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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Outgoing Commissioner Remembers His Time in the Public Service Sector on America’s Work Force.

On Dec. 24, Dan Troy, Outgoing Lake Country (OH) Commissioner, spoke about his fondest moments serving on the Ohio Legislature and as Lake County Commissioner during his feature on America’s Work Force Radio.

Dan Troy Lake County Commissioner

Troy, who served 14 years on the Ohio Legislature and 20 as Lake County Commissioner discussed his proudest moments working in the public service sector. He talks proudly of his time working on environmental pieces such as phosphorus reduction acts and solid waste laws tightening requirements on landfills. Overall during his time in the public sector he said he was most proud about the stability created in the county, their fiscal responsibility, and they delivered services that they had promised. Troy also spoke about people developing myopic views created by only paying attention to one media news outlet rather than diversifying and absorbing different viewpoints and creating your own opinion.

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Larry Willis from the Transportation Trades Department also appeared on the Dec. 24 edition of AWF. Willis discussed Amtrak closing their call center in Riverside, California and moving to Florida in what seems like a classic union busting tactic. According to Willis, “500 good paying union jobs will be lost and the new workers will not be receiving health or pension benefits and will also be taking a pay cut.” Willis also said that the workers losing their jobs in Riverside will be training the new employees from Florida who will be taking their jobs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the American Federation of Government Employees reaction to the third government shutdown of 2018.

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.


Rep. Patton Talks Legislative Priorities on America’s Work Force Radio

Ohio State Rep. Tom Patton talked about setting priorities for the incoming Ohio legislature on America’s Work Force.

State Representative Tom PattonRep. Patton, on Dec. 17, spoke about the need to mandate upgraded job training in the construction industry to ensure proper worker safety and a high quality of work. He felt additional training will benefit everyone, from new to experienced workers, to contractors, project owners and end users because of the amount of new and updated technology used in construction. Rep. Patton also talked about the need to recruit more people into the construction industry. He said it is a better post-high school option than college for some people.

DriversEd Laura AdamsLaura Adams from driversed.com appeared on America’s Work Force Radio and talked about the importance of motorists to practice defensive driving.  Drivers should use defensive driving skills due to the increase in accidents during the holidays from intoxicated drivers and potentially hazardous road conditions. She recommended motorists get regular check-up before the winter weather gets too bad to in order to prevent breakdowns on the road during extreme conditions.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the recent Affordable Care Act ruling in Texas, where a judge ruled the legislation “unconstitutional.” Due to this ruling, the entire healthcare law is now under question. He also talked about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and the United Auto Workers willingness to work with President Trump and Congress to fix certain parts of the trade pact.


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.


United Auto Workers Talk USMCA Trade Agreement on America’s Work Force Radio

Josh Nassar, United Auto Workers Legislative Director, joined America’s Work Force Radio and talked about the effect of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the auto industry.

United Auto Workers Josh NassarNassar said the new trade pact is not strong enough to protect U.S. autoworkers. He felt the point of renegotiating NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was to lead to additional investment in domestic auto plants and the creation more jobs in the U.S., which would result in the shutdown of fewer automotive plants. Nassar then discussed the upcoming new congress term and issues lawmakers will focus on, such as Medicare for all, drug costs and pre-existing conditions.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerZach Schiller, Research Director with Policy Matters Ohio, appeared on AWF on Dec. 13 and spoke about the lame duck session of the Ohio legislature. He described a variety of bills the Ohio House and Senate House are voting on and the effects of the legislation, if it passed.

America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the battle to become Ohio’s next Speaker of the House. At least three labor unions have contacted Ohio House Democrats to express their support for Republican representative Larry Householder over current speaker Ryan Smith.


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.


BBB Warns of Holiday Shopping Scams on America’s Work Force Radio

Sue McConnell from the Better Business Bureau warned shoppers should beware of holiday shopping scams on America’s Work Force Radio.

