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

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

Building trades pre-apprenticeship programs boost Texas job creation

The south has been a difficult place for labor unions to thrive. While the political atmosphere remains fairly hostile towards unions, they are making ground in their organizing efforts.

Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Aguilar has seen just about every level of the union world, from pre-apprenticeship to his new position within the state labor federation. He joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss what they are doing to spur job creation and how their pre-apprenticeship programs are helping the state’s working people. Continue reading