Hollywood production staff authorize strike

Production staff affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) voted Monday with a 98 percent consensus to authorize a strike over contract disputes with studio producers. The Union is advocating for better schedules, pay and work conditions.

If IATSE does go on strike, it would completely shut down studio productions for the first time since 1945.

Carl Mulert, National Business Agent of IATSE United Scenic Artists Local 829, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the strike and why artists and production hands are overwhelmingly stressed by Hollywood’s efforts to boost content efforts in the wake of COVID-19. Continue reading

Brooklyn oil workers enter fifth month of labor strike

Brooklyn oil workers at the United Metro Energy Corp. in New York City have been on strike for five months, as they demand a fair union contract after two years of failed negotiations.

Since April 19, the workers have maintained a 24-hour picket line.

They joined Teamsters Local 553 in February 2019 and since that time have been fighting for a contract. The essential workers supply New York with heating oil, diesel and gasoline — but are paid as much as 50 percent less than similar workers doing the same job in the same area. They also receive inferior health and retirement benefits. Continue reading

Negotiations for federal employees easier under the Biden Administration

Darryll Bell, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 31, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how federal government employees are faring under the Biden Administration, particularly when it comes to labor negotiations.

Bell also discussed the long hiring process at Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals and why more workers are needed to ensure high quality care for veterans. Continue reading

UAW: Museum professionals value the right to organize

As one of the largest and most diverse unions in America, the United Auto Workers (UAW) also fight for the rights of lawyers, librarians, museum professionals and more.

Maida Rosenstein, President of UAW Local 2110, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss her work with museum workers, and why museum management often opposes union representation. Continue reading

New career opportunities available with job fair and free training

As more people get vaccinated and the economy opens up, there are more job opportunities than a year ago. To help Ohioians take advantage of the recent labor shortage and start a new career or transition out of a dead end job, Cuyahoga County is having an in-person job fair on Aug. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a virtual job fair a week later.

David Megenhardt, Executive Director of the United Labor Agency, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the job fair and the exciting opportunities workers have to launch new careers, change industries or transition out of dead end jobs. Continue reading

UA Local 68 completes training center expansion

With COVID-19 restrictions being eased, the volume of work for tradesmen and tradeswomen is returning to pre-pandemic levels.

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada Local 68 Business Agent Rick Lord discussed the volume of work in the Houston area when he appeared on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Lord also talked about the Local 68 apprenticeship program and the expansion of their training center. Continue reading

Workers are left behind as wages stagnate and prices rise

All jobs are not all equal. Some positions have more rights than others, including the ability to negotiate for better wages and benefits, while others have less support and may be forced to accept what they are offered.

This has led more workers to explore ways to solidify their workplace rights. Working Class Perspectives contributor Leo Jennings described what a working class bill of rights could look like when he appeared on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Carpenters organize a diverse workforce in Tennessee

Union organizing is picking up, with more diverse populations becoming members of the building trades. Even in So-Called “Right to Work” states, unions are finding some organizing success.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 74 Business Representative Rodney Graham discussed his Local’s organizing progress on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also discussed immigration reform and other issues. Continue reading

Food workers experience unfair conditions during pandemic, seek representation

Union favorability is at record highs, with the COVID-19 pandemic proving to many that an organized workforce is good for workers.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700 Communications Director Brigid Kelly joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the pandemic related workload, what COVID-19 proved to workers and why the PRO Act needs to be passed. Continue reading

Companies mistreat workers through temp agencies, independent contracting

Women face unique struggles in the workplace. In order to limit these problems, they are pushing Senate Democrats to pass the PRO Act.

For women, documenting workplace problems can be difficult, as many go unreported because they are afraid to speak out. Mindy Isser, contributor to The Nation, told the stories some women are facing on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading