Investing in infrastructure will create jobs and opportunities for thousands of workers

Senior Vice President of Advocacy for the American Council of Engineering Companies Steve Hall joined the AWF Union Podcast on April 19 to discuss how a good infrastructure plan would help create thousands of jobs for workers across the country when it is desperately needed. Continue reading

Achieving immigration reform solutions through workforce studies

Immigration has been a major political issue for the past few decades, but was very much used as a leading campaign theme by former President Donald Trump in the runup to the 2016 election.

Very little is being heard from undocumented immigrants themselves, why they come to the U.S., what they would like to see happen and more. Laz Ayala, Founder of Illegal The Project and a former undocumented immigrant who has since gained citizenship joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss this issue and some potential ways to solve it. Continue reading

Construction outlook is favorable with infrastructure on the way

Many in the construction industry are thankful they were able to continue working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and that project owners were comfortable moving forward with projects. However, they are increasingly excited as an infrastructure plan gains momentum.

The Cleveland area has enjoyed steady development in recent years and plenty of work. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary Treasurer Dave Wondolowski joined AWF Union Podcast to analyze the work outlook, discuss the possible infrastructure plan and more. Continue reading

Wisconsin Democrats gain momentum in statewide races

Anti-union sentiment had a run across the U.S. in recent years, but things are looking up for the labor movement as it gains momentum in the political arenas of multiple midwest states.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matt Rothschild is excited for the future of unions and workers in Wisconsin. He discussed a recent statewide election, the progress made by Governor Evers and the political direction of the state on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Job market rallies as states begin reopening their economies

After over a year of many areas of the U.S. shutdown due to COVID-19 and millions lost work, the economy and job market is beginning to bounce back as various states allow businesses to reopen.

One organization helping to put Americans back to work is the United Labor Agency. Their President, Dave Megenhardt joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the Biden administration is helping the country bounce back and what the ULA is doing for job seekers. Continue reading

Stage workers look to safely return to work as states reopen

While millions of Americans lost their jobs or a portion of their work, there were entire industries put on hold. One of these was the stage industry, including directors, choreographers, actors and more.

Laura Penn, Executive Director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to introduce the audience to the union, explain their role in the labor movement and explain what their members do on a day to day basis. Continue reading

Educating, organizing and mobilizing Latino workers

Yanira Merino, President of the Labor Council for Latin American Achievement, joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the organization and how they are working to help organize Latino Workers.

Boost worker agenda

Merino explained that the goal of their organization is to promote the benefits of joining a union to Latino workers in hopes that it would help them understand and become more interested in such opportunities. She said they do this by working with both Latinos and others in their surrounding communities, promoting a pro-worker agenda.

Merino then discussed the importance of passing the PRO Act. The important legislation would solidify workers’ right to organize where they work, and grant them the opportunity to collectively bargain for contracts that protect their rights.

She explained how Latino and other immigrant workers are typically taken advantage of in the workforce. By helping them organize, these workers can stand their ground and gain needed protection from losing their job.

Getting communities engaged

Merino continued on to talk about the importance of getting their communities involved in politics. People are stronger when they work together and have more of a voice when they stand together. This starts with always showing up to vote, because elections matter.

Her organization also helps Latinos register for U.S. citizenship. By helping people through this sometimes difficult process, they are better positioned to be active and help make a difference both where they live and work.


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C/COBCTC Exec. Secretary-Treasurer looking forward to new projects, and the jobs they will create

Investing in our nation’s infrastructure is overdue and the work to update, repair or replace old and damaged infrastructure is critical. It will also create thousands of jobs in the process and energize the economy.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about the recently released plan for our infrastructure improvements across the U.S.

Creating jobs in Central Ohio

As the Biden Administration has been rolling out its various plans to help the nation rebound from the pandemic, while also supporting American workers, hopes are high that a bold infrastructure spending bill can be passed. The building trades are expected to be among the groups to see job increases should the infrastructure bill pass.

Hager said Biden’s massive infrastructure spending plan would be fantastic for local economies in Central Ohio. It would put people to work and bring money into their communities, and once the work is complete, it will encourage even more growth,

Speaking about other positive news, Hager also discussed the possibility of another data center, for either Google or Facebook, being built in Central Ohio, which would create more jobs for the members of his affiliated Local Unions.

Women in the trades

Hager then acknowledged reports about an increased number of women joining the trades, and why it is such an appealing opportunity for them to get involved. Pay equity, equal opportunities to advance and equal benefits across the board, are main reasons why women are taking a closer look at career opportunities in the union construction industry, he said.

Lastly, Hager praised the ongoing success of the Driving Futures and Building Futures programs in Columbus and how they have helped introduce numerous underserved area residents to the opportunities available that do not require a college degree or student debt.



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Ongoing legal battle over defective ear protection issued to military members

From 2003 to 2015, there were tens of thousands of reports of tinnitus and hearing loss from veterans who used their military issued 3M ear protection.

Kelley & Ferraro Attorney Ed Kelley joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about the ongoing lawsuit involving the defective ear protection and causing hearing damage or loss from use of the product.

Defective ear protection

The United States military purchased millions of units of ear protection from 3M, which were standard issue by the military to their members. The equipment was to protect the user’s ears from concussive blasts from explosive equipment and loud noise from their weapons being fired.

Years after use, thousands of veterans had reported hearing damage and loss, and tinnitus. It was found that the products were defective and did not stay in place properly, exposing soldiers ears to the loud blasts.

Pursuing a lawsuit against 3M
The case against 3M will be a multidistrict litigation case. Since there were thousands of veterans affected by the faulty equipment across the country, the case will be tried on behalf of everyone involved in one central location.

There will be a few plaintiffs used as an example to get the case moving forward. The case will represent everyone affected.



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AMERICA’S WORK FORCE IS THE ONLY DAILY LABOR-RADIO PROGRAM IN THE US AND HAS BEEN ON THE AIR SINCE 1993, SUPPLYING LISTENERS WITH USEFUL, RELEVANT INPUT INTO THEIR DAILY LIVES THROUGH FACT-FINDING FEATURES, IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS, INFORMATIVE NEWS SEGMENTS AND PRACTICAL CONSUMER REPORTS. AMERICA’S WORK FORCE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING AN ACCESSIBLE VENUE IN WHICH AMERICA’S WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN HEAR DISCUSSION ON IMPORTANT, RELEVANT TOPICS SUCH AS EMPLOYMENT, HEALTHCARE, LEGISLATIVE ACTION, LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS, CORPORATE PRACTICES, FINANCES, LOCAL AND NATIONAL POLITICS, CONSUMER REPORTS AND LABOR ISSUES.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, HEAT AND FROST INSULATORS AND ALLIED WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, KELLEY & FERRARO, LLP,  LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE, LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, NORTH COAST AREA LABOR FEDERATION, MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENT, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, UNITED STEELWORKERS.