McConnell, during her Dec. 3 AWF appearance, listed a number of scams to look out for while shopping during the upcoming Christmas season. One scam that motorists and anyone else using a gas or kerosene pump should be aware of is a credit card skimmer at the pumps. She said people’s credit card information is being stolen through the use of card skimmers and explained the steps to take if you fall victim to it. She stressed the importance of checking the validity of websites before making an online purchase. This is especially important on big-ticket items to ensure the company is legitimate so you do not get ripped off. Finally, McConnell talked about doing research and meeting in person before buying a puppy as a gift. By doing so, shoppers will be able to make sure the dog is as described, healthy and gives you the ability to ask any questions about the animal.

Mark Gruenberg People's WorldLabor writer Mark Gruenberg joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed the new congress, which will have the ability to rewrite existing labor laws to make them more worker friendly, especially for those who want to organize. He also talked about potential problems that could arise by privatizing the U.S. Postal Service. Gruenberg though, thinks privatization will not happen.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), which some people call the new NAFTA. He also spoke about workers with Unite Here Local 5, who ended their 51-day strike when they ratified a new contract with five hotels.


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.


Midterm Election Outcome is Major Topic on America’s Work Force Radio

The results of the midterm elections remain a major talking point on America’s Work Force Radio.

United Auto Workers Josh NassarUAW Legislative Director Josh Nassar discussed the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections. He talked about issues raised after unofficial results were released on Election Night, such as gerrymandering and voter suppression in some states, which Nassar argued impacted the outcome of certain races. Nassar also shared his thoughts on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, also known as the USMCA. This trade agreement, if passed by Congress, replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerFounding Executive Director of Policy Matters Ohio, Amy Hanauer, was a featured guest on America’s Work Force and also spoke about the results of the midterm election. She explained why she believed Issue 1 should have passed in Ohio. Hanauer said polling on Issue 1 mislead voters, which lead to its defeat. She said Ohioans should keep their minds open about another options and discussed a similar plan used in Oklahoma.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc provided more insight on the election results, including how the election of union members to public office will lead to more rights for working people.


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.


Bill Samuel, Director of Government Affairs with AFL-CIO Featured on America’s Work Force Radio

Director of Government Affairs with the AFL-CIO, Bill Samuel, was one of two featured guests to appear on America’s Work Force Radio.

AFL-CIO Bill Samuel

On Oct. 25, Bill Samuel made an appearance on America’s Work Force Radio to discuss Republicans and the Affordable Care Act and pre-existing conditions. Samuel talks about how originally, Republicans wanted to kill the ACA and replace it, but as time went on they changed their minds and now they want to protect it, but make some changes to it. Samuel also talks about the new NAFTA, United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), and improving labor laws in Mexico.

Matt Rothschild Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Matt Rothschild, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, appeared on the show to discuss the Affordable Care Act, pre-existing conditions, and healthcare in Wisconsin. Rothschild also talks about his article titled How Democracies Die and gives a brief overview of the article.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spends time talking about the postal workers speaking out against the mail bomber and how to take action if you encounter suspicious packages.


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.


Josh Nassar of the United Auto Workers on America’s Work Force Radio

Josh Nassar from the United Auto Workers and Amy Hanauer from Policy Matters Ohio were featured on America’s Work Force Radio.

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On Oct. 11, Josh Nassar was the first featured guest on the show. He discussed Brett Kavanaugh and how he is worried about the possibility of abuse power that Justice Kavanaugh could potentially have. Nassar also discusses the push to make Union picketing illegal and current developments on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA talks about giving workers the right to strike, the freedom of association, and the right to collective bargaining. One thing that people are unhappy about in the USMCA is that it does not do anything to keep call center jobs in the United States.

