NAFTA 2.0 Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Josh Nassar, legislative director of the United Auto Workers spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 9 about what is being included in NAFTA 2.0, or better known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Continue reading

Race Inequality in the Midwest Discussed on America’s Work Force

Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 10 about race inequality in the midwest with economic opportunity.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerHanauer first talked about racism and how in certain areas it shapes a person’s wealth, income and economic opportunity. She talked about how minorities face wage discrimination and wage theft more often that non people of color do. Hanauer then discussed certain policies in midwest states that prevent African-Americans from earning good wages and block the building of healthy communities. Lastly, she talked about how to address and counteract structural racism and accrued disadvantages in certain communities. Hanauer said that policymakers need to make the push to improve conditions of communities and schools by putting more money into them and maintain consistent funding to underserved areas.

UAW United Auto WorkersDesiree Hoffman, international representative for the United Auto Workers spoke with AWF on Oct. 10 about economic security and job security in the United States. She talked about how Unions offer workers economic security by ensuring that they are being paid a livable wage and their wages are not being stolen by their employers. She also talked about how collective bargaining agreements are essential for workers to be able to voice conditions of employment such as wages and safety concerns.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about United States billionaires paying a lower tax rate than the working class in 2018.



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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Striking General Motors Member Speaks on America’s Work Force

Sean Crawford, a member of United Auto Workers 598 and contributing writer for In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 2 about the ongoing UAW strike at General Motors plants.

In These Times MagazineCrawford, who is from Flint, Michigan first spoke about the Flint water situation. He said that some parts of Flint still do not have clean drinking water and how there still needs to be work done to the cities water pipes to help fix the problem. Crawford then went on to talk about the UAW members who are striking at the GM plants and how GM cares more about their profits than their workers. He mentioned how the only way for the workers to get their voices heard is to show solidarity and come together collectively and say what it is that they want in their contracts. There will be no compromise if there is no organization in their demands. Lastly, Crawford said that the workers can’t overstep with their demands, they need to make them reasonable so there could continue to be conversation and progress towards compromise.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyDave Megenhardt, executive director for the United Labor Agency spoke with AWF on Oct. 2 about training workers in different sectors. The ULA provides programs to help people find the skills that they need in order to find a job. Megenhardt also talked about workers finding jobs where they have sustainable wages and could live off of just one job. He then discussed workers above the age of 50 getting laid off and having difficulty finding another job to last them until retirement. Lastly, Megenhardt spoke about the ULA’s unsung heroes banquet which is held every year.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the General Motors strike, and United States manufacturing falling into a recession.



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.

Responsibility and Accountability Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, former General President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke with America’s Work Force Radio on Sept. 24 about the United States Department of Labor.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger spoke about President Trump appointing Eugene Scalia as the new Labor Secretary. He stressed that having Scalia as the Labor Secretary could hurt working people in some pretty big ways. One way being a change in pension plans and 401ks, potentially taking away what people have worked their whole careers to build up. Buffenbarger then discussed the second week of the General Motors United Auto Workers strike. Workers benefits are being wiped away, and workers are now in charge of their own health insurance now. He also said there appears to be no progress on getting a contract drawn up between the workers and GM.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke with AWF on Sept. 24 about the services that they offer veterans. Some of the services include Veteran Administration and pension program assistance. They also help veterans who are struggling with food, housing or utility bills. Lastly, Reiss talked about single use plastic bag bans at grocery stores.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the GM strike, and Native Women’s Equal Pay Day.



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.

State of Work in Ohio Discussed on America’s Work Force

Amy Hanauer, Executive Director of Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 12 on the topic of workers in the state of Ohio.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerHanauer discussed workers and their wages in the state of Ohio. It was mentioned that nine out of ten jobs in the United States earn less than $36,000 as their yearly salary. Hanauer also said that little has been done to close the wage gap between men and women, and women of color are receiving even less on average than all others. Finally, she discussed how going to college to further a person’s education used to help them get a better, higher paying job, which is no longer the case.

 

UAW United Auto WorkersJosh Nassar, Legislative Director of the United Auto Workers spoke about the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USCMA) and what needs to be added to it before Congress signs off on it. He talked about needing to address pharmaceutical drugs and making them more affordable in the United States, and make it more about helping people than filling the pockets of big pharma executives.

