Ohio Federation of Teachers Leads the Discussion Today on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 15 on improving conditions in charter schools.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper first talked about the non-profit organization called Say Yes to Education and how they are working to ensure children in our communities have the means and opportunity to attend college. The organization works to provide scholarships for college or other post secondary schools to give kids the opportunity to further their education and have a fair shot at advancing in life. Cropper then discussed charter schools and how many of them in the area are underfunded and in desperate need of more resources for their classrooms. She hopes that Ohio’s legislatures are challenged to visit these schools and listen to these educators and committees about what needs to be done to improve their classrooms so that they can give their kids the best educational experience possible.

The ProgressiveSarah Lahm, a Minneapolis-based writer with the Progressive spoke with AWF on Oct. 15 about why Democrat candidates should target charter schools with parts of their agendas. She said that non-profit charter schools are in a never-ending battle against for-profit schools as they usually fall under the victim to being underfunded and under resourced. Lahm said that if a candidate could gain support from people in charter school areas by promising to help improve quality and conditions of schools, the candidate will find they will gain many supporters.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Houston Airport Workers receiving an increase in minimum wage from $7 an hour up to $12 an hour.



 

Rank Choice Voting Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016, spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 9 on the topic of ranked-choice voting.

Dr. Jill SteinStein first spoke about the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. She said that she finds the reasons for his impeachment valid because he has been abusing his power for personal and political gain. Stein went on to talk about how President Trump paid Ukraine to investigate Democratic Presidential Candidate, Joe Biden, and although that in itself should not have been done, Trump found out that the Bidens have also been making shady business deals. She then talked about the ranked-choice voting system and the benefits of this method. Ranked-choice voting is when a person ranks the candidates in order of their preference of who they would want to win, and if their first choice did not win, their vote would go to their next choice and so on. Stein said that ranked-choice voting is working in Maine and she would like to see other states adopt this voting method soon.

The Labor CitizenTom Germuska, Jr., editor of the Labor Citizen spoke with AWF on Oct. 9 about the upcoming issue of their monthly newspaper. One of the stories featured in the October edition of the Labor Citizen regards the grand opening of the Rocket Mortgage Field House in downtown Cleveland, formerly the Quicken Loans Arena. He talked about how the project was done using union labor and was completed on time and on budget with more than 20 percent of the man hours being completed using Cleveland residents. Germuska also discussed this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, being called National Save Apprenticeships Week and why registered apprenticeship programs are superior to Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs).

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about sex discrimination in the work place and how being part of a union can help protect workers from sex discrimination.



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Over the Counter Drugs Were the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force

Scott Melville, CEO of Consumer Healthcare Products Association spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 8 about over the counter drug prices.

Scott MelvilleMelville talked about how in 2011 under the Restoring Access to Medication Act, a person would be able to go into any pharmacy and purchase over the counter medication and their health savings account would pay for it. He said that a person’s health savings account would cover anything that their insurance provider did not cover. Meville also talked about how the rapidly increasing prescription drug prices are out of control and congress needs to work on putting together legislation to fix the issue. He stated that there is a common sense bi-partisan bill in the works right now to make prescription drugs more affordable, but we will have to wait and see what will happen.

Communication Workers of AmericaFrank Mathews, Administrative Director of District 4 of the Communication Workers of America joined AWF on Oct. 8 to talk about the AT&T tax scam and Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. He said that with the AT&T tax scam, an investigation needs to be done and punishment needs to be distributed to AT&T for not following up on their promises of creating jobs after saving money from a tax break. Mathews said that action needs to be taken against AT&T so that other corporations do not try to follow suit on this and abuse the tax system. He then talked about how the PRO Act is necessary to help protect workers against any reprisal or punishment when discussing organizing in their workplace. Mathews stated that it helps encourage workers to have a voice and stand up for themselves and shifts power back to workers.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the third week of the General Motors strike and how it affects their workers.



