Museum workers seek representation as COVID-19 highlights need for unions

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed flaws in many places, including in museums. These flaws have led to a record number of organizing wins for employees.

Sharon Johnson of The Progressive joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss many of these organizing victories and what led to so many museum workers to seek representation. Continue reading

Utility workers push back on employer attempting to cut benefits

Although the labor movement is marching forward and workers continue to organize, even in So-Called “Right to Work” states, some workers are being undercut.

Joyce Goldstein of Joyce Goldstein and Associates discussed a group of utility workers currently being undercut and the process of a union election on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Insulators Local 18 celebrate 100 percent union labor promise on Justice Center project

The value of union labor is being recognized throughout the country, especially in Indianapolis, Ind. Marion county has pledged to use 100 percent union labor on a massive project.

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 18 Business Manager Jason Smith joined AWF Union Podcast to talk about the 100 percent union project, LEED certified projects and more. 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

IBEW Local 96 BM on current work and regional efforts

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic sidelining the workers of many industries, building trades tradesmen and tradeswomen have enjoyed continued work due to being tagged as essential workers. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 96 Business Manager Tom Maloney spoke about his members and their work on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

IW General Organizer for Diversity on climbing the ranks and the TWBN conference

The construction industry has been male-dominated and continues to be this way. Despite this fact, women are making steady progress in the industry.

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers General Organizer for Diversity Vicki O’Leary joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the upcoming Tradeswomen Build Nations conference and how she came up through the trades as an Ironworker. Continue reading

Insulators LMCT Deputy Director previews Tradeswomen Build Nations

Getting more women into the building trades is a continuous process. Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Deputy Director Gina Walsh came on AWF Union Podcast to discuss getting more women into the trades, the upcoming Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference and her history as a tradeswoman.
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REUPLOAD: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Labor Day special

Today’s episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast features a replay of one of our best performing episodes of the month. This is a replay of our Labor Day special edition featuring an interview with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and statements from various labor voices. Continue reading

Retired IUPAT contractor discusses mental health in construction

Retired International Union of Painters and Allied Trades signatory contractor Bob Swanson returned to America’s Work Force Union Podcast on Sept. 9 to highlight mental health in the construction industry. Continue reading

Tom Germuska, Jr. previews this months edition of The Labor Citizen

Tom Germuska, Jr., editor of The Labor Citizen spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 12 to discuss the upcoming edition of the labor-focused publication. Continue reading