Steelworkers connect with members and employers on infrastructure

The United Steelworkers are rallying around President Biden and his proposed infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan. The comprehensive bill includes new construction, renovations, clean energy, enhanced supply chains and more.

Kim Miller, Assistant to United Steelworkers President Tom Conway, explained her role and the importance of the American Jobs Plan on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She also discussed specific components of the plan that would help steelworkers. Continue reading

Democrats seek avenues to bypass Republicans, advance agenda

Congressional Republicans have made it their mission to control the U.S. from the minority and obstruct the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats at every turn.

AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel discussed how Democrats are working around obstruction tactics, an ongoing coal miner strike in Alabama and what it is like getting back into work after COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. Continue reading

Union leaders rally behind President on labor reform

Many people in the labor movement feel President Biden is the leader who will bring change for working people. Where others talked a big game, President Biden has put plans in place.

Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart was excited about the future of the Biden administration when he joined AWF Union Podcast. He discussed current legislation and what work of the Metal Trades Department. Continue reading

St. Paul refinery workers remain locked out following short strike

Industrial work is some of the most difficult and dangerous work in the U.S. The training and safety precautions needed to work in a safe manner are great, but some companies are not meeting their responsibility of providing a safe work environment.

Workers at one Marathon refinery were recently locked out after demonstrating a one-day strike. Teamsters Local 120 Chief Union Steward Dean Benson joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the strike, the lockout, what the workers need to work safely and more. Continue reading

Investing in infrastructure in order to create jobs

The cornerstone of infrastructure is job creation. President Biden recently unveiled the American Jobs Plan, an infrastructure plan designed to invest in job creation as the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brookings Institute Senior Research Associate Joseph Kane broke down the proposed infrastructure investment, career pathways and why now is the perfect time to invest in infrastructure on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Enbridge Line 5 continues production despite threats from Gov. Whitmer

While the U.S. seeks to shift away from fossil fuels, the move must be made over time. Issues with the immediate shutdown of pipelines are rising and politicians are at a crossroads of protecting the environment and protecting jobs.

United Steelworkers Local 912 President Justin Donley is fighting to protect the work of his members at the Toledo Refinery in Toledo, Ohio, which processes light sweet crude from Enbridge Line 5. Donley joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss this ongoing issue and what it would do to certain regional economies in the midwest. Continue reading

Federal employees embark on new organizing initiative

Federal workers feel as if they are back on the right track now that President Biden has taken office. Employees are once again being seen as a value asset.

The American Federation of Government Employees took a beating the past four years according to AFGE District 6 National Vice President Arnold Scott. Scott joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss a new organizing initiative and legislation to help federal employees get back on track. Continue reading

Construction along the Gulf Coast picks up after pandemic slow down

Texas is booming with new construction and renovations of all sorts. Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused some projects to pause or slow down, plenty of work pushed ahead.

Building trades unions in Texas are increasing their market share and taking advantage of the abundance of work. Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Paul Puente joined AWF to discuss the building boom and how union affiliated contractors are helping to train the next generation of tradesmen and tradeswomen. Continue reading

Teachers prepare for full time return to school

Throughout the pandemic, guidance has changed for students and their ability to return to school. While many teachers wish they could have been in the classroom fulltime, protections needed to be put in place for faculty and students.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has lead public school teachers through the pandemic. President Weingarten joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to lay out the plan for teachers and students to return to school and more. Continue reading

Critics cast Critical Race Theory as “anti-white”

Conservatives are pushing back against Critical Race Theory, which proponents say more accurately details the history of the U.S.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper explained Critical Race Theory, what proponents and critics say and how it has been embraced in Ohio on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She also discussed a controversial bill that could remove funding from public school districts. Continue reading