the President’s tax returns, but then President Trump and all of his family members sued Deutsche, putting the bank in a tough situation. Choma said that the President suing the bank so they cannot release his tax returns is because if his tax returns get out, he will be audited. He then discussed the President’s golf habits and how large of an expense he is racking up with the amount of security and protection he needs to travel to these golf courses.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the International Association of Firefighters giving their support to democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.



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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Passing the Blame on General Motors Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On March 21, Josh Nassar, legislative director from the United Auto Workers, joined America’s Work Force to talk about people pointing fingers at each other and blaming one another for the shutdown of the Lordstown plant.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar talked about President Trump calling out the UAW President Dave Green, telling him to “quit complaining” and go do something about bringing work back to the Lordstown plant. Nassar also said that Trump blamed union dues being too high and that is why the plant went out of business, even though union dues are paid by the members, not the company. He then went on to talk about the new NAFTA deal, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how they are fighting to make sure worker rights are protected in the new trade agreement.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on March 21 about the USMCA also. Samuel said that AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, is fighting hard to ensure that workers are protected in the new agreement. He then discussed the General Motors debacle and how GM had been hedging with stock buybacks, rather than investing into the company and its employees. Lastly, Samuel talked about Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Under the PRO act, there will be no more So-Called “Right-to-Work” in any states, sanctions for companies so they do not violate worker rights to organize, monetary penalties for executives who violate worker rights with illegal firings, and much more.



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.

President Trump’s Proposed Budget Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On March 20, Jacque Simon, policy director of the American Federation of Government Employees joined America’s Work Force to talk about President Trump’s proposed budget.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesSimon talked about how President Trump’s proposed budget included cuts to many valuable programs, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, healthcare and social security, along with cuts to public education. She said that a lot of what the President is proposing to cut in his budget is a classic union busting move, however, as of right now, there is not much progress being made in Washington D.C. to push anything through. Simon went on to talk about the Paid Leave Act and the Federal Medical Leave Act and the push for more paid parental leave. Lastly, she spoke about the issue of TSA workers still waiting to receive back pay from their missed pay periods while working during the government shutdown.

AFL-CIODavida Russell with the North Coast Labor Federation – AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force on March 20 to talk about getting more involved in local government. She talked about if you want to see change, you have to actively participate and vote on issues that are important to you. To add on to that, Russell said that she would also like to see more union members get involved in government, whether it is running for a spot on city council, or by voting on issues that most affect unions.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the General Motors Lordstown plant and how the workers are demanding that the company invest into them as much as they had invested into the company over the years.



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.

Progressive Agenda was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Whether or not metropolitan areas possess jobs that will help workers obtain a middle class lifestyle was the main topic of conversation during the Jan. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.

Third Way Ryan BhandariThird Way senior economic policy advisor, Ryan Bhandari spoke about unemployment rates and having a job to support a middle class lifestyle during his time on AWF. Bhandari said that the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in a while, four percent, yet people are still unable to afford a middle class lifestyle. Bhandari said that in the top 200 metropolitan areas, only 38 percent of those area’s jobs pay their workers well enough to be able to afford a middle class life. That means that 62 percent of jobs in these major areas do not pay their workers well enough and are living lower class lifestyles. He then spoke about raising the minimum wage to adjust to inflation rates and how the value of a dollar has different amounts of power depending on where you are in the United States.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisPresident of the Transportation Trades Department, Larry Willis discussed the temporary end of the government shutdown during his Jan. 28 appearance on AWF. He stated that although the end of the shutdown is temporary, he is happy to see the the thousands of workers get back to work and make money to support themselves and their families. He also talked about his worries for government workers again if President Trump is unable to reach an agreement with Congress over funding for the southern border wall. Willis also discussed improving infrastructure around the United States before building the border wall.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed union membership across the United States dropping from 10.7 percent to 10.5 percent in 2018.



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.

Progressive Populists Discuss Immigration on America’s Work Force Radio

Jim Cullen, Progressive Populist editor, America’s Work Force Radio and talked about President Trump’s bluffs about building the wall between the United States and Mexico.

The Progressive Populist Jim CullenCullen joined AWF on Dec. 14 and examined President Trump’s claim about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Ultimately, Cullen feels Trump’s wall will not be built for a variety of reasons, including the meeting with incoming House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumur (D-NY), which he called a political stunt. Cullen said he does not expect Mexico to pay for the wall, noting there could be land and property issues if a wall was built. In addition to the wall, Cullen spoke about the possibility Trump will be impeached, including how he believes it could happen.

Mary Jane TrappMary Jane Trapp, 11th District Court of Appeals Judge elect appeared on America’s Work Force Radio and discussed a defamation case. She explained the difference between physical injuries and injuries to one’s reputation. Judge-elect Trapp talked about Embassy Healthcare, a necessities statute case and a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court in the case of Cincinnati Reds v. Bobblehead, where the Reds argued promotional giveways should be tax exempt.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed organizing efforts by 400 employees at a Tesla facility in Buffalo, N.Y.


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.


Actor Brooks Brantly, discusses Cleveland Play House production of Sweat on America’s Work Force Radio

Brook Brantly, one of the stars of the theater production of Sweat, was a featured guest on America’s Work Force Radio.

Brooks Brantly Actor Sweat

Brantly discussed his character and the plot of the Tony award-nominated drama, which is a compelling portrait of pride and survival in the Rust Belt. Running at the Cleveland Play House now until Nov. 4, Sweat portrays the effects of union lockouts, massive layoffs and jobs going overseas on friends in a small town.

Andrew Burt 40 Gavels

Andrew Burt was also featured on the Oct. 30 show and discussed 40 Gavels, a three-volume biography on Reuben Soderstrom that he co-authored. In 40 Gavels, Burt chronicles Soderstrom’s life, including his rise to power as the President of the Chicago AFL-CIO and the triumphs and troubles with organized labor that come with the position. The book series details how Soderstrom improved the quality of lives of the working class in Illinois and the rest of the country. As a thank you for listening to the show and reading this blog, Burt is offering our listeners a discount on his books. Just enter discount code Flash or Ferenc at check out.

With a week to go before November’s General Election, America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about recent polls that showed Ohio’s governor’s race is tied. He also talked about the Teamsters Union approving their UPS labor contract despite a 54 percent ‘No’ vote and illegal immigration.


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.


President Trump’s Meeting with Vladimir Putin Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On the broadcast today we had Jim Cullen, Editor of the Progressive Populist, and he talked about Trump’s visit with Putin and Robert Mueller closing in on Trump’s family. Also on the program was Attorney, Mary Jane Trapp, and she talked about several cases in the Ohio Supreme Court!