Former TTD Pres. fought to protect transportation workers throughout his career

On Nov. 29 2020, longtime America’s Work Force Union Podcast guest and former Transportation Trades Department President Larry Willis passed away. In his honor, America’s Work Force Union Podcast is rebroadcasting his last appearance on AWF from Oct. 26.

In his final appearance on America’s Work Force Union Podcast, Willis vehemently defended the idea of a mask mandate in certain situations and looked forward to how President-elect Biden will handle the COVID-19 pandemic when he takes office. Continue reading

Airline pilots continue to keep the U.S. supply chain alive amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

The aviation industry has been one of the most strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel restrictions have left many without work as flights are grounded, while cargo pilots continue to keep the economy afloat.

Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) President Captain Joe DePete joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how pilots and the aviation industry has dealt with the pandemic and the importance of work to the American culture. Continue reading

President Trump exploited the working class, who propelled him to victory in 2016

The rise of President Trump was a culmination of causes, but those in the working class who saw Hillary Clinton as elitist may have been one of the strongest draws for the President.

University of Northern Iowa Professor of Digital Journalism and contributor to Working Class Perspectives Christopher Martin discussed why the working class is so drawn to President Trump and how journalism will recover as a profession on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

USW fearful 1,000 union jobs may disappear if Enbridge Line 5 is shut down

In Michigan, an environmental effort has been launched that could wind up costing 1,000 union jobs, all while other workplaces continue to fight for union representation.

United Steelworkers (USW) District 1 Director Donnie Blatt joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how one foundry is fighting to retain their collective bargaining rights and how the potential of losing 1,000 union jobs elsewhere. Continue reading

National Writers Union official discusses strategies to rebuild the middle class

Some in the labor movement believe certain economic systems to be the roadblock hindering the middle class from achieving economic success and in some cases destroying the middle class.

National Writers Union Recording Secretary Dan McCrory joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the middle class can rebuild itself, what is next for labor unions and more. Continue reading

AFL-CIO, organized labor celebrate the Biden-Harris victory

Labor unions throughout the United States rejoiced when President-elect Joe Biden was declared the presumptive winner and they once again had a friend in the White House.

AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the Biden-Harris victory means for organized labor and how they will advance the labor movement. Continue reading

Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director lists accomplishments of the labor movement

With the recent election of labor-friendly President-elect Joe Biden, the labor community has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for unions in the workplace and the accomplishments of the labor movement over the past 150 years. Continue reading

AFM Local 4 President explains how union musicians are doing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians have struggled due to venues being closed to reduce spread.

American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 4 President Leonard DiCosimo discussed how musicians are faring during the pandemic and how they have been making ends meet until the pandemic is under control on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

SAG-AFTRA members are adapting to safety protocols while still putting on a show

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to rage throughout the U.S., many markets have been hampered. The entertainment industry, like many others, has made adjustments to continue putting on a show.

Actor and former Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Atlanta Local President Ric Reitz joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the entertainment industry is dealing with the pandemic. Continue reading

Former IAM President feels Biden provided organized labor a sigh of relief

The anti-union rhetoric and anti-worker policy that ran wild during the four years of the Trump administration instilled fear in many within the labor community. The incoming Biden administration has given them hope and has calmed their nerves.

Former International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) President and independent labor voice Tom Buffenbarger joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the impact of this election on the labor community and more. Continue reading