Policy Matters Ohio

Our second guest Amy Hanauer discusses drug addiction services and treatment over incarceration. She talks about how reducing the incarceration of drug users will increase the resources that could be spent on comprehensive drug treatment, rather than having the drug abuser sit in prison, not get any treatment, and come back out still with an addiction. Hanauer says that incarcerating these drug users is ruining their relationships, their chances of getting jobs once they come back out, and more importantly they are ruining their lives. By receiving drug treatment rather than being incarcerated, they could come back and become a productive member of society again, and it would be cheaper to tax payers.

Ed “Flash” Ferenc also talk about Elon Musk and current problems over at the Tesla factory and its sweatshop conditions, the USMCA raising wages to $16 an hour in Mexico, and President Trump’s National Relation Board putting limits on picketing, possibly making it illegal in some areas, and also how Ohio voters are getting purged.


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.


Frank Mathews from Communications Workers of America on America’s Work Force Radio

Frank Mathews, Administrative Director to the Vice President with the Communications Workers of America was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

Communication Workers of AmericaOn Oct. 9, Frank Mathews made an appearance on America’s Work Force and he talked about elections and voting, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (new NAFTA), drug companies and drug prices, and airline workers most recent victory. Mathews discussed how on Oct. 9, it was last day to register to vote in Ohio and to go make sure that you are registered to vote, and if you think you are registered, go double check; the best way to make your voice heard is to vote! When talking about the USMCA, Mathews said that the USMCA did nothing to help the working person and it is not preventing jobs from being off-shored or outsourced. He also mentioned how it was going to work with drug companies to lower the drug prices, which never happened. To finish his time on the show, Mathews talks about a huge airline workers victory with getting an 8 hour rest time after flights. Little by little, day by day, the workers are gaining the rights they deserve.

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Cleveland Building and Construction Trades CouncilOur second guest was a frequent on the show, Dave Wondolowski. While on the show, Wondolowski also stressed the importance of registering and going out to vote. He talked briefly on Kelley & Ferraro and the benefits of the work that they do, the ECOT scandal and how money is being lost and how unfair it is to the families, and smear campaigns in the commercials right now during the Cordray and Dewine debates. Wondolowski also talked about how early voting is beneficial because it gives you the time to sit down, read things over, make an educated vote, and be able to properly fill out the ballot. To finish his time on the show, Wondolowski talked about what the building trades will be up to from now until November 6th, and construction jobs in Ohio are looking strong for the 4th quarter and are expecting to remain strong for the next 24 months!

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how far the Cordray and Dewine smear campaigns are willing to go, the AFL-CIO being proactive and distributing informative leaflets, how important voting and registering to vote is, and teacher’s activism going on around the country right now!


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.


Undoing Janus Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On our show today, we had Professor Aaron Tang, and Carolyn Lookabill. Professor Aaron Tang is an acting professor of law at the University of California School of Law and Carolyn Lookabill is Providence Healthcare Management Director of Assisted Living Operations.

Our first guest, Professor Tang, talks about the Janus decision and how to fix their “free-rider” problem. Professor Tang is the author of How to Undo Janus: A User-Friendly Guide, and spends most of his time talking his publication and all of the ways that Janus could be neutralized. One of his main points was to have government employers reimburse union dues expenses directly, rather than having them deducted from union member paychecks. This plan could bring a small net increase to the workers as well.

Our second guest was Carolyn Lookabill from Providence Home Healthcare, who provides management for senior living facilities. She spends her time talking about senior living, healthcare, and care-giving. One of the major problems faced with care-givers right now is that they do not know where to find the resources so that they can properly take care of somebody. She talks about how there is another great resource to use, besides the internet, which is by calling the number 211 and you can talk to a highly trained service professional to help you out.

We also discuss the new NAFTA negotiations, now called United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and how parts of it are aimed to help improve labor rules. We also talk about Amazon and the win for the fight for $15 minimum wage! Amazon, starting November 1, will increases minimum wage for all workers, seasonal and contract, to $15 an hour after employees pushing for it for so long! Another great win for the workers!


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