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.

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President Trump Creating a Permanent Underclass Discussed on America’s Work Force

Maximillian Alvarez, host of The Working People podcast and contributing writer for In These Times magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on August 7 about President Trump continuing to divide different classes.

Maximillian AlvarezAlvarez began his time on AWF by discussing the Blackjewel miners blocking a railroad in Kentucky in demand for their pay after their company declared bankruptcy. Since the company has declared bankruptcy, they have not paid their employees, and the employees are unable to access their 401k’s, not allowing them to file for unemployment because they are still employed by BlackJewel. Workers also cannot use their health insurance if they were to be injured while working. Alvarez talked about President Trump creating a permanent underclass by creating a system of terror. He explained this by saying that the President is pitting the different classes against each other, and having each class point fingers at each other, blaming others for different incidents that may have happened. By the President constantly finding scapegoats for tragedies, the division between classes continues to grow more and more.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyDave Megenhardt, executive director of the United Labor Agency in Cleveland joined this episode of AWF to discuss unions in Germany. He talked about the union model in Germany and why it is so successful and how much it is transforming and improving not only the work itself, but also the work conditions. Lastly, Megenhardt talked about the United Labor Agency having an open meeting where the public is welcome to listen and ask questions about unions and other union activity.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Dayton, Ohio mayor response to President Trump’s comments about the mass shooting that took place over the weekend.



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.

Weight Based Discrimination Discussed on America’s Work Force

Workplace discrimination was one of the main topics on the July 12 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Justin MaddenJustin Madden, owner of Justin Madden Co., LPA, joined AWF to discuss how, as of right now, Michigan is the only state where weight-based discrimination is illegal, but in the other 49 state, Title VII is used to prevent this type of discrimination. Madden said studies showing sexual discrimination and weight-based discrimination hurt women the most, which cause them to earn less than their co-workers, who are performing the same work. He also talked about a case in which evidence was lost and the defendant was still found guilty. According to Madden, in this specific case, the main issue was whether the evidence was moved or lost, and how the jury could rule against the defendant without any evidence.

Progressive PopulistJim Cullen, editor of the Progressive Populist, provided insight on the Democrat Party presidential primary debates and the Democratic Party presidential candidates. He gave an overview on 24 candidates and how he believes the herd will be thinned out as the choice for candidates becomes more concentrated.

United Labor AgencySarah Pavlik, social media director for the United Labor Agency, also appeared on America’s Work Force Radio. She talked about the ULA, who is working to build a stronger presence online. Pavlik also spoke on recruitment by the Ohio Means Jobs organization and previewed the ULA’s annual meeting.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed multi-employer pensions plans and the Butch-Lewis Act.



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.

 

Organizing Efforts in Tennessee Discussed on America’s Work Force

Chris Brooks, contributing writer for Labor Notes and In These Times Magazine, spoke with America’s Work Force on May 1 about an organizing effort at a car manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In These Times Magazine

Brooks discussed the Volkswagen car manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, TN and their attempts to organize. He said that originally, VW remained neutral and told the workers that if they wanted to unionize, it would be all up to the workers and that they would not get in the worker’s way. After the first attempt to organize failed, Brooks said that right-wing political operatives began to push back and showed some text book anti-union behavior against the worker’s organizing efforts. He said that politicians were bringing up legislation that would allow VW to get tax subsidies if they don’t have a union and repeatedly told workers why they don’t need a union. Brooks described it as being like South Carolina former Governor Nikki Haley.

United Labor Agency

Amy Emery, workforce innovation and opportunity act services manager (WIOA) for the United Labor Agency spoke with AWF on May 1 about the services that the ULA provides. She also discussed in demand jobs week and the programs that were put together to help people find jobs and re-enter the workforce.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Amazon’s new Prime members free one day shipping and how increasing the workload on fulfillment center employees means a higher fulfillment rate, creating a potentially unsafe work space for workers trying to meet hourly quotas.



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.

The Fight Against Amazon Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 6, David Dayen, writer for In These Times Magazine, spoke about the pushback against Amazon’s HQ2 and logistics center plans during his time on America’s Work Force.

