Transportation union groups await infrastructure funding

The labor community has patiently waited for Congress to agree on an infrastructure plan. However, it is unclear how much progress was made as talks have stalled over what will be funded.

Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan discussed what needs to happen in order to pass a plan and what should be included on the AWF Union Podcast. He also discussed the safety of public transit operators and passengers. Continue reading

State of Texas focuses on widening highways, ignores public transit

The state of Texas has invested significant taxpayer money into expanding the state’s highway and road system, despite research that claims these projects do little to alleviate congestion.

Texas Observer Executive Editor Megan Kimble has studied road infrastructure throughout the state and wrote about the issues faced by commuters. Kimble joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain why Texas roads and highways are dangerous and why the problem has not been solved. Continue reading

President Biden makes the Jones Act a priority for American workers

President Biden has ushered in an agenda of rebuilding the American economy. Whether this is through infrastructure projects or domestic shipping supporting American workers, all aspects will help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maritime Trades Department Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dan Duncan explained how the American shipping industry is getting a boost. He also discussed the Warrior Met Coal strike and a recent fundraiser. 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

Making autonomous vehicles safer for employees and consumers

Technology moves our society forward, it will be important to ensure this new technology will not negatively affect the economy.

When he appeared on the AWF Union Podcast, Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan discussed what needs to happen as transportation technology advances. He also spoke about transportation employment opportunities and safety measures. Continue reading

Celebrating Workers Memorial Day after a year in a global pandemic

Workers’ Memorial Day takes place on April 28. This annual day honors the men and women who have been severely injured or killed at work, while also recognizing the anniversary of the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.

Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss Workers’ Memorial Day and explain what the American Jobs Plan will do for the public transportation industry. Continue reading

American Jobs Plan pleases infrastructure industry groups

The U.S. is on the cusp of seeing its infrastructure receive one of the largest updates since the all encompassing 1933 New Deal. This bipartisan issue has long been sought after by administrations of differing political views.

American Society of Civil Engineers Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives Emily Feenstra joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss infrastructure grades, President Biden’s proposed plan and more. Continue reading

American Jobs Plan excites infrastructure, public transportation groups

President Biden is poised to see his administration’s infrastructure bill come to fruition. Infrastructure has been a longstanding goal for past administrations. With Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House, it is believed that a bill is on the way.

American Public Transportation Association President and CEO Paul Skoutelas explained why the American Jobs Plan is needed, what he would like to see in it and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

ATU touts funding for transit worker wages, protections and more

Transit workers are amongst some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. These are workers who have clocked in everyday, interacted with the public and done their job of getting people from destination to destination.

Amalgamated Transit Union International President John Costa joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss how they have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, funding for the transit industry and upcoming contract negotiations. Continue reading

American Rescue Plan to provide funding for transportation, other industries

Financial relief has arrived for Americans and various infrastructure systems, such as the transportation industry that has taken a major hit since the beginning of the pandemic.

Just over a year since the pandemic began in the U.S., Jonna Huseman, Director of Communications for the Transportation Trades Department joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the specifics in the American Rescue Plan as they relate to transportation, and the importance of infrastructure investment. Continue reading