Support for Ohio’s Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force

Hannah Halbert, project director with Policy Matters Ohio, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 9 about Ohio’s workers not making enough money to support themselves and their families.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy Hanauer

Halbert addressed the problem of Ohio workers, who work some of the most common jobs in the state, and their inability to support a family of three without any form of assistance. She said that one of the main reasons that the workers are not being paid enough is because of the lack of a union presence in these jobs. Halbert said that the lower the union density is in an area, the lower the pay for all of the workers in that field of work, which causes the entire economy to be lower. She said that many workers are scared to unionize to improve wages, work conditions, and hours because they fear being punished by their management or even fired. Furthermore, Halbert discussed the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and how it covers workers rights to organize and collectively bargain on behalf of themselves and their coworkers. Lastly, she talked about overtime pay and how only approximately 7.3% of Ohio’s workers are covered by overtime laws.

United Auto Workers Josh Nassar

Josh Nassar, legislative director with the United Auto Workers spoke with AWF on May 9 about President Trump claiming he will “save” Lordstown and bring jobs back to Ohio. The president made these promises as thousands of General Motors employees were laid off and the work was sent to Mexico. Nassar also spoke about the PRO act and how the end goal for the act is to put a stop to so-called Right-to-Work legislation. Finally, he spoke about healthcare and a judge in Texas deemed the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional and how president Trump is trying to kill the act in its entirety.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Uber and Lyft held the largest internationally organized strike for better wages, job security, and benefits for the workers.



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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America’s Work Force Looks into Wage Theft in Ohio.

America’s Work Force tackled wage theft from employees running rampant in Ohio and what to do to counter it.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerMichael Shields, researcher with Policy Matters Ohio spoke to America’s Work Force on April 11 on the topic of wage theft being more prominent than people think within Ohio businesses. He said that according to a recent study, Ohio ranks number two, nationally, for their share of workers who are currently dealing with, or have dealt with wage theft. Shields claimed that according to the previously mentioned study, 5.5 percent of workers in Ohio deal with wage theft. Shields also discussed certain things that are deemed wage theft, such as not paying for a full-hours work, not paying employees overtime, minimum wage violations, and more. He also mentioned that often times, most workers do not report wage theft because they are unaware of their rights, or they are worried they will face repercussions for filing a complaint against their management.

UAW United Auto WorkersJosh Nassar, legislative director with the United Auto Workers also spoke to AWF on April 11. Nassar discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and labor law reform. On trade, he said that one thing that needs to be addressed is the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. From 2012 to 2016, the price of insulin doubled and Nassar said that big pharmaceutical companies were able to get away with it because there is little competition in that market and there is not a lot of price regulation on it. Nassar also talked about vehicle identification numbers and how they could be used to tell consumers when, where and what company their vehicle was made.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate, visiting Lordstown to talk to UAW workers as well as the teachers that are on strike in Youngstown, Ohio.



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.

Passing the Blame on General Motors Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On March 21, Josh Nassar, legislative director from the United Auto Workers, joined America’s Work Force to talk about people pointing fingers at each other and blaming one another for the shutdown of the Lordstown plant.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar talked about President Trump calling out the UAW President Dave Green, telling him to “quit complaining” and go do something about bringing work back to the Lordstown plant. Nassar also said that Trump blamed union dues being too high and that is why the plant went out of business, even though union dues are paid by the members, not the company. He then went on to talk about the new NAFTA deal, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how they are fighting to make sure worker rights are protected in the new trade agreement.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on March 21 about the USMCA also. Samuel said that AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, is fighting hard to ensure that workers are protected in the new agreement. He then discussed the General Motors debacle and how GM had been hedging with stock buybacks, rather than investing into the company and its employees. Lastly, Samuel talked about Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Under the PRO act, there will be no more So-Called “Right-to-Work” in any states, sanctions for companies so they do not violate worker rights to organize, monetary penalties for executives who violate worker rights with illegal firings, and much 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 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.

