Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook Discussed on America’s Work Force

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.

Rigged: The Voter Suppression PlaybookAccording to Smith, his film “reveals for the first time and in frightening detail the dark, partisan genius behind the decades-long strategy to disenfranchise nonwhite voters.” The film explains why Republicans formulated a strategy to suppress voters and how they executed their plans. Smith discussed the barriers that Republicans tried to set up, and still use, for voter registration and also for purging voters. Overall, with the help of this film, Smith wants to emphasize why strategies like this are not right and cannot continue to happen if we want to keep the integrity of our democracy.

For more information about Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook, please visit www.riggedthefilm.com/

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisLarry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO spoke about the problems that manufacturers are encountering with autonomous vehicle testing. Throughout 2019, Uber has been working on autonomous vehicle testing but have been finding many issues, regarding safety. Willis talked about how the vehicle testing has not proven to be completely safe and how regulations for these vehicles need to be increased to ensure passengers, and other motorists alike, will reach their destinations safely. Lastly, Willis spoke about foreign repair stations and how the Federal Aviation Administration, also known as the F.A.A., has failed to implement safety standards and requirements for repair on U.S. aircrafts.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about House Resolution 1309, which is legislation that will create and enforce plans to protect hospital workers and nurses while on the job.



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200 Years of Financial Crisis Discussed on America’s Work Force

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.

Richard Vague A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial CrisesVague examined a series of major crises over the past 200 years in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Japan and China, including the Great Depression and the economic meltdown of 2008. He said one of the major causes of the crisis was bank lenders being too lenient on lending standards and giving out too many loans at once. Likewise, he said that in 2008, lenders giving out too many loans was again one of the primary causes of the strain on the economy. He talked about strengthening the lending standards so that the United States can avoid another economic catastrophe in the future.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisGreg Regan, secretary-treasurer for the Transportation Trades Department spoke with AWF on June 24 about the rail industry. He discussed the possibilities of driverless trains and what that could mean for the industry, and also congress attempting to limit train crews down from two people to one. Regan stated that this is a bad idea, and is fighting against it, because having the extra crew member could help increase the safety of operating the train, keeping the passengers or cargo safe. Lastly, he talked about the fatigue rule with rail workers saying that chronic fatigue has been an industry-wide issue and is something that needs to be addressed.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about construction companies exploiting their workers by hiring illegal immigrants, garnishing their wages, refusing to pay overtime and forcing them to live in prison-like 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.

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Undercover Employee at Walmart Discusses Experience on America’s Work Force

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.

walmart: diary of an associateIn 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.

PhRMARobert 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.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisLarry 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.



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,

Keeping Our Unions Strong Discussed on America’s Work Force

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.

The Plain DealerChrist, 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 Larry WillisTransportation 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.

Triangle FireThe 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.



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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