Consumers encouraged to participate in National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week is slated for Feb. 28 through March 6. Consumers will be presented with a variety of programming to help protect them from any scams or issues.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) Public Relations Director Andrew Tinkham discussed why National Consumer Protection Week was created and previewed some of the programming on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Ohio Consumers Counsel recommends energy saving strategies for consumers to implement during the Winter.

Andrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist for Ohio Consumers Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force Union Podcast about Ohio House Bill 772 repealing and replacing Ohio House Bill 6 and consumers preparing their houses for the Winter.

Ohio House Bill 772

With the amount of controversy surrounding Ohio House Bill 6, Ohio legislators are working to pass Ohio House Bill 772 which would effectively repeal and replace H.B. 6. OH H.B. 772 would offer Ohio consumers billions of dollars in savings. The focus of Ohio H.B. 6 was to provide government subsidies to the owners of two nuclear plants to maintain operations.

Tinkham said that with the criminal activity that surrounded H.B. 6, they would need to push harder to pass the legislation to repeal and replace it. H.B. 772 would better help Ohio consumers and help fix the issues that plagued H.B. 6. They have until the end of 2020 to pass the bill.

Saving Energy

With Winter quickly approaching, Tinkham offered listeners tips on how to save money with some energy saving tips. He first said that insulation would help homeowners save money. However, with the expensive cost of insulation, he recommended other methods. 

On a monthly basis, change your furnace’s filter and keep it serviced. The cleaner the filter, the more efficiently it will operate. Tinkham also mentioned sealing your windows in order to keep heat from escaping.


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Ohio Consumers Council specialist tells listeners how to cut their power bill

Energy production is a hot topic in Ohio due to legislation being passed and the jobs that it affects. Ohio Consumers Counsel Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist Andrew Tinkham appeared on AWF Union Podcast to discuss this legislation and how people can save power at home. Continue reading

General President of LiUNA on Pipelines and Infrastructure Issues

General President of The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Terry O’Sullivan, spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 13 to discuss pipeline and infrastructure issues in the United States. 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

Robo Calls Discussed on America’s Work Force

Andrew Tinkham, outreach and education specialist with the Ohio Consumers Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 13 to discuss unwanted, automatic calls being received. 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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