Air Traffic Controllers Discussed on America’s Work Force

Trish Gilbert, executive vice president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association spoke with America’s Work Force on July 29 to discuss the importance of unity amongst air traffic controllers.

National Air Traffic Controllers AssociationGilbert began her time with AWF by talking about how unionized air traffic control workers give back to their union by devoting their time, even when off the clock, to help improve the union any way that they are capable of or by simply helping other members of the union. She said that even in So-Called “Right-to-Work” states, union density is still high amongst air traffic controllers. Gilbert said that this is because workers see the value in joining a union and understand that it is in the best interest of themselves, their job security, the bargaining rights of themselves and their coworkers. Furthermore, Gilbert talked about how the government shutdown from late 2018 until early 2019 added extra stress to the already immensely stressful job of the air traffic controllers and how it affected the safety of air travelers. Lastly, she discussed the budget for air traffic controllers and she hopes it remains a priority so that they can effectively do their jobs.

Warrior’s Journey HomeJohn Schluep, founder and CEO of Warrior’s Journey Home spoke with AWF on July 29 about his foundation and what they are all about. Warrior’s Journey Home is a non-profit organization designed to help heal the invisible wounds that veterans carry with them after they return home from the service. Schluep said that the organization hosts “healing circles” where veterans are welcome to show up, share their stories and provide spiritual healing for themselves and one another.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed American Federation of Government Employees speaking out against President Trump after he made racist remarks to four freshmen Congresswomen.



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VA Medical Centers were the Main Focus of Discussion on America’s Work Force Radio

During Jan. 16 episode of America’s Work Force, guests discuss privatization and contracting out services at VA medical centers.

Willie Haywood Jr., District 6 Representative of the National Veterans Affairs Council, discussed the current state of the VA’s across the country. Haywood , member of VA Council 262, which encompasses Indiana, Ohio and Northern Kentucky, talked about fully staffing VA’s. He said that by fully staffing veterans, they will be able to receive the proper, adequate care that they need and deserve. Haywood also mentioned that VAs having their own medical providers will take away the need to go through a private sector to receive care and it will also keep the sense of comradery between the veterans in tact.

John Auerbach, President and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH),  discussed public health and preventable issues during the Jan. 16 edition of AWF. Auerbach talked about West Virginia and Ohio having the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in America. He said that he believes the reason for the high overdose death being so high in those areas is a result of poor quality of life as well as a lack of access to proper treatment. He mentioned that the life expectancy in America is dropping because of the increase in drug overdose deaths. Lastly, he mentioned the problem with doctors over prescribing opioids for pain treatment.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing government shutdown and the effects that it is having on government employees.


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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America’s Work Force Radio Examines VA Copay Issues

Mark Seavy, from the American Legion, appeared on America’s Work Force Radio on Dec. 21 and talked about copay issues within the Veterans Administration.

American Legion Magazine Mark Seavey

According to Seavy, the VA refuses to reimburse veterans for out of pocket emergency services. He said it is ridiculous that the government has the money to deploy soldiers, but does have the money to care for them when they return home injured or sick. He believes there needs to be better copay options for veterans to cover the costs of medication, rehabilitation and other medical needs. Seavy also spoke about the decision by Defense Secretary James Mattis to resign after a disagreement with President Trump, who decided to U.S troops out of Syria.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta talked about what his organization plans to do in 2019. Fiesta said they will work to address issues such as the price of prescription drugs, the expansion of social security and raising the earning cap. He also discussed a recent court ruling, which declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Fiesta said the Texas judge made a poorly reasoned decision and did not thoroughly review the ACA.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed SNAP eligibility and recently passed legislation, which bans the shackling of pregnant women in federal prisons.


