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

Texas blackouts cause states to analyze their own power plans

While most states regulate their power grid and connect into the U.S. grid, states such as Texas have suffered catastrophic consequences in the name of deregulation, which which caused many in the state to suffer physical and financial hardship.

Ohio has done well to ensure residents have reliable power in the event of a bad storm. Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist Andrew Tinkham appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast and explained why Texans suffered following the storm. He also discussed Ohio’s energy sectors and the current happenings within it. 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

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

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

Honoring healthcare workers on Workers’ Memorial Day

The U.S. is poised to pass a massive infrastructure plan designed to put Americans back to work in good paying jobs and to make much needed improvements to our nation’s infrastructure.

Independent labor voice and former International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Tom Buffenbarger highlighted the importance of the American Jobs Plan and what it will bring to various parts of the U.S. He also previewed Workers’ Memorial Day and what it means to him. Continue reading

Celebrating Workers Memorial Day after a year in a global pandemic

Workers’ Memorial Day takes place on April 28. This annual day honors the men and women who have been severely injured or killed at work, while also recognizing the anniversary of the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.

Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss Workers’ Memorial Day and explain what the American Jobs Plan will do for the public transportation industry. Continue reading