Texas blackouts cause states to analyze their own power plans

While most states regulate their power grid and connect into the U.S. grid, states such as Texas have suffered catastrophic consequences in the name of deregulation, which which caused many in the state to suffer physical and financial hardship.

Ohio has done well to ensure residents have reliable power in the event of a bad storm. Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist Andrew Tinkham appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast and explained why Texans suffered following the storm. He also discussed Ohio’s energy sectors and the current happenings within it. Continue reading

Scams on the rise as American’s return to normal life

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, Americans are beginning to travel and participate in the economy on a larger scale. This has opened many people up to scams, especially in the travel and funeral industries.

The Better Business Bureau works to limit the amount of people who fall victim to these scams by warning consumers. Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to warn listeners about some current scams. Continue reading

COVID-19 vaccine scams develop as vaccine rollout progresses

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in new spending habits and more, including unemployment and a vaccine. All three of these have become targets of scammers.

An expert on such scams is Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell, who joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to highlight these scams and warn listeners who may not be aware. Continue reading

Consumers encouraged to participate in National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week is slated for Feb. 28 through March 6. Consumers will be presented with a variety of programming to help protect them from any scams or issues.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) Public Relations Director Andrew Tinkham discussed why National Consumer Protection Week was created and previewed some of the programming on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Zantac case carries on despite ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

For years, Americans were taking the heartburn medication, Zantac. Only years later would they find out that the medication could harm them, potentially causing cancer.

Kelley and Ferraro attorney Nick DiCioccio joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how their class action lawsuit began, where it is at now and where they hope it ends up when the dust is settled. Continue reading

Cleveland BBB warns listeners of COVID-19 stimulus and vaccine scams

With the news of the new stimulus package and the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out throughout the country, scammers have expanded their reach to take advantage of people.

Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast discussed various stimulus check scams, a vaccine scam and an advanced fee loan. Continue reading

Ohio lawmakers weigh changes to House Bill 6 despite corruption revelations

After a year of turmoil, arrests and more, there is still work to be done on Ohio House Bill 6 to ensure Ohioans receive a fair shake in any nuclear bailout deal.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist Andrew Tinkham discussed some updates to Ohio House Bill 6, a recent Ohio Supreme Court win and more on Americas Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Zantac lawsuit slows down as claims continue to be filed virtually

Over the counter medications have been tied to many illnesses and deaths. However, there are people working to gain financial compensation for those affected and their families.

Kelley & Ferraro Attorney Joyce Chambers Reichard joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the class action lawsuit involving Zantac and mesothelioma cases linked to asbestos exposure. Continue reading

Payday lending getting out of control as pandemic causes people to lose source of income

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a presence throughout the country, Americans who have come under financial stress have turned to payday lending after losing their source of income.

Policy Matters Ohio Project Director of Asset Building Kalitha Williams discussed the various types of short term loans, how they affect consumers and what is being done to make these loans more fair on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Cleveland BBB warns of increased holiday scams due to the COVID-19 pandemic

With the holiday season quickly approaching, scammers are becoming more active. It is vital that consumers beware of scams and remain vigilant.

Cleveland Better Business Bureau (BBB) President Sue McConnell discussed some of the current and holiday scams already identified on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading