Communications Workers fight for broadband expansion and other infrastructure improvements

In these modern times, the definition of infrastructure has changed. Infrastructure is no longer limited to roads and bridges, but now includes communications systems, the electrical grid and access to quality internet.

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) are advocating for a sweeping infrastructure plan that includes state-of-the-art communication systems. CWA District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews described what he believes should be included in a federal infrastructure bill and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Senators agree on infrastructure bill to the delight of Ohio labor groups

Thanks to efforts by President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, Ohio labor leaders are anticipating an influx of infrastructure projects, including road construction, broadband expansion and more.

Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Mike Knisley shared his excited anticipation and hopes lawmakers can come to an agreement on a meaningful infrastructure plan in the near future. Knisley discussed this and more on today’s episode of AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Northeast Ohio Laborers fight back as Cleveland officials terminate contract

The organized labor community relies on solidarity among fellow labor unions and their allies at all levels. This solidarity is splitting, causing rifts in northeast Ohio.

Laborers International Union of North America Local 860 is at odds with politicians and judicial candidates they have previously supported in northeast Ohio. Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Liberatore Jr. explained what is happening regarding one of their contracts in northeast Ohio. He also discussed labor law and infrastructure. Continue reading

Ohio Senate agrees on Fair School Funding Plan in budget

Ohio’s public school system has been under attack for years by state politicians. Groups are working to advocate for public schools and find ways to improve them throughout the state.

Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding (OCEAFS) is one such group that has been taking on the task for nearly three decades. OCEAFS Executive Director William Phillis joined the AWF Union Podcast to provide an update on the recently signed Ohio budget, the Fair School Funding Plan and the school voucher system. Continue reading

Gov. DeWine signs Ohio budget, hopes for job creation

The last week of June was a busy week for the Ohio legislature, as they worked to pass legislation and quickly get bills signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

One of the most important bills was the state budget, which DeWine did sign. Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the components of the state budget, various voting bills and infrastructure. Continue reading

Reviving manufacturing in a post-pandemic America

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged throughout the U.S., manufacturers were forced to slow or halt production of numerous goods. Compared to last year, people are purchasing more products, causing an increase in demand for manufactured goods.

The U.S. manufacturing industry is bouncing back as the pandemic subsides in America. Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss American manufacturing, supply issues and more. Continue reading

Congress nears agreement on a watered down infrastructure plan

A group of Congressional Democrats and Republicans have come to an agreement on an infrastructure improvement plan, and President Biden has thrown his support behind it. Democrats say it is just a start, however.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown discussed the bipartisan infrastructure plan and what more needs to be done. He also explained how the federal government can fund the infrastructure plan and more. Continue reading

Rebuilding and connecting central Ohio through infrastructure

The recent apartment collapse in Florida is the latest sign of crumbling buildings and infrastructure throughout the U.S. Without proper funding and attention, many bridges and roads may face a similar fate.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager is optimistic a federal infrastructure bill will pass soon. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the building collapse, infrastructure and more. Continue reading

Ohio legislature passes broadband expansion after multiple attempts

The definition of infrastructure has broadened as new technologies have been introduced over the years. Broadband is a fairly new technology that was proven necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, but remains inaccessible to many Americans.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Senior Outreach and Educational Specialist Andrew Tinkham joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss legislation to hold utility companies accountable for taking advantage of consumers. He also updated listeners on the progress of broadband expansion funding in Ohio. Continue reading

Union members steadfast in their strike at Pennsylvania steel plants

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss possible infrastructure plans and how the Biden administration is working to achieve this key campaign promise. He also talked about a monthslong strike at a Pennsylvania steel company. Continue reading