U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan touts the National Apprenticeship Act, American manufacturing

As the U.S. recovers from the COVID-19 induced recession, elected officials continue to push apprenticeship and investment into manufacturing.

U.S. Representative for the 13th congressional district of Ohio Tim Ryan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the return of auto manufacturing to Ohio, a new U.S. Postal Service contract and the National Apprenticeship Act. Continue reading

Immediate and future legislation will pull the U.S. up from the pandemic

Women and America’s minority populations have suffered a disproportionate amount as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is the time to make it right and help them get back on track.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research President and CEO C. Nicole Mason explained how the U.S. can move on from the pandemic through legislation and other actions that need to come from the pandemic. Continue reading

UAW encourages COVID-19 relief from Congress and President Biden

After celebrating their retention of the House of Representatives and winning of the U.S. Senate and White House, Democrats are beginning to focus on campaign promises, including labor-friendly initiatives.

United Auto Workers Legislative Representative Desiree Hoffman explained what form of COVID-19 relief is coming and what Congress is doing to pass the PRO Act on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Good-paying, Union jobs at stake in Ohio as Walmart stands back

While nationwide union density has increased since the beginning of the pandemic, unions are still under attack as corporations threaten to outsource labor.

IUE-CWA National Program Director Heather Atkinson discussed efforts to save union jobs at a lightbulb manufacturing plant in Ohio and what needs to be done by the federal government to enhance labor rights and make organizing easier. Continue reading

Ohio AFL-CIO seeks advancement of the PRO Act and more under President Biden

President Biden has come out of the gates fast, signing a flurry of executive orders in his first weeks as president. Many of these orders seek to boost American manufacturing.

The AFL-CIO is heavily invested in these actions, as many workers along the American supply chain belong to AFL-CIO affiliated unions. Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss these orders and rebuilding our infrastructure. Continue reading

Teamsters Local 79 successfully organized Cemex drivers in southwest Florida

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t slowed down organizing efforts for many unions, especially the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who continue to organize workers.

Teamsters Local 79 Business Agent John Sholtes discussed an ongoing organizing drive in Florida, how COVID-19 has affected the effort and what the future holds for organizing on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

AFL-CIO looks to Biden administration to craft labor-friendly policy for the middle class

Now that the Trump administration has been voted out, the Biden administration is moving forward with policy changes and a new legislative agenda that favors working people.

The AFL-CIO is pleased with what they have seen from the administration thus far. AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel discussed changes at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Department of Labor (DOL), how Democrats can advance their agenda and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Consumer protection advocates hope to rein in payday lenders in coming years

Many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken jobs, leaving people without an income. While this is happening, payday lenders continue to take advantage of people.

Policy Matters Ohio Project Director Kalitha Williams discussed how the Biden administration may be able to rein in these payday lenders and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

U.S. union density rises as non-union jobs are lost to the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the deep need for unions in the U.S. Thankfully, union density has increased, perhaps sparking a change.

PAI Union News Editor Mark Gruenberg discussed the spike in union density and its causes and what the future of workers looks like in the U.S. on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Retired Americans call for protection of benefits in the coming years

Retired Americans are looking forward to having their benefits be protected, thanks to the election of Joe Biden and the Democratic wins in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff elections.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the Alliance is looking forward to in the coming years and what they did to help elect the two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates in Georgia. Continue reading