New NAFTA Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Josh Nassar, legislative director for the United Auto Workers spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 14 about the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), the new NAFTA.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar first spoke about the General Motors UAW members who were on strike for a better contract, finally reached an agreement on a tentative contract last week. The USMCA, now known as NAFTA, still needs improvements to be made to the agreement. Nassar believes that they need to include stronger labor laws that are enforceable to protect workers and punish those who try to break the laws. Nassar ended his interview on AWF by discussing the impeachment hearings against President Trump.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerWendy Patton, senior project director for the State Fiscal Project with Policy Matters Ohio joined AWF to speak out on the 2021 Ohio state budget. She expressed concerns about the lack of funding and investment into students and schools. Patton said that Ohio is falling behind on investing in their school systems and has not been adjusting their investments to the cost of inflation so the schools are missing out on potential funding. Wrapping up her interview, Patton talked about the lack of funding in Ohio’s public transit system.

Senator Sherrod BrownA special guest stopped by AWF, Senator Sherrod Brown, as he discussed federal contract employees and how they were hurt by the government shutdown earlier this year. As a result of the shutdown, Ohio had a repayment plan set in place to make up for their lost wages, but it was turned down by Mitch McConnell, Kentucky senator.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about a McDonald’s CEO being fired for having an inappropriate relationship with and employee and another McDonald’s employee filing a sexual harassment claim.



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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NAFTA 2.0 Discussed on America’s Work Force

Josh Nassar, legislative director for the United Auto Workers spoke with America’s Work Force on July 11 about the new NAFTA.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar spoke about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and how he feels that there still needs to be work done to it before there is a vote put towards the agreement. He said that the UAW never backed the original NAFTA, and still does not back this revised version, because there are not enough protections for workers in it. Nassar mentioned that he would like to see a significant overhaul done to the USMCA before it is put to vote, even though congress is pushing hard to be voted on as-is. He claimed that as it stands, if the USMCA were to be voted in now, it would hurt workers in all three countries involved. Lastly, Nassar spoke about raising the minimum wage and how it will help lower class people.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerWendy Patton, senior project director with Policy Matters Ohio, spoke with AWF about Ohio’s budget plan. On Ohio’s budget plan, which was supposed to be submitted by July 1, she covered what she thought the pros and cons were. Finally, Patton discussed medicaid expansion, which would allow people with common, low-wage jobs, the ability to have health care coverage.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about greater workplace transparency in the art industry in New York, and also Tesla workers being punished for taking sick days and how they need a wage increase to help account for the cost of living around the factory.



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.