America's Work Force Union Podcast provides a clear and unfiltered voice for the working people of America. Radio veteran Ed “Flash” Ferenc leads the discussion with a focus on topics that include the impact of labor unions in America, workers’ rights, legislative actions and labor-management relations. Featured guests include various labor leaders, politicians, journalists and more. America's Work Force Union Podcast provides updates and information from sources around the United States and continues to be the trusted voice for workers across the country.
Jimmy Williams, Jr. (IUPAT) / Greg Kozera (Shale Crescent USA)
IUPAT General VP at Large Jimmy Williams, Jr. was the first guest on today’s installment of AWF Union Podcast. He spoke with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about encouraging their membership to vote, and how IUPAT members preserve the life cycle of infrastructure.Greg Kozera, Director of Marketing at Shale Crescent USA was our second guest speaker on the show today. He addressed the U.S. competing with China on manufacturing, keeping jobs in the U.S. and helping young people understand there are good quality apprenticeships that will lead them to a viable career.
Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT) / Sam Loesche (Teamsters)
Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini rejoined America’s Work Force Union Podcast today to discuss getting out the vote, issues with receiving information or misinformation about candidates, holding politicians accountable and extensions on voting.Our second featured guest was Sam Loesche, Legislative Representative for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He spoke about the efforts by the Trump administration to deregulate the trucking industry, including drive time regulations, independent contracting and how Joe Biden can roll back these deregulatory actions.
Tom Buffenbarger (Former IAM GP) / Sue McConnell (BBB Cleveland)
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Former General President Tom Buffenbarger was the first featured guest on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He addressed jobs disappearing, President Trump’s blatant disregard for health and safety during the pandemic and union members voting in the upcoming election.Later on, Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell spoke about some scams to be on the lookout for. She spoke about online scams and how they have been listed as the riskiest scam for consumers three years in a row, Amazon spoofing scams and rogue mover scams.
James Roosevelt Jr. (National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare) / Larry Willis (TTD, AFL-CIO)
We were honored to have James Roosevelt Jr., grandson of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare on AWF Union Podcast. Roosevelt spoke about his grandfather’s legacy, how the Trump administration was way more conservative than expected and the history of social security and the fight to protect it.Our second featured guest today was Transportation Trades Department President Larry Willis. Willis discussed keeping transport workers safe while working on the frontlines during the pandemic and how a Biden presidency will benefit transport workers.
John Russo (Working-Class Perspectives) / Amber Miller (USW)
Working-Class Perspectives Co-Editor John Russo was the first featured guest on today’s edition of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Russo spoke about the importance of Ohio in the upcoming election, if union members will vote for President Trump again and the value of home health care workers and passing legislation to protect them.Also featured on the podcast today was the United Steelworkers Director of Rapid Response Amber Miller. She spoke about the USW’s Rapid Response program and how it empowers their members to use their collective voice to engage in legislative issues impacting their workplace and issues the program focuses on in terms of legislative efforts on behalf of their members.
Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Sean Egan (Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity)
AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel joined Ed “Flash” Ferenc on AWF Union Podcast today to discuss the current political climate in Washington leading up to the election, how President Trump is deregulating standards for workers and what is expected to happen after the election. Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Deputy Director Sean Egan was our second featured guest on the podcast today. Egan spoke about emergency rules issued by MIOSHA and Michigan Workers' Compensation Agency protecting frontline workers.