Non-Union Airline Facility Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, retired general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers spoke with America’s Work Force about Boeing Airline opening up a repair facility in South Carolina and using non-union labor.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersOn the Nov. 26 episode of AWF, Buffenbarger expressed his disappointment in Boeing Airlines for opening up a Boeing manufacturing and repair facility in South Carolina and hiring non-union workers. He said that South Carolina is a So-Called “Right to Work” state and Boeing deliberately chose the location to avoid having a union come into their facility. One of the major issues Buffenbarger had with Boeing doing this is that having a union like the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers in the facility ensures work is done properly and safely, and to the highest quality with the best oversight. Without a union in the facility, regulations aren’t held up to the standards they should, there is a lack of quality control, and lack of enforcement on safety. Buffenbarger also spoke about a retirement security conference that discussed the Pension Benefit Guarantee.

Cleveland SceneSam Allard, senior writer at the Cleveland Scene Magazine discussed one of his articles talking about the organization Towards Employment, and the racial wealth gap in Ohio. T.E helped 940 people find and secure jobs based on their skills rather than their prior education. Allard said it was reported that of the previously mentioned 940 workers, the African-American workers were receiving 49 percent of what their white counterparts were making. He talked about discrimination in the labor market and what needs to be done to close the wage inequality and gap.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about American Airlines workers fight for $15 an hour minimum wage and the $26 million McDonald’s has to pay in claims for skimmed wages.



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IRAPs were the Main topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, Executive-Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 6th about IRAPs.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager spoke about Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, also known as IRAPs, and why he does not think that they are up to the standard they should be. When it comes to union apprenticeships, their training is intense and thorough to ensure that when an apprentice is working on a jobsite, they are able to do their job safely and be able to go home at the end of the work day. IRAPs strip down safety regulations for apprenticeships, which in turn will make job sites less safe, not only for the one worker, but for everyone else around them on the jobsite. Hager also talked about the large amount of construction in Columbus, Ohio and even though people may be upset at the amount of traffic caused by the construction, jobs were created and their economy is being stimulated. He said that people have to remember when they see orange barrels, jobs were created there, making an effort to improve the city.

Cleveland SceneCleveland Scene writer, Sam Allard also spoke with AWF on Sept. 6. Allard talked about his newly published article “I See a Cleveland Rising. I See Trouble on the Way.” In his article, Allard spoke about Cleveland and how people are talking about seeing the city move in a positive direction with all of this talk about creating economic prosperity for all, but it is all just talk. He said people cannot simply say these nice things, they need to act on it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about pension accountability act, and chicken producers conspiring with one another to withhold wages, and even cut wages, to employees they suspect are illegal immigrants.



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.

Nuclear Energy Bill Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary-treasurer at the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke to America’s Work Force on June 7 about House Bill 6.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager discussed Ohio House Bill 6, dealing with nuclear energy. He expressed his opinion of being in favor of keeping nuclear power plants functioning, despite push back from other members of the building trades council. Hager also talked about a two year, $600 million workers compensation bill and whether he thinks it will be helpful or not. Furthermore, he mentioned the people and organizations that the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades will be endorsing, including but not limited to, Mayor Ginther, Judge Judy Thomas, and attorney Jessica D’Varga. Lastly, Hager talked about the building trades council’s 2019 D.A.D.’s Day Shoot and why they do it.

Cleveland SceneSam Allard, writer with Cleveland Scene spoke with AWF on June 7 about the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland and its expected completion in Fall 2019. He also said how they will need to borrow more money in order to finish the project. When all is said and done, the project will have cost an estimated $185 million. Allard then talked about the nuCLEus project, located near the mixed use complex in Cleveland. He also spoke about decrepit county jails in Ohio that are in desperate need of money to fund repairs and improvements.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the proposed sale of the General Motors plant in Ohio to become an electric car plant and how it won’t replace all of the jobs lost from the shut down after the end of the Chevy Cruze production.



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 Tackles The Need To Repair Ohio’s Infrastructure

America’s Work Force tackled the issue of repairing Ohio’s crumbling infrastructure.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn April 5, Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, discussed the situation facing Ohio’s legislators, who recently agreed to raise the state’s gas tax in order to fund infrastructure repair.

Hager talked about the gas tax and how it will assist in funding infrastructure repairs throughout Ohio. He said many bridges in Columbus and central ohio were rated fair, but are badly in need of repairs. Unfortunately, the money is currently not there to repair and maintain them. Hager also discussed the need to bring more people into the building trades and how great career opportunities can provide people a path to living a middle class life.

Cleveland SceneSam Allard, writer for Cleveland Scene magazine, spoke with AWF about the recent layoffs at the Plain Dealer. In a classic union-busting move, 14 Plain Dealer writers, who were part of the News Guild, were laid off because the newspaper wanted to downsize and outsource a part of their operations. Allard said a few members who had been working for the Plain Dealer volunteered to be laid off in order to preserve the jobs of their coworkers, but there were not enough volunteers to save all those individuals who were laid off.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who announced his intention to run for President in the upcoming 2020 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.

Plain Dealer Contract Negotiations Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sam Allard, senior writer with Cleveland Scene magazine, discussed ongoing contract negotiations between The Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild during his appearance on the Dec. 27 edition of America’s Work Force.

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Allard discussed the potential layoffs of union employees from The Plain Dealer newsroom during the centralization of production operations. Currently, The Plain Dealer and the Newspaper Guild are going through contract negotiations. According to Allard, one proposal from Plain Dealer management included cutting 23 jobs and sending that work to the centralized facility. Allard then talked about the union’s counter-proposal, leaving out specific details, that would cut necessary costs without outsourcing jobs. He said they expect The Plain Dealer to respond to the counter-proposal by the end of the year.

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Also on the program, AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Suragroh melon farm having their Fair Trade USA certification revoked. A Honduras division of Fyffe, Suragroh was the number one supplier of winter season fruits and melons to the United States. The de-certification occurred after the discovery of poor working conditions at certain facilities and wage theft from their 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.



Ohio Senate Race was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force.

Today’s show featured guests Bill Samuel and Sam Allard. Bill Samuel is with the AFL-CIO and Sam Allard is a senior writer with the Cleveland Scene Magazine. Our first guest on the show, Bill Samuel, talks politics with Cordray and Dewine and also the senate race and Sherrod Brown. He then talks about worker’s rights, OSHA, Kavanaugh’s stance on the working people, and Seaworld and their poor support and protection of their workers. He then gets into the Butch Lewis Act to talk about benefits for retirees, and finishes his time with discussion on NAFTA negotiations and where those are leading. Our second guest Sam Allard discusses what “opportunity zones” are and why they need to have better regulations put onto them. To conclude his time on the show, Allard talks about the podcast called “Serial” and talks about our criminal justice system. We also talk about the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, how the new NAFTA negotiations involve incentives with outsourcing, the Janus decision and right to work foundations, and an elected state federation’s first woman president!

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.