“Trump Fever” and ongoing Steelworker negotiations with ArcelorMittal were the two hot topics on today’s America’s Workforce Radio.
John Russo, retired professor and founder and co-director of The Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University, explained to show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc his research on what he calls “Trump Fever.” Over the past years, Russo has studied the stance of Youngstown resident’s on President Trump. He discussed how the fever has not broken, but it has cooled down since Trump was elected.
With Election Day coming up, Russo talked about Ohio’s statewide political races and his thoughts on other federal races. The outcome will ultimately come down to which political parties and candidates can get their voters to show up at the polls. He also discusses immigration.
The second guest to appear on AWF was Dave McCall, Steelworker District One Director, who talked about the United Steelworkers Union ongoing contract negotiation with ArcelorMittal. The steelmaker began by offering no wage increases and cuts to pension and health benefits. McCall is hopeful the contract can be wrapped up, but has major concerns on ArcelorMittal’s commitment to the capital improvement investment at their facilities.They also discuss how China has taken away millions of jobs from the American steel industry.