American Jobs Plan excites infrastructure, public transportation groups

President Biden is poised to see his administration’s infrastructure bill come to fruition. Infrastructure has been a longstanding goal for past administrations. With Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House, it is believed that a bill is on the way.

American Public Transportation Association President and CEO Paul Skoutelas explained why the American Jobs Plan is needed, what he would like to see in it and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Public schools anticipate a boost in funding under President Biden

Educators are finding that the tide is turning with President Biden in office. Throughout the country school funding is being shifted away from private charter schools and back into public schools.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss some Ohio legislation that will directly impact both public and private schools. She also discussed a bill that unnecessarily targets vulnerable students. Continue reading

Investing in infrastructure will create jobs and opportunities for thousands of workers

Senior Vice President of Advocacy for the American Council of Engineering Companies Steve Hall joined the AWF Union Podcast on April 19 to discuss how a good infrastructure plan would help create thousands of jobs for workers across the country when it is desperately needed. Continue reading

Infrastructure to include funding to help retired Americans

Retired Americans have a lot to gain from President Biden and are now excited about his infrastructure plan, which includes funding for services vital to their wellbeing.

On the frontlines of securing a better future for American retirees is Rich Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. He joined AWF Union Podcast to explain how the potential infrastructure plan will aid retired Americans and more. Continue reading

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier programming planned to mark 100 years

With the announcement of troops being withdrawn from Afghanistan starting Sept. 11, Veterans groups are excited to hear that the longest war in U.S. history may finally be coming to an end.

American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the withdrawal of troops. He also previewed stories to be featured in the upcoming edition of the American Legion Magazine. Continue reading

Teamsters strike at Marathon refinery in Minnesota

Throughout the country, the labor community is rising up and speaking out against what they feel is a betrayal of local workers, who dedicate portions of their career to training and professionalism.

A recent decision by Marathon at a refinery in Minnesota sparked their labor community to come together in collective action against the petroleum giant. Steamfitters and Pipefitters Local 455 Business Manager Tony Poole joined AWF Union Podcast to detail the action and why it is needed. Continue reading

AFGE District 5 member wins Grovetown City Council election

Union members and labor advocates are gaining momentum in the political arena as they run for or are nominated to positions at the local, state and federal level.

Georgia has become a political battleground after President Joe Biden carried the state and Two Democratic Senators were later elected. Newly elected Grovetown City Councilwoman and AFGE District 5 member Ceretta Smith joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the importance of union members in politics and how she was able to get elected. Continue reading

Achieving immigration reform solutions through workforce studies

Immigration has been a major political issue for the past few decades, but was very much used as a leading campaign theme by former President Donald Trump in the runup to the 2016 election.

Very little is being heard from undocumented immigrants themselves, why they come to the U.S., what they would like to see happen and more. Laz Ayala, Founder of Illegal The Project and a former undocumented immigrant who has since gained citizenship joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss this issue and some potential ways to solve it. Continue reading

How charter schools profit off the backs of taxpayers

Charter schools have developed into a problem for some in the past three to four decades. While these schools operate as nonprofit organizations, many believe they are generating massive profits at the expense of taxpayers.

One such person is Our Schools Chief Correspondent and Writing Fellow Jeff Bryant. Bryant joined AWF Union Podcast to explain how some charter schools are generating profits and taking from taxpayers. He later told the story of two Floridians generating large profits through the schools. Continue reading