Allegheny Technologies Inc. workers ratify contract with USW

Workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) ratified a contract with the United Steelworkers, ending a strike at the company.

North Coast Area Labor Federation President Pat Gallagher discussed the new contract, its terms, why workers went on strike and more on today’s episode of the America’s Workforce Union Podcast. Continue reading

Labor Trades squeezed out after decades of refinery work

The Labor Citizen strives to inform Ohio tradesmen and tradeswomen about the issues around the state affecting the union construction industry. Labor Citizen Editor Tom Germuska Jr. joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss issues at a refinery in Lima, a successful union project and an apprentice competition. Continue reading

Reviving manufacturing in a post-pandemic America

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged throughout the U.S., manufacturers were forced to slow or halt production of numerous goods. Compared to last year, people are purchasing more products, causing an increase in demand for manufactured goods.

The U.S. manufacturing industry is bouncing back as the pandemic subsides in America. Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss American manufacturing, supply issues and more. Continue reading

China increases influence in U.S. through land purchases

China has greatly increased its influence throughout the world in recent decades. Companies and governments are taking notice and are taking action to counteract it or take advantage of it.

Coalition for a Prosperous America Industry Analyst Ken Rapoza has been studying the issue and spoke at length about it on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He discussed Chinese influence on meat production, Tesla’s interest in China and more. 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

Senators seek punishment for companies outsourcing manufacturing

Democratic and labor-friendly senators and representatives are working to take advantage of the their majority in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, while they have it.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is standing up for working people by voting for legislation to help them on the job. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the expansion of manufacturing hubs and to talk about a plant in Ohio that is laying workers off with plans for more antiworker action. Continue reading

Reshoring the drugs manufacturing industry from China

China has dominated the antibiotic supply chain for decades. Their abundance of resources and lack of labor law make the country ideal for cheap production of drugs, resulting in larger profits.

Rosemary Gibson, an expert on the subject and author of “China Rx,” joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how China has become a leading producer of the drugs, how the U.S. can bring manufacturing of drugs back on shore and more. Continue reading

Unions push back against restrictive elections legislation

Throughout the U.S., state governments with a Republican majority have worked to pass laws that many in the labor movement believe limits the ability to vote.

Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews explained what the federal government is doing to stop these restrictive laws. He also discussed Ohio-centric issues, such as a plant threatening to close production and a bill to keep call center jobs in the state. Continue reading

U.S. Senators find bipartisan solution to domestic manufacturing issues

Foreign countries have been taking advantage of relaxed trade laws for decades. Thankfully, it has become a bipartisan issue to close loopholes and write legislation putting the U.S. back on track.

North Coast Area Labor Federation President Pat Gallagher discussed bipartisan legislation being introduced, a new iron ore plant in Toledo, Ohio and why it is crucial to get bipartisan support for the PRO Act on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

UAW cheers initial pro-labor progress by the Biden administration

With electric vehicle demand rising, auto and manufacturing workers are front and center as President Biden moves forward with his infrastructure plan.

The United Auto Workers are putting forth every effort to ensure their members are brought along with this shift and pending legislation. Their Legislative Director, Josh Nassar, detailed their efforts and what they would like to see in a plan on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading