America’s Work Force Discusses What Needs to be Added to New NAFTA

Tom Conway, international president of the United Steel Workers discussed what he feels needs to be added to the updated NAFTA before Congress signs off on it during his appearance on America’s Work Force.

USW United SteelworkersDuring Aug. 23 show, Conway talked about President Trump and his war against China involving steel tariffs. He also discussed the increase in American companies who are buying back their own stock, keeping the money for the executives, rather than distributing it to their employees or reinvesting back into the company. Conway then talked about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he believes that it does not enforce labor laws as much as he would like it to. He said that it addresses certain labor laws, but does not do anything to enforce them and make sure that companies follow them. Conway wants more enforcement to be included so that workers and their rights are protected and are able to fairly bargain for their own contracts and other protections. He mentioned that he does not like the USMCA because it does not focus on the workers, but he still would like to make sure the workers are protected.

Sherry Linkon Working Class PerspectivesSherry Linkon, English professor at Georgetown University and a writer for Working Class Perspectives spoke with AWF about intersectionality and the upcoming election. She discussed the gender wage and pay gap and also how much wider the gap is with African American women. She put a spotlight on the pay discrimination that women face in their work places, how women, on average, make 60 cents of the dollar compared to a man’s pay for the same work, and how women of color suffer even worse from pay discrimination. Lastly, Linkon discussed how candidates for this upcoming election need to focus on intersectionality with race and class when talking about promises they are making to workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump and his gun policies following the recent mass shootings 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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Steel Tariffs Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Tom Conway, international vice president for the United Steel Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on April 26 about the repercussions of the steel tariffs.

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Conway first spoke about the Dow Chemical Plant in Deer Park and how the company locked out their employees without any type of pay or benefits. The lockout came after weeks of bargaining in which both sides did not budge on their demands that they wanted met. Conway said that Dow gave the workers their final offer, which consisted of a rollback on worker protections and benefits. He also talked about the United States tariffs on steel and how it is affecting the prices of washers and dryers. Conway also said that the money from the tariffs was supposed to create more jobs, which it did, just not nearly as many as predicted.

John Russo

John Russo with Working Class Perspectives also spoke to AWF on April 26. Russo first spoke about Ohio and how important it will be in 2020 presidential race. He also discussed why many auto workers had voted for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race but how they are upset now since he did not follow through on his promises he made to their industry. Lastly, Russo spoke about the importance of labor negotiations and how workers should continue fighting for their rights and protections.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about celebrating the 28th year of Workers Memorial Day, which brings attention to the formation of OSHA to help workers remain safe and protected on the job.



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,

Women and the Working Class were Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Michelle Tokarczyk and Tom Conway. Our first guest, Tokarczyk, is an English professor at Goucher College, she is also a writing director at Goucher. Along with that, she is an author and a poet, with topics focusing on women and working class studies. While on the show, she discusses her writings and the inspiration behind them, recessions, working class decimation, teachers organizing, and textbook costs and university tuition. Our second guest on the show was Tom Conway from the United Steel Workers. Conway goes immediately into talking about how the steel workers are ready to go on strike, the steel industry’s success and how they are not giving anything to the workers, how some of the worker protections were taken away, deductible healthcare plans, and finally how they are hoping to solve their problems during contract renegotiation. Other things that we discussed today were the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, a labor podcast called “Women Rule”, and shared prosperity.


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