Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education program specialist at the Ohio Consumer Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on August 12 about how to avoid being scammed during a door-to-door sales pitch.
Tinkham first provided updates on the recently passed Ohio House BIll 6. He said that First Energy Solutions needed the bailout because they went bankrupt after making bad business decisions and HB 6 would save them. Tinkham said that it would cost around $15 billion to deregulate the power plants with the new energy efficiency bill that was proposed. He then discussed how to not only handle door-to-door sales people, but how to avoid being scammed. He mentioned how not all door-to-door sales are scammers, but people are scammed frequently by them. Tinkham told listeners that if they do answer the door, ask about their company as well as a company identification card. You can use this card to call their company and verify who they are. It is critical to not offer any of your personal banking or social security information and do not get pressured into paying for something right there on the spot. Notice the red flags, and act accordingly to the situation at hand.
Finally, Tinkham discussed what to do in case of a power outage. He said the first thing to do if your power goes out is report it to your energy company. He stressed being patient and staying on the line with the company because they are likely dealing with more people who are in a similar situation.
Nichole McCarthy, recruiting coordinator with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 spoke with AWF on August 12 about their apprenticeship program. She said that the program takes four years of on-the-job training with supplemental classroom instruction. McCarthy also talked about the benefits of an apprenticeship and that construction jobs are made for anyone who is willing to learn new skills.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the General Electric workers bargaining for a new contract after talks of a potential strike.