Butch-Lewis Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

John Murphy, at-large international vice president and secretary-treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union 122 spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 19 to discuss the Butch-Lewis Act. Continue reading

Banned Books Week Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kathy Newman, English professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 27 to talk about censorship.

Kathy NewmanNewman began her discussion on censorship by discussing “Banned Books Week.” Banned Books Week is a celebration of a person’s freedom to read and access a book. She talked about Banned Books Week starting many years ago, beginning with the first banned book, Grapes of Wrath because it was “threatening” to California and their workers in agriculture. Newman then talked about censorship of people’s social media channels and workers getting fired for things they post. She said that people will say that the First Amendment should protect them, but it actually does not. If their employer or human resource manager sees something they posted that they deem inappropriate and doesn’t line-up with their company values, the employee could be fired, not being protected under the First Amendment.

United SteelworkersDonnie Blatt, United Steelworkers District 1 director spoke with AWF on Sept. 27 about updates with their union. He talked about former General President Leo Gerard and the legacy he left with current General President, Dave McCall. He then talked about the USW union’s new agenda and what their new goal is moving forward with the steel tariffs on China. Lastly, he talked about organizing drives all around his state.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the General Motors United Auto Workers strike and how GM is receiving a great amount of backlash for taking away striking workers health benefits.



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 Discusses What Needs to be Added to New NAFTA

Tom Conway, international president of the United Steel Workers discussed what he feels needs to be added to the updated NAFTA before Congress signs off on it during his appearance on America’s Work Force.

USW United SteelworkersDuring Aug. 23 show, Conway talked about President Trump and his war against China involving steel tariffs. He also discussed the increase in American companies who are buying back their own stock, keeping the money for the executives, rather than distributing it to their employees or reinvesting back into the company. Conway then talked about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he believes that it does not enforce labor laws as much as he would like it to. He said that it addresses certain labor laws, but does not do anything to enforce them and make sure that companies follow them. Conway wants more enforcement to be included so that workers and their rights are protected and are able to fairly bargain for their own contracts and other protections. He mentioned that he does not like the USMCA because it does not focus on the workers, but he still would like to make sure the workers are protected.

Sherry Linkon Working Class PerspectivesSherry Linkon, English professor at Georgetown University and a writer for Working Class Perspectives spoke with AWF about intersectionality and the upcoming election. She discussed the gender wage and pay gap and also how much wider the gap is with African American women. She put a spotlight on the pay discrimination that women face in their work places, how women, on average, make 60 cents of the dollar compared to a man’s pay for the same work, and how women of color suffer even worse from pay discrimination. Lastly, Linkon discussed how candidates for this upcoming election need to focus on intersectionality with race and class when talking about promises they are making to workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump and his gun policies following the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.



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.

What Lies Ahead: Future of Youngstown, Ohio Discussed on America’s Work Force

John Russo, writer for Working-Class Perspectives and retired professor emeritus from Youngstown States University spoke with America’s Work Force on July 26 about the future of Youngstown, Ohio.

John RussoRusso first discussed the Youngstown newspaper, The Youngstown Vindicator, and how it is being shut down. He discussed the effect that it would have not only on the community, but also to the newspapers suppliers. Russo explained why it is so important for people to receive their newspaper so they can stay up-to-date with current events, news and more, as it covers their surrounding towns and communities. He then talked about how the newspaper is not the only business being shut down in Youngstown, and as more and more businesses close, it feels as if the city of Youngstown is being wiped off of the map. Lastly, Russo talked about why there needs to be proper communication between Republicans and Democrats if they want to make any progress on any type of law or legislation.

United Steel WorkersFred Redmond, United Steelworkers vice president also joined with AWF on July 26. Redmond talked about President Trump manufacturing issues between Republicans and Democrats and how it is a risk to the United States’ democracy. He also spoke about working former general president of the USW, Leo Gerard, and how he paved the way for the success of the steelworkers union during his time in office.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about election security and driving more people to the polls to vote.



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.

Medicare for All Discussed on America’s Work Force

Eric Wilson, president of I Sell Health, Inc., spoke with America’s Work Force on July 18 about the direction of healthcare in the United States.

I Sell Health Wilson first discussed the Affordable Care Act and whether or not he believes if it will be around much longer. He talked about the Texas vs. United States case where a judge is claiming that the ACA is unconstitutional and how Americans could be affected without the ACA. Next, Wilson talked about his company, I Sell Health, Inc., and how the various health insurances work. Lastly, Wilson discussed medicare for all, and what would need to be done in order for it to be successful.

United Steel WorkersLeo Gerard, former president of the United Steelworkers, also known as USW, spoke with AWF on July 18 about the future of the USW. After 18 years as the union’s general president and 53 years as a member of the USW, Gerard decided it was time to retire. He talked about Tom Conway, who will be the new president, and other members who will be receiving new positions. Lastly, Gerard mentioned how, although he is retired, he will still try to be a good resource for members of the USW if they have any problems or would like any advice on how to approach situations within USW.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about protecting a person’s retirement, and a labor win in Minnesota.



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.