Solidarity Center brings labor rights worldwide amid COVID-19 pandemic

After years of shrinking union membership and workers continually losing power on the job, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a resurgence of workers demanding increased power, rights and safety.

Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what the Solidarity Center does, where it gets its funding from and what they have observed since the pandemic began. Continue reading

Montana defeats So-Called “Right to Work” legislation

Despite So-Called “Right to Work” laws being implemented in various states throughout the U.S., Montana recently defeated an attempt to implement the anti-worker legislation in their state.

The Montana AFL-CIO led the charge in terms of groups who pushed back on the bill. Their communications director, James Burrows joined AWF Union Podcast to explain how the opposition campaign worked and how other state federations can do the same. Continue reading

Democrats celebrate legislative wins, despite uphill battle on the PRO Act

Democrats and labor groups are coming off celebrations of passing the American Rescue Act and passing the PRO Act in the House of Representatives. Despite the light mood, the PRO Act faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

At the forefront of the battle to pass the PRO Act has been the AFL-CIO, hosting townhalls and other events to encourage workers to let their representatives know they are in favor of the legislation. AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel appeared on AWF Union Podcast to discuss the American Rescue Plan and the progress of the PRO Act. Continue reading

Teamsters rejoice as pension relief is included in the American Rescue Plan

Retirees’ and those who will soon retire have gained much needed relief for their pension plans, which had been cut. The American Rescue Plan provides provisions to fund these plans for decades.

One person who has been working on the issue for quite some time is International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President At Large John Murphy. He explained what pensioners can expect when he appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Unions applaud President Biden’s quick action on labor issues

One of the signature themes of the Biden campaign was giving the labor community and unions a seat at the table. Labor leaders throughout the nation are rejoicing in this promise kept, as President Biden is aggressively tackling and addressing labor issues.

One member of the labor community who is ecstatic about the advancements made is Tom Buffenbarger, who appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the PRO Act, a merger potentially resulting in a railroad spanning North America and other infrastructure issues. Continue reading

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