Economic Rights Discussed on America’s Work Force

Cheri Honkala, founder of the Poor People’s Economic Rights Campaign spoke with America’s Work Force on August 14 about the campaign and what they are fighting for.

Poor People’s Economic Rights CampaignHonkala first spoke about UPS airport facility workers and the poor conditions they have been working in. Currently, they have been working in poor conditions such as extreme heat, while receiving low wages. Richard Hooker with Teamsters 623 joined Honkala during her segment and stating that workers at this UPS facility are unlikely to see any improvement in their wages, even when they become full-time workers. He said that it took some workers nearly four years to see wage increases.

Honkala also discussed the Poor People’s Economic Rights Campaign. She said that the organization is made up of people who are trying to advance basic human economic rights that specifically relate to housing, education and jobs. They fight for a living wage and to abolish poverty. Honkala stressed that people who are working should not be living below the poverty line and struggling for basic necessities such as food, water and housing. The campaign fights to push for a minimum wage increase to help working people afford a place to live.

The Labor CitizenMatt Jaworski, contributing writer for the Labor Citizen talked about what to expect in the upcoming edition. He discussed Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) and how the guidelines for the standard apprenticeship programs are being stripped. Lastly, Jaworski talked about Amazon opening up a new warehouse in Akron, Ohio and all of the construction jobs that will be created because of it.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the United States Department of Justice and how they are seeking to eliminate Federal Immigration judges from being allowed to unionize.



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Stagnant Wages were a Hot Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

On our show today we had Dr. Jill Stein with the Green Party, and Matt Jaworski with the Labor Citizen. While on the show, Dr. Jill Stein spoke about our economy, the major problem of wages being stagnant while cost of living, higher education, healthcare and many other things are becoming more expensive and unaffordable, union representation going down, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Green Uprising, and ranked choice voting. Our second guest Matt Jaworski discusses Matt DeWine, Dennis Duffy and ACT Ohio, educating people and promoting the trades, the building trades rally that was in Euclid, the peaceful protests held at the groundbreaking, and monitoring prevailing wage on the upcoming project. We also talk about the percentage of U.S. workers who are living paycheck to paycheck, the percent of people who do not set aside savings each month, the percent of people classified poor or low income, anti-union movements, and recent union victories!

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.

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