Ohio schools set to reopen despite lack of teacher vaccinations

Public schools have been at the forefront of COVID-19 conversations, as some believe schools should be open for in-person instruction, while others believe schools should wait until educators can be vaccinated and provide a safe learning environment.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper gave an update on Ohio school funding, issues with some schools as they plan to reopen by March 1 and inequity experienced by urban districts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

AFT organizing increases due to COVID-19 related concerns

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on teachers and the education system, but they have been resilient in teaching America’s future, despite unprecedented attacks from those with no experience.

American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania Executive Director Ethan Ake-Little joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the education system has adapted, some issues with charter schools and the uptick in organizing. Continue reading

UA Local 669 apprenticeship runs smoothly, despite COVID-19 adjustments

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in everybody’s life, but there is work to be done. Union organizers and apprenticeship professionals are working hard to keep increasing union membership.

United Association Local 669 Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman is one of those professionals, carrying on with his job. He joined AWF Union Podcast to detail his experience and encourage listeners to share information about registered apprenticeship programs. Continue reading

Pre-apprenticeship program seeks to improve conditions in D.C. metro area through the trades

Communities have seen the benefits of promoting building trades careers among local youths. The apprenticeship model works well for those not wanting to take on the burden of student debt.

Community Services Agency Client Services Coordinator Sylvia Casaro Dietert explained what they are doing in the D.C metro area to promote building trades careers on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Zantac case carries on despite ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

For years, Americans were taking the heartburn medication, Zantac. Only years later would they find out that the medication could harm them, potentially causing cancer.

Kelley and Ferraro attorney Nick DiCioccio joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how their class action lawsuit began, where it is at now and where they hope it ends up when the dust is settled. Continue reading

United Labor Agency works through pandemic to provide resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a rarely experienced period of unemployment and uncertainty. There are organizations working to get people back on the job by equipping them with new skills.

United Labor Agency (ULA) Executive Director Dave Megenhardt explained what the ULA does and how they have continued offering their services on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Military service members become heroes while doing everyday jobs

There are many stories of everyday labor changing the course of a war, raising troop morale or just helping to ensure the job gets done. From mail handlers to cooks, everyone plays a crucial role in the effort.

American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer discussed how these service members, who served everyday roles, were able to inspire others on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Cleveland BBB warns listeners of COVID-19 stimulus and vaccine scams

With the news of the new stimulus package and the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out throughout the country, scammers have expanded their reach to take advantage of people.

Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast discussed various stimulus check scams, a vaccine scam and an advanced fee loan. Continue reading

Zantac lawsuit slows down as claims continue to be filed virtually

Over the counter medications have been tied to many illnesses and deaths. However, there are people working to gain financial compensation for those affected and their families.

Kelley & Ferraro Attorney Joyce Chambers Reichard joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the class action lawsuit involving Zantac and mesothelioma cases linked to asbestos exposure. Continue reading

Ironworkers develop a first of its kind foreman safety certification

After 2019 saw an increase in fatal construction injuries, one union is working to develop a training program that addresses the cause of many fatal construction injuries.

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Ironworkers) Executive Director of Safety and Health Steve Rank previewed a new training program being developed by the Ironworkers on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading