Michael Shields, Researcher for Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 14 to speak about underpaid workers. Continue reading
America’s Work Force tackled wage theft from employees running rampant in Ohio and what to do to counter it.
Michael Shields, researcher with Policy Matters Ohio spoke to America’s Work Force on April 11 on the topic of wage theft being more prominent than people think within Ohio businesses. He said that according to a recent study, Ohio ranks number two, nationally, for their share of workers who are currently dealing with, or have dealt with wage theft. Shields claimed that according to the previously mentioned study, 5.5 percent of workers in Ohio deal with wage theft. Shields also discussed certain things that are deemed wage theft, such as not paying for a full-hours work, not paying employees overtime, minimum wage violations, and more. He also mentioned that often times, most workers do not report wage theft because they are unaware of their rights, or they are worried they will face repercussions for filing a complaint against their management.
Josh Nassar, legislative director with the United Auto Workers also spoke to AWF on April 11. Nassar discussed the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement and labor law reform. On trade, he said that one thing that needs to be addressed is the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. From 2012 to 2016, the price of insulin doubled and Nassar said that big pharmaceutical companies were able to get away with it because there is little competition in that market and there is not a lot of price regulation on it. Nassar also talked about vehicle identification numbers and how they could be used to tell consumers when, where and what company their vehicle was made.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Bernie Sanders, Democratic presidential candidate, visiting Lordstown to talk to UAW workers as well as the teachers that are on strike in Youngstown, Ohio.
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On March 14, three separate guests gave their input on the topic of dignity of work while on America’s Work Force.
Bernie Lunzer, News Guild– Communication Workers of America, joined AWF to talk about the attacks on journalism and the work that they do. Many journalists are attacked and berated for doing their jobs, and how people are sending legitimate threats to them. He talked about the dangers of working in journalism and if someone reports a story that goes against a person’s agenda, they deem it “fake” and an “unreliable source.” Lunzer stressed that journalism is not dying out and that the journalism practice needs to be preserved and protected at all costs.
Michael Shields from Policy Matters Ohio spoke with America’s Work Force on how the General Motors Lordstown workers could have been protected. He said that if the Art Modell law extended to corporations, the workers would have been able to keep their jobs or be properly reassigned. He also talked about strengthening unemployment compensation in Ohio so that when the workers were laid off, they would be properly compensated and would not be struggling to make ends meet while looking for new work. Also, Shields mentioned that if there were better tax incentive packages in Ohio, more companies would have wanted to come in and take G.M.’s spot or maybe even G.M. would have stayed open.
Senator Sherrod Brown was the third and final guest on the March 14 edition of AWF. He discussed raising the minimum wage so that workers would not have to be living paycheck to paycheck to afford the most basic necessities. He also talked about President Trump’s new budget plan and how the GOP tax cut added to the deficit and to counteract it, they are cutting money from social programs such as social security and medicare.