Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center workers fight for higher pay

After contract negotiations to renew a 2016 contract broke down, court administrators for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and Detention Facility ended negotiations in December and kicked out the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 860, who represented 135 workers. Recently, Cuyahoga County officials agreed to a pay raise for juvenile court workers from $18 to $24 per hour due to a staffing crisis that led to juveniles being locked down for long periods of time.

LiUNA Local 860 Field Representative Colin Sikon joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss struggles at the detention center, and how Local 860 continues to advocate for higher worker pay despite being locked out of contract negotiations by the court. Continue reading

Northeast Ohio Laborers fight back as Cleveland officials terminate contract

The organized labor community relies on solidarity among fellow labor unions and their allies at all levels. This solidarity is splitting, causing rifts in northeast Ohio.

Laborers International Union of North America Local 860 is at odds with politicians and judicial candidates they have previously supported in northeast Ohio. Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Liberatore Jr. explained what is happening regarding one of their contracts in northeast Ohio. He also discussed labor law and infrastructure. Continue reading

Laborers Local 860 combat distracted driving with awareness campaign

As the U.S. gears up for an infrastructure revamp, labor leaders are encouraging Americans to prepare for workers to be on the road working in dangerous settings.

Laborers Local 860 represents a large amount of road laborers, who will be completing much of the work in the Cleveland area. Their Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Liberatore Jr. joined AWF Union Podcast to talk about infrastructure and distracted driving. Continue reading

Laborers Local 860 continues to fight for a fair contract for juvenile detention workers

Union contracts are won at the bargaining table. Unfortunately, one northeast Ohio union is having a difficult time getting a fair shake at the table, but are fighting onward

Laborers International Union of North America Local 860 Business Manager Tony Liberatore, Jr., discussed ongoing collective bargaining agreement discussions on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Keeping Workers Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tony Liberatore Jr., Business Manager with Laborers Local 860 in Cleveland, Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 11 to discuss keeping workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Ohio House Bill 6 Recap Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education specialist with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on July 8 about Ohio House Bill 6. Continue reading

Tips to Avoid Falling for Utility Scams was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force

On March 11, Dan Doron from the Ohio Consumers Counsel gave tips on how to spot a potential utility scammer during his time on America’s Work Force.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronDoron said that on average, every fifteen minutes, one person falls for a utility scam, and they all could be avoided if that person had known the warning signs of a scammer. He went over some of the scams being used, such as caller ID spoofing, cramming, slamming, yes scam and other scams where the scammer puts a lot of pressure on consumers in hopes that they fall for their scam. Some of the warning signs of a scammer that Doron discussed were if they are demanding immediate payment, asking for personal account information over the phone, and putting increased pressure on a consumer to have them sign up for a “better plan.” Doron said that if you are ever concerned about something, that you should take out your utility bill and call the number listed on it and ask questions directly to your utility provider so they can clear up any confusion you may have.

Tony Liberatore Laborers 860Tony Liberatore, Jr., Laborers Local 860, spoke with AWF on March 11 about the spring construction season. He discussed slowing down and respecting the speed limit in construction zones for the safety of the workers onsite. Liberatore also discussed plans to improve Ohio’s roads from the proposed gas tax increase of 18 cents. The state countered DeWine’s gas tax increase proposition by stating that they would go for a 10.7 cent gas tax increase, rather than DeWine’s 18 cents.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the Green New Deal and how people are saying that some legislators are against it and state that it is filled with lessons about how not to negotiate for cleaner energy.



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