Retired International Union of Painters and Allied Trades signatory contractor Bob Swanson returned to America’s Work Force Union Podcast on Sept. 9 to highlight mental health in the construction industry. Continue reading
During Jan. 16 episode of America’s Work Force, guests discuss privatization and contracting out services at VA medical centers.
Willie Haywood Jr., District 6 Representative of the National Veterans Affairs Council, discussed the current state of the VA’s across the country. Haywood , member of VA Council 262, which encompasses Indiana, Ohio and Northern Kentucky, talked about fully staffing VA’s. He said that by fully staffing veterans, they will be able to receive the proper, adequate care that they need and deserve. Haywood also mentioned that VAs having their own medical providers will take away the need to go through a private sector to receive care and it will also keep the sense of comradery between the veterans in tact.
John Auerbach, President and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), discussed public health and preventable issues during the Jan. 16 edition of AWF. Auerbach talked about West Virginia and Ohio having the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in America. He said that he believes the reason for the high overdose death being so high in those areas is a result of poor quality of life as well as a lack of access to proper treatment. He mentioned that the life expectancy in America is dropping because of the increase in drug overdose deaths. Lastly, he mentioned the problem with doctors over prescribing opioids for pain treatment.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing government shutdown and the effects that it is having on government employees.
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Josh Nassar from the United Auto Workers and Amy Hanauer from Policy Matters Ohio were featured on America’s Work Force Radio.
On Oct. 11, Josh Nassar was the first featured guest on the show. He discussed Brett Kavanaugh and how he is worried about the possibility of abuse power that Justice Kavanaugh could potentially have. Nassar also discusses the push to make Union picketing illegal and current developments on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA talks about giving workers the right to strike, the freedom of association, and the right to collective bargaining. One thing that people are unhappy about in the USMCA is that it does not do anything to keep call center jobs in the United States.
Our second guest Amy Hanauer discusses drug addiction services and treatment over incarceration. She talks about how reducing the incarceration of drug users will increase the resources that could be spent on comprehensive drug treatment, rather than having the drug abuser sit in prison, not get any treatment, and come back out still with an addiction. Hanauer says that incarcerating these drug users is ruining their relationships, their chances of getting jobs once they come back out, and more importantly they are ruining their lives. By receiving drug treatment rather than being incarcerated, they could come back and become a productive member of society again, and it would be cheaper to tax payers.
Ed “Flash” Ferenc also talk about Elon Musk and current problems over at the Tesla factory and its sweatshop conditions, the USMCA raising wages to $16 an hour in Mexico, and President Trump’s National Relation Board putting limits on picketing, possibly making it illegal in some areas, and also how Ohio voters are getting purged.