Community Outreach Program Discussed on America’s Work Force

Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades, Dorsey Hager joined America’s Work Force on Nov. 1 to talk about community outreach programs to spread information about the trades.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager first spoke about National Apprenticeship Week and how it is a great way to provide exposure to the trades and the benefits of working in the trades. He explained how working in the trades puts a person on a direct path to the middle class, has great health and retirement benefits, free training and more. Hager also talked about Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) and why they are harmful. IRAPs make it so that employers oversee their own apprenticeship programs and they could cut corners on training and other areas involving safety because they are not regulated. Hagar mentioned that union construction will always be the highest standard when it comes to quality and safety because they have regulations on quality of resources and training requirements.

Terri GersteinTerri Gerstein, director of the State and Local Enforcement Project spoke to AWF about the Hard Rock Casino collapse in New Orleans. She discussed how IRAPs allowed the contractor to hire cheaper labor and cut corners when it came to safety regulations and quality of labor. Gerstein said that by hiring cheaper labor, the building was a threat to public safety and well being because of the lack of quality in materials and labor.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ford reaching a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers on a new contract for United States workers.



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Impending Government Shutdown Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tony Reardon, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 31 about another possible government shutdown.

Tony ReardonReardon talked about the building momentum behind President Trump’s impeachment, and how the president threatened another government shutdown if Congress moves forward on the impeachment process. He said that the President knows his back is against the wall and is doing everything he possibly can to kill the momentum of the impeachment process. Reardon also discussed problems in the government where both political parties want to solve problems together but refuse to listen to one another and engage in sham bargaining rather than getting anything important done. Lastly, he talked about the president mentioning giving a 2.6 percent pay raise to federal employees and a 3.1 percent pay raise to the military. Reardon said that he likes to hear federal employees getting a raise, but feels that they should still receive more.

Gustavo FerrerDr. Gustavo Ferrer, founder of the Florida Cough Clinic and former doctor at the Cleveland Clinic, spoke about the upcoming flu season. He stressed the importance of a person going out and getting their flu shot because it not only helps keep them healthy, but also helps those around them. Ferrer discussed steps to take to get well if a person were to unfortunately contract the flu during this flu season.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about jobs created under President Trump. Although unemployment is at an all-time low, the quality of jobs is not up. He said people are still struggling to make enough money with one job to afford essentials such as food, clothes and shelter.



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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Wounded Charity Discussed on America’s Work Force

Doug White, author of the book “Wounded Charity”, spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 30 about the allegations against the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) in 2016.

Doug WhiteWhite explains the media’s allegations that were made against the Wounded Warrior Project and how they were baseless accusations. White also mentioned that board members of the WWP failed to properly address the accusations against them and dispel the negative rumors about the charity. He talked about how quick the media and the public are to turn against an organization, especially a charity, when there are rumors about misallocations of funds or improper use of donations. White also discussed how there are charities out there that are poorly run and how their personal agenda does not directly align with the positive intentions of other charities.

Dr. Alex JohnsonDr. Alex Johnson, president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) talked about affordable education. He explained how Tri-C is a more affordable option for higher education than other universities in the area, and he also said how they have a good relationship with the trades in the area. Dr. Johnson mentioned the increase in demand for skilled tradespeople and how Tri-C offers courses to educate and train people in the trades. Lastly, he talked about the benefits of having access to affordable education.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Chicago Teachers Union still on strike and the SEIU bargaining on behalf of the teacher support group.



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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Business Medicare for All Discussed on America’s Work Force

Wendell Potter, former executive for Cigna, spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 29 to discuss blowing the whistle on his former healthcare company.

Wendell PotterWendell Potter, notorious for blowing the whistle for bad business practices on Cigna back in 2009, spoke about the bad business decisions cigna made that forced him to speak out. He said that if one of their policyholders became sick, they were told to start cancelling their plans. Potter said that Cigna would purge people if they were no longer profitable for the company by cancelling their healthcare plans. He talked about how Cigna only cared about meeting shareholders profit expectations, and that is why he decided to stand out against his own company. Potter also talked about business medicare for all and whether or not it could be done.

Richard MasterRichard Master, founder and CEO of MCS and Business Medicare for All talked about if medicare for all is plausible. He stressed that Medicare for All is most certainly doable if the proper resources are reallocated. Master said that with employer-based insurance cost, payroll deduction, and the government reallocating money, Medicare for All could be done. He also said that the government needs to regulate the outrageously high pharmaceutical drug costs and by doing so, will also be a big step in the right direction to ensure Medicare for All being plausible.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Communication Workers of America voting to make open support of the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.



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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Moneyball Bites Back Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kelly Candaele, writer for the Nation Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 28 to discuss an article he co-wrote called “Moneyball Bites Back”.

The Nation MagazineCandaele’s article talked about how Major League Baseball player’s pay is evaluated and decided by using analytics to value a player’s current and projected talent. Candaele said that some players get cheated out of a better contract because the MLB algorithm that projects how a player’s talent will increase or decrease as the years go on does not account for slumps, or breakout seasons. Candaele said that owners are looking for the best way to turn player talent into profits, and with new access to different statistics, such as spin rates on pitches, launch angles, chase rate, and more, baseball has become even more of a “numbers” game. Lastly, he talked about the MLB player’s union and the impact they have made over the last couple of years.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisGreg Regan, secretary-treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO spoke about ride hailing jobs. He talked about how in certain major cities, ride hailing jobs have been subsidized to cut public transportation costs. Regan then talked about how the ultimate goal of Uber and Lyft was to cut down congestion on the roads and improve air quality, but many drivers have frequently been driving with no passengers, just taking up more space on the road.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the end of the General Motors United Auto Workers strike and the contract that they came to agree on.