Tax Cut Issue Run Down on America’s Work Force

Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio, joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 14 to discuss tax cuts and how they have been hurting more than they are helping people.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerHanauer discussed the tax cuts that were accumulated over the years could have been used to help fix infrastructure, creating more jobs, and helping out schools. She described tax cuts hurting schools in Kansas so badly that they had to cut down the school week to four days rather than five. There is a tax law in Ohio in which an LLC. does not pay anything on income tax for their first 250,000 dollars and how ridiculous that is. Lastly, she talked about keeping legislators accountable in improving tax laws and reinvesting into their cities and people.

United Auto Workers Josh NassarJosh Nassar, legislative director of the United Auto Workers spoke about tariffs and trade during his time on America’s Work Force. According to Nassar, China has been dumping their access steel and aluminum in the United States and it is hurting U.S. steel workers. Nassar went on to talk the new NAFTA, United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how he feels it is making progress, but there is still work to be done on the portion protecting workers. Nassar ending with the topic of healthcare and how it should be a right and healther should be expanded to cover more than it does.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Cleveland Clinic raising their minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, however, it is only for a certain group of employees.



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.

Government Shutdown Repercussions Discussed on America’s Work Force.

The repercussions of the partial government shutdown faced by government employees was the main topic of discussion on the Jan. 10 edition of America’s Work Force.

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown spoke about the partial government shutdown affecting government employees by making them miss their first paycheck since Dec. 22. He discussed how many of these government employees rely on every one of their paychecks in order to survive but will not be receiving a paycheck this pay period because of the shutdown. Sen. Brown touched on President Trump’s stubbornness about not reopening the government until he receives full funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall even though he still has not used all of the money that was allocated towards border security.

Mike Shields, researcher with Policy Matters Ohio, discussed the barriers that people with past criminal convictions face when applying for job opportunities in Ohio. He said that those with past convictions are blocked from about 25 percent of job opportunities.

United Auto Workers Josh Nassar

Legislative Director of United Auto Workers, Josh Nassar discussed an upcoming UAW rally pushing for the reopening of the government. He also talked about food being at risk considering FDA food inspections being down 80 percent due to the government shutdown. Nassar also mentioned how he believes that the longer the shutdown goes on, the more that it will hurt the credibility of the United States.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about an increase in TSA workers calling out sick during the government shutdown, causing understaffing, leaving them underprepared for any emergency that may occur.

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.


Josh Nassar of the United Auto Workers on America’s Work Force Radio

Josh Nassar from the United Auto Workers and Amy Hanauer from Policy Matters Ohio were featured on America’s Work Force Radio.

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On Oct. 11, Josh Nassar was the first featured guest on the show. He discussed Brett Kavanaugh and how he is worried about the possibility of abuse power that Justice Kavanaugh could potentially have. Nassar also discusses the push to make Union picketing illegal and current developments on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA talks about giving workers the right to strike, the freedom of association, and the right to collective bargaining. One thing that people are unhappy about in the USMCA is that it does not do anything to keep call center jobs in the United States.

Policy Matters Ohio

Our second guest Amy Hanauer discusses drug addiction services and treatment over incarceration. She talks about how reducing the incarceration of drug users will increase the resources that could be spent on comprehensive drug treatment, rather than having the drug abuser sit in prison, not get any treatment, and come back out still with an addiction. Hanauer says that incarcerating these drug users is ruining their relationships, their chances of getting jobs once they come back out, and more importantly they are ruining their lives. By receiving drug treatment rather than being incarcerated, they could come back and become a productive member of society again, and it would be cheaper to tax payers.

Ed “Flash” Ferenc also talk about Elon Musk and current problems over at the Tesla factory and its sweatshop conditions, the USMCA raising wages to $16 an hour in Mexico, and President Trump’s National Relation Board putting limits on picketing, possibly making it illegal in some areas, and also how Ohio voters are getting purged.


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.


State of Working Ohio was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On the broadcast today we had Amy Hanauer, Executive Director for Policy Matters Ohio, and she talked about the upcoming State of Working Ohio Report! Also on the program was Josh Nassar, Legislative Director for the United Auto Workers Union(UAW), and he talked about several topics including The Supreme Court, Fuel Economy, Income Equality, and Trade!