Homeless group uses collective bargaining to demand rights

Working people faced tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of people lost their jobs and now face financial hardship. Others, have lived a life of financial hardship and want to fight back.

Nolan Huber Rhoades of the Atlanta Homeless Union joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the group formed and their goals. He also explained the various reasons why people lose their homes and how they can escape homelessness. Continue reading

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard issued after more than a year

Sadly, inaction in the beginning days of the COVID-19 pandemic left many workers misguided, confused and often unprotected in a chaotic work environment. Workers watched their colleagues become furloughed or fired, and it left many too scared to speak up about their own situation.

In the early stages of the pandemic, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) was at the forefront of demanding protections for workers. On a recent America’s Work Force Union Podcast, AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council 53 First Executive Vice President MJ Burke discussed recent workplace protections. She also explored the importance of a union presence in the workplace. Continue reading

As drug prices rise, the Biden administration seeks solutions

Rising drug prices are a common worry for some Americans, but for the millions of senior citizens who need medication, the increasing costs of prescription drugs can be devastating.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta hypothesized a few reasons for the increase in drug prices on the AWF Union Podcast, and explained what is being done to lower those prices. Fiesta also gave an update on the Social Security Administration. Continue reading

Navigating the end of life: How to prepare

Preparing for the end of life can be a difficult task for anyone. Dividing up possessions and finances can be even more difficult.

Kelley and Ferraro Associate Attorney Joseph Stottner discussed how people should begin preparing for the end of their life, how to navigate the legal requirements and more. He also touched on the damage asbestos has done to those exposed on jobsites. Continue reading

Veterans groups bring awareness to veteran suicide rate

Dating back to the earliest days of the U.S. armed forces, veteran suicide has been a problem. Sadly, suicide rate for veterans has increased as the years have passed,  which has spurred veterans groups into action.

The American Legion is working to reduce the veteran suicide rate through programming and legislation. Jeff Stoffer, the American Legion Director of Media and Communications, joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss veteran suicide, veteran deportations and the new World War I memorial. Continue reading

Reshoring the drugs manufacturing industry from China

China has dominated the antibiotic supply chain for decades. Their abundance of resources and lack of labor law make the country ideal for cheap production of drugs, resulting in larger profits.

Rosemary Gibson, an expert on the subject and author of “China Rx,” joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how China has become a leading producer of the drugs, how the U.S. can bring manufacturing of drugs back on shore and more. Continue reading

St. Vincent Hospital nurses strike following profits announcement

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to nurses being overworked, with little bonus incentive. Now, they are standing up for themselves and saying enough is enough as they fight back for workplace rights.

One person on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic is Marie Ritacco, Massachusetts Nurses Association Vice President. She joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss a current strike at a local hospital, which is no stranger to strikes. Ritacco analyzed the reason for the strike, how to fix the problems and more. Continue reading

Military COVID-19 vaccination rates rise as confidence increases

Due to past instances of forced vaccination of military service members with experimental vaccines and medicines, the military community lags the civilian population in percentage of those vaccinated.

Navy veteran and contributing writer to The Nation Andrew McCormick joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how various news outlets have covered the climate change crisis and why the military service population has been hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Continue reading

Infrastructure to include funding to help retired Americans

Retired Americans have a lot to gain from President Biden and are now excited about his infrastructure plan, which includes funding for services vital to their wellbeing.

On the frontlines of securing a better future for American retirees is Rich Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. He joined AWF Union Podcast to explain how the potential infrastructure plan will aid retired Americans and more. Continue reading

Homecare worker details her experience with working on the frontlines

Healthcare workers and homecare workers work are in a field that makes it impossible for them to avoid COVID-19. After over a year of being some of the most essential frontline workers, they are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve.

One homecare worker, SEIU Virginia Local 512 member Samira Brooks described her experience working during the pandemic, introduced the National Day of Action for Homecare and Healthcare Workers and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading