UAW applauds Biden’s electric vehicle push

The Biden administration has made it clear that they want to initiate a number of clean energy initiatives, including the implementation of electric vehicles.

United Auto Workers Legislative Representative Desiree Hoffman broke down the Build Back Better Act on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. She discussed how consumers will be encouraged to purchase electric vehicles, her confidence in the passage of the Build Back Better Act and more. Continue reading

Supreme Court Justice takes stance on labor law, sends signals

The U.S. Supreme Court has altered labor law and how it is interpreted throughout the years. Some are now calling into question the stances certain Justices have taken and how they have influenced future cases.

Jenny Hunter, a labor lawyer, writer and consultant joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how one U.S. Supreme Court Justice has influenced labor law throughout the years.

She also discussed how President Biden can counter the GOP strategy of stacking courts with conservative-minded judges. Continue reading

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh understands the challenges workers face

Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 11 Business Manager Dennis Desmond joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the current pro-union climate in Washington that has been fostered by the Biden Administration, including the appointment of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, who has a strong union background as a member of LiUNA and as the former head of the Greater Boston Building Trades Unions Continue reading

Exxon workers locked out of refinery as USW continue to negotiate

Since May 1, about 650 Exxon workers have been locked out of a Beaumont, Texas refinery and packaging plant after contract negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 13-243 and management stalled.

Fred Redmond, Secretary-Treasurer of AFL-CIO and International Vice President of the USW, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the lockout and the USW’s effort to reach an agreement. Continue reading

Sen. Brown confident both infrastructure bills will eventually pass

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the likelihood of Congress passing both infrastructure bills, including the $1.2 trillion bill before the U.S. House and the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. Both bills are critical to President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

He also spoke about legislation to introduce a 2 percent excise tax on securities repurchased by corporations, and the Power Act, which would provide border agents with handheld devices to more easily detect fentanyl coming over the border. Continue reading

The PRO Act is critical to a union’s ability to organize

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 7 Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer Jeff Mehrhoff joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the union organizing climate in Wisconsin.

He also spoke about the Rich Trumka PRO Act and how it would affect unions’ efforts to organize and recent efforts made to bridge the communication gap between union leadership and membership. Continue reading

Delaware construction unions push to grow

Jim Ascione, Treasurer of the Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Delaware union construction industry, Prevailing Wage and how the federal infrastructure bill would fuel apprenticeship programs by supporting much needed union construction jobs. Continue reading

Ohio’s new redistricting maps are gerrymandered

In 2015, Ohio voters approved Issue 1, which was designed to end gerrymandering, when the leading political party designs political districts to favor its politicians. This measure created the Ohio Redistricting Commission, which currently includes five Republicans and two Democrats.

Ohio AFL-CIO Legislative Director Matt Smith, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss political redistricting in Ohio and the efforts to prevent gerrymandering despite Republicans controlling five out of seven seats on the Ohio Redistricting Commission.

He also discussed two voter suppression bills being put forth through the Ohio legislature and the effects those bills could have on voter turnout. Continue reading

With an $87 million price tag, Issue 7 is bad news for Columbus

The only ballot issue to appear on the November ballot in Columbus, Ohio, is Issue 7, which if approved would force the city to create an Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Education and training fund — and remove $87 million from the city’s general fund. It puts the money and oversight in the hands of a limited liability corporation named Pro Energy LLC.

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council (C/COBCTC), joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why Issue 7 is bad news for Columbus.

He also discussed the recent Ohio State Building Trades Convention and a combined graduation ceremony for Building Futures and Driving Futures students. Continue reading

Lima refinery brings in out of town workers for turn around

After over 100 years of using local workers during planned shutdowns at a Lima, Ohio refinery, 3,000 out-of-state workers will be brought in instead. The workers will be brought in by Cenovus Energy, which purchased the refinery earlier this year, to conduct inspections, cleaning and equipment replacement.

Mike Knisley, Secretary/Treasurer of the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the council’s push to get Cenovus to reconsider the move and why he thinks those talks will ultimately prevail.

He also discussed the recent Ohio State Building Trades Convention and how Ohio manages to be fairly union friendly despite its Republican controlled government. Continue reading