Supporting the PRO Act Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, labor writer for Press Associates Union spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 4 about a union supporting the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg discussed the National Labor Rights Board (NLRB) fighting recent injustices against worker rights and fighting to make sure workers voices are being heard during bargaining. He said that the Trump administration has shown time and time again that they are against unions and have been trying to pass anti-worker legislation, but the NLRB have been remaining strong in their battle against worker rights oppression. Gruenberg also talked about the Communication Workers of America, CWA, and how they said if a candidate supports the PRO Act, the CWA will offer their open support for that candidate. The CWA is not one to hide their support for workers and worker rights, so if a candidate comes out in support of the PRO Act, you can expect the CWA to support that candidate. Lastly, he talked about the United Auto Workers and Ford Motors reaching a tentative agreement on a contract.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland discussed three scams to be on the lookout for during the month of November. One of the scams was a “30-Day Success Plan” which is a get rich fast scam where a person would buy into the company at different levels, and the only way for that person to make money is to distribute fliers, which they had to pay for, and try to recruit other people. The second scam was a Jenny B Utah Marketing firm that would send a woman gift cards congratulating them on their pregnancy. The gift cards were for baby products, where shipping was more than the products so the discounts were pointless and the products they received were poorly made, making them not worth the money. The last scam McConnell told listeners to be aware of are social media coupon scams. An ad will appear on your webpage of a brand name product at a discount price and once a person clicks the link, their computer would be exposed to malware, which could access their personal information.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Ford Motors committing to investing one billion dollars to Ohio assembly plants in new product lines, facility upgrades, and more.



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Scams to be on the Lookout for this Fall Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sue McConnell, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 7 about scams to be on the lookout for during the fall months.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauMcConnell first warned listeners about falling for contractor scams. She said that contractors are going door-to-door and telling people that they have left over materials and resources to rework their driveway and are willing to provide them a service for a discounted price in order to get rid of their surplus of material. Once the person agrees to the service, the contractor will either provide a shoddy service, or no service at all and take the scamee’s money.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauA second scam that McConnell warned about was a FaceBook video scam. With this scam, she said that a person would receive a message in the FaceBook Messenger app saying to click on the link that was sent to them to see a video of themselves or someone they may know, and once the link is clicked, usernames and passwords are stolen and malware is downloaded onto your computer which accesses more of your personal information.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauThe last scam McConnell discussed involved Robinson Contracting in northeast Ohio. Robinson Contracting goes door-to-door asking house owners if they need any work done and once hired, they provide less than average quality work, or would even ruin other parts of a person’s home so they could be hired to fix that problem too.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsMark Gruenberg, labor writer for Press Associates Union spoke with AWF on Oct. 7 about jobless numbers and labor and civil rights cases. On the topic of joblessness, he said that it is under 3.5 percent, but wage growth is only 2.9 percent, which is slow. He also talked about labor and civil rights cases that will be taken to court soon, some of them involving collective bargaining. Lastly, Gruenberg discussed the unions standing against President Trump, and the progress on the impeachment inquiry against him.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed week three of the General Motors strike and machinists workers walking out in Kansas City.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

What Labor Unions Have Done for Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force

America's Work Force RadioAmerica’s Work Force host Ed Flash Ferenc talked to listeners on Labor Day about some of the victories labor unions have had and how they benefited all workers. One of the benefits labor unions gave the workforce is a 40 hour work week and work-free weekends. Before labor unions, workers worked over 60 hours, seven days a week, but thanks to unions, workers won weekends for leisure time and rest. Another important win for unions that Ferenc discussed was the right to collectively bargain for their contracts. By having the right to collectively bargain, power is shifted more equally than the power being held by corporations.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, President of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland spoke with AWF on Sep. 2 about specific scams to look out for now that the school year is back in session. Some major scams are directed toward college students; she told college students to look out for were job scams and roommate matching service scams. McConnell said that there is a significant increase in fake job postings targeting college students promising outstanding wages and hours but really end up just taking money from the job prospects. As for the roommate matching service, she said that an online company will ask people searching for roommates to fill out a questionnaire, making them think they will be paired with someone of the same interests, but, if anything at all, will just be matched for anybody looking to split rent. She also mentioned scams involving spoofing emails from major airline companies getting people to give up their personal information.

