John Nichols, author and correspondent with The Nation spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 18 about his new book, “The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace’s Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics” and fighting to make a difference in a political party. Continue reading
On March 20, Jacque Simon, policy director of the American Federation of Government Employees joined America’s Work Force to talk about President Trump’s proposed budget.
Simon talked about how President Trump’s proposed budget included cuts to many valuable programs, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, healthcare and social security, along with cuts to public education. She said that a lot of what the President is proposing to cut in his budget is a classic union busting move, however, as of right now, there is not much progress being made in Washington D.C. to push anything through. Simon went on to talk about the Paid Leave Act and the Federal Medical Leave Act and the push for more paid parental leave. Lastly, she spoke about the issue of TSA workers still waiting to receive back pay from their missed pay periods while working during the government shutdown.
Davida Russell with the North Coast Labor Federation – AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force on March 20 to talk about getting more involved in local government. She talked about if you want to see change, you have to actively participate and vote on issues that are important to you. To add on to that, Russell said that she would also like to see more union members get involved in government, whether it is running for a spot on city council, or by voting on issues that most affect unions.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the General Motors Lordstown plant and how the workers are demanding that the company invest into them as much as they had invested into the company over the years.
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President Trump’s broken promises of bringing auto manufacturing jobs to the United States were discussion during the Jan. 17 edition of America’s Work Force.
John Nichols, national affairs correspondent with The Nation, discussed the shutdown of auto manufacturing plants around the United States. He talked about how during President Trump’s campaign, he claimed that not only will he keep auto manufacturing jobs in the U.S., but he will bring in more. Nichols mentioned how not only did he lie about bringing in jobs, but more than 15,000 auto workers are losing their jobs due to plants closing down and moving jobs to Mexico. He also talked about his 2018 Progressive Honor Roll.
Davida Russell, Ohio Association of Public School Employees/American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME) discussed the new congress and what to look forward to in 2019. She said that in 2019, she would like to see people holding the elected representatives more accountable and make sure they keep promises that they make. Russell also talked about union strength and organizing.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump gaining United Auto Worker support during his campaign by making promises of more jobs but ended up falling incredibly short.