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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American Legion Magazine Writer Discusses Neglect in VA Assisted Living Homes on America’s Work Force Radio

Blogger from American Legion MagazineMark Seavey, discussed neglect in VA assisted living homes on the Nov. 16 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

American Legion Magazine Mark SeaveySeavey said neglect is occurring in VA homes all across the country, as many VA assisted living homes are receiving failing grades by the VA’s own ranking system for various reasons including, nurses sleeping on the job, providing less assistance than required and not repairing what he called atrocious living conditions. Seavey spoke about a rehabilitation program called Merging Vets and Players (MVP), where athletes help veterans cope with PTSD through various forms of workouts and talking about their problems.

Alliance for Retired Americans ARA Rich FiestaNorm Wernet, Ohio President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, spoke about midterm election results. He believed the outcome had the potential to affect social security and pension plans. Wernet talked about Medicare expansion and the need to strengthen social security benefits to ensure people can retire comfortably and with dignity.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how gerrymandered legislative districts in Ohio affect elections. He also talked about rank choice voting and the benefits that come with it.


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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Discussion on America’s Work Force Radio Focuses on Veterans Services and Utility Savings

Guests on America’s Work Force Radio talked about veteran’s services and savings on utility bills. 

Dan Doron Ohio Consumer CouncilOn the Nov. 12 edition of AWF, Dan Doron, with the Ohio Consumer Counsel, discussed an Ohio utility payment plan for veterans called the Patriot Plan, which requires utility companies to offer a payment plan to active-duty military members to repay previous debt without late fees or interest. Payment plans can be extended up to the amount of months a service member was deployed. Doron provided tips on how to save money on utility bills during the winter season and talked about door-to-door marketers from energy companies and the Block-the-Knock registry.

John Rice Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, from the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission, joined America’s Work Force Radio and spoke about services offered by the CCVSC to veterans. These services include, but are not limited to crisis lines, financial assistance and memorial affairs.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc wishes all veterans and current military members a happy Veteran’s Day and thanks all who have served or are currently serving our country.


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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Healthcare and Pre-Existing Conditions are Main Topics of Discussion on America’s Work Force Radio.

Midterm election results, healthcare and pre-existing conditions, and military advocacy were the hot topics of discussion on the Nov. 9 edition of AWF.

The Progressive Populist Jim CullenEditor of the Progressive Populist, Jim Cullen, discusses the current state of the republican party and what he calls “post-truth” world they are living in. He goes on to talk about how he believes President Trump lied when he said that he was going to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions and that the democrats would destroy medicare.

USAA Mike KellyAssistant Vice President and Military Advocate with the USAA, Mike Kelly, was the second featured guest and he talks about how others can help veterans. Kelly goes on to discuss the benefits of hiring veterans and how it can help reduce the unemployment rate. He concludes his time by talking about an active way to show your support for veterans with their #HonorThroughAction campaign.

Mary Jane TrappOhio’s 11th District Court of Appeals Judge, Mary Jane Trapp, was our third featured guest on AWF, as she discusses two court cases. One case uncovered details of a widow who was filing a lawsuit against Notre Dame Football, claiming they were responsible for her late-husband’s chronic brain injuries. The second case that Trapp discussed involves the Ohio State Bar Association and landlord agents not being permitted to file eviction actions.

America’s Work Force host Ed “Flash” Ferenc reviews the labor wins resulting from the midterm elections and the American Federation of Teachers continuing their fight against budget cuts in order to properly fund their programs.


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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American Legion Magazine Mark Seavey on America’s Workforce Radio

Mark Seavey with the American Legion Magazine and Rich Fiesta with the Alliance for Retired Americans were featured on America’s Work Force Radio.

The American Legion Magazine Mark LeaveyOn Oct. 19, Mark Seavey was a guest on the show to discuss different types of discharge from the military and receiving help to cope with PTSD. Seavey also talks about the November edition of the American Legion Magazine, National Legion Day, and veterans explaining what is important to them when making a memorial.

Alliance for Retired Americans ARA Rich FiestaRich Fiesta discusses the disturbing budget deficit and social security. He talks about working to protect the health and security of worker’s pension plans. He stresses that the workers have entitlement to their social security after working so hard for it and it is unfair to lose it.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talks about getting out to vote for the upcoming midterms and once again discusses the Marriott workers that are currently on strike.


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.