Mark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Union talked about some court decisions on redistricting and the National Labor Relations Board. He also talked about Walmart not ceasing the sale of firearms in the wake of all of these mass shootings and how people are beginning to boycott the company.



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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Summer of Scams Discussed on America’s Work Force

Sue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland joined America’s Work Force on Monday, August 5 to talk about a list of scams to be on the lookout for during the remainder of this summer.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauMcConnell jumped right into it by talking about air conditioner repair scammers. She said that a certain air conditioning company, who don’t have a home office, will dispatch a repair person from the area to come service your air conditioning unit. McConnell said that if, which is rare, they show up, they will not service the unit completely, leaving the unit with more problems than they found it with, followed by unresponsiveness. Another scam she talked about is a social media type scam where a person would look for recommendations, via an app, for a specific service and who to go to, and scammers recommend their own services, will take a person’s money, and then never follow through on their promises to provide whatever service they originally promised. Lastly, she discussed a “grandparent” scam, where a scammer would call an elderly individual who has grandchildren posed as their grandchild, and say that they need money for bail while on vacation, money for car repairs, or anything else and would take the money the eldery person sends.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsMark Gruenberg, writer for Press Associates Union spoke to AWF on Monday, August 5 about accountability and policy. He discussed the Democrat debate, which took place in Detroit, MI last week, and the certain stances each candidate took on issues. One problem that he saw was that everyone mentioned more power to the working person, but no one mentioned the word “union.” Gruenberg then went on to talk about the government taking accountability for their own words, and also what to do about the two shootings which took place over the weekend in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.



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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Democrat Debate Takeaways Discussed on America’s Work Force

Mark Gruenberg, writer and editor for Press Associates Union spoke with America’s Work Force on July 1 to discuss his takeaways on what was said during the Democratic debates in the last week of June.

Mark Gruenberg PAI Press Associates Inc., Union NewsGruenberg first spoke about the Supreme Court and their recent decision on a gerrymandering case in Ohio and other legislation surrounding the issues caused by gerrymandering. He then discussed the Democratic debates from the end of June and spoke about what he liked and did not like regarding the topics that were discussed. On the topic of the new NAFTA agreements, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, Gruenberg said that before it gets voted on he wants it to be enforceable with a strong presence of worker rights written and explained thoroughly for all to understand them. Lastly, he talked about CEO compensation and how unbalanced it is compared to other workers at the same company.

Sue McConnell Better Business BureauSue McConnell, president of the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland, spoke with AWF about scams to be on the lookout for during the summer. She talked about the website healthyandbeauty.com and how they claim to be selling brand name beauty supplies for an incredible discounted price, then when a person purchases from them, they never send a product. The second scam that McConnell discussed is about was a door-to-door DNA testing company who claims they provide a free DNA background examination as long as a medical card is provided, with which the scammers will steal the information off of. A third scam she said to be cautious of is a roofing company saying they will repair your roof for free, but they actually are offering a free consultation, not a free roof. Lastly, McConnell talked about a social security scam where a scammer will use a phone call spoofing method to pose as a social security worker and retrieve a persons sensitive information.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the Youngstown Vindicator newspaper being shut down after being in publication for over 150 years.



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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Partial Government Shutdown Discussed on America’s Work Force

Week two of the partial government shutdown was the main topic of discussion during the Jan. 7 edition of America’s Work Force.

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Labor writer Mark Gruenberg with Press Associates Union discussed the partial government shutdown and the ongoing effects it has on government employees. He talked about “essential” government employees that are required to continue to work during the shutdown but are unsure if they will be paid or not. Gruenberg also talked about the American Federation of Government Employees lawsuit against the Trump administration in federal court to pay the “essential” workers, but the courts can’t heart the case right now because they are part of the shutdown. He also mentioned the outlook for the new congress.

Sue McConnell with the Better Business Bureau, BBB, joined AWF on Jan. 7 and discussed the top 10 scams of 2018, as listed by the BBB. From E-commerce to medicare scams, McConnell gives an overview and explanation of all of the top scams of the year.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed President Trump’s demands more money in order to pay for the border wall when he still has yet to use the current money allocated towards border security.

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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