In These Times MagazineDayen spoke about Amazon HQ2 and hundreds of cities bidding on the project, using taxpayers money to fund the construction. After selecting New York City as the location for HQ2, Amazon eventually backed out of its commitment after push from the city to allow the workers to unionize. Dayen then spoke about Nashville, Tenn. being selected for an Amazon logistics center. He mentioned that the city is contributing $600,000 to the project, which is nearly two percent of the city’s 2019 budget, which was not received well by those living in the city. With having already a tight budget, people in the city are not happy with the city stretching the budget even further to put money towards this logistics center. Lastly, Dayen discussed the possibility of seeing medicare for all and how to prepare for the healthcare expansion.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyExecutive director of the United Labor Agency, Dave Megenhardt, talked about In-Demand Jobs Week, March 11 – March 15, and all that will be taking place during that week. He explained the purpose of In-Demand Jobs Week is for job seekers, employers, or young adults to learn about in demand jobs in the area and the training necessary in order to be successful in those jobs. Some of the jobs that Megenhardt talked about were healthcare, information technology, and transportation jobs. He said that the week will end with an open house where several local employers will be interviewing and speaking with qualified candidates for their jobs.



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.

America’s Work Force Discusses Government Reform With Guests

Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director of the AFL-CIO, discussed the incoming new congress on America’s Work Force Radio.

Samuel discussed House Resolution Bill 1 during the Jan. 2 edition of AWF. He mentions that HR 1 covers areas such as government reform, voting rights, campaign finances, gerrymandering, government ethics and much more. Samuel then talked about labor law reform to help make it easier for workers to organize and provide more bargaining power to the worker. He also covered the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and how it is benefiting Mexican workers.

Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director of the United Labor Agency, discussed helping people return to work after being out for a long period of time. He said his agency helps people write or update resumes, host workshops to refresh the worker’s skills, and assists in matching the worker’s skills with required skills in job openings. Megenhardt also talked about the future of advanced manufacturing.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the AFGE suing the Trump administration for forcing employees to work during the shut down with no pay. He also discussed the current status of the government shut down.


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.

Social Security Issues Explained on America’s Work Force Radio

An American Federation of Government Employees member explains the ramifications of potential changes to social security on America’s Work Force Radio.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesAFGE Local 3571 Executive Amad Ali appeared on AWF on Nov. 21 and talked about the Social Security Administration’s plans to either privatize or eliminate the social insurance program. He said plans should be made to strengthen and protect social security, in order to ensure the money that millions of hard working people invested into the system will be returned to them during their lifetime. With Democrats reclaiming the majority in the House, he hopes the progressives will focus on protecting workers’ rights to their pensions, social security and other benefits.

ULA Dave MegenhardtExecutive Director of the United Labor Agency Dave Megenhardt was also a guest on AWF and talked about expanding the ULA into another Ohio county in hopes of bringing more work to the area. Megenhardt said workers need to start take advantage of the new work opportunities in their area and stressed the importance of developing a highly trained and highly skilled workforce for those jobs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discusses General Motors laying off non-union workers, and the order of immediate resumption of purging active voters.

 


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.

Documented Investigation on the Koch Brothers Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On today’s show we have Lisa Graves with the Center for Media and Democracy, and Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director of the United Labor Agency (ULA). While on the show today, we had a lengthy conversation with Lisa Graves about her project, Documented Investigations, and the Koch’s 60 year anti-union efforts. She tells about the history of Fred Koch and how he worked with the Germans in the 30’s and the Russians after that, and how Charles and David took up after their father and followed in his footsteps. Our second guest was Dave Megenhardt with the ULA. During Dave’s time on the show, he talks about Playhouse Square’s upcoming play called “Sweat”, which talks about unions and jobs going overseas. Dave also mentions voter registration events and pledge cards being send out to remind people to exercise their rights to vote during the primaries. We also talked about Brett Kavanaugh and his labor record, North Carolina’s Congressional Districts, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee for a position, and workers talking about unionizing while at work. There is a lot of great content on today’s show!

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.