Amazon Deal Falling Through in Cleveland Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On March 27, Mark Naymik with the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com spoke with America’s Work Force about the Amazon deal that almost happened in Cleveland.

Mark NaymikNaymik discussed the Amazon deal that almost came to fruition in Cleveland. While Amazon was searching for a location for their headquarters HQ2, Cleveland offered the company $800 million and 50 percent income wage credit on their payroll while also having a prime location downtown. In return, Cleveland would have gained 40,000 jobs. He also discussed the ongoing Ken Johnson scandal and how he continues to request his max monthly reimbursement of $1,200 without properly stating exactly why he needs reimbursement. Naymik said Johnson needs to be audited so that the city can see that Johnson is lying about needing reimbursement and how he is abusing the system.

Ken Hall, secretary treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and president of Teamsters Local 175 in West Virginia spoke with America’s Work Force about So-Called “Right to Work.” Recently, West Virginia defeated So-Called “Right to Work and Hall talked about what a major victory it was for working people. Hall said that even when So-Called “Right to Work” was allowed in West Virginia, companies still didn’t bring business there. He said, if anything, only more union jobs were created during the time. Lastly, he talked about how So-Called “Right to Work” does nothing to promote jobs and how it really is “Right to Work” for less.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about yesterday, March 26, being the National Day of Action, pushing to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.



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The Ongoing Ken Johnson Investigation was the Main Topic of Conversation on America’s Work Force.

The investigation into Ken Johnson and why he continues to request being reimbursed his monthly maximum of $1,200 was discussed during the Jan. 23 edition of America’s Work Force.

Mark Naymik, writer for Cleveland.com, discussed the continued investigation looking into Ken Johnson and why he requests his maximum monthly reimbursement of $1,200 every month without offering any receipts or valid explanations. Naymik said that Johnson had recently requested $400 for gas after supposedly driving 700 miles for business in November, but did not provide detailed readings of his odometer before and after his trip. Naymik also said that Johnson requests reimbursement for gas for mowing lawns, but did not provide information on where he got the gas from, how much gas he bought, where the lawns were at that were supposedly mowed, and who did the mowing of the grass. As a result of Johnson’s shady activity, in order to receive reimbursements, council members will now be required to submit detailed summaries of what they spent money on, where they spent the money, and how much they spent.

Ron Herrera, International Brotherhood of Teamsters International Vice President and Director of the Solid Waste and Recycling Division, discussed the march for sanitation workers during his Jan. 23 appearance on AWF. Herrera said that the march has been taking place in Memphis, Tenn for over 30 years to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and his life work to spread his message of promoting and protecting the dignity of work. He also talked about the issues that waste workers still face across the country.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the victory for Los Angeles teachers reaching a tentative agreement after a 21-hour bargaining session, ending their six-day strike.

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.



Discussion on Buckeye Shaker Square Development on America’s Work Force.

On today’s show we had Mark Naymik from the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com and Mike Walden with the National United Committee to Protect Pensions. During the show, Mark Naymik talked about Ken Johnson, the Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation, and airline maintenance workers and passenger safety. Mike Walden talks about the National United Committee to Protect Pensions, which he is a part of, the North East Ohio Committee to protect pensions, and the Butch Lewis Act.