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

Clean Jobs Illinois focuses on protecting jobs while creating new ones

As the U.S. moves away from fossil fuels and begins investing in green, renewable energy infrastructure, it will be important to invest in creating good-paying jobs in this industry as well.

Illinois is one of the state’s leading the way in creating jobs in these industries and allowing their economy to smoothly transition. Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea discussed how his state is working towards a smooth transition, while protecting jobs and more. Continue reading

Headless Mumby Brewery organizes with SMART Local 66

Breweries have long been a place associated with unionism and organized labor. However, many smaller breweries did not follow the same path due to small staff size and reasonable conditions.

The staff of one brewery in Olympia, Washington made the decision to organize with SMART Local 66 because of the prospect of better wages, good retirement benefits and to be a part of something. SMART Northwest Regional Council President Tim Carter joined AWF Union Podcast to talk about the brewery and the beer they brew. 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

Study finds So-Called “Right to Work” laws harm the working class

So-Called “Right to Work” laws have fractured the labor movement, all while failing to make good on promises to provide more opportunities for workers.

Illinois Economic Policy Institute Policy Director Frank Manzo discussed the harm in So-Called “Right to Work” laws using a study recently published by the Illinois EPI and explained what needs to be done to get working people back on track. 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

Texas labor leaders look to boost union awareness, reach more career seekers

Texas faced unprecedented winter storms just a couple of weeks ago that left many without water, power or heat. Some groups rose to the occasion in helping their fellow Texans weather the storm.

United Association Local 286 Business Manager Robert “Chap” Thornton joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the statewide damage, what lessons were learned and union awareness. 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