Mistreatment of Prisoners Discussed on America’s Work Force

Aviva Stahl, investigative journalist with the Nation magazine spoke to America’s Work Force on June 20 about the mistreatment of a prisoner in a maximum security prison.

The Nation MagazineStahl discussed her latest article submitted in the Nation magazine, which addresses the mistreatment of a prisoner who was on a hunger strike. The prisoner that she spoke about, Mohammad Salameh, is serving life in prison for terrorism-related charges, went on a hunger strike for political action against the prison to address the abuse against the prisoners. Stahl said that Salameh claimed the prisoners would go weeks, even months, without any type of speaking interaction with another person, so he had been hunger striking. To combat his hunger strikes, the prison would strap him down and force-feed him, which is painful, degrading and undeserving, even for people serving life sentences.

Furthermore, Stahl said that over the past 10 years, this has happened to Salameh over 200 times. Salameh said that he would be dragged out of his cell, and then strapped down tightly and have a feeding tube shoved up his nostrils and down his throat and into his stomach. Stahl said that Salameh accepts that he will be in prison for the rest of his life, but does not feel he should be abused the way that he has been.

United SteelworkersJose Arroyo, United Steelworkers Local 621 staff representative, spoke to AWF on June 20 about AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka’s three-state tour to talk about the new NAFTA agreement and what he feels needs to be included during his time touring. He also discussed Arconic manufacturing company and what they did with the money they saved with their tax break.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee and their workers voting against union representation.



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 Gives an Overview on U.S. Business Relations with China

John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and contributing writer with The Nation magazine spoke to America’s Work Force on April 18 about worsening relations between the U.S. and China and why it is happening.

Feffer first spoke about China’s steel industry and dumping steel into the United States, ruining the U.S. steel market. He then went and talked about the digital infrastructure and how the U.S. government is not supportive of China using it to collect data for their own personal gain. Next, Feffer spoke about the U.S.-China rift growing larger and larger, creating military concerns and possibilities of hostility towards each other. Lastly, he discussed China’s increase in spending on cleaner energy and how because of that, they unquestionably became a leader on clean energy development.

Crystal Bryant Cuyahoga County Office of ReentryCrystal Bryant, director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry also spoke to AWF on April 18. Bryant talked about providing resources for people who have been released from their incarceration and need help with reentry in the workforce. She also spoke about providing platforms for people who have successfully reentered the workforce to speak about the benefits of the program, in hopes that others take advantage of it as well.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about video game developers who are working 100+ hour work weeks with no overtime consider unionizing to protect themselves.



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,

Looking Back on American Strikes on America’s Work Force

On March 28, Rich Yeselson, writer for the Nation Magazine, joined America’s Work Force to discuss his new article that focuses on American strikes.

Yeselson spoke about his newly published article on the Nation Magazine’s website called An Injury to All: The Past and Future of the American Strike. This article reviews important strikes in American history and the outcomes and lasting effects that they had in the workforce. Yeselson also talked about the lockout of 1,700 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at the Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation (RAC) in Ravenswood, West Virginia among other shady business deals involving Marc Rich, controller of the RAC. Lastly, he talked about how to strengthen the labor movement.

Dan DeVernaFinancial planner Dan DeVerna spoke with AWF on March 28 about shifting more responsibility onto people when dealing with their pension plans. He talked about workers deferring more and more of the weekly pay into their retirement plans and how age is a factor in how much you are allowed to put into it. DeVerna also discussed what would happen to the money a person had saved up after they die and who it would all go to.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about remembering those who lost their lives during the Triangle ShirtWaist Fire.



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.

Writer for The Nation Magazine Jamie Lincoln Kitman Featured on America’s Work Force Radio

One of the featured writers for The Nation Magazine, was one of the two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

The Nation Magazine

On Oct. 18, The Nation Magazine featured writer Jamie Lincoln Kitman was on the show to talk about his latest article called “Worse than Lead?”, which discusses corporate America poisoning people with lead in gasoline and fire retardants. The article goes into detail about why we started using lead in gasoline and in fire retardants. The reason for wanting to put lead in gasoline was to raise the fuel’s octane level and reduces engine “knock”, but was later discovered that lead in the gasoline wreaked havoc on the engine and was soon to be phased out. He then discusses what corporations did next; sell gasoline with unprecedented amounts of lead in it to third-world countries.

Coalition of Labor Union Women CLUW

Our second featured guest was Patricia Cartwright with Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). Cartwright joined us to talk about what CLUW is all about, building a bridge between all women in viable organizations and about the upcoming election. She also discusses the plan or a march to the polls next Wednesday to encourage people to get up and go out and vote.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discussed the steel workers still have not negotiated a new contract since their last one expired in September, the Center for American Progress, and members of congress and voting on health care protections with pre-existing conditions.


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.