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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Asbestos Exposure Screenings Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kevin Corrigan, business manager of Kelly & Ferraro law firm spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 25 about screenings for asbestos exposure related disease .

Kelley & FerraroCorrigan talked about Kelley & Ferraro and how they have the ability to travel to union halls and screen their members, past and present for asbestos exposure and asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma. After the screening, if it was found that the person had mesothelioma or other asbestos related disease or complications, the lawyers at Kelley & Ferraro would fight to help that person receive financial compensation from asbestos manufacturers and distributors. The screening process involves an x-ray of the person’s chest and the results are given within the hour if the person is clean or not. Corrigan said that it is free for union members, past and present, so if a member of a union is retired, they could still get tested when their local hosts a screening.

John RussoJohn Russo, Working-Class Perspectives, spoke about his new article titled “Middle Class Racism.” The article talks about what people picture when they are asked to think about what President Trump’s voter base looks like. He talked about how people would typically think of people wearing “MAGA” hats or people promoting homophobic and xenophobic rhetoric from the Midwestern or Southern cities and states. Russo also talked about how, although a lot of President Trump’s tweets are ridiculous in nature, they also are a distraction from how racism is structural and people are unwilling to discuss it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about trade relations and work environments between the United States and Mexico.



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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Dangers of Vaping Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jennifer Cofer, cancer prevention and control platform at the MD Anderson Cancer Center spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 24 to discuss the dangers of using vape products.

MD Anderson Cancer CenterCofer first talked about how there is a misinterpretation that vape products are a safe alternative to cigarettes. It has been found that tobacco and e-cigarettes are related to cancer. Cofer said one of the major problems with vape is that they are still new to the market and have not been regulated by the FDA like cigarettes, so there are still certain vape products that have more nicotine in them and other aspects that could lead to cancer than the regular cigarette would. Another danger of vaping is they are attractive to underage kids with appealing flavors, such as mango, and other fruity flavors.

AFL-CIOBill Samuel, government affairs director with the AFL-CIO talked about the progress of the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. He said the PRO Act has been moving quickly through Congress and has been signed by Democrats as well as Republicans, making it a bi-bartisan bill. Samuel said that he is excited to see Republicans find the importance of protecting workers’ rights to organize and are helping push this bill. He also talked about work in Mexico and how unionizing will help increase their quality of work-life and offer them more protections and bargaining power.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Amazon workers being overworked with impossible daily quotas, limited time to use the bathroom and the increase of workers saying they are hurt on-the-job but will be punished if they take time off to nurse their injuries.



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.

Union Busting Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jacque Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 23 about the Trump administration working to bust government employee unions.

AFGE American Federation of Government EmployeesSimon discussed the three executive orders that were proposed earlier this year and had they been implemented, the federal workforce would have been sent into disarray. After that proposal, the AFGE brought it up in the U.S. Court of Appeals and the decision to implement the executive order was reversed, in favor of the AFGE. Simon also talked about a leaked memo from a member of the Trump administration discussing methods to bust unions, and sideline labor leaders from important meetings involving bargaining, making it more difficult for government unions to draw up contracts.

National United Committee To Protect PensionsMike Walden, president of the National United Committee to Protect Pensions talked about pensions and the Butch-Lewis Act. He said that as of recently, the Butch-Lewis Act has been passed through the house and is making significant progress. Walden said one person that is halting the progress of the Butch-Lewis Act is Senator Mitch McConnell.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Hard Rock Hotel collapse and the use of non-union, non-licensed contractors for the project.



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.

Clean House Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dave Smeltz, founder of the non-profit organization Clean House spoke with AWF on Oct. 22 about helping people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Dave SmeltzSmeltz, who has been sober for 18 years, talked about his story of addiction and recovery. He said that one thing that helped take his mind off of the drugs and alcohol during his recovery was martial arts because it required a level of focus and discipline which helped his mind not wander and fixate on drugs or alcohol. Smeltz started a nonprofit called Clean House, which works to help other addicts through their recovery by offering support groups, meditation, martial arts and computer classes. By using “transitional housing,” people learn discipline, stress and anger management, concentration, discipline and mental stabilization which in turn helps them during their recovery process.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersTom Buffenbarger, former general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers discussed pension plans. He talked about the need to make sure pension plans are protected and how if they are taken away or weakened, it could completely ruin a person’s retirement. Buffenbarger also talked about farmers feeling betrayed by President Trump’s trading with China.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Chicago teacher’s Union strike for better wages, class size control and better resources and infrastructure in their schools.



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.

Making Vape Products Less Accessible Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Patton, Ohio state representative spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 21 about accessibility to vape and vape products.

State Representative Tom PattonRep. Patton first talked about the dangerous effects of vaping, and although a better alternative than cigarettes, are still harmful. He discussed how the packaging and the familiar flavors of the vape products are enticing young people to buy vape products. Patton said that this is a major problem, having underaged kids become addicted to nicotine, and how there is legislation being drawn up to help combat this problem. He said one way to make it harder for younger kids to obtain vape products is to limit the accessibility to them. Although tobacco products are age restricted in Ohio, having to be 21 or older to enter a tobacco store, vapes and vape products are available at gas stations where anybody is allowed to walk in. Patton suggested making stiffer penalties enforceable on facilities caught selling vape products to underaged patrons in hopes that will make it more difficult for a kid to get a vape.

Hearts for PatriotsDenise Weller, co-founder and executive director of Hearts for Patriots joined AWF to discuss what her organization does. The Hearts for Patriots organization helps caregivers of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) better understand their spouses struggles by providing them with resources to help offer better support. Weller also talked about a fundraiser called the Steak Fry Fundraiser where proceeds are put towards providing resources to better understand how to help a person cope with their PTSD.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Oregon and southwest Washington workers go on strike after 15 months of poor bargaining with their employers.



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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