Phil Mattera, research director and the director of the Corporate Research Project with Good Jobs First spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 27 about a research article examining corporations breaking conduct codes. Continue reading
Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 23 to discuss the Safe Skies Act of 2019. Continue reading
Timothy Smith, executive producer at American Issues Initiative spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 25 about his film Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Continue reading
Richard Vague, author of the book A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises, spoke with America’s Work Force on June 24 as he discusses America’s history of financial problems. Continue reading
Hugo Meunier, author of Walmart: Diary of an Associate, talked about what he learned about Walmart while undercover on the April 22 edition of America’s Work Force.
In 2012, Meunier went undercover as a Walmart associate for three months to investigate and record how the employees were treated. He stated that there was a brainwash type culture where employees were trained to denounce bad employees, sell out other employees if they don’t do things the Walmart cookie cut way, and to become “yes-men” to their superiors. Meunier touched on how employees would have individual meetings with their managers where they would push an anti-union agenda onto their workforce, saying that unions are only in it to work for themselves, not the company, and that is why the employees should not unionize.
Robert Zirkelbach, executive vice president of public affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), spoke with AWF on April 22 about changes to medicare and prescription prices. He said that there is new legislation coming out called “Medicare Part B,” which is a program to help seniors receive discounts on their prescriptions, whether in a hospital or from their doctor. This program would increase access to complex medicines as well as allow the government to price prescriptions like other countries do.
Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department was the last guest on the April 22 edition of AWF. Willis spoke discussed union busting moves in the aviation and rail work industries by people introducing legislature to make it easier to decertify unions in these sectors. He also talked about transit workers being assaulted on the job and discussed potential protections to keep them safe.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing Stop N Shop strike and the massive amounts of support that the workers are receiving during their strike.
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On March 25, Ginger Christ, unit chair of the Plain Dealer News Guild, spoke to America’s Work Force about the expected layoffs coming up in April.
Christ, who has worked for the Plain Dealer News Guild for three years, talked about how starting April 1, there will be 14 people laid off from their jobs at the News Guild with no warning of who it may be. Since they will not be given any warning as to who may be losing their jobs, they are not able to properly prepare themselves to look for work or look for another job just in case. Christ then went on to explain why she feels as if this is a union busting move, given that members in the News Guild are in fact part of a union.
Transportation Trades Department Secretary Treasurer Greg Regan spoke with AWF about union busting legislation that is being discussed about a union de-certification process. This directly attacks the freedom of association among employees, which allows any individual to join, or leave a union voluntarily.
The third guest on the March 25 edition of AWF was Chair of Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, Mary Ann Trasciatti. Trasciatti talked about the Triangle ShirtWaist Fire in New York City back in 1911. She told the story about how it happened, how poor work conditions led to the demise of 146 workers, mainly women and immigrants, and also how the owners were found not guilty in a trial following the catastrophe. Now, Trasciatti is working with a landmark preservation committee to put up a landmark in honor of those who lost their lives in the accident and to honor the spaces of working people.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the National Labor Relations Board story of an Amazon worker employee being fired after giving a speech about the poor working conditions and ridiculously overwhelming workload the employees endure.