America’s Work Force Radio Podcast
Frank Mathews (Communication Workers of America) / Dave Wondolowski (Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council)

Frank Mathews (Communication Workers of America) / Dave Wondolowski (Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council)

August 11, 2020

Today on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast, administrative director for the Communication Workers of America District 4, Frank Mathews spoke about President Trump promising to end the payroll tax if reelected, the HEROES Act compared to the HEALS Act, the United States Postal Service and game workers strike.

The second featured guest on the show was Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski, who spoke about construction workers finishing jobs on time and under budget during a pandemic, shipping issues and enforcing worker safety standards during a pandemic in absence of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

Andrew Tinkham (OCC) / Ryan Zamarripa (Center for American Progress Action Fund)

Andrew Tinkham (OCC) / Ryan Zamarripa (Center for American Progress Action Fund)

August 10, 2020

The first featured guest on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast today was Andrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist with the Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC). He spoke about a possible Ohio H.B. 6 repeal, emergency utility filings and energy shut-off scams.

The second guest today on AWF Radio Podcast was Ryan Zamarripa, Associate Director of Economic Policy with the Center for American Progress Action Fund. He spoke about the organization’s new memo, “Trump to Tout Manufacturing in Ohio as Unemployment Surges to 10.9% Since February,” which reevaluates claims that the President made during his campaign trail and how he is responsible for countless broken promises.

Dorsey Hager (Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades) / Angelina Drake (PHI)

Dorsey Hager (Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades) / Angelina Drake (PHI)

August 7, 2020

The first featured guest on the August 7 show was Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager. He discussed the value of Scabby the Rat, pre-apprenticeship programs and the need for infrastructure improvements.

The second guest was Angelina Drake, chief operating officer with PHI. She informed listeners about PHI’s latest Caring for the Future report “Direct Care is Real Work: Elevating the Role of the Direct Care Worker.”

Brian Kelley (Kelley & Ferraro) / Senator Sherrod Brown (U.S. Senator)

Brian Kelley (Kelley & Ferraro) / Senator Sherrod Brown (U.S. Senator)

August 6, 2020

The first guest on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast was Kelley and Ferraro attorney, Brian Kelley. He spoke about asbestos exposure and settlement cases against asbestos manufacturing companies. He also discussed issues with Roundup weed killer and the heartburn medication Zantac.

United States Senator, Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was the second featured guest on today’s show. Sen. Brown talked about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not passing the HEROES Act, and the introduction of the Protecting American Heroes Act.

Lou Antonellis (IBEW 103) / Dave Megenhardt (United Labor Agency)

Lou Antonellis (IBEW 103) / Dave Megenhardt (United Labor Agency)

August 5, 2020

The first guest today on AWF Radio Podcast was Lou Antonellis, Business Manager Financial Secretary with IBEW Local 103 spoke about their generous donation to the Boston Resiliency Fund.

The second featured guest was Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director with the United Labor Agency, who spoke about virtual job training for marketable skills. 

Matt Smith (Ohio AFL-CIO) / Peter Dooley (National Council for Occupational Safety and Health)

Matt Smith (Ohio AFL-CIO) / Peter Dooley (National Council for Occupational Safety and Health)

August 4, 2020

The first guest on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast is Ohio AFL-CIO Legislative Director Matt Smith. He discussed the differences between the HEALS Act and the HEROES Act.

 

The second guest on the show today was Safety and Health Senior Project Coordinator with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Peter Dooley. He discussed a safe and just return to work and the benefits of a union presence in the workplace.

Mark Gruenberg (Press Associates Union) / Sue McConnell (Cleveland Better Business Bureau)

Mark Gruenberg (Press Associates Union) / Sue McConnell (Cleveland Better Business Bureau)

August 3, 2020

The first featured guest was Mark Gruenberg of Press Associates Union News. He discussed why the HEROES Act needed to be passed to help the working class and frontline workers.

 

Later in the podcast, Sue McConnell, President of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau spoke about Summer time scams to be aware of.

Sherry Linkon (Working Class Perspectives) / Sharon Johnson (The Progressive)

Sherry Linkon (Working Class Perspectives) / Sharon Johnson (The Progressive)

July 31, 2020

Sherry Linkon with Working Class Perspectives discussed workers and education amidst the pandemic. Linkon dissected the debate over opening schools for class this fall which mainly reflects economic concerns.

 

Sharon Johnson of The Progressive spoke the recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois Economic Policy Institute official discusses the benefits of prevailing wage

Illinois Economic Policy Institute official discusses the benefits of prevailing wage

July 30, 2020

Frank Manzo of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 30 about prevailing wage standards leading to more Americans living the “American Dream.”

 

Later in the show, Andy Shen of Green Peace called for United Nations intervention on a suspected murder case linked to FCF, the parent company of Bumble Bee Foods.

Author, James Steele discusses how to revive the disappearing middle class

Author, James Steele discusses how to revive the disappearing middle class

July 29, 2020

James Steele, author of “America: What Went Wrong? The Crisis Deepens” spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 29 about economic inequality in America.

 

Greg Kozera of Shale Crescent USA spoke about the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic revealing the need to bring jobs back to the United States.

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