Fight for Education Discussed on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) spoke with America’s Work Force on Feb. 18 to discuss teachers fighting for their student’s education. Continue reading

Grants to Purchase Books Discussed on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke with America’s Work Force on Dec. 17 to discuss Ohio teachers receiving grants to purchase books for their classrooms. Continue reading

Fighting for Better Education Discussed on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OTF) spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 19 about teachers fighting for better learning conditions for their students. Continue reading

Ohio Federation of Teachers Leads the Discussion Today on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 15 on improving conditions in charter schools. Continue reading

Labor of Lunch Discussed on America’s Work Force

Jennifer Gaddis, assistant professor at UW-Madison and author of The Labor of Lunch spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 17 about getting better school lunches in schools. Continue reading

America’s Work Force Radio welcomes a new school year

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers joined America’s Work Force on August 20 to discuss the beginning of another new school year. Continue reading

The Dirty Dozen Corporations Discussed on America’s Work Force

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health spoke with America’s Work Force on May 21 about the United States “dirty dozen” companies.

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health NCOSH

Goldstein-Gelb spoke about the importance of workplace safety to allow workers to go to work, and come home safely with money in their pockets and no injuries sustained. She gave examples of corporations where injuries and deaths could have been prevented had the corporations followed OSHA standards. Goldstein-Gelb stated that workers should be properly trained and workplaces should be up to date on safety standards to ensure that the workers will be able to complete their jobs to the best of their abilities without having the high risk of injury or even death.

OFT-AFT Melissa Cropper

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke with AWF on May 21 to speak about the current state of public school funding formulas. She said that the current funding formula is only helping approximately 80 districts, leaving out all of the rest. Cropper mentioned that districts that have greater poverty problems are more likely to be flat funded, making them worse off than many other districts. She also discussed the new Ohio budget plan that did not include a new school funding formula, but talked more about wrap around funding for basic needs.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Ford Motors cutting ten percent of their corporations salaried staff, and also House Bill 154, the Prioritizing Workers Act.



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New School Funding Formula Discussed on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers joined America’s Work Force on April 16 to speak about schools getting their fair share of government funding.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper talked about how there needs to be a new school funding system that will equally spread out money allocated to properly fund these schools. She discussed how urban and poor school districts have fallen victim to “flat funding” which she said is where they will receive less funding than a more wealthy school district. Cropper said that many people are calling the current funding system unconstitutional with how they are deciding who will receive more funding, even though everyone is supposed to get the same.

Cropper then went on to talk about schools preparedness for school shootings with more and more live shooter exercises. One school took their drills a little too far and grabbed four teachers, lead them into a room, and shot them execution style with an airsoft gun. Cropper was talking about how horrifying that is and how there are much more practical and safe ways to do these drills.

Jeff Bryant Our Schools Independent Media InstituteJeff Bryant, freelance journalist with the Independent Media Institute spoke to AWF on April 16 about wasting valuable money on charter schools. He talked about a charter school grant program that is taking money away from other school funding and how it is causing schools to have to cut programs so that they are able to remain open. He said one thing that is upsetting many other schools is that this charter school grant program is asking for more money, even though their education is being cut, and how he thinks they should be thoroughly audited so that people can see they do not need more money.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting and how schools have changed since then.



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.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Future of the General Motors Lordstown Plant Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 19, Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, spoke with America’s Work Force about the future of the General Motors Lordstown plant.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper talked about what General Motors could have done differently in order to keep the plant active and make sure the workers were able to keep their jobs. Had they invested more of their money into retrofitting the plant into being able to produce more lines of vehicles or a different line other than the Cruz, then the plant would still be in operation. Cropper mentioned that GM was still making money on the Chevy Cruz from their plant, they just wanted more money, and that was one of the factors that led to the shutdown. She then went on to talk about Governor DeWine’s proposed budget plan and how she appreciates that he put money into a budget for wraparound services for students. Lastly, Cropper discussed the Summit Academy and how they received money to fix staffing needs and to resume normal business operations.

Dr. Michael HutchinsonDr. Michael Hutchinson, associate clinical professor at Mt. Sinai joined AWF on March 19 to speak about healing America’s healthcare system. He talked about what it means to have an “all care” system compared to a medicare for all system and how they are similar. Lastly, he talked about how an all care system is “free enterprise” compared to healthcare for all being a form of socialism.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the new NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and how there is still room for improvement for workers in it.



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.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.