Changing Gas Companies Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education program specialist with the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 9 about people changing their gas companies and saving money on their contracts. Continue reading

How to Keep Yourself Safe During Door-to-Door Sales Schemes Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, senior outreach and education program specialist at the Ohio Consumer Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on August 12 about how to avoid being scammed during a door-to-door sales pitch. Continue reading

Improving America’s Infrastructure Discussed on America’s Work Force

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of Laborers’ International Union of North America spoke with America’s Work Force on June 10 about improving and repairing America’s infrastructure. Continue reading

Infrastructure Improvements Discussed on America’s Work Force

Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), spoke with America’s Work Force on May 13 about infrastructure improvements across the United States.

O’Sullivan spoke about a recent highway bill, passed in 2015, that put $305 billion towards infrastructure improvements and repairs over five years, and how it was not nearly enough money. After President Trump and congress labeled infrastructure improvements a top priority, O’Sullivan would still like to see more action by the president to prove these claims, such as allocating more money for infrastructure. He then addressed re-authorizing the highway bill in 2020 to keep pushing to improve the status of America’s failing infrastructure. O’Sullivan also talked about the need to address climate change and realistic and efficient forms of renewable energy.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan Doron

Dan Doron, public affairs director with the Ohio Consumers Counsel spoke about First Energy Solutions asking for a bailout or they will be forced to shut down their power plants. If they have to shut down their plants, they claim that it will cost people more money because it will be expensive to have to transition to a different source of power, when in fact in the long run, it would be cheaper for the taxpayer. Doron also talks about utility line warranties and how some utility companies base warranties off of current condition of power lines in the neighborhood, how often they go down, and the environment surrounding the lines. He said that consumers need to do their research before selecting a warranty plan because some warranties do not cover pre-existing issues in the neighborhood.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the tariffs on aluminum and steel in the United States and how President Trump is saying that they are advantageous for the U.S.



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America’s Work Force Looks Into FirstEnergy Solutions Bankruptcy Plan

The bankruptcy plan brought forth by FirstEnergy Solutions was recently rejected by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Alan Koschik,who ruled the plan was “patently unconfirmable.”

FirstEnergy Solutions is filing for bankruptcy in a restructuring plan, which if approved, would officially separate the subsidiary from FirstEnergy Corp., the energy distributor.

Ohio Consumers Counsel Public Affairs Director Dan Doron joined America’s Work Force on April 8 and discussed the FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy plan.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronAccording to Doron, the FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy plan would allow FES to avoid paying cleanup and decommissioning costs for their two nuclear and coal powered plants, which are scheduled to be shut down in the next few years. Their plan would push the remediation costs on to taxpayers. The FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy plan was rejected by a federal bankruptcy judge who ultimately said the plan abused the bankruptcy system.

While on the topic of utilities, Doron also brought attention to door-to-door scam, where scammers act as utility provider representatives and provided information on what to do if you have fallen victim to one of these scams.

CAP Center for American ProgressNicole Svajlenka, Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for American Progress, spoke to AWF about illegal aliens in the United States. She advocated on behalf of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), arguing Congress needs to extended protections for the “dreamers.” Last year, President Trump made an offer to Democrats to extended protection for the “dreamers,” but Democrats under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer turned down the offer, as they did not want to compromise with the president. Svajlenka also discussed the American Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc also talked about job growth in the service sector.



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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New Year’s Resolutions on Energy and Efficiency Discussed on America’s Work Force

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel provided tips on how to save money on energy during the winter months on the Jan. 14 edition of America’s Work Force.

Dan Doron, Public Affairs Director with Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, discussed ways on how to be more energy efficient during the winter months to help save money on utility bills. Doron stated that utility users should be more aware of holes in walls, gaps between doors and floors, and covering them up to keep your energy use more efficient. He also mentioned checking your thermostat to make sure it is at an appropriate temperature and even setting it five degrees colder in the winter or five degrees warmer in the summer to save more money. Doron then talked about improving home energy efficiency in the new year by fixing holes in walls, checking your insulation, and changing furnace filters.

Human Resources Director, Kris Dzikas at Precision Valve and Automation discussed her company providing free health care to workers and their families. Dzikas described the benefits of having their health care provider in-house and how it is helping reduce absenteeism. She said that whenever a worker is not feeling well, they can receive a check up in the clinic, get treated, and get back to work. Dzikas stated that workers are being proactive with their health and are taking better care of themselves because of their in-house clinic.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about week three of the ongoing partial government shutdown and the effects it is having on the furloughed employees.

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.

Learn How to Protect Yourself Against Unwanted Telemarketing Calls and Scams on America’s Work Force Radio

Listeners of the Dec. 10 edition of America’s Work Force Radio learned how to protect themselves from unwanted telemarketing calls and phone scams.

Dan Doron Ohio Consumer CounselDan Doron, from the Ohio Consumer Counsel, talked about the steps people should take to prevent unwanted telemarketing calls from reaching them. He urged individuals to sign up for the national Do Not Call registry, which should help them reduce the amount of unwanted phone calls received from telemarketers. He discussed how to prevent being scammed by fraudulent telemarketers. The warning signs, Doron said, of a phone scammer are if they ask for credit card information, account numbers, or any other personal information.

Laborers Local 860 ClevelandLaborers Local 860 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Tony Liberatore joined America’s Work Force Radio and discussed workers’ pay, along with So-Called “Right to Work” legislation. He also talked about Ohio’s infrastructure and discussed the need for infrastructure improvements throughout the U.S. as well.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the possibility of Tesla taking over shuttered General Motors factories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said there is a possibility the electric car manufacturer could buy the plants, if they close.


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.