Construction outlook is favorable with infrastructure on the way

Many in the construction industry are thankful they were able to continue working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and that project owners were comfortable moving forward with projects. However, they are increasingly excited as an infrastructure plan gains momentum.

The Cleveland area has enjoyed steady development in recent years and plenty of work. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary Treasurer Dave Wondolowski joined AWF Union Podcast to analyze the work outlook, discuss the possible infrastructure plan and more. Continue reading

Politicians wise up to call center jobs being shipped overseas

Communications workers have been seeing their work head overseas for decades. According to some in the industry, lawmakers are finally catching on and looking for ways to punish companies who move operations overseas.

One such industry professional is Communications Workers of America District 4 Director Frank Mathews. Mathews discussed protecting call center jobs, voting rights, the filibuster and more when he appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

President Biden moving quickly on labor-friendly legislation

President Biden and Congressional Democrats are working quickly to get as much done with the majority they currently hold. President Biden is fast tracking campaign promises, making good on key issues.

Laborers International Union of North America General President Terry O’Sullivan joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan and other legislation that pertains to workers. Continue reading

IBEW members stand in solidarity with striking nurses

Working people and union members have been gaining momentum coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the value of labor has been proven. From organizing drives to strikes, workers are standing together.

IBEW Local 96 Business Manager Tommy Maloney has worked to create more work for the members of Local 96 while focusing on a tradition of excellence. His members are also standing in solidarity with others who are making their voices heard. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss this and more. Continue reading

Massachusetts IBEW Locals combine efforts for more opportunities

With the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out throughout the U.S., people are getting back to work and life is returning to some sense of normalcy. Boston’s labor community is excited to see the rally after a year of shutdowns.

IBEW Local 103 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis gave AWF Union Podcast listeners an update on what is happening in the Boston area, the benefits of President Biden’s infrastructure plan and combining efforts with IBEW Local 96 when he appeared on today’s episode. Continue reading

Unions, workers gain momentum and lose ground throughout the country

As Amazon workers in Alabama are in the midst of a union vote, workers across the country are seeing various rates of progress on labor rights in the early stages of the Biden administration.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Assistant General Counsel Amanda Jaret detailed three cases where workers are either seeing positive results or are being hindered in their efforts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Melink Corporation encourages companies to invest in green technologies

With President Joe Biden winning the 2020 Presidential Election, the U.S. is moving towards being a producer of green energy. Companies are taking notice and are investing in green technologies.

One of the companies leading the way in green technology is the Melink Corporation. Melink Corporation CEO Steve Melink joined AWF Union Podcast to introduce the company, discuss the new infrastructure plan and more. Continue reading

Wisconsin Democrats gain momentum in statewide races

Anti-union sentiment had a run across the U.S. in recent years, but things are looking up for the labor movement as it gains momentum in the political arenas of multiple midwest states.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matt Rothschild is excited for the future of unions and workers in Wisconsin. He discussed a recent statewide election, the progress made by Governor Evers and the political direction of the state on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

UAW cheers initial pro-labor progress by the Biden administration

With electric vehicle demand rising, auto and manufacturing workers are front and center as President Biden moves forward with his infrastructure plan.

The United Auto Workers are putting forth every effort to ensure their members are brought along with this shift and pending legislation. Their Legislative Director, Josh Nassar, detailed their efforts and what they would like to see in a plan on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Appalachia looks for heavy investment in new infrastructure bill

Appalachia is a region of the U.S. that helped shape the entire country. However, the region has fallen behind and almost seems to be stuck in time due to high rates of poverty and companies leaving the area.

Policy Matters Ohio and Reimagine Appalachia are working to restore the region and bring jobs back to the area. Policy Matters Ohio Senior Researcher Amanda Woodrum detailed the regional problems and some potential solutions on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading