Union recruitment struggles in So-Called “Right to Work” state of Iowa

Russ Jaeger, Business Manager for the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers Local 263, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his union’s struggles in the So-Called “Right to Work” state of Iowa, where there is a Republican controlled legislature and governor.

He also spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic is causing people to rethink ventilation systems and countertop materials.

Lastly, he discussed the SMART registered apprenticeship program and efforts to educate guidance counselors and parents about the benefits of a registered apprenticeship program as a pathway to a solid middle class job. Continue reading

Virginia moves up in Oxfam study on treatment of workers

Virginia AFL-CIO President Doris Crouse-Mays joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the state labor federation will improve the lives of workers and make Virginia a better place to work. She also talked about progress made to repeal anti-worker laws. Continue reading

Wisconsin unions struggle with “Right to Work” and Prevailing Wage loss

During the leadership of former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin became anti-union, with the enactment of so-called “Right to Work” laws and the elimination of Prevailing Wage. Though current Gov. Tony Evers is more union-friendly, the Wisconsin legislature maintains a historically anti-union majority

The existence of so-called “Right to Work” laws and the loss of Prevailing Wage created a hostile climate for Wisconsin unions as they struggled to fight for the rights of all workers, to maintain quality wages and to ensure workers have a safe and healthy work environment.

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 7 Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer Jeff Mehrhoff joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the IUPAT approaches these challenges and why more must be done to improve the lives of workers. Continue reading

Fighting off so-called “Right to Work” in Ohio and promoting fair contracting

While some people are fleeing metropolitan areas, other people are flocking to metropolitan areas like Columbus, Ohio for the abundance of tech jobs and other work in up and coming industries.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive-Secretary Treasurer Dorsey Hager is helping to make sure the labor required to meet the construction demand in Ohio’s capital city is performed by highly qualified tradesmen and tradeswomen. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how work is going in the area, vaccine distribution and some issues being faced in central Ohio. Continue reading

Montana defeats So-Called “Right to Work” legislation

Despite So-Called “Right to Work” laws being implemented in various states throughout the U.S., Montana recently defeated an attempt to implement the anti-worker legislation in their state.

The Montana AFL-CIO led the charge in terms of groups who pushed back on the bill. Their communications director, James Burrows joined AWF Union Podcast to explain how the opposition campaign worked and how other state federations can do the same. Continue reading

Ohio Consumer Counsel Dan Doron on America’s Work Force Radio

Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumer’s Counsel was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

Ohio Consumers Council OCCThe first guest on the show was Dan Doron and he discussed possible scams that people could fall for involving their utility providers. Doron talks about scammers targeting older individuals, more creative scams that are being pulled on people, how to spot a scammer, and what to do if you happen to fall for a scam. He also discusses do not call lists, and the importance of reporting a scam if you do fall for one. Just because you fell for a scam does not mean someone else should too; report it so that people can learn from your mistakes. To end his time on the show, Doron talked about “vampire power”, and different ways on how to save nearly $100 on your electricity a year!

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 Our second guest on the show was Fred Ross from IBEW 1245, and he talked about maintaining a strong relationship and open communication with members of your union. He talked about how staying transparent with your union will help maintain trust throughout the union, making sure everyone’s voices are heard, constantly improving your union, recruiting campaigns, the union difference, and how to keep members in the union, lowering the rate of people leaving the union.

Our show’s host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed how a union can make a difference in your life, the Cordray and Dewine debates, and how a union in California is responding to the Janus decision.


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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ECOT Scandal was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had two guests, Jason Perlman and Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal. Jason Perlman is a political director with the Ohio AFL-CIO and Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal is a dermatologist!

Our first guest on the show was Jason Perlman and during his time, he talks about Dewine and Cordray and what each of them are bringing to the table for the working person. He goes on to say that Dewine has been anti-worker in the past and is constantly trying to take away worker rights, however, both stated that they would veto right to work. He finishes his time on the show talking about the ECOT scandal and how Dewine did nothing while the online school was lying about enrollment and was ultimately stealing from people.

Our second guest was Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal. Dr. Rosenthal, who spent 38 years practicing dermatology, talks about healthcare and single payer healthcare. Dr. Rosenthal is the daughter of a doctor and the granddaughter of a doctor, so she knows all about how healthcare has changed over the years. She discusses expanding medicare for all by taking out the private parts, and keep the public parts and give them to everybody; publicly funded, privately delivered.

We also discuss President Trump and the new NAFTA negotiations, how they want to get rid of NAFTA and rename it USMCA (United States Mexico Canada Agreement), how the new NAFTA negotiations will modernize trade rules and make it easier for workers to form unions in Mexico, Postal Workers management agreed to extend bargaining for another month, car prices may rise soon and selection may decrease, and finally putting the interest of working families first. Nice little change of pace in the topics of discussion on the show today!


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Ohio Senate Race was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force.

Today’s show featured guests Bill Samuel and Sam Allard. Bill Samuel is with the AFL-CIO and Sam Allard is a senior writer with the Cleveland Scene Magazine. Our first guest on the show, Bill Samuel, talks politics with Cordray and Dewine and also the senate race and Sherrod Brown. He then talks about worker’s rights, OSHA, Kavanaugh’s stance on the working people, and Seaworld and their poor support and protection of their workers. He then gets into the Butch Lewis Act to talk about benefits for retirees, and finishes his time with discussion on NAFTA negotiations and where those are leading. Our second guest Sam Allard discusses what “opportunity zones” are and why they need to have better regulations put onto them. To conclude his time on the show, Allard talks about the podcast called “Serial” and talks about our criminal justice system. We also talk about the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, how the new NAFTA negotiations involve incentives with outsourcing, the Janus decision and right to work foundations, and an elected state federation’s first woman president!

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 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.

Trump Administration Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Jim Cullen and Mary Jane Trapp. Our first guest Jim Cullen talked a lot about politics, more specifically, the Trump administration claiming executive privilege, the fight against Brett Kavanaugh, progressive populists, the Supreme Court and their right wing majority and how Democrats should combat it, economists royalists remaining, and new deal reforms. Our second guest was Mary Jane Trapp, who is currently running for Court Appeals Judge, talks about Ponzi schemes and how investors are not able to sue the independent brokers that they purchased the securities through unless they can prove collusion between the broker and the place conducting the scheme. She also discuses self-directed IRAs, Ohio Securities Act, and how you can be charged with a crime for possessing a weapon with a disability if you have a juvenile record. We also discuss a strike for the steel workers, benefit cuts by U.S. steel worker company, contract bargaining, and deck stacking. A little bit of a change from the recent topics of discussion on today’s show!

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 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.

CEO to Median Employee Pay Ratio Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Zach Schiller, Research Director with Policy Matters Ohio, and Mike Foley, 1st Director of the Department of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County. Our first guest on the show, Zach Schiller, talked about a hot issue, the pay ratio of CEOs and median workers. Schiller discussed CEO pay and how it has changed dramatically over the years, how CEO pay is rapidly increasing while median employee pay is slowly increasing, retailers having the biggest pay differential, and big corporations and who is the biggest offender of the high CEO to median worker pay ratio. Our second guest, Mike Foley, talks about green energy, Brooklyn, Ohio and their landfill solar project and how they are allowed to put solar panels on top of landfills, powering county buildings, and how other energy distribution competitors are reacting to the success of this project. Also, we discuss certain wages being raised to be similar to union in hopes of driving unions out, labor launching a campaign to reject Brett Kavanaugh, and hotel workers in Chicago and joining Unite Here Local 1! We had some great discussion on the show today with all of these relevant topics!

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 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.