Mistreatment of Prisoners Discussed on America’s Work Force

Aviva Stahl, investigative journalist with the Nation magazine spoke to America’s Work Force on June 20 about the mistreatment of a prisoner in a maximum security prison.

The Nation MagazineStahl discussed her latest article submitted in the Nation magazine, which addresses the mistreatment of a prisoner who was on a hunger strike. The prisoner that she spoke about, Mohammad Salameh, is serving life in prison for terrorism-related charges, went on a hunger strike for political action against the prison to address the abuse against the prisoners. Stahl said that Salameh claimed the prisoners would go weeks, even months, without any type of speaking interaction with another person, so he had been hunger striking. To combat his hunger strikes, the prison would strap him down and force-feed him, which is painful, degrading and undeserving, even for people serving life sentences.

Furthermore, Stahl said that over the past 10 years, this has happened to Salameh over 200 times. Salameh said that he would be dragged out of his cell, and then strapped down tightly and have a feeding tube shoved up his nostrils and down his throat and into his stomach. Stahl said that Salameh accepts that he will be in prison for the rest of his life, but does not feel he should be abused the way that he has been.

United SteelworkersJose Arroyo, United Steelworkers Local 621 staff representative, spoke to AWF on June 20 about AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka’s three-state tour to talk about the new NAFTA agreement and what he feels needs to be included during his time touring. He also discussed Arconic manufacturing company and what they did with the money they saved with their tax break.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee and their workers voting against union representation.



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Higher Education in America Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sherry Linkon, writer for Working Class Perspectives, joined America’s Work Force on May 24 to discuss higher education in America.

Sherry Linkon Working Class Perspectives

Linkon talked about the difficulty people have finding jobs who do not go to college. She said that there is a misconception in the United States that you cannot find a good job unless you go to college first. Now, we are finding that students are coming out of college with tons of debt, and not finding good jobs or jobs that could ease them of their debts easily. Linkon also talked about “just transitions”, which is a way to help people find jobs after their jobs have been removed.

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Roy Houseman, associate legislative director for the United Steelworkers spoke about the renegotiation of NAFTA and what should be included in it. He said that there needs to be discussion about median wage raise, and really keeping an eye on CEO pay and keeping it regulated. Houseman also talked about data exclusivity, which is how long before generic drug companies can start using data for other drugs to use for their own sales.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the price on pharmaceutical drugs in the United States being more than ten times the price of the same drugs in Canada and how it is causing strain on U.S. citizens bank accounts.



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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Jobs With Justice Discussed on America’s Work Force

Deb Kline, director of Cleveland Jobs With Justice spoke with America’s Work Force on May 16 to discuss worker victories.

Cleveland Jobs With Justice

Kline discussed janitors in Ohio victory and receiving a wage increase. Janitors with Service Employees International Union (SEUI) Local 1 had a historic victory where workers ratified a new contract that would lay the groundwork to pave the way to $15 hourly wages. She also talked about the spring celebration for Cleveland Jobs With Justice which will recognize activists who have pushed for change and Jobs With Justice victories over the last year.

United Steel Workers

Pat Gallagher, sub-district director of United Steelworkers District 1 spoke with AWF about the USW’s contract renewal with the Jack Casino. He talked about how the first contract they had signed with the Jack Casino will end on June 19, so they are beginning negotiations for a new contract. Gallagher also discussed the steel and aluminum tariffs on China have created nearly 12,000 jobs in the United States.

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Kris LaGrange, host of the UCOMM Blog, also spoke with AWF on May 16. LaGrange discussed Delta airlines posting anti-union posters, telling workers they are better off spending their hard earned money on gaming consoles rather than union dues. He also talked about FaceBook content reviewers and how high the turnover for that job is.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump’s attempts to change the rules on how poverty in calculated.



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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Steel Tariffs Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Tom Conway, international vice president for the United Steel Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on April 26 about the repercussions of the steel tariffs.