 

Senator Sherrod BrownSenator Sherrod Brown discussed corporate stock buybacks during his time on the Sept. 12 edition of AWF. He said that corporations are using stock buybacks for their own personal gain rather than sharing the wealth with their employees, so he proposed that for every $1 million made in profit from stock buybacks, $1 is given to every employee. Sen. Brown also talked about gun safety laws and regulations and how little progress is being made on banning certain types of guns even in the wake of the recent shooting tragedies across the U.S.



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.

More Affordable Drug Prices Discussed on America’s Work Force

Desiree Hoffman, international representative for the United Auto Workers, joined America’s Work Force on August 8 to talk about making prescription drug prices more affordable to Americans.

UAW United Auto WorkersHoffman talked about provisions that are at stake, involving pre-existing conditions. She said that Congress could make it so that pre-existing conditions are not covered when dealing with insurance companies. Hoffman said that this could hurt millions of Americans because they could no longer be covered and no longer have help paying for medication. Furthermore, she talked about the cheaper price of prescription drugs in Canada and how the United States should adopt their prices, and even their healthcare policy. Hoffman told an unfortunate story of a man who was diabetic and with the price of insulin in the U.S., he could no longer afford it so he purchased and used a cheaper substitute for insulin, which resulted in his death a few days later. Lastly, she talked about the United States- Mexico- Canada Trade Agreement, and why Protect the Right to Organize is so important.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerCaitlin Johnson, Director of Communications of Policy Matters Ohio joined AWF to talk about the increase in newspaper closures. She said that one big reason why newspapers are becoming less and less popular is because of the accessibility to news outlets via different forms of technology, such as our phones. People have all of the power to access any news source they want in the palm of their hands whenever they want, which unfortunately trumps newspapers, offering a limited amount of news to their audience. Johnson also talked about digital advertising versus print advertising.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc touched on Senator Sherrod Brown’s meeting with President Trump about implementing stricter gun control policies in the wake of the El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH mass shootings.



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.

NAFTA 2.0 Discussed on America’s Work Force

Josh Nassar, legislative director for the United Auto Workers spoke with America’s Work Force on July 11 about the new NAFTA.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar spoke about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he feels that there still needs to be work done to it before there is a vote put towards the agreement. He said that the UAW never backed the original NAFTA, and still does not back this revised version, because there are not enough protections for workers in it. Nassar mentioned that he would like to see a significant overhaul done to the USMCA before it is put to vote, even though congress is pushing hard to be voted on as-is. He claimed that as it stands, if the USMCA were to be voted in now, it would hurt workers in all three countries involved. Lastly, Nassar spoke about raising the minimum wage and how it will help lower class people.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerWendy Patton, senior project director with Policy Matters Ohio, spoke with AWF about Ohio’s budget plan. On Ohio’s budget plan, which was supposed to be submitted by July 1, she covered what she thought the pros and cons were. Finally, Patton discussed medicaid expansion, which would allow people with common, low-wage jobs, the ability to have health care coverage.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about greater workplace transparency in the art industry in New York, and also Tesla workers being punished for taking sick days and how they need a wage increase to help account for the cost of living around the factory.



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.

Ohio Budget Discussed on America’s Work Force

Zach Schiller, researcher for Policy Matters Ohio, spoke with America’s Work Force on June 13 about Ohio’s budget plan and the problems that he sees within it.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerOhio’s gas tax raise, which becomes effective July 2019, is a plan to use money from the gas tax to help improve and repair infrastructure throughout the state. Schiller also discussed the “LLC Loophole” where there is no income tax collected on the first $200,000 that a Limited Liability Company makes. Schiller said that because of this loophole, some small businesses are naming themselves LLCs so they can have this tax break. He then went on to discuss the tax cut being increased to eight percent and why this is a bad idea. Schiller stated that Ohio is lagging economically and the tax cuts are not helping, stressing because of the tax cuts, we do not have the proper funding for resources needed to make improvements, yet tax cuts are still being proposed.

UAW United Auto WorkersJosh Nassar, legislative director for the United Auto Workers spoke with AWF on June 13 about the new NAFTA agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement. He said that the White House claims they are ready to move on to a vote with congress to make it official. Nassar asserted that he does not believe that the U.S.M.C.A is not thorough enough, or completed and should not be put up to vote yet. Lastly, he discussed Protect the Right to Work (PRO) Act and why it is so necessary to have.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about getting the price of pharmaceutical drugs under control and how the U.S.M.C.A could prevent the prices from skyrocketing even more.



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.