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.



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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.

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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.

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.

Jack Metzger Roosevelt UniversityMetzger began his time on AWF by talking about the Democratic debates that took place earlier this week. He reviewed what he liked and what he disliked about the change in policy that was discussed by the candidates. Metzger then talked about certain legislation being brought up by congress that would disproportionately benefit certain people while leaving others out. Lastly, he thoroughly talked about how the redistribution of wealth will help families who are living in poverty and give their families a second shot at life.

United Steel WorkersDonnie Black, United Steelworkers District 1 in Ohio, spoke with AWF on June 28 about leadership changes in their organization. With the current international president, Leo Gerard retiring, Tom Conway will assume the role as president. With the changes in leadership, Black said that they will still be reinforcing the idea that they need to continue to fight for their union and to keep pushing for collective bargaining.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about unjust CEO pay and a Supreme Court decision on how districts are drawn.



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.

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.

United Steel Workers

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.

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.