Adding jobs to the economy in the budding cannabis industry

The cannabis industry is taking off in many states where it has been legalized for recreational purposes. Some unions see opportunity in the new industry, which could potentially create tens of thousands of new jobs.

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers Local 338 Political and Communications Director Nikki Kateman joined the AWF Union Podcast to explain what the cannabis industry can do for the American economy. She also discussed working during a pandemic and how their union’s workers were treated. Continue reading

Gov. DeWine signs Ohio budget, hopes for job creation

The last week of June was a busy week for the Ohio legislature, as they worked to pass legislation and quickly get bills signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

One of the most important bills was the state budget, which DeWine did sign. Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the components of the state budget, various voting bills and infrastructure. Continue reading

Workers are left behind as wages stagnate and prices rise

All jobs are not all equal. Some positions have more rights than others, including the ability to negotiate for better wages and benefits, while others have less support and may be forced to accept what they are offered.

This has led more workers to explore ways to solidify their workplace rights. Working Class Perspectives contributor Leo Jennings described what a working class bill of rights could look like when he appeared on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Ohio seeks plan to address disproportionate school funding

School funding in Ohio and other states has been a festering problem for decades. Currently there is a proposed fix going through the Ohio statehouse, which would restore school funding in underserved communities and more.

Policy Matters Ohio has been at the forefront of the education funding debate and their Senior Project Director Wendy Patton joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how school funding got to where it is, the Fair School Funding Plan and more. Continue reading

Corporations pay little taxes, as the middle class foots the bill

America’s wealthiest citizens and corporations greatly benefit from tax policy that allows them to pay less in taxes than working class Americans. Sometimes, they are even rewarded with more money or other incentives.

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) Executive Director Amy Hanauer joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the companies who get away with paying no taxes, the laws that allow them to pay little to no taxes and more. Continue reading

Investing in infrastructure beyond just roads and bridges

With the Biden administration slowly releasing details of a comprehensive infrastructure plan, it is becoming more clear what will be included and how it will be paid for.

One person keeping a close eye on the plan and its payment method is David Dayen, Executive Editor of The American Prospect. He joined AWF Union Podcast to explain why the plan is viable and needs to be initiated now. Continue reading

Josh Nassar of the United Auto Workers on America’s Work Force Radio

Josh Nassar from the United Auto Workers and Amy Hanauer from Policy Matters Ohio were featured on America’s Work Force Radio.

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On Oct. 11, Josh Nassar was the first featured guest on the show. He discussed Brett Kavanaugh and how he is worried about the possibility of abuse power that Justice Kavanaugh could potentially have. Nassar also discusses the push to make Union picketing illegal and current developments on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA talks about giving workers the right to strike, the freedom of association, and the right to collective bargaining. One thing that people are unhappy about in the USMCA is that it does not do anything to keep call center jobs in the United States.

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Our second guest Amy Hanauer discusses drug addiction services and treatment over incarceration. She talks about how reducing the incarceration of drug users will increase the resources that could be spent on comprehensive drug treatment, rather than having the drug abuser sit in prison, not get any treatment, and come back out still with an addiction. Hanauer says that incarcerating these drug users is ruining their relationships, their chances of getting jobs once they come back out, and more importantly they are ruining their lives. By receiving drug treatment rather than being incarcerated, they could come back and become a productive member of society again, and it would be cheaper to tax payers.

Ed “Flash” Ferenc also talk about Elon Musk and current problems over at the Tesla factory and its sweatshop conditions, the USMCA raising wages to $16 an hour in Mexico, and President Trump’s National Relation Board putting limits on picketing, possibly making it illegal in some areas, and also how Ohio voters are getting purged.


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Veterans Administration Accountability Act Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Today on the show we had Darryll Bell and Steve Campisi, stewards and political coordinators of AFGE Local 31 in the studio with us, and also Senator Sherrod Brown. While on the show, Darryll and Steve talked about the American Federation of Government Employees, working with the Cleveland VA Medical Center, the VA accountability act, being Air Force Veterans, veteran homelessness, the three executive orders that sought to undermine the representation of unions with their employees, and Federal employee wage raises. Senator Sherrod Brown discussed jobs in Ohio, American Jobs Act and keeping automotive production in the United States, NAFTA negotiations, labor enforcement, and the Firefighter Registry Cancer Act.  We also discuss the op-ed article submitted to the New York Times by a member of the White House Administration about President Trump and how he demands that he either come forward or be turned over by the NYT! Hot topics of discussion from the last couple of weeks and more unique, insightful views to go along with them!

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.

ECOT Scandal Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

On today’s show, we had Tim Burga with the AFL-CIO, and Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and 25 year veteran of congressional trade battles. While our first guest, Tim Burga, was on the show, we talked a lot about politics with Trumka vs Trump, CoinGate scandal, tax payer money, Electronic Classrooms of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal, Richard Cordray and Mike Dewine, Right-to-Work and prevailing wage, and the Senate race. Our second guest, the incredibly qualified Lori Wallach talks about the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation, effects of trade, outsourced jobs due to NAFTA, raising wages in Mexico, try to remove the incentives in NAFTA to outsource, pro-trade model cons, whether Canada will join in on the agreements, and finding out at the end of September whether or not the new negotiations will actually make a difference. We also talk more about Trump vs Trumka, no raises for federal workers, midterm elections, and the 42,000 documents that were released looking into Brett Kavanaugh.

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.

Single-Payer Medicare Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On the show today we had Amirah Sequeira, Legislative Advocate for National Nurses United, and Ed Smith, President and CEO of Union Labor Life Insurance Company (Ullico). Our first guest Amirah Sequeira talked about the National Nurses United Organization, single-payer medicare for everyone, how to improve our healthcare system, obstacles in the way of trying to achieve medicare for everyone, and nurse to patient ratios. The second guest Ed Smith talked about his 50 Labor Days, labor movements, the Disney World contracts, and how 1 in every 10 workers are Union now compared to 1 in every 3 years ago. This and more on today’s show!