United Steel Workers

Conway first spoke about the Dow Chemical Plant in Deer Park and how the company locked out their employees without any type of pay or benefits. The lockout came after weeks of bargaining in which both sides did not budge on their demands that they wanted met. Conway said that Dow gave the workers their final offer, which consisted of a rollback on worker protections and benefits. He also talked about the United States tariffs on steel and how it is affecting the prices of washers and dryers. Conway also said that the money from the tariffs was supposed to create more jobs, which it did, just not nearly as many as predicted.

John Russo

John Russo with Working Class Perspectives also spoke to AWF on April 26. Russo first spoke about Ohio and how important it will be in 2020 presidential race. He also discussed why many auto workers had voted for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race but how they are upset now since he did not follow through on his promises he made to their industry. Lastly, Russo spoke about the importance of labor negotiations and how workers should continue fighting for their rights and protections.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about celebrating the 28th year of Workers Memorial Day, which brings attention to the formation of OSHA to help workers remain safe and protected on the job.



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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Bad Trade Deals Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

On Feb. 22, Dave McCall, United Steelworkers District 1, provided perspective on bad trade deals with China on America’s Work Force Radio.

United SteelworkersMcCall talked about China dumping steel into the United States steel market for such low prices that it is making it difficult for U.S. steel to compete. He said that China would send steel to other countries and then have them export it to the U.S., still for such low prices, which continues to add on to the issue. McCall said that the U.S. should invest in its own steel industry because when it overperforms, it has better return on investment, which in turn creates more money to invest in more resources, improve technologies, increase in workers and help the economy.

John RussoJohn Russo spoke about Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) stressing the dignity of work and workers during his speeches in various states during his Feb. 22 AWF appearance. Russo also talked about connecting some of Dr. Martin Luther King’s teaching on the dignity of work to how we look at work today. He said no matter what work a person is doing, if they are devoting themselves to it, then their job should be respected. He then went on to talk about the future of work and the protection of workers. He concluded his time by speaking about the variety of Democrat presidential candidates in what he called a political “parabola” rather than a political spectrum.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about West Virginia teachers returning to their classrooms after legislation passed, killing a bill that would have taken away funding for classrooms. He also mentioned Governor Dewine’s proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents that he wants implemented in full on July 1.



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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Problems with Children’s Brain Developments in Northeast Ohio Explained on America’s Work Force.

On Feb. 21, Cleveland.com writer Rachel Dissell spoke about lead poisoning affecting children’s ability to learn during her time on America’s Work Force.

Rachel Dissell Cleveland.comDissell spoke about the major issue of lead poisoning in Northeast Ohio homes affecting children’s ability to learn, beginning when they reach Kindergarten. Dissell explained that these kids are being exposed to excessive amounts of lead in their homes from lead based paint used when they were built. Dissell said that over 97 percent of homes in Cleveland were built before 1976, which means that lead based paint was used on the interior of the house. Over the years, when the paint began to chip, disintegrate, and the particles float around and get inhaled, it poisons the house occupants. With children, when exposed at a young age, the effects start to surface around the age of the average Kindergartner. This can cause impulse control, attention deficit problems, visual problems, and other irreversible damage. Dissell said that there is currently an effort to push legislation through to make it so houses are thoroughly inspected and examined, allowing a new family to move in based on the safety of living.

United SteelworkersJosé Arroyo, United Steelworkers staff representative from Local 621, spoke about the Lordstown plant closure during his Feb. 21 AWF appearance. He mentioned that not only are the workers at GM Lordstown losing their jobs, but also the company that services GM parts, pre-assembly of certain components, and warehouse logistics with GM will also be losing work because of the factory shut down.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Governor Mike Dewine proposing that the way to fix Ohio’s roads and bridges is with money from an increased gas tax. He also spoke briefly about President Trump declaring a national emergency to receive money to fund the southern border wall.



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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The Working Class Perspective was a Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

There is a constant blame being put on the working class and this issue was addressed during the Jan. 25 edition of America’s Work Force.

