New stimulus package promises aid to businesses and individuals

With the announcement of a second COVID-19 stimulus package, some are wondering who will be helped, how this package is different from the first and what has been done to fix issues with the first package.

Good Jobs First Research Analyst Mellissa Chang joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how Good Jobs First analyzed the first stimulus package and how this new package differs. Continue reading

First round of COVID-19 vaccine rolled out to elderly and at-risk

With the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed to hospitals throughout the U.S., senior citizens can start to see the end of the tunnel as they will be among the first to be vaccinated.

Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) Executive Director Rich Fiesta joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the vaccine will be rolled out, the Biden-Harris transition and the upcoming Senate elections in Georgia. Continue reading

Remembering Operation Desert Storm and the technology that aided the U.S. military

The capabilities of the U.S. military vastly expanded in the years after the Vietnam War. The technologies developed between the Vietnam War and the Middle Eastern conflicts has allowed for greater American strategies

American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer discussed the upcoming American Legion Magazine and some of the stories within, including the anniversary of Operation Desert Storm and a long awaited electronic record keeping program. Continue reading

Chinese manufacturing has dominated in recent decades, the U.S. has the chance to take back the title

With a new government coming in, hope is given to those who would like to see the once great manufacturing industry return to the U.S. in order to make the U.S. a wealthier nation.

North Coast Area Labor Federation (NCALF) President and United Steelworkers (USW) Sub-District 1 Director Pat Gallagher joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the Biden administration can restore American manufacturing dominance and more. Continue reading

Government employees cheer passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

As the transition of governmental power is underway, there is still work being done on the COVID-19 pandemic frontlines and throughout the current government.

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1410 President Felicia Sharp joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to talk about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), healthcare workers and more. Continue reading

Laborers Local 860 continues to fight for a fair contract for juvenile detention workers

Union contracts are won at the bargaining table. Unfortunately, one northeast Ohio union is having a difficult time getting a fair shake at the table, but are fighting onward

Laborers International Union of North America Local 860 Business Manager Tony Liberatore, Jr., discussed ongoing collective bargaining agreement discussions on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Forced vaccination may be on the table as the issue remains unclear

With news of vaccine distribution underway, some workers are wondering whether their employer can require them to take a vaccine in order to work.

Joyce Goldstein and Associates Labor Lawyer Joyce Goldstein discussed a So-Called “Right to Work” case in Boston and what employers can do regarding the COVID-19 vaccine on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

UNITE HERE! attempts to organize Boston hotel workers

A hotel in Boston has declared neutrality as the employees begin the process of organizing with UNITE HERE! Members of UNITE HERE! are casino workers, hotel maids, manufacturing workers, textile workers and more.

While the hotel has declared neutrality, various So-Called “Right to Work” groups have swooped in and are trying to make the case that declaring neutrality in the organizing campaign is actually providing illegal corporate aid to unions.

While National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb has taken up the case for prosecution, Goldstein believes the case will take time to resolve.

Forced vaccination

While the COVID-19 vaccines are gaining emergency approval, some workers are wondering if they can be forced to take the vaccine.

Goldstein said the line is blurry for both union and non-union workers. While non-union workers are at-will employees in many states, they can be terminated for any reason.

It is more difficult for union members to be fired for not being vaccinated. If the worker is remote and has no way of infecting other workers, she believes they will not be terminated. However, if they work in a populated workspace, such as a hospital, it is possible they will need to be vaccinated.

The line remains difficult to draw, as emergency approval, religious freedoms and more stand in the way of compelled vaccination.


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Biden-Harris cabinet forming despite expected hurdles from McConnell, Republicans

As all 50 states have certified their election results, the Biden-Harris administration is beginning to select cabinet members, while speculation as to who will occupy other positions begins.

Progressive Populist Editor Jim Cullen joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his January editorial. The editorial explains who has been selected for cabinet positions and who is expected to be selected as the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony nears. Continue reading

Payday lending getting out of control as pandemic causes people to lose source of income

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a presence throughout the country, Americans who have come under financial stress have turned to payday lending after losing their source of income.

Policy Matters Ohio Project Director of Asset Building Kalitha Williams discussed the various types of short term loans, how they affect consumers and what is being done to make these loans more fair on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Congress continues to negotiate stimulus package as vaccine distribution begins

With many people still laid off and COVID-19 legislation nowhere in sight, many Americans are optimistic that a COVID-19 vaccine will bring normalcy back and stabilize the economy.

United Auto Workers Deputy Legislative Director Desiree Hoffman joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss progress on a stimulus package and what the plan is for rolling out COVID-19 vaccines. Continue reading