Public schools anticipate a boost in funding under President Biden

Educators are finding that the tide is turning with President Biden in office. Throughout the country school funding is being shifted away from private charter schools and back into public schools.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss some Ohio legislation that will directly impact both public and private schools. She also discussed a bill that unnecessarily targets vulnerable students. Continue reading

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

Teamsters strike at Marathon refinery in Minnesota

Throughout the country, the labor community is rising up and speaking out against what they feel is a betrayal of local workers, who dedicate portions of their career to training and professionalism.

A recent decision by Marathon at a refinery in Minnesota sparked their labor community to come together in collective action against the petroleum giant. Steamfitters and Pipefitters Local 455 Business Manager Tony Poole joined AWF Union Podcast to detail the action and why it is needed. Continue reading

AFGE District 5 member wins Grovetown City Council election

Union members and labor advocates are gaining momentum in the political arena as they run for or are nominated to positions at the local, state and federal level.

Georgia has become a political battleground after President Joe Biden carried the state and Two Democratic Senators were later elected. Newly elected Grovetown City Councilwoman and AFGE District 5 member Ceretta Smith joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the importance of union members in politics and how she was able to get elected. 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

Politicians wise up to call center jobs being shipped overseas

Communications workers have been seeing their work head overseas for decades. According to some in the industry, lawmakers are finally catching on and looking for ways to punish companies who move operations overseas.

One such industry professional is Communications Workers of America District 4 Director Frank Mathews. Mathews discussed protecting call center jobs, voting rights, the filibuster and more when he appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

President Biden moving quickly on labor-friendly legislation

President Biden and Congressional Democrats are working quickly to get as much done with the majority they currently hold. President Biden is fast tracking campaign promises, making good on key issues.

Laborers International Union of North America General President Terry O’Sullivan joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan and other legislation that pertains to workers. Continue reading

IBEW members stand in solidarity with striking nurses

Working people and union members have been gaining momentum coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the value of labor has been proven. From organizing drives to strikes, workers are standing together.

IBEW Local 96 Business Manager Tommy Maloney has worked to create more work for the members of Local 96 while focusing on a tradition of excellence. His members are also standing in solidarity with others who are making their voices heard. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss this and more. Continue reading

Massachusetts IBEW Locals combine efforts for more opportunities

With the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out throughout the U.S., people are getting back to work and life is returning to some sense of normalcy. Boston’s labor community is excited to see the rally after a year of shutdowns.

IBEW Local 103 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis gave AWF Union Podcast listeners an update on what is happening in the Boston area, the benefits of President Biden’s infrastructure plan and combining efforts with IBEW Local 96 when he appeared on today’s episode. Continue reading