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

Companies mistreat workers through temp agencies, independent contracting

Women face unique struggles in the workplace. In order to limit these problems, they are pushing Senate Democrats to pass the PRO Act.

For women, documenting workplace problems can be difficult, as many go unreported because they are afraid to speak out. Mindy Isser, contributor to The Nation, told the stories some women are facing on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

States refuse unemployment in attempt to get people to return to work

Many states are beginning to cut additional unemployment benefits that were provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, employers are still struggling to find labor at their currently offered wage.

The United Labor Agency (ULA) works to train people and connect them with meaningful employment. ULA Executive Director Dave Megenhardt joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how they have helped workers with employment over the past year and more. Continue reading

Union jobs help struggling veterans make the transition back to civilian life

While Memorial Day is a great time to reflect on military service members lost while serving, it is just as important to remember those who lost their battle upon returning home.

Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast for a special Memorial Day episode. He spoke about his experience in the military, transitioning into civilian life and more. Continue reading

Original AWF Radio host remembered as a pioneer

The America’s Work Force Union Podcast staff is deeply saddened to announce the passing of the program’s original host Robert Roy Becker, known on-air as Bob Becker.

Becker passed away on April 12 at the age of 67, following a nearly decade long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Continue reading