America’s Workforce Radio Segment: Ferenc and Hager talk politics and construction

America’s Workforce Radio regular guest, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Dorsey Hager and show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked politics and construction on the country’s longest running labor radio show.

Dorsey Hager

Dorsey Hager, C/COBCTC Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Ferenc and Hager discussed the final results of the “Friedrichs” case, which ended in a 4-4 tie at the U.S. Supreme Court. Hager explained how the Supreme Court’s ruling is final and will not be revisited by the court. He called this is a huge win for labor.

The interview turned from the Supreme Court decision to Ohio’s U.S. Senate race pitting incumbent Republican Senator Rob Portman against former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Hager said Portman has spent more than $23 million in negative ads, but has not gained any ground against Strickland. He thought the recent result of the “Friedrichs” case may further help Strickland’s cause.

They also discussed screening candidates for the upcoming election.

America's Workforce Radio Host Ed "Flash" Ferenc

America’s Workforce Radio Host Ed “Flash” Ferenc

The conversation turned from politics to a Smart City Grant that was recently awarded to Columbus. Hager said this grant is a game-changer for the City of Columbus and how it can help rebuild neighborhoods. IBEW Local 683 showed those on the grant committee how their training center is more than capable of training workers to do the work to make Columbus a smart city.

The two also discussed the benefits of Project Labor Agreements. Hager said the City of Columbus has never used them, but is now interested in PLAs. By utilizing a PLA, a project owner can be ensured a project is completed on time and on or under budget.

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