Todd Mitchell, President of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on April 29 to discuss asbestos mitigation.
Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council President Todd Mitchell spoke with America’s Work Force on April 29 to discuss asbestos mitigation.
Mitchell first spoke about the building trades in Washington and how their affiliated membership has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that 66 percent of affiliated members are not working right now to abide by the state safety protocols. But when the Phase 1 Construction Restart begins, low-risk construction work will resume.
Mitchell is also the elected Business Manager for the Heat and Frost Insulators Local 7 that works in Seattle and the west side of the state discussed the union’s name transition from Asbestos Workers to Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers. The name change was to get away from the negative connotation of asbestos and to promote the use of safer materials for insulation.
Robert Giles, former Managing Editor for the Akron Beacon Journal and Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “When Truth Matters” spoke about the 50-year anniversary of the Kent State University shooting. Giles recalls the day of the shooting and how he sent his reporters to the protest on campus that day. He said his reporters were there before the shooting happened and were able to see first hand how quickly things spiraled out of control. One of the major problems with the reporting of the Kent State shooting over the years has been the lack of credibility and the absence of facts. Giles explained that it took years of digging and investigating to finally get the real story out there and show the world what really happened on that tragic day.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the dangers of having meat packing plants stay open during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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