Progressive Agenda was the Main Topic of Discussion on America’s Work Force.

Whether or not metropolitan areas possess jobs that will help workers obtain a middle class lifestyle was the main topic of conversation during the Jan. 28 edition of America’s Work Force.

Third Way Ryan BhandariThird Way senior economic policy advisor, Ryan Bhandari spoke about unemployment rates and having a job to support a middle class lifestyle during his time on AWF. Bhandari said that the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in a while, four percent, yet people are still unable to afford a middle class lifestyle. Bhandari said that in the top 200 metropolitan areas, only 38 percent of those area’s jobs pay their workers well enough to be able to afford a middle class life. That means that 62 percent of jobs in these major areas do not pay their workers well enough and are living lower class lifestyles. He then spoke about raising the minimum wage to adjust to inflation rates and how the value of a dollar has different amounts of power depending on where you are in the United States.

Transportation Trades Department Larry WillisPresident of the Transportation Trades Department, Larry Willis discussed the temporary end of the government shutdown during his Jan. 28 appearance on AWF. He stated that although the end of the shutdown is temporary, he is happy to see the the thousands of workers get back to work and make money to support themselves and their families. He also talked about his worries for government workers again if President Trump is unable to reach an agreement with Congress over funding for the southern border wall. Willis also discussed improving infrastructure around the United States before building the border wall.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed union membership across the United States dropping from 10.7 percent to 10.5 percent in 2018.



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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Progressive Populists Discuss Immigration on America’s Work Force Radio

Jim Cullen, Progressive Populist editor, America’s Work Force Radio and talked about President Trump’s bluffs about building the wall between the United States and Mexico.

The Progressive Populist Jim CullenCullen joined AWF on Dec. 14 and examined President Trump’s claim about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Ultimately, Cullen feels Trump’s wall will not be built for a variety of reasons, including the meeting with incoming House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumur (D-NY), which he called a political stunt. Cullen said he does not expect Mexico to pay for the wall, noting there could be land and property issues if a wall was built. In addition to the wall, Cullen spoke about the possibility Trump will be impeached, including how he believes it could happen.

Mary Jane TrappMary Jane Trapp, 11th District Court of Appeals Judge elect appeared on America’s Work Force Radio and discussed a defamation case. She explained the difference between physical injuries and injuries to one’s reputation. Judge-elect Trapp talked about Embassy Healthcare, a necessities statute case and a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court in the case of Cincinnati Reds v. Bobblehead, where the Reds argued promotional giveways should be tax exempt.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed organizing efforts by 400 employees at a Tesla facility in Buffalo, N.Y.


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.


Actor Brooks Brantly, discusses Cleveland Play House production of Sweat on America’s Work Force Radio

Brook Brantly, one of the stars of the theater production of Sweat, was a featured guest on America’s Work Force Radio.

Brooks Brantly Actor Sweat

Brantly discussed his character and the plot of the Tony award-nominated drama, which is a compelling portrait of pride and survival in the Rust Belt. Running at the Cleveland Play House now until Nov. 4, Sweat portrays the effects of union lockouts, massive layoffs and jobs going overseas on friends in a small town.

Andrew Burt 40 Gavels

Andrew Burt was also featured on the Oct. 30 show and discussed 40 Gavels, a three-volume biography on Reuben Soderstrom that he co-authored. In 40 Gavels, Burt chronicles Soderstrom’s life, including his rise to power as the President of the Chicago AFL-CIO and the triumphs and troubles with organized labor that come with the position. The book series details how Soderstrom improved the quality of lives of the working class in Illinois and the rest of the country. As a thank you for listening to the show and reading this blog, Burt is offering our listeners a discount on his books. Just enter discount code Flash or Ferenc at check out.

With a week to go before November’s General Election, America’s Work Force Radio host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about recent polls that showed Ohio’s governor’s race is tied. He also talked about the Teamsters Union approving their UPS labor contract despite a 54 percent ‘No’ vote and illegal immigration.


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.


President Trump’s Meeting with Vladimir Putin Discussed on America’s Work Force.

On the broadcast today we had Jim Cullen, Editor of the Progressive Populist, and he talked about Trump’s visit with Putin and Robert Mueller closing in on Trump’s family. Also on the program was Attorney, Mary Jane Trapp, and she talked about several cases in the Ohio Supreme Court!