Summer of Scams Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland joined America’s Work Force on Monday, August 5 to talk about a list of scams to be on the lookout for during the remainder of this summer.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauMcConnell jumped right into it by talking about air conditioner repair scammers. She said that a certain air conditioning company, who don’t have a home office, will dispatch a repair person from the area to come service your air conditioning unit. McConnell said that if, which is rare, they show up, they will not service the unit completely, leaving the unit with more problems than they found it with, followed by unresponsiveness. Another scam she talked about is a social media type scam where a person would look for recommendations, via an app, for a specific service and who to go to, and scammers recommend their own services, will take a person’s money, and then never follow through on their promises to provide whatever service they originally promised. Lastly, she discussed a “grandparent” scam, where a scammer would call an elderly individual who has grandchildren posed as their grandchild, and say that they need money for bail while on vacation, money for car repairs, or anything else and would take the money the eldery person sends.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsMark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Union spoke to AWF on Monday, August 5 about accountability and policy. He discussed the Democrat debate, which took place in Detroit, MI last week, and the certain stances each candidate took on issues. One problem that he saw was that everyone mentioned more power to the working person, but no one mentioned the word “union.” Gruenberg then went on to talk about the government taking accountability for their own words, and also what to do about the two shootings which took place over the weekend in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.



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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First Responders Receiving Bargaining Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, editor of Press Associates Inc., union news, spoke to America’s Work Force on May 6 about giving first responders more bargaining power for themselves.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union News

Gruenberg first spoke about how the United States is facing its lowest level of unemployment since 1969 and how certain jobs, such as factory jobs, have been increasing. He then went and talked about medicare for all, and also how the Trump administration has been trying to tear down the Affordable Care Act. Gruenberg then discussed first responders and how they should have more bargaining rights to negotiate contracts for themselves. He said that given their typically dangerous job, they should have the ability to bargain to negotiate for better hours, wages, equipment, safety standards, and more. Lastly, Gruenberg talked about three veteran women organizers who put together a coalition to lobby to put women and family issues as a top priority for 2020 presidential candidates. Some issues they want to tackle include equal pay for equal work, paid maternal leave, and not separating families at the border.

Sue McConnell Better Business Bureau

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke with AWF on May 6 about employment scams. She discussed how scammers were taking advantage of people when Amazon was looking for a place to set up their HQ2 and scammers would take people’s applications and take their personal information and have them fall victim to identity theft. McConnell also talked about a Social Security Administration spoofer phone call claiming they would take away a person’s benefits, deactivate their number, or offer them better benefits if they provided their social security number.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the gerrymandering in Ohio districts and how it was found unconstitutional. He also discussed postal service mail carriers and Stamp Out Hunger food drive.



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.

America’s Work Force Covers Potential Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election

On April 1, Mark Gruenberg writer with Press Associates Inc., discussed the potential 2020 presidential candidates.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg spoke about the list of potential candidates for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. He discussed Joe Biden being incredibly high up on the polls for not even having announced his candidacy yet. Gruenberg then went on and discussed Michelle Obama’s book tour and how she has not been using union laborers to set up her stage production. He said that this is a big problem because of her husband, Barack, positive stance on unions and union workers. Gruenberg also talked about labor law reform along with equal work for equal pay laws being put into place.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau, spoke with America’s Work Force on April 1 about new scams that people have been falling into. One of the scams regards bitcoin where a scammer would pose as someone from the IRS or a utility company and tell you that you have to make a payment as soon as possible or you will suffer a consequence. The scammer then sends the victim a QR code that they scan at a bitcoin kiosk linked to the scammer’s account and wire money to the scammer in order to prevent whatever the fraudulent consequence was. A second scam that McConnell discussed was a kidnapping scam where a scammer would call a victim and tell them that their loved one has been kidnapped and they will let them go if they pay off their ransom.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke today about workers in Illinois fired for going on strike that was legal under the National Labor Relations Board and have now filed a complaint against their former company.



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.

Pro-Worker Legislation was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On March 4, Mark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Inc. union news service, spoke about the progressive agenda set for 2019 while on America’s Work Force.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg discussed pro-worker legislation being one of the main targets in the progressive agenda for the year. He said that the pro-worker legislation will include legislation on equal pay for equal work and workers freedom to negotiate act. Gruenberg also touched on the Green New Deal and how some Republicans are in favor of using alternative energy sources over fossil fuels. To wrap up his interview, Gruenberg discussed the long term effects of the government shutdown, such as huge financial hits on government workers who had to dip into their savings and 401k’s because they were not receiving pay during the shutdown.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, discussed a variety of scams for students to be on the lookout for during spring break season. She explained the importance of researching housing accomodations thoroughly before booking and paying for them, and to also look up the address to make sure that it is valid. McConnell also talked about “car wrap” scams and “friends and family” scams.



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.

Unemployment Rate and Holiday Scams Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc and guests discussed the nation’s unemployment rate and holiday scams on the Nov. 5 edition of AWF.

People's World Mark GruenbergWashington Bureau Chief of People’s World and Press Associates Inc. (PAI) editor Mark Gruenberg discussed the low U.S. unemployment rate. He explained how the unemployment rate differs from the jobless rate, which he said is high. Gruenberg spoke about the political climate in what he called “The Disunited States of America,” and said a change is needed.

Better Business Bureau Sue McConnellSue McConnell, with the Better Business Bureau, appeared on the show to discuss common scams that pop up during the holiday season when people increase their online shopping. To avoid being scammed on Black Friday, McConnell advised people research reputable online companies. With winter fast approaching, she urged people to research legitimate snow removal service companies. McConnell said to make sure you have a written contract drawn up so you can be reassured you will not be duped out of money.

Ferenc discussed Election Day and how President Trump riled up his fan base prior to the election.


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.