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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Scams to be on the Lookout for this Fall Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 7 about scams to be on the lookout for during the fall months.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauMcConnell first warned listeners about falling for contractor scams. She said that contractors are going door-to-door and telling people that they have left over materials and resources to rework their driveway and are willing to provide them a service for a discounted price in order to get rid of their surplus of material. Once the person agrees to the service, the contractor will either provide a shoddy service, or no service at all and take the scamee’s money.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauA second scam that McConnell warned about was a FaceBook video scam. With this scam, she said that a person would receive a message in the FaceBook Messenger app saying to click on the link that was sent to them to see a video of themselves or someone they may know, and once the link is clicked, usernames and passwords are stolen and malware is downloaded onto your computer which accesses more of your personal information.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauThe last scam McConnell discussed involved Robinson Contracting in northeast Ohio. Robinson Contracting goes door-to-door asking house owners if they need any work done and once hired, they provide less than average quality work, or would even ruin other parts of a person’s home so they could be hired to fix that problem too.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsMark Gruenberg, labor writer for Press Associates Union spoke with AWF on Oct. 7 about jobless numbers and labor and civil rights cases. On the topic of joblessness, he said that it is under 3.5 percent, but wage growth is only 2.9 percent, which is slow. He also talked about labor and civil rights cases that will be taken to court soon, some of them involving collective bargaining. Lastly, Gruenberg discussed the unions standing against President Trump, and the progress on the impeachment inquiry against him.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed week three of the General Motors strike and machinists workers walking out in Kansas City.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Team NEO Research Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jacob Duritsky, vice president of strategy and research for Team NEO spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 4 about recent findings in his teams’ research on industry diversification in Ohio.

Duritsky spoke about the healthcare industry, manufacturing, productivity and wage growth. While talking about a quarterly economic review on the healthcare industry in northeast Ohio, he said that it had grown by nearly 20 percent, which would equate to about 3.8 million workers. Duritsky discussed how since the recession back in 2007, the manufacturing industry had been steadily recovering and jobs are being added across the industry. Lastly, he spoke about net wage growth since the 2007 recession. According to Team NEO’s report, the average net wage growth in northeast Ohio since 2007 has been 25 percent, which is still behind the national average.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilDorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with AWF on Oct. 4 about the Building Futures Program and their latest graduating class. He said that the program was designed to introduce high school aged kids in underprivileged and underserved areas to the building trades and show them that an apprenticeship will lead to a job that will put them on a path to the middle class. Hager also talked about Columbus candidates night where people can listen to candidates discuss their future goals and plans.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about another union, the National Nurses Union, is now lined up opposing President Trump’s re-election in 2020.



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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Union in Support of President Trump Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kris LaGrange, host of UCOMM Blog spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 3 about a union that is in support of President Trump’s re-election.

LaGrange discussed his office being vandalized by, who he thinks are fans of a company that he spoke out against. LaGrange spoke out against Barstool Sports President, Dave Portnoy, after he threatened his workers with termination if they decided to unionize. LaGrange, not happy about hearing this, called him out and soon thereafter the UCOMM office exterior was vandalized, believing it to be Barstool Sports fans who are trying to silence him from speaking against Portnoy.

Kris LaGrange UCOMM Blog

During further discussion during his interview, LaGrange talked about the International Union of Police Associations being the first AFL-CIO affiliated union to be in support of President Trump’s re-election. He said the IUPA claims that President Trump has done more for police than President Obama and that is why he has their support. LaGrange pointed out that President Obama was also a big supporter of police and their union.

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AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke today about AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka standing at the picket lines with UAW striking members telling them that they have the support of the millions of AFL-CIO members.



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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Striking General Motors Member Speaks on America’s Work Force

Sean Crawford, a member of United Auto Workers 598 and contributing writer for In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 2 about the ongoing UAW strike at General Motors plants.

In These Times MagazineCrawford, who is from Flint, Michigan first spoke about the Flint water situation. He said that some parts of Flint still do not have clean drinking water and how there still needs to be work done to the cities water pipes to help fix the problem. Crawford then went on to talk about the UAW members who are striking at the GM plants and how GM cares more about their profits than their workers. He mentioned how the only way for the workers to get their voices heard is to show solidarity and come together collectively and say what it is that they want in their contracts. There will be no compromise if there is no organization in their demands. Lastly, Crawford said that the workers can’t overstep with their demands, they need to make them reasonable so there could continue to be conversation and progress towards compromise.

