Theater community fears new wave of shutdowns as pandemic resurges

John Galinac, Business Agent at the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts Local 160, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the stage industry during the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. Continue reading

Apprenticeship safety training critical to industrial boiler maintenance

Keith Thurner, Business Manager and Financial Secretary for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 95, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the IUOE’s training program and the importance of safety in managing and maintaining industrial boiler units. Continue reading

OSHA advisory committee will address safety standards in construction

Wayne Creasap, a District Representative for the Safety and Health Department for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his recent appointment to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). Continue reading

New York School custodial workers persevere in the midst of the pandemic

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891 President and Business Manager Robert Troeller joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how his Union, which represents custodial engineers in the New York City Schools, managed the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading

Progress expected on infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills

Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director for the AFL-CIO, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Congressional stalemate situation facing the infrastructure bill and the budget reconciliation bill and why he thinks progress will soon be made to pass both bills. Continue reading

U.S. supply chain problems are the result of outsourcing the nation’s manufacturing

Tom Buffenbarger, an independent labor voice for America’s Work Force Union Podcast, joined the show to discuss issues with the supply chain and its effects on American manufacturing, including an upcoming shortage of magnesium that is key raw material used in the production of aluminum. Continue reading

Biden ends mass workplace raids and refocuses U.S. immigration priorities

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Biden Administration’s freeze on mass workplace raids by U.S. immigration agencies and instead turn their efforts toward cracking down on employers who abuse undocumented workers. Continue reading

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center workers fight for higher pay

After contract negotiations to renew a 2016 contract broke down, court administrators for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and Detention Facility ended negotiations in December and kicked out the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 860, who represented 135 workers. Recently, Cuyahoga County officials agreed to a pay raise for juvenile court workers from $18 to $24 per hour due to a staffing crisis that led to juveniles being locked down for long periods of time.

LiUNA Local 860 Field Representative Colin Sikon joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss struggles at the detention center, and how Local 860 continues to advocate for higher worker pay despite being locked out of contract negotiations by the court. Continue reading

Zantac users diagnosed with cancer may be entitled to compensation

Zantac was pulled from store shelves two years ago because its use was linked to various forms of cancer due to the medication containing a product used in the manufacturing of jet fuel.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has labeled N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) as a probable carcinogen. Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the heartburn medication’s use of NDMA could lead to cancer in humans, if taken in a high doses. Sanofi, the manufacturer of the brand-name version of Zantac, recalled its product in 2019. Since then, the company reformulated its recipe, as new versions of the drug sold on shelves today do not contain the cancer-causing chemical.

Brian Kelley, an Associate with Kelley & Ferraro, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the lawsuits filed against Sanofi by people who used Zantac and developed cancer, as well as other lawsuits by relatives of people who passed away after using Zantac and developing cancer. Continue reading

Sprinkler fitter apprenticeships pave the way to good paying careers that save lives

In the last year, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) affiliates combined to invest roughly $2 billion in training and education. The United Association (UA) invests about $300 million every year to train their apprentices and journeymen.

Tim Coleman, UA Local 669 JATC Recruitment and Outreach Specialist, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss outreach efforts of the JATC, particularly when it comes to sprinkler fitter apprenticeship programs. Continue reading