COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard issued after more than a year

Sadly, inaction in the beginning days of the COVID-19 pandemic left many workers misguided, confused and often unprotected in a chaotic work environment. Workers watched their colleagues become furloughed or fired, and it left many too scared to speak up about their own situation.

In the early stages of the pandemic, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) was at the forefront of demanding protections for workers. On a recent America’s Work Force Union Podcast, AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council 53 First Executive Vice President MJ Burke discussed recent workplace protections. She also explored the importance of a union presence in the workplace. Continue reading

Laborers signatory contractors look to build market share

The attitude toward unions varies in different regions of the U.S. This leaves unions and signatory contractors to work together to build market share.

Missouri-Kansas Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) Executive Director Laura Wagner discussed the purpose of LECET, what the labor climate looks like in Missouri and Kansas, how the pandemic affects labor and more. Continue reading

Union construction projects take off in post-pandemic Tennessee

Construction tradesmen and tradeswomen working in Tennessee are busy, as the state has seen an uptick in construction projects since COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were lifted.

Despite the high volume of ongoing work, the organized labor community is speaking out against contractors hiring unskilled, untrained labor, who are paid under the table. Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus talked about connecting with workers, the progress of the construction industry and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Travelers beware: Scammers ramping up efforts as Americans go on vacation

With the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding, Americans are getting comfortable going to live music events, sporting events and traveling. Scammers however are taking advantage of this eagerness to be more active.

The Better Business Bureau works to snuff out scams before they can grab hold of unknowing consumers. Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss post-pandemic scams. Continue reading

Library staff organizes for improved wages and better benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many workers to realize they deserve more for their labor, sparking union organizing drives in many industries, including libraries.

Worthington Public Library workers have taken up their own organizing drive and believe they will be successful in their efforts. Worthington Public Libraries United Organizer Tara Shiman described their efforts, why they are organizing and their support on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Autonomous vehicles can pose threats to consumer safety and jobs

The future of electric vehicles is on the horizon, as more companies begin developing electric and autonomous technologies. While it may seem like a positive, there can be unintended consequences that need to be weighed before going all in on the electric market.

Transport Workers Union President John Samuelson raised the alarm on electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles when he appeared on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also touched on issues in the airline industry. Continue reading

Unruly passengers putting flight attendants, others in danger

The COVID-19 pandemic put a tremendous strain on the entire transportation industry, including the airline industry. While flights were limited during the pandemic, air travel is returning to a pre-pandemic levels.

Transportation Workers Union Local 556 President and Lead Negotiator Lyn Montgomery discussed the treatment of airline workers throughout the pandemic, the state of the industry as restrictions are being lifted and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Food workers experience unfair conditions during pandemic, seek representation

Union favorability is at record highs, with the COVID-19 pandemic proving to many that an organized workforce is good for workers.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700 Communications Director Brigid Kelly joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the pandemic related workload, what COVID-19 proved to workers and why the PRO Act needs to be passed. Continue reading

Refinery workers look to organize for better pay and training

Refinery workers are taking issue with Marathon after the oil company recently hired low skill, untrained workers to work in the refinery. Workers are worried the decision may cause safety issues.

Laborers International Union of North America Minnesota and North Dakota Campaign Director Kevin Pranis joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss utility scale renewable energy, pipelines and workers at the Marathon refineries. Continue reading

Zantac multidistrict litigation case enters discovery phase

After Zantac was pulled from the shelves, law firms have been working to get compensation for the people and families affected by the negative side effects of the medicine.

Kelley & Ferraro Associate Brian Kelley joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the firm is doing for their clients with regards to both the Zantac and Roundup weed killer cases. Continue reading