Sherry Linkon Working Class PerspectivesSherry Linkon, writer for Working Class Perspectives, discussed how working people are vulnerable to corporate and government decisions as they had no say in the decision making. If things go poorly and workers begin to struggle, they are blamed for not having made better decisions. The working person is blamed for not having made better career choices, not saving money better or not picking a higher paying job, when they were put into their unfortunate situations or circumstances by corporate higher-ups or government decisions. She also discussed raising the federal minimum wage nationally to 15 dollars an hour. Linkon then talked about the two sides of the argument of raising minimum wage, such as will businesses cut jobs or will people spend more money now that they have more in their pockets.

USW United SteelworkersFred Redmond, Vice President of the United Steelworkers, spoke about the dignity of work during his Jan. 25 appearance on AWF. Redmond spoke about celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday earlier in the week and re-devoting themselves to fulfilling Dr. King’s vision and legacy of promoting the dignity of work. He also discussed trade enforcement agency investigations and rulings being delayed because of the ongoing government shutdown.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the building trades starting a project in Cleveland called Church + State. The project, which will be done completely by union, entails a 60 million dollar mixed use development with apartments, ground floor retail, elevated and subterranean parking, public space and a bike garage.



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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Broken Promises Made by the President Discussed on America’s Work Force

President Trump’s broken promises of bringing auto manufacturing jobs to the United States were discussion during the Jan. 17 edition of America’s Work Force.

John Nichols, national affairs correspondent with The Nation, discussed the shutdown of auto manufacturing plants around the United States. He talked about how during President Trump’s campaign, he claimed that not only will he keep auto manufacturing jobs in the U.S., but he will bring in more. Nichols mentioned how not only did he lie about bringing in jobs, but more than 15,000 auto workers are losing their jobs due to plants closing down and moving jobs to Mexico. He also talked about his 2018 Progressive Honor Roll.

Davida Russell, Ohio Association of Public School Employees/American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME) discussed the new congress and what to look forward to in 2019. She said that in 2019, she would like to see people holding the elected representatives more accountable and make sure they keep promises that they make. Russell also talked about union strength and organizing.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump gaining United Auto Worker support during his campaign by making promises of more jobs but ended up falling incredibly short.

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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Fate of the GM Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force

The future of the GM Lordstown Plant was the main topic of discussion on the Dec. 28 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

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John Russo, visiting scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University, discussed the fate of the GM Lordstown plant during his AWF appearance. GM is closing multiple plants across North America, and in doing so, will lay off upwards of 15,000 employees. He said GM’s stocks rose six percent after making the announcement to downsize. Russo felt this showed Wall Street is only concerned about corporate profit, not about the livelihood of company employees. According to Russo, the GM closings will ultimately send more work to GM plants in Mexico or China. He also spoke about the possibility of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown making a 2020 presidential run.

United Steelworkers Union International President Leo Gerard joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked trade. He provided his thoughts on the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), including if it will be fair to workers. He discussed the incoming U.S. Congress and his hope they will improve infrastructure and the Affordable Care 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.

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The Nation Magazine Reporter Details Auditing the Pentagon on America’s Work Force Radio

Author and investigative journalist, Dave Lindorff joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed auditing the Pentagon.

The Nation Magazine

Lindorff, who works as a contributing writer for The Nation Magazine, talked about his cover story called The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed. He said the Pentagon’s budget is increased every year, but no one knows how the money is being spent, the actual amount spent or how much money the Pentagon needs to operate next year. Lindorff called for an auditing agency to audit the Pentagon from scratch, keep track of every transaction and ensure the American public every dollar is properly spent.

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Patrick Gallagher, President of the North Coast Area Labor Federation, also appeared on the Dec. 20 edition of America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about the United Steelworkers newly ratified contract. Gallagher then discussed the AFL-CIO’s push for unions to secure more bargaining power and economic security of the working person. He said men and women ages 18-34 have a 65% approval rating for unions.


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.