Book examines lives of factory workers after Carrier plant relocation

Farah Stockman, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and author of “American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears”, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss her book and how the exportation of American jobs has impacted the working class. Continue reading

Economy after President Biden’s first year is the strongest in decades

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, accomplishments of the Biden Administration during the President’s first year in office and Ohio’s redistricting maps. Continue reading

New York School custodial workers persevere in the midst of the pandemic

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891 President and Business Manager Robert Troeller joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how his Union, which represents custodial engineers in the New York City Schools, managed the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading

Journalists turn to Union to advocate for rights

Susan DeCarava, President of the NewsGuild of New York, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how her Union turned COVID-19 into an opportunity to organize workers, create greater solidarity, adjust to the challenges of the pandemic and transition to a remote workforce.  Continue reading

Biden administration bans chemical proven toxic to workers

The Biden Administration recently reversed a Trump administration decision by instituting a ban on chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide used on citrus trees, broccoli and soybeans that reduced IQs in children exposed to it, as well as got workers sick.

Yanira Merino, National President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the ban and the chemical’s impact on migrant workers.

She also discussed the pay gap for Latinos in the farming industry. Continue reading

The warehouse labor economy — a new normal for American jobs?

As many as four million workers work in warehouses throughout the U.S., many mislabeled as temporary workers, according to “The Warehouse Archipelago,” an exposé published in the American Prospect. Many of these workers are misclassified as temporary workers, as they are paid poorly and often work in unsafe conditions.

John Lippert, a journalist for the American Prospect and co-author of “The Warehouse Archipelago,” joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the conditions faced by warehouse workers and other labor concerns. Continue reading

Jury awards family over $10M in mesothelioma case

Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen caused by the inhalation of asbestos. This tragic disease primarily affects workers such as mechanics, construction workers and other laborers, who suffer exposure.

Increasingly, the families of patients who suffer from this disease are winning substantial financial awards in court. Continue reading

New career opportunities available with job fair and free training

As more people get vaccinated and the economy opens up, there are more job opportunities than a year ago. To help Ohioians take advantage of the recent labor shortage and start a new career or transition out of a dead end job, Cuyahoga County is having an in-person job fair on Aug. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a virtual job fair a week later.

David Megenhardt, Executive Director of the United Labor Agency, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the job fair and the exciting opportunities workers have to launch new careers, change industries or transition out of dead end jobs. Continue reading

Writers organize unions to save stripped down newsrooms

In recent decades, the news industry has drastically changed, as companies slashed payroll and entire publications have disappeared. Unions and workers have taken notice and are taking action.

Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild (WBNG) President Fatima Hussein joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the labor movement in the news industry. She explained who the WBNG represents, why newspapers have shrunk and more. Continue reading

Transferring skills from the military to the civilian workforce

Many military service personnel struggle to adjust to civilian life after they complete their time in the service. Finding a career where their skills are transferable can be difficult, but the work ethic of veterans often makes them great employees.

An article in the upcoming American Legion Magazine will discuss transferable skills and finding civilian employment after leaving the service. American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer joined the AWF Union Podcast to preview this story and another about the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Continue reading