U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan touts the National Apprenticeship Act, American manufacturing

As the U.S. recovers from the COVID-19 induced recession, elected officials continue to push apprenticeship and investment into manufacturing.

U.S. Representative for the 13th congressional district of Ohio Tim Ryan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the return of auto manufacturing to Ohio, a new U.S. Postal Service contract and the National Apprenticeship Act. Continue reading

Columbus Innovation District is one of many large central Ohio projects providing work

Columbus, Ohio is an expanding city. As companies in a variety of sectors settle in the city, they need people to build their facilities and then people to work for them. Labor leaders are finding ways to secure this work for central Ohio residents.

Leading the way in creating these good-paying jobs is Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager. He joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the recent labor meeting at the White House, developments in central Ohio and creating a program to help local residents secure good-paying jobs. Continue reading

Ohio labor groups fight to keep manufacturing jobs local

Democrats and labor groups seek to achieve major political goals after labor-friendly candidates win elections, fill committees and achieve majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined AWF Union Podcast to provide an update on the potential outsourcing of jobs in Bucyrus, Ohio, The Biden administration’s agenda and what labor groups would like to see happen with the Democratic majority. Continue reading

Virginia BCTC President touts permanent workplace virus protection standards

The state of Virginia has been a national leader in protecting its workers from COVID-19. As the first state to establish permanent workplace virus protections, its labor community has set the groundwork to protect workers from another situation similar to COVID-19.

One of the organizations that led the way in protecting workers is the Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council. Their President, Jason Parker discussed the workplace protections as well as how building trades apprenticeships have fared, creating jobs and pushing for infrastructure legislation on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Infrastructure investments on the table as millions of Americans face unemployment

As millions of Americans are facing unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden sits in a unique position to help these people get back to work in infrastructure and manufacturing.

One trade and workforce stands prepared to take on work in both infrastructure and manufacturing. United Steelworkers General President Tom Conway discussed the importance of these investments and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Texans try to pick up the pieces after brutal winter weather

Texans are facing a world of hardship now that their deregulated power sector was knocked out by a winter storm. They have been left to fend for themselves and pick up the pieces.

Ken Estey, a professor at Brooklyn College discussed the current situation in Texas, the related class issues, cost of repairs and what is being done to help Texans recover and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan excites labor groups and workers alike

As the Biden administration gains time under its belt, it is moving forward with its pro-labor promises. Additionally, the administration is showing it is willing to work to pass a new relief plan.

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel discussed how the Biden administration is moving forward and helping workers on AWF Union Podcast. Samuel also discussed the Biden administration COVID-19 relief plan and how it will help workers. Continue reading

Democrats inch closer to providing pension relief with new COVID-19 bill

Pension plans have become one of the more prominent political issues in recent years, as Democrats seek to provide decades worth of funding, while Republicans wish to move on from the issue without action.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President at Large John Murphy discussed pension solvency and the various plans to fix the issue on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

NCPSSM highlights unfair drug prices and how to control them

Social security and Medicare is constantly under attack by politicians and special interest groups, who would like to see the funding go elsewhere.

National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare President and CEO Max Richtman explained to listeners the current attacks on social security and Medicare and how drug prices are being affected on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

California unions gain workforce percentage amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought in a wave of organizing across many industries. California is one of the states leading the way, where a higher percentage of their workforce is now unionized compared to at the beginning of the pandemic.

California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith discussed some of the leading labor issues in California and around the country, how California’s unions have fared throughout the pandemic, what the plan is for gig workers now that Proposition 22 is state law and more. Continue reading