America’s Work Force tackled wage theft from employees running rampant in Ohio and what to do to counter it.
Michael Shields, researcher with Policy Matters Ohio spoke to America’s Work Force on April 11 on the topic of wage theft being more prominent than people think within Ohio businesses. He said that according to a recent study, Ohio ranks number two, nationally, for their share of workers who are currently dealing with, or have dealt with wage theft. Shields claimed that according to the previously mentioned study, 5.5 percent of workers in Ohio deal with wage theft. Shields also discussed certain things that are deemed wage theft, such as not paying for a full-hours work, not paying employees overtime, minimum wage violations, and more. He also mentioned that often times, most workers do not report wage theft because they are unaware of their rights, or they are worried they will face repercussions for filing a complaint against their management.
Josh Nassar, legislative director with the United Auto Workers also spoke to AWF on April 11. Nassar discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and labor law reform. On trade, he said that one thing that needs to be addressed is the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. From 2012 to 2016, the price of insulin doubled and Nassar said that big pharmaceutical companies were able to get away with it because there is little competition in that market and there is not a lot of price regulation on it. Nassar also talked about vehicle identification numbers and how they could be used to tell consumers when, where and what company their vehicle was made.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate, visiting Lordstown to talk to UAW workers as well as the teachers that are on strike in Youngstown, Ohio.