First contracts are critical to setting bargaining precedent for quality

The Washington-Baltimore News Guild President Fatima Hussein joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss negotiating first contracts and why the quality of a first contract is critical to setting a precedent. Continue reading

Reviewing the Biden administration’s plan to address the supply chain crisis

AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dan Duncan joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss efforts by the Biden Administration to solve the current supply chain crisis. Continue reading

Roofers Union claims Carpenters Union is encroaching on their work

Roofers Local 65 President Taylor Nelson joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a jurisdictional dispute between the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. In short, the Roofers allege the Carpenters are taking their work. Continue reading

Florida faces increasing teacher shortage in the wake of COVID-19

Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andrew Spar joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss teacher and support staff shortages in Florida that have become worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Infrastructure bill provision can benefit generations of workers

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Legislative Representative Mike Dolan, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss provisions in the recently passed infrastructure bill that will require all projects funded by federal tax payer dollars to use materials manufactured in the U.S. Continue reading

The Great Resignation is an opportunity to rethink work in America

Independent Labor Observer Tom Buffenbarger joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Great Resignation — the phenomenon where many Americans quit their jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic — and the opportunity it presents to rethink the labor landscape in the U.S. Continue reading

Infrastructure bill could accelerate Illinois’ economic recovery from COVID-19

Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the economy of Illinois is steadily recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, a trend that is expected to continue thanks to the infrastructure bill recently signed by President Biden. Continue reading

Transport workers feel the brunt of traveler frustrations during pandemic

Transport Workers Union of America International President John Samuelsen joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what can be done about the epidemic of unruly customer behavior directed at transportation workers. Continue reading

More women are enrolling in registered apprenticeship programs

Plumbers Local 55 President Doreen Cannon joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the unique opportunities union apprenticeships offer women. She also discussed how union officials are changing their approach to make a career in the trades more appealing to women. Continue reading

Apprenticeship training provides a viable ticket to the middle class

International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Industry Program Administrator Mike Harris joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how a registered apprenticeship program can be a viable ticket to the middle class. Continue reading