Menlo Park Academy fights staff unionization with public dollars

Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) President Melissa Cropper joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss union busting tactics being used by the Menlo Park Academy administration to prevent teachers and staff in northeast Ohio from joining the OFT. Continue reading

Florida faces increasing teacher shortage in the wake of COVID-19

Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andrew Spar joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss teacher and support staff shortages in Florida that have become worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

More women are enrolling in registered apprenticeship programs

Plumbers Local 55 President Doreen Cannon joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the unique opportunities union apprenticeships offer women. She also discussed how union officials are changing their approach to make a career in the trades more appealing to women. Continue reading

Apprenticeship training provides a viable ticket to the middle class

International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry Program Administrator Mike Harris joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how a registered apprenticeship program can be a viable ticket to the middle class. Continue reading

Pandemic-weary, teachers experiencing ‘May tired’ exhaustion

Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how teachers and school staff are already feeling “May tired” — the feeling of exhaustion teachers typically experience at the end of the year. Due to stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some teachers are already feeling exhausted and wondering how they will cope with three quarters of the school year remaining. Continue reading

Rhode Island’s Building Futures program closes skills gap

Andrew Cortes, Founder and Executive Director of Rhode Island Building Futures, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Building Futures program and the benefits of registered apprenticeship as part of the podcast’s celebration of National Apprenticeship Week. Continue reading

UA VIP provides military members a direct path to union careers

United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Program Administrator and Training Specialist Mike Hazard joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the benefits of the UA VIP program and how it provides members of the military with a chance for a direct path to a union career as a piping industry tradesman or tradeswoman. Continue reading

How to legally pass your assets to your loved ones after you die

Dayna DePerro, an Associate Partner at Kelley & Ferraro, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a somewhat uncomfortable yet crucial topic: What people should do to ensure their possessions and assets go to their loved ones after they pass away. Continue reading

Better Business Bureau: Look out for these holiday scams

President of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau Sue McConnell joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a variety of scams listeners may encounter as the holiday season approaches. Continue reading

If passed, proposed bill could gut Ohio public education

Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) President Melissa Cropper joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss Ohio House Bill 290, the so-called “Backpack Bill.” Critics say it guts public education funding by providing a universal voucher to all students in Ohio regardless of income or the performance of their local public schools. Continue reading