Boston Insulators push apprenticeship as a quality education

Union building trades apprenticeships can lead people to a prosperous life with great career skills. For generations, these programs have been the gold standard of construction training.

The members of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers go through one of these rigorous training programs, as apprentices learn the mechanical insulation trade. Insulators Union Local 6 Business Agent Jeff Saliba discussed apprenticeships and why the training is necessary on the AWF Union Podcast. He also discussed Prevailing Wage and other issues in the Boston area. Continue reading

Union tradesmen, tradeswomen keep busy as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Construction projects are taking off all over the U.S. 

Part of the building boom is driven by a number of projects put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while other projects are being driven by the favorable economy.

On a recent America’s Work Force Union Podcast, Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) International Representative Joe Ciacchi discussed how union members are handling the building boom and the benefits of a registered apprenticeship program. Continue reading

Carpenters organize a diverse workforce in Tennessee

Union organizing is picking up, with more diverse populations becoming members of the building trades. Even in So-Called “Right to Work” states, unions are finding some organizing success.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 74 Business Representative Rodney Graham discussed his Local’s organizing progress on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also discussed immigration reform and other issues. Continue reading

Apprenticeship returns to the classroom as COVID-19 threat subsides

With the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to subside as more Americans become vaccinated and herd immunity is reached, registered building trades apprenticeship classes are getting back into full swing.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 38 President Mike Muzic expressed gratitude for things returning to normal when he appeared on the AWF Union Podcast. He also provided listeners with an update on work in the Local 38 jurisdiction. Continue reading

Construction along the Gulf Coast picks up after pandemic slow down

Texas is booming with new construction and renovations of all sorts. Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused some projects to pause or slow down, plenty of work pushed ahead.

Building trades unions in Texas are increasing their market share and taking advantage of the abundance of work. Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Paul Puente joined AWF to discuss the building boom and how union affiliated contractors are helping to train the next generation of tradesmen and tradeswomen. Continue reading

Organized labor seeks to grow apprenticeship in southeast Ohio

Throughout the U.S., there are numerous attempts to limit the influence of unions through so-called “Right to Work” laws and other anti-worker legislation.

Parkersburg-Marietta Building and Construction Trades Council Business Manager Buddy Malone faces a unique challenge, as his jurisdiction covers areas in both Ohio and West Virginia. When Malone appeared on the AWF Union Podcast, he discussed the attitude towards unions in the area, promoted apprenticeship programs and legislation affecting workers. Continue reading

UA Local 669 apprenticeship runs smoothly, despite COVID-19 adjustments

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in everybody’s life, but there is work to be done. Union organizers and apprenticeship professionals are working hard to keep increasing union membership.

United Association Local 669 Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman is one of those professionals, carrying on with his job. He joined AWF Union Podcast to detail his experience and encourage listeners to share information about registered apprenticeship programs. Continue reading

Sen. Sherrod Brown talks up apprenticeship programs and COVID-19 relief

Thanks to wave of energy by Democratic voters throughout the country, especially Georgia, Democrats retained power in the House of Representatives, the Senate and won the White House.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown discussed where his efforts will be focused over the next two years, the progress being made on COVID-19 relief and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

UA VIP Program Administrator touts veterans as great apprentices

The various building trades unions provide pathways for military service members to transition from a career in the military into a career in the building trades.

America’s Work Force Union Podcast aired a replay of the Monday, Nov. 9 episode featuring United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Program Administrator Mike Hazard. Continue reading

UA VIP Program Administrator tells how the program helps veterans find careers

As service members prepare to finish their service and reenter the civilian workforce, many struggle to find a path that leads to a valuable career. United Association Veterans in Piping Program Administrator Mike Hazard explained how the United Association is helping active-duty transitioning service members attain a career in the pipe trades on the Sept. 30 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading