Urban construction rebounds as COVID-19 vaccine becomes available

Many cities were slated to have building booms prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, economic uncertainty and lockdown orders stopped many projects from moving forward.

Cleveland, Ohio was one rising city with plenty of construction planned that was put on hold or slowed down. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the ongoing economic rebound and how it is affecting construction projects in the city. Continue reading

Financially preparing yourself for the end of your life with legal counsel

Nobody wants to plan for the end of their life, but it is necessary. It is important the right people are in place to make sure your assets are properly distributed as you desire.

Kelley and Ferraro Attorney Dayna DePerro is an expert on the matter. DePerro provided AWF Union Podcast listeners with some valuable insight on the end of life process when she appeared on today’s episode of the show. Continue reading

Iron Workers focus on falls during National Safety Stand-Down week

With National Safety Stand-Down Week taking place May 3 through 7, there is an increased focus on preventing safety hazards in the construction and other physical labor industries.

Working from great heights everyday causes ironworkers to face deadly hazards on the job. Iron Workers District Representative and Safety and Health Department Wayne Creasap highlighted ways to eliminate safety hazards for ironworkers and others on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Discussing suicide prevention on Workers’ Memorial Day

On Workers’ Memorial Day, the labor community is focused on fallen workers and ways to limit the amount of workers who are killed due to workplace accidents and their own personal battles.

These issues are being tackled head on by labor organizations and management together. Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what leads to mental health issues in the construction industry and where workers can go for help. Continue reading

Groups seek to expand Medicare eligibility, choices and funding

Millions of American seniors utilize Medicare every year for doctors visits, prescriptions and more. Many groups are defending Medicare as politicians work to strip funding and make senior healthcare more private.

When Kristine Grow of the Coalition for Medicare Choices appeared on AWF Union Podcast, she detailed the current options offered to those eligible for Medicare through age or disability, and what is being done in Washington D.C. to protect American seniors. Continue reading

The American Legion applauds increased calls for civics education

Survey after survey shows younger Americans are falling behind when it comes to civics, constitutional rights and more. There are efforts underway to reintroduce much of this curriculum to American classrooms.

The American Legion Magazine will publish an article on the importance of civics in their upcoming edition. They will also publish a story about the importance of personal fitness and what the Legion is doing to increase awareness of fitness. The American Legion Magazine Managing Editor Matt Grills joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss this and more. Continue reading

How to properly handle compensation when suffering personal injuries

Personal injuries leave many Americans wondering how they will be compensated if injured and unable to work. There are actions that can be taken to protect yourself from assuming full liability.

Brian Herberth, an attorney with Kelley and Ferraro, discussed how Americans should be handling their personal injury cases so they are properly compensated on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Today’s Show 10-12-18


On the show today we had two guests, Jimmy Cullen and Mary Jane Trapp.

Our first guest was Jimmy Cullen and we discussed his writing called “Mean Drunk Justice” and the Kavanaugh case. One major thing that Cullen discussed with us was how Justice Kavanaugh has a problem with telling the truth under oath and how it will affect him on the Supreme Court. Having someone that has trouble keeping their facts straight under oath on the Supreme Court is a little unnerving. He then goes on to talk about the administrations manipulation of the FBI during the Kavanaugh case, and finishes his time on the show talking about President Trump trying to frame the Democrats for everything that goes wrong or against him and seems to be trying to scare voters into voting Republican so that the Democrats do not “take away” our rights.

Our second guest on the show today was Mary Jane Trapp, and she came on the show to talk about different cases with us. She talks about the Cincinnati Enquirer Case, State vs. Vega (2018) , and ONU vs Charles Construction Services. With the State vs. Vega (2018) Case, Trapp explains what would give a police officer probable cause to search your car without a warrant during a traffic stop. With ONU vs. Charles Construction Services, Trapp explains that faulty workmanship cannot be covered in a claim and that before you hire a contractor that you make sure to review everything that is and is not covered. She finishes her time on the show today by giving her two cents on the Kavanaugh case and how she believes that electing him has “eroded confidence in an ‘impartial’ system” and how judges are supposed to be neutral or indifferent to political parties but she fears Kavanaugh will always favor Republicans.

Host of the show, Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discusses Cost of Living Adjustments, Consumer Price Index for the Elderly, the raised prices of stamps are a record nominal increase, and fighting the privatization of the postal service.


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Kelley & Ferraro’s Kevin Corrigan on America’s Work Force Radio

Kevin Corrigan, the business manager at a law firm called Kelley & Ferraro, was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

Kelley & FerraroOn Oct. 24th, Kevin Corrigan was featured on America’s Work Force to talk about asbestos related cancer. Kevin works for a law firm called Kelley & Ferraro and they deal with victims of asbestos related cancer, medical malpractice, workers compensation and wrongful deaths. Corrigan discussed how he and his partners travel with a mobile x-ray unit to union halls and do x-rays on workers who worked from 1979 and earlier for at least 5 years and find out if they have any asbestos related diseases and then are able to represent them if they would like if the tests come back positive. Corrigan has been doing these screenings since 2006 and his firm has been doing them since 2000! By having a mobile x-ray unit, they are able to travel to different union halls across the country and test their workers, which is incredibly convenient and timely.

Modern Warrior LiveRich DeChant with Tri-C Veterans Initiative, was our second guest on the show. He works in the veterans programs that are meant to help veterans get access to affordable education and workforce training programs, which allows them to transition successfully from military to civilian life. He also talks to hiring managers and discusses the benefits of hiring veterans and also how to fill in the gaps in their training. DeChant mentioned a live show in Cleveland called Modern Warrior Live, which is meant to bridge the gap between veteran and civilian communities.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Janus decision, the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act in New Jersey, problems with opting out of union contracts, and a boilermaker lockout while fighting against an anti-union contract proposal. Today’s show was fantastic with a lot of cool information and great stories!


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Undoing Janus Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On our show today, we had Professor Aaron Tang, and Carolyn Lookabill. Professor Aaron Tang is an acting professor of law at the University of California School of Law and Carolyn Lookabill is Providence Healthcare Management Director of Assisted Living Operations.

Our first guest, Professor Tang, talks about the Janus decision and how to fix their “free-rider” problem. Professor Tang is the author of How to Undo Janus: A User-Friendly Guide, and spends most of his time talking his publication and all of the ways that Janus could be neutralized. One of his main points was to have government employers reimburse union dues expenses directly, rather than having them deducted from union member paychecks. This plan could bring a small net increase to the workers as well.

Our second guest was Carolyn Lookabill from Providence Home Healthcare, who provides management for senior living facilities. She spends her time talking about senior living, healthcare, and care-giving. One of the major problems faced with care-givers right now is that they do not know where to find the resources so that they can properly take care of somebody. She talks about how there is another great resource to use, besides the internet, which is by calling the number 211 and you can talk to a highly trained service professional to help you out.

We also discuss the new NAFTA negotiations, now called United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and how parts of it are aimed to help improve labor rules. We also talk about Amazon and the win for the fight for $15 minimum wage! Amazon, starting November 1, will increases minimum wage for all workers, seasonal and contract, to $15 an hour after employees pushing for it for so long! Another great win for the workers!


AMERICA’S WORK FORCE IS THE ONLY DAILY LABOR-RADIO PROGRAM IN AMERICA 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 RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.