IRS workers seek budget increase to provide better service

Workers at the Internal Revenue Service are heading back to work, realizing that much of their work needs to be done in the office. While many workplaces made an easy transition, service suffered due to remote work.

National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss U.S. Treasury employees returning to work, how they are treated by the current administration and how they can provide better service to taxpayers. Continue reading

Graduate students win union contract, build dedicated membership

Graduate students often work in the capacity of employees, yet do not receive the same compensation or treatment an employee would receive for doing the same tasks and work. Unions are noticing this, and they are organizing grad students.

The UAW is one union who took notice and organized graduate students at the University of Connecticut. UCONN GEU-UAW Local 6950 President Jordan McMillan joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss her experience in the union and what is at stake in upcoming negotiations. Continue reading

Urban construction rebounds as COVID-19 vaccine becomes available

Many cities were slated to have building booms prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, economic uncertainty and lockdown orders stopped many projects from moving forward.

Cleveland, Ohio was one rising city with plenty of construction planned that was put on hold or slowed down. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the ongoing economic rebound and how it is affecting construction projects in the city. Continue reading

Rebuilding the workforce through infrastructure legislation

After passing the American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill, Democrats have shifted focus towards infrastructure. The issue has been spoken about for decades with little to no action.

United for Infrastructure CEO Zach Schafer joined AWF Union Podcast to address the need for an infrastructure bill. While discussing the need for new and improved infrastructure, Schafer also addressed how to pay for the plan. 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

Job market rallies as states begin reopening their economies

After over a year of many areas of the U.S. shutdown due to COVID-19 and millions lost work, the economy and job market is beginning to bounce back as various states allow businesses to reopen.

One organization helping to put Americans back to work is the United Labor Agency. Their President, Dave Megenhardt joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the Biden administration is helping the country bounce back and what the ULA is doing for job seekers. 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

Construction work set for a busy 2021 on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic

Labor groups are rejoicing in the Biden administrations quick actions, especially on pension relief and talk about a potential infrastructure plan in the near future.

Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Mike Knisley gave an update on the 2021 construction year for Ohio, pension relief being included in the COVID-19 relief bill, state and federal infrastructure plans and the need to pass the PRO Act on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Today’s Show 10-12-18


On the show today we had two guests, Jimmy Cullen and Mary Jane Trapp.

Our first guest was Jimmy Cullen and we discussed his writing called “Mean Drunk Justice” and the Kavanaugh case. One major thing that Cullen discussed with us was how Justice Kavanaugh has a problem with telling the truth under oath and how it will affect him on the Supreme Court. Having someone that has trouble keeping their facts straight under oath on the Supreme Court is a little unnerving. He then goes on to talk about the administrations manipulation of the FBI during the Kavanaugh case, and finishes his time on the show talking about President Trump trying to frame the Democrats for everything that goes wrong or against him and seems to be trying to scare voters into voting Republican so that the Democrats do not “take away” our rights.

Our second guest on the show today was Mary Jane Trapp, and she came on the show to talk about different cases with us. She talks about the Cincinnati Enquirer Case, State vs. Vega (2018) , and ONU vs Charles Construction Services. With the State vs. Vega (2018) Case, Trapp explains what would give a police officer probable cause to search your car without a warrant during a traffic stop. With ONU vs. Charles Construction Services, Trapp explains that faulty workmanship cannot be covered in a claim and that before you hire a contractor that you make sure to review everything that is and is not covered. She finishes her time on the show today by giving her two cents on the Kavanaugh case and how she believes that electing him has “eroded confidence in an ‘impartial’ system” and how judges are supposed to be neutral or indifferent to political parties but she fears Kavanaugh will always favor Republicans.

Host of the show, Ed “Flash” Ferenc also discusses Cost of Living Adjustments, Consumer Price Index for the Elderly, the raised prices of stamps are a record nominal increase, and fighting the privatization of the postal service.


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Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council returns to America’s Work Force Radio

Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council returns to be a featured guest on America’s Work Force Radio.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades CouncilOn Oct. 5 Dorsey Hagar rejoins the show to talk about his latest trip to the Alberta Building Trades Conference and presenting there. While at the conference, he spoke about community benefit agreements, pre-apprenticeship programs, and lowering unemployment rates. Hagar also talked about starting a program called a Building Trades Pilot Boot camp, doing a trial run next year, where they will expose middle schoolers going into the 9th grade to the trades. They will host a week long class from 8-3 where they will let the students learn about all of the trades and work hands on with them to show them that there are more options after high school than just a four year university. The last thing he talked about on the show is a minority contractor outreach event.

Mother Jones WebsiteOur second guest on the show was Pema Levy, and she talked about Rachel Mitchell questioning Dr. Ford in the Brett Kavanaugh case. She talked about Mitchell being blasted for casting a doubt on Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh and how people who have worked with Mitchell in the past are disappointed in how she went about this who entire thing. She was called disingenuous and inconsistent in her practices and was incredibly unprofessional by jumping to conclusions on the case.

The show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the fight for $15 and what it means for Amazon employees. By raising the wages to $15 an hour, it may seem like a win for the workers, however, employees who already earned $15 an hour saying they are losing more than they are gaining. Because of the wage increase, workers are missing out on monthly bonuses and a chance to own Amazon’s skyrocketing stock because of this raise. On top of that, employees already earning $15 an hour are only going to be receiving an extra $1 per hour, so they are losing more than they are gaining out of this. We also talk about Bernie Sanders telling McDonald’s to follow in Amazon’s footsteps and raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. Finally, he talked about airline workers organizing.

Great content today, make sure you give it a listen!


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