Hamilton Nolan, Labor Reporter for In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on April 1 to discuss grocery and construction workers demanding better protections while working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading
Maximillian Alvarez, host of The Working People podcast and contributing writer for In These Times magazine spoke with America’s Work Force on August 7 about President Trump continuing to divide different classes. Continue reading
On April 3, Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, contributing writer with In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force about an on-going strike at University of Illinois.
Steinkopf-Frank talked about the teaching assistants and graduate assistants at the University of Illinois who are on strike for a 24 percent salary hike over the next three years, among other benefits. She said since the strike began, there has been no progress made at the negotiation table but the teaching assistants and graduate assistants are not giving up. Teachers have been standing by their students and joined them on the pickett line and have been marching with them. Steinkopf-Frank also spoke about Lori Lightfoot, the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of Chicago.
Mary Dale Walters, vice president of consumer sales and marketing for Allsup, talked to America’s Work Force about business hiring individuals with disabilities and the benefits that come with it. She also discussed the Secure Work Coalition, which aims to help beneficiaries of disability programs return to work. Lastly, Walters spoke about the 4,725 disabled workers who found employment opportunities in Ohio in 2018.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about equal pay day, held on April 2, as well as the paycheck fairness act.
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Liz Weiman, founder of iWorkshop Academy joined America’s Work Force on Feb. 6 to talk about technology and being able to utilize it to its greatest potential.
Weiman stated that most Apple product consumers utilize less than 10 percent of their devices total capability. She said that with the amount of money that people spend on Apple iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and other products, they should know how to use more of the device’s functions. Weiman gave tips on how to turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass, how to bring back text that may have accidentally been deleted and how to use and emergency SOS feature programmed into the phones. Parents are also able to monitor how much their kids use their devices, how long they use certain applications and governing what websites they can visit using a feature called “screentime.” Weiman also mentioned how to avoid falling for phishing scams that could compromise a computer user’s private or sensitive information.
Freelance journalist and writer for In These Times, Heather Geis talked about her migration project in El Salvador. Geis discussed the root causes from the region, causing people to migrate, such as insecurity and lack of economic opportunity in El Salvador, lack of job opportunities, pressure on businesses from gangs demanding extortion payments and climate change and droughts affecting farmers. She also talked about the Janus decision and the effects that it had on union density, union membership and the labor movement.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about President Trump’s State of the Union address and fact checkers claiming Trump made exaggerations about violence and job loss caused by illegal immigrants.