Butch-Lewis Act will strengthen protections for pensions

Retired member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Mike Walden joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how the Butch-Lewis Act will be used to protect pensions.

Attacks on pensions

Pensions have been the center of attention since former President Donald Trump’s administration up to the current administration. There have been attacks on pension plans that would cut or eliminate them completely, which would devastate those who have worked their entire careers for their pension.

Walden discussed how there was a Butch-Lewis Emergency Pension Relief included in the American Rescue Plan and how it is one step closer to being passed.

He said that the plan would address issues with single employer and multiemployer pension plans and help protect the worker’s pensions, keeping them from being taken away. Walden is hopeful that the American Rescue Plan will be passed and discussed how it will help millions of Americans.

Not only will the plan include pension protections, but it will include long awaited worker protections.



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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on praises the passage of the PRO Act

After years of fighting, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act has finally passed through the House of Representatives and is now on its way to the Senate. United States Senator Sherrod Brown joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss the next steps to get the PRO Act passed by the Senate. Continue reading

Democrats inch closer to providing pension relief with new COVID-19 bill

Pension plans have become one of the more prominent political issues in recent years, as Democrats seek to provide decades worth of funding, while Republicans wish to move on from the issue without action.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President at Large John Murphy discussed pension solvency and the various plans to fix the issue on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Butch Lewis Act gains traction under new Democratic Congressional majority

Retired Americans are constantly under attack from politicians. New ideas are constantly thrown around to cut or eliminate social security and Medicare, while pensions also come under attack.

Standing up for the retired is Rich Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. Fiesta joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss new legislation targeted at social security and Medicare and the Butch Lewis Act. Continue reading

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.

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Ken Johnson Controversy Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Today on our show we had Mark Naymik and Rita Lewis. Mark is from Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer and Rita is widow to Butch Lewis who worked with the Teamsters. Mark Naymik began his time on the show with talking about President Trump and his speech at the United Nations and then spent a while talking about the controversy surrounding Ken Johnson. To conclude his time on the show, Naymik talked about politics, state politics in Ohio involving Cordray and Dewine, the ECOT scandal, and Hyland Software being mentioned on a subpoena served by public corruption investigators. Rita Lewis was our second guest on the show today and she discussed pension plans. She talked about how hard her late husband, Butch Lewis of the Teamsters, fought for keeping pensions alive, Butch Lewis Act, and how it ultimately led to his death. Now, Lewis picks up where Butch left off and continues the fight and will not let the issue die out. We also discuss President Trump fighting court orders on what he can do with government employees, right to vote, voter registration day, and AFGE Local 3399 having problems with a VA. Lots of interesting stuff today on the 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.