Labor Law Protections Discussed on America’s Work Force

Senator Sherrod Brown joined America’s Work Force on June 5 to speak about labor laws being changed and who they will affect.

Senator Sherrod BrownSen. Brown spoke about labor laws being taken away and how they will directly hurt workers by taking away their whistleblower protections. He said that workers who were fired for filing claims against their companies regarding their rights will no longer be protected and that it completely strips away one of the most necessary protections that they are entitled to. Sen. Brown also talked about pharmaceutical prices and how they are still skyrocketing, crippling people financially who desperately need their medications. Lastly, he discussed manufacturing camps for children, where children are able to go visit certain manufacturing plants and find out what they are all about, how it is a viable career, the endless career possibilities that come with it and more.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the updates from the United Steelworkers. Leo Gerard, international president of the USW, announced his retirement in 2019 after 18 years as head of the union. Gerard will be succeeded by Tom Conway, international vice president of the USW. Ferenc said that over the course of his career, Gerard time and time again stood up and advocated for worker rights and social justice, among other great things. He also spoke about the American Medical Association speaking out against the single payer healthcare model.



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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Grounds for Impeachment Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kenneth McCallion, author of Treason & Betrayal: The Rise and Fall of Individual -1, joined America’s Work Force on May 2 to discuss reasons as to why President Trump could be impeached.

Kenneth McCallion Treason & Betrayal

First, McCallion explained his background in civil litigation specializing in constitutional law and what his law firm McCallion and Associates LLP and what they cover. He then discussed his book Treason & Betrayal and talked about the grounds on which President Trump could be impeached. He said that off of the top of his head, one of the main reasons that President Trump could have been impeached for was obstruction of justice during the Mueller investigation. McCallion said that had Trump executed his order to send all detained immigrants to sanctuary cities, which is not legal, he would have had extreme consequences to pay.

Senator Sherrod Brown

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown was also a guest on the May 2 edition of AWF. Sen. Brown discussed working families and the disregard for worker rights. He talked about how, as of lately, there has been a lot of anti-union pressures on companies and workers need to push back. Lastly, he talked about Boeing pushing out their aircraft to meet certain numbers, even after workers had warned the company of safety concerns and other flaws.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the National Association of Letter Carriers and the upcoming Stamp Out Hunger.



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.

Consumer Protections Discussed on America’s Work Force

On April 4, former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann spoke to America’s Work Force about protecting consumers and holding banks accountable.

Marc DannMarc Dann, who now works at the Dann Law Firm in Cleveland, talked about his law firm fighting for consumer protection and privacy. Some of the cases that his firm takes on are cases involving banks sequencing a consumer’s checks, anticipating them to bounce, and then the bank collects the bounced check fee. Dann talked about how banks are not the only companies taking advantage of consumers and how event government agencies, such as the DMV, prey on consumers. He said that DMVs have a fee to laminate drivers licenses when they print them, but will charge the fee whether the service is completed or not, costing consumers $1.50. Dann stated that might not seem like a lot of money to one person, but when it happens to millions of people, it adds up.

Senator Sherrod BrownSenator Sherrod Brown spoke to AWF on April 4 about getting people into the trades and protecting workers. He discussed the work opportunities, tax credits, and jobs act which helps workers get ahead and receive proper pay and benefits for the hard work that they are putting in. Lastly, Senator Brown talked about the Great Lakes restoration initiatives.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about two female Disney employees filing a complaint with the company over wage discrimination and filed a suit to reimburse them with wage and benefits compensation that they felt like they had been deprived of.



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.

Dorsey Hager Explains the Benefits of Working in the Building Trades on America’s Work Force

Show regular and Executive Secretary of the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Dorsey Hager explains why people should begin a career in the building trades during his appearance on America’s Work Force.

Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Feb. 1, Hager discussed an upcoming Columbus area construction trades fair, where affiliated members of the C/CO BCTC will provide students and other career fair attendees with hands-on demonstrations of certain trade-specific tasks and also explain why they should consider becoming an apprentice. He said many people do not fully understand the the benefits of joining an apprenticeship, such as a debt-free education, the earn while you learn training model, good wages and good jobs. Hager also talked about the Building Futures program, which is designed to teach members of the underserved Franklin County community about the trades and provide them with the resources to help them become apprentices.

Mother Jones MagazineKara Voght, a writer with Mother Jones Magazine, also joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 1 and spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who could potentially be the biggest threat to Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid. Voght said Brown is worker and union friendly. He travels to union halls and speaks to workers about their concerns for their unions and other workers. She also examined the presidential landscape and different candidates.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the dignity of work and how working women have rights to sue over wage discrimination.



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.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Talks Potential White House Candidacy in 2020 on America’s Work Force Radio

On the Nov. 15 edition of America’s Work Force Radio, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown talked about potentially running for the White House in 2020.

Senator Sherrod BrownBrown talked about his record of always looking out for workers and the dignity of working. He also told America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc that he will mull over a possible 2020 White House run over the holidays. The winner of the 2020 Democratic Party primary would likely face-off against current Republican President Donald Trump.

Chris Gelardi The Nation MagazineChris Gelardi, editorial intern at The Nation Magazine, discussed his article, “Jeff Sessions’s Legacy will be Catastrophic for Asylum Seekers”. He talked about a controversial case where Sessions made a decision to not grant asylum to a victim of abuse for more than a decade. In his decision, Sessions wrote, “…claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence…will not qualify for asylum.”

United Steel WorkersPatrick Gallagher, United Steelworkers Sub-District Director and North Coast Area Labor Federation President, gave his opinion on the results of the midterm elections. He believe said the midterms were not a total loss for workers. Gallagher talked about the new four-year contract the USW ratified with U.S. Steel.

Ferenc discussed the new Amazon H2 headquarters in New York and Virginia and high cost it will have on taxpayers.


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.

Veterans Administration Accountability Act Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Darryll Bell and Steve Campisi, stewards and political coordinators of AFGE Local 31 in the studio with us, and also Senator Sherrod Brown. While on the show, Darryll and Steve talked about the American Federation of Government Employees, working with the Cleveland VA Medical Center, the VA accountability act, being Air Force Veterans, veteran homelessness, the three executive orders that sought to undermine the representation of unions with their employees, and Federal employee wage raises. Senator Sherrod Brown discussed jobs in Ohio, American Jobs Act and keeping automotive production in the United States, NAFTA negotiations, labor enforcement, and the Firefighter Registry Cancer Act.  We also discuss the op-ed article submitted to the New York Times by a member of the White House Administration about President Trump and how he demands that he either come forward or be turned over by the NYT! Hot topics of discussion from the last couple of weeks and more unique, insightful views to go along with them!

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.