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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Working Class Perspectives Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jack Metzger, professor emeritus of humanities at Roosevelt University in Chicago spoke with America’s Work Force on June 28 to discuss social class and race. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.

Kris LaGrange UCOMM Blog

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.