America’s Work Force Union Podcast
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.

Frank Manzo (Illinois Economic Policy Institute) / Andy Shen (Greenpeace)

Frank Manzo (Illinois Economic Policy Institute) / Andy Shen (Greenpeace)

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.

Greg Kozera (Shale Crescent USA) / James Steele (America: What Went Wrong? The Crisis Deepens)

Greg Kozera (Shale Crescent USA) / James Steele (America: What Went Wrong? The Crisis Deepens)

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.

Tom Buffebarger (Former IAM) / Jon Reiss (Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission)

Tom Buffebarger (Former IAM) / Jon Reiss (Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission)

July 28, 2020

Former General President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Tom Buffenbarger appeared on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 28 to discuss mail-in voting.

 

Jon Reiss of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission (CCVSC) spoke about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected the organization. At this time, the CCVSC employees continue to work from home or in the office at a limited capacity.

Larry Willis (TTD - AFL-CIO) / David Stebenne

Larry Willis (TTD - AFL-CIO) / David Stebenne

July 27, 2020

President of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, Larry Willis spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 27 about the HEROES Act and how it could have been used to help frontline workers.

 

Author David Stebenne spoke about his book and how the middle class transformed America. He said the Labor Movement added pressure to provide fair wages, protections and benefits to workers and explained how the labor movement was the start of the transformation of the middle class.

Tom Conway (USW)

Tom Conway (USW)

July 24, 2020

International President of the United Steelworkers Tom Conway spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 24 about the current state of work in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shane Smith (IUPAT) / Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO)

Shane Smith (IUPAT) / Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO)

July 23, 2020

Shane Smith of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 23 about a 16-year old who fell to his death while working on a construction site in Nashville. 

 

Bill Samuel of the AFL-CIO talked about the push to get the HEROES Act passed.

Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT) / Lamont Byrd (International Brotherhood of Teamsters)

Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT) / Lamont Byrd (International Brotherhood of Teamsters)

July 22, 2020

Pete Ielmini of the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust, Pete Ielmini joined America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 22 to discuss apprenticeships and the trades as a viable career option.

 

Lamont Byrd of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Safety and Health Department discussed essential workers and proper personal protective equipment. 

Melissa Cropper (OFT-AFT) / Ed Mortimer (Americans for Transportation Mobility)

Melissa Cropper (OFT-AFT) / Ed Mortimer (Americans for Transportation Mobility)

July 21, 2020

President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, Melissa Cropper spoke about the threat of the federal government cutting funding to schools if they do not reopen in the fall.

 

Ed Mortimer of the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition spoke with about the investment in domestic infrastructure. He said their coalition encourages elected leaders to invest money to repair old infrastructure as well as bring infrastructure systems into the 21st century.

 

Scott Paul (Alliance for American Manufacturing) / Mike Polensek (Cleveland City Council)

Scott Paul (Alliance for American Manufacturing) / Mike Polensek (Cleveland City Council)

July 20, 2020

On the July 20 episode of America’s Work Force Radio Podcast, Scott Paul with the Alliance for American Manufacturing discussed purchasing American made products. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused construction work to slow down or be stopped altogether. Paul said we need to rebuild America by reauthorizing our infrastructure programs to repair and maintain bridges, highways and waterways across America.

 

Cleveland’s longest-serving Councilman, Mike Polensek, talked about keeping jobs in the United States. With the pandemic negatively impacting the U.S. economy, Polensek stressed that when the economy fully reopens we need to keep jobs onshore. 

 

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