Ohio AFL-CIO President Discusses HEROES Act

Ohio AFL-CIO President, Tim Burga spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 7 about the HEROES Act and why there is a big push to get it passed.

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Ohio AFL-CIO President, Tim Burga spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 7 about the HEROES Act and why there is a big push to get it passed.

Burga said the HEROES Act offers additional assistance for state and local governments as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The HEROES Act would provide funds for local and state governments to give to local businesses to protect pensions and help with funds for infrastructure repairs and improvements.

Burga explained the five principles the HEROES Act was written around:

  1. Keep frontline workers safe and secure.
  2. Keep workers employed and their pensions protected.
  3. Keep state and local governments, public schools and postal service solvent.
  4. Keep Americans healthy and protecting and expanding healthcare.
  5. Keep America competitive by hiring American workers for infrastructure projects.

While the HEROES Act sits on the desk of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Burga said Americans deserve to have this important legislation acted on. Lastly, Burga discussed the AFL-CIO’s 2020 presidential endorsement for Joe Biden.

Executive Director of Good Jobs First, Greg LeRoy discussed holding companies accountable after receiving tax breaks. He said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is signaling that Ohio is going to enforce a clawback on General Motors (GM) because of the Lordstown factory shutdown. LeRoy said GM was given a tax break before their factory shuttered, leaving GM on the hook for $60 million. He continued by saying Youngstown, Ohio has a history of dealing out business incentives to businesses who fail to deliver. LeRoy then discussed how Good Jobs First launched a COVID-19 stimulus watch to help people keep track of the money flowing under the CARES Act.

AWF Radio Podcast host, Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for workers to unionize. He also discussed how the pandemic has shed light on how broken the U.S. unemployment system is as people are still waiting to get unemployment benefits that applied for them earlier in the year.

 


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