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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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.


Veteran Healthcare a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force Radio

Author and contributing writer to the American Legion Suzanne Gordon talked veteran health care on the Nov. 23 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Suzanne Gordon Wounds of WarGordon discussed the origins and evolution of veteran healthcare. Initially, healthcare services were provided to all veterans with service-related injuries, but changes to services opened healthcare to veterans who were honorably discharged and have low income or have a disability from their service. She warned against privatizing the Veteran’s Administration and the effects it would have on the workers and the veterans.

 

Leo Gerard United Steel WorkersUnited Steelworkers President Leo Gerard joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed the USW contract renegotiations, on which his members will soon vote. As a result of the negotiations, members will receive wage increases, but not have to pay for an increase in the health insurance premiums. Gerard spoke about tariffs and trade problems between the U.S. and China, and the midterm election results.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about Suzanne Gordon’s book Wounds of War, and her article that she co-wrote, A System worth Saving.


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.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Talks Potential White House Candidacy in 2020 on America’s Work Force Radio

On the Nov. 15 edition of America’s Work Force Radio, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown talked about potentially running for the White House in 2020.

Senator Sherrod BrownBrown talked about his record of always looking out for workers and the dignity of working. He also told America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc that he will mull over a possible 2020 White House run over the holidays. The winner of the 2020 Democratic Party primary would likely face-off against current Republican President Donald Trump.

Chris Gelardi The Nation MagazineChris Gelardi, editorial intern at The Nation Magazine, discussed his article, “Jeff Sessions’s Legacy will be Catastrophic for Asylum Seekers”. He talked about a controversial case where Sessions made a decision to not grant asylum to a victim of abuse for more than a decade. In his decision, Sessions wrote, “…claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence…will not qualify for asylum.”

United Steel WorkersPatrick Gallagher, United Steelworkers Sub-District Director and North Coast Area Labor Federation President, gave his opinion on the results of the midterm elections. He believe said the midterms were not a total loss for workers. Gallagher talked about the new four-year contract the USW ratified with U.S. Steel.

Ferenc discussed the new Amazon H2 headquarters in New York and Virginia and high cost it will have on taxpayers.


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.

Women and the Working Class were Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Michelle Tokarczyk and Tom Conway. Our first guest, Tokarczyk, is an English professor at Goucher College, she is also a writing director at Goucher. Along with that, she is an author and a poet, with topics focusing on women and working class studies. While on the show, she discusses her writings and the inspiration behind them, recessions, working class decimation, teachers organizing, and textbook costs and university tuition. Our second guest on the show was Tom Conway from the United Steel Workers. Conway goes immediately into talking about how the steel workers are ready to go on strike, the steel industry’s success and how they are not giving anything to the workers, how some of the worker protections were taken away, deductible healthcare plans, and finally how they are hoping to solve their problems during contract renegotiation. Other things that we discussed today were the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, a labor podcast called “Women Rule”, and shared prosperity.


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Ohio Opiod Problem was a Hot Button Issue on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Doug Oplinger, retired editor from Akron Beacon Journal, and Pat Gallagher, from District 1 Steelworkers. While on the show today, Oplinger talks about Your Voice Ohio, encouraging people to help out and start supporting their local news, opiod problems, and the average household income dropping. Our second guest Gallagher talks about the governor race in Ohio, the steel industry and the profit they are making, steelworkers in strike mode right now because they are unhappy with the lack of wage increases and other benefits, and his thoughts on the tariffs and how they are affecting our economy. We also talk about kick starting the economy and the economy shift in Ohio, the Cordroy and Dewine debate, drug victims and the addiction crisis, and holding politicians accountable for their actions.

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.