Community Outreach Program Discussed on America’s Work Force

Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades, Dorsey Hager joined America’s Work Force on Nov. 1 to talk about community outreach programs to spread information about the trades.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager first spoke about National Apprenticeship Week and how it is a great way to provide exposure to the trades and the benefits of working in the trades. He explained how working in the trades puts a person on a direct path to the middle class, has great health and retirement benefits, free training and more. Hager also talked about Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) and why they are harmful. IRAPs make it so that employers oversee their own apprenticeship programs and they could cut corners on training and other areas involving safety because they are not regulated. Hagar mentioned that union construction will always be the highest standard when it comes to quality and safety because they have regulations on quality of resources and training requirements.

Terri GersteinTerri Gerstein, director of the State and Local Enforcement Project spoke to AWF about the Hard Rock Casino collapse in New Orleans. She discussed how IRAPs allowed the contractor to hire cheaper labor and cut corners when it came to safety regulations and quality of labor. Gerstein said that by hiring cheaper labor, the building was a threat to public safety and well being because of the lack of quality in materials and labor.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ford reaching a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers on a new contract for United States 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.

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.

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.

Junior Apprenticeship Program Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on August 2 about the Junior Apprenticeship Program.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager talked about summer programs in Columbus and the Central Ohio area, whether it be a sports camp, or a typical summer camp, and how they are a great way for kids to go out all day, receive meals, interact with one another, and be out of the house all day. He then talked about the building trades putting together an apprenticeship camp for kids where every day of the week they would go to a different facility and learn about a different trade and even be able to work hands on with some of the things the workers in the trade do. Hager said it is a great way for kids to familiarize themselves with the variety of trades and maybe even spark an interest in them. Furthermore, he spoke about the C/CO BCTC Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship Program, where highschool aged students go through a 12-week program that provides them with trade specific instruction that will allow them to enter straight into an apprenticeship program once they are finished with highschool. Students in the Building Futures Pre-Apprenticeship Program earn wages while they are learning trade specific skills during this program.

Tim Murphy Mother JonesRuss Choma, writer for Mother Jones Magazine also spoke to America’s Work Force on Friday, August 2. Choma spoke about President Trump and his recent attack on French wine and why it represents a conflict of interest. He said that the President threatened to retaliate against a new French law, which taxes American technology companies, by implying imposing taxes on French wine and saying that American wine is better. This presents a conflict of interest because the Trump family owns wineries themselves and is clear they would benefit if this tax is imposed.



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.

Booming Economy in Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary-treasurer with the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on Friday, July 5 about the economy in Columbus, Ohio.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades CouncilHager first spoke about Columbus and all of the construction projects going on in the area. He said that the amount of construction going on in the area is a good thing because it is putting a lot of people to work and helping boost their economy. Next, Hager spoke about a neutrality agreement with Columbus hotel employees and their employers. He said that the hotels told their employees they are not for, or against unions, so if they decide that they want to unionize, the employers will not push back against them.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Matt RothschildMatt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign spoke with AWF on Friday, July 5 about the current environment of the Wisconsin legislation. He discussed the big problem of gerrymandering and how over 60 percent of Wisconsin legislators are working hard to ban it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the demise of journalism in the United States.



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.

Upcoming Work Opportunities in Columbus Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dorsey Hager, executive secretary for the Columbus and Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on May 3 about an increase in job opportunities in Columbus, Ohio.

Dorsey Hager Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council

Hager began his time on AWF by talking about the National Building Trades Legislative Conference that he attended last month. Hager discussed the speakers that he was drawn to during the conference. He then discussed infrastructure improvements in the Columbus area, which would create a large amount of job opportunities and get people back to work. Hager mentioned the gas tax increase and how some people are upset about. On the bright side, it will be useful towards infrastructure repairs and improvements around the city. Hager then talked about a $23 million recreation center in Columbus that will be union built and will be a huge opportunity to put even more people in the area back to work.

Tim Murphy Mother Jones

Russ Choma, writer for Mother Jones Magazine spoke with AWF on May 3 about President Trump’s problems with Deutsche Bank. He said that democrats subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for the President’s tax returns, but then President Trump and all of his family members sued Deutsche, putting the bank in a tough situation. Choma said that the President suing the bank so they cannot release his tax returns is because if his tax returns get out, he will be audited. He then discussed the President’s golf habits and how large of an expense he is racking up with the amount of security and protection he needs to travel to these golf courses.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the International Association of Firefighters giving their support to democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.



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.