Self-Sufficiency Through Employment Discussed on America’s Work Force

Bishara Addison, senior manager of policy and strategic initiatives of Towards Employment Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 16 about individuals finding self-sufficiency through employment.

Towards EmploymentAddison explained the mission of Towards Employment Ohio and how they work to help individuals find self-sufficiency through employment. She talked about how her organization helps people learn the skills and gain the necessary tools in order to find and maintain a career. Addison’s organization will assist anybody looking to better themselves in order to build a successful career and become self-sufficient. She mentioned that they will help guide former-felons down the path to re-entry into the workforce because everyone deserves a fair shot at a sustainable career. Addison lastly talked about an annual event, Get in the Game, which is a celebration and fundraiser for the participating businesses involved with Towards Employment Ohio.

Mike PolensekCleveland City Councilman, Mike Polensek spoke with AWF on Sept. 16 about the possibility of Sherwin Williams leaving its current global headquarters in Cleveland. Polensek said that Sherwin Williams may be looking to move out of Cleveland in order to expand their company. He also talked about Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and the call for a more thorough investigation into crimes his grandson allegedly committed. Polensek talked about how there was a demand for an external investigation of the crimes Mayor Jackson’s grandson allegedly committed because people feel like he received biased treatment and a lesser punishment because of his grandfather, Mayor Jackson

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about United Auto Worker members at General Motors going on strike. He said that upwards of 49,000 employees in GM factories across the country went on strike after their contract expired over the weekend.



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A Toast to New Tomorrows on America’s Work Force.

On today’s show we had Grace Heffernan, project manager for Towards Employment, and Mike Polensek, a councilman from the Cleveland City Council. Our first guest Heffernan discussed what Towards Employment is all about, TalentNEO, helping the formerly incarcerated get back into the workforce, help individuals prepare, obtain, maintain, and advance in a job so that they are able to support themselves and their families. Heffernan also talks about employers looking to fill jobs based on their skills rather than strictly based on their past education, their organization’s job readiness training in-house, and her fundraiser called “A Toast to New Tomorrows” which promotes opportunities toward employment. Our second guest Mike Polensek talks about high speed chases and new ways on how to end them safely. He also discusses Cleveland’s policy on joining and trying to stop a high speed pursuit, and the problem one home owner has encountered over the last couple of years regarding these dangerous high speed chases. Other topics that we discussed were pay differentials between men and women, how earnings are falling for men and the wage gap is still large, climate change conflict, justice for working people, gun rights, school vouchers, and the new controversy regarding sexual assault surrounding Brett Kavanaugh. We covered a lot of information on the show today and had some great discussion about serious matters!

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.