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

Fighting off so-called “Right to Work” in Ohio and promoting fair contracting

While some people are fleeing metropolitan areas, other people are flocking to metropolitan areas like Columbus, Ohio for the abundance of tech jobs and other work in up and coming industries.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive-Secretary Treasurer Dorsey Hager is helping to make sure the labor required to meet the construction demand in Ohio’s capital city is performed by highly qualified tradesmen and tradeswomen. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how work is going in the area, vaccine distribution and some issues being faced in central Ohio. Continue reading

IBEW Local 29 member recalls meeting and welcoming President Biden to the stage

Labor unions and other worker-friendly organizations put their weight behind then candidate Joe Biden as he ran for President. Now, as leader of the free world, Biden is starting to deliver on his promises.

In late March, President Biden traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. to introduce his infrastructure plan. IBEW Local 29 Executive Board member Mike Fiore was the one who introduced the President to the stage for this speech. Fiore joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the experience and outline what he expects from President Biden. Continue reading

Painters cheer pro-labor attitude and legislation of the Biden administration

Union labor and infrastructure will go hand-in-hand if the Biden administration is able to find a way to get Congressional Democrats and Republicans to come together and agree on an infrastructure plan.

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General Vice President at Large Jimmy Williams Jr. expressed the need for an infrastructure bill when he appeared on AWF Union Podcast. He also explained why unions need to keep pushing for the PRO Act and other pro-labor legislation. Continue reading

AFL-CIO and affiliated groups push the PRO Act during week of action

Throughout the U.S., labor organizations and leaders are coming together to make their voices heard in support of labor-friendly legislation, such as the PRO Act.

One person who has been working diligently to convince Ohioans and Ohio’s representatives of the importance of the PRO Act is Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss what is being done to pass the PRO Act, why an infrastructure bill is needed and other topics. Continue reading

Scams on the rise as American’s return to normal life

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, Americans are beginning to travel and participate in the economy on a larger scale. This has opened many people up to scams, especially in the travel and funeral industries.

The Better Business Bureau works to limit the amount of people who fall victim to these scams by warning consumers. Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to warn listeners about some current scams. Continue reading

UFCW members push through pandemic as essential workers

Throughout the pandemic, essential workers have played a major role in keeping the U.S. moving moving. These men and women not only work in grocery stores, but they labor in meatpacking plants, liquor agencies and more.

In Pennsylvania, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 represents some 35,000 members who have been hard at work making sure people have access to everyday needs. Their president, Wendell Young, joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about the Local 1776 membership and what it means to have a pro-union president in the White House. Continue reading

Meatpacking workers encounter increased danger amid the pandemic

While most industries were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, workers in the meatpacking industry suffered immensely, as they worked side by side indoors.

Public Citizen Litigation Group Attorney Adam Pulver spoke up for these workers and insisted that something be done to protect them on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also called for proper funding of organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Continue reading

President Biden pleases organized labor in first address to Congress

Following President Biden’s first formal address to Congress as commander-in-chief, the labor community is growing confident he will be able to deliver on key, labor-focused campaign promises.

The AFL-CIO has been heavily involved in keeping the pressure on President Biden and is doing what they can to advance his agenda. AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss what needs to be done to strengthen the labor movement. Continue reading

Investing in infrastructure beyond just roads and bridges

With the Biden administration slowly releasing details of a comprehensive infrastructure plan, it is becoming more clear what will be included and how it will be paid for.

One person keeping a close eye on the plan and its payment method is David Dayen, Executive Editor of The American Prospect. He joined AWF Union Podcast to explain why the plan is viable and needs to be initiated now. Continue reading