Dave Megenhardt United Labor AgencyDave Megenhardt, executive director for the United Labor Agency spoke with AWF on Oct. 2 about training workers in different sectors. The ULA provides programs to help people find the skills that they need in order to find a job. Megenhardt also talked about workers finding jobs where they have sustainable wages and could live off of just one job. He then discussed workers above the age of 50 getting laid off and having difficulty finding another job to last them until retirement. Lastly, Megenhardt spoke about the ULA’s unsung heroes banquet which is held every year.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the General Motors strike, and United States manufacturing falling into a recession.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Preservation of America’s Outdoor Heritage Discussed on America’s Work Force

Scott Vance, CEO and executive director of Union Sportsmen’s Alliance spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 1 about efforts to preserve America’s parks.

Union Sportsmen's AllianceVance began his time with AWF explaining what the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is all about. He said that they work to preserve and improve America’s park infrastructure, such as docks, boat piers, park benches, picnic tables and park bathrooms. Vance said that there is a 14 billion dollar backlog to improve America’s parks and they are in desperate need of improvements. One of the major reasons they do what they do is to allow children and families to have access to a safe, clean and pleasant recreation area outside and have people experience the outdoors rather than avoiding it. The organization is currently working in underprivileged and underfunded areas right now to give kids the chance at a recreational area they had never really had the chance to experience before. Lastly, he talked about how they work to preserve outdoor heritage by providing firearm safety lessons, and expose kids to fishing and hunting.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on Oct 1 about Ohio House Bill 6, the nuclear bailout bill. He explained that the AFL-CIO back the bill because it provided good union jobs, fossil fuel free energy and it put $125 million into appropriations for renewable energy. Burga also talked about the upcoming Democratic debate, which are to be held at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. He said that they will be discussing economic ideas and plans, wage raises and protection of social security, pensions and medicare.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the General Motors strike and how GM is hiring scab labor at plants in Texas and Missouri. Flash also touched on Chicago teachers union authorizing a strike.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

“Made in America” Discussed on America’s Work Force

Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 30 about products that may be labeled “made in USA” but mainly produced out of the country.

Alliance for American ManufacturingPaul told a story about a company called Patriot Puck that sells hockey pucks and labels them “made in the USA,” but was discovered the majority of the materials used are from different countries and only the last touches on the pucks are complete in the USA. He said that the label on the box saying “made in the USA” is deceiving because the pucks are complete out of the country, imported to the US, then adding the “made in the USA” label, passing as an American made product. Paul then discussed congress moving to ban Chinese made railcars in the US and how they are looking to draw up a procurement contract.

Construction Employers AssociationTim Linville, CEO of Construction Employers Association spoke with AWF on Sept. 30 about the Fannie Lewis Law being repealed in Ohio and voluntary action from local private and public organizations. He discussed how money being made locally should be put back into the locality to continue to make improvements to their city and programs. Linville said he would like to see both private and public organizations get involved in voluntary action to help make the most amount of improvements possible. Lastly, he talked about his company’s ACE Mentor Program in Cleveland and how it helps high school students discover the trades.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the General Motors workers that are on strike missed their first paycheck as of last week, and how negotiations are still taking place.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Banned Books Week Discussed on America’s Work Force

Kathy Newman, English professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 27 to talk about censorship.

Kathy NewmanNewman began her discussion on censorship by discussing “Banned Books Week.” Banned Books Week is a celebration of a person’s freedom to read and access a book. She talked about Banned Books Week starting many years ago, beginning with the first banned book, Grapes of Wrath because it was “threatening” to California and their workers in agriculture. Newman then talked about censorship of people’s social media channels and workers getting fired for things they post. She said that people will say that the First Amendment should protect them, but it actually does not. If their employer or human resource manager sees something they posted that they deem inappropriate and doesn’t line-up with their company values, the employee could be fired, not being protected under the First Amendment.

United SteelworkersDonnie Blatt, United Steelworkers District 1 director spoke with AWF on Sept. 27 about updates with their union. He talked about former General President Leo Gerard and the legacy he left with current General President, Dave McCall. He then talked about the USW union’s new agenda and what their new goal is moving forward with the steel tariffs on China. Lastly, he talked about organizing drives all around his state.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the General Motors United Auto Workers strike and how GM is receiving a great amount of backlash for taking away striking workers health benefits.



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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