Transport workers feel the brunt of traveler frustrations during pandemic

Transport Workers Union of America International President John Samuelsen joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what can be done about the epidemic of unruly customer behavior directed at transportation workers. Continue reading

Flight attendant morale hits low point in face of COVID-19 stress

Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 President Lyn Montgomery joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the challenges faced by flight attendants — constant flight rescheduling, worker shortages, long hours with few breaks, etc. — have led to low employee morale during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The TWU is the Union of Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants. Continue reading

Supply chain crisis exacerbated by misclassification of truckers

Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO President Greg Regan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the supply chain crisis and how the misclassification of workers contributes to the bottleneck clogging U.S. ports. Continue reading

Cargo ships pile up as truck drivers continue delivering goods

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic shutdowns have caused global disruptions to the supply chain. As a result, some governments made the decision to intervene in an attempt to correct the negative impacts.

Teamsters Western Region International Vice President Ron Herrera joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the Teamsters are interpreting and handling irregularities in the shipping industry. He also discussed how the U.S. federal government is stepping in to help and what may come of their effort. Continue reading

SEIU uses Healthy Terminals Act to secure benefits for airport workers

The Healthy Terminals Act of New Jersey and New York ensures covered airport workers will be paid no less than the Prevailing Wage and be entitled to a standard benefits supplement of $4.54 per hour.

Kevin Brown, Executive Vice President and the New Jersey State Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the SEIU recently used the Healthy Terminals Act to secure higher wages, as well and healthcare benefits with no monthly co-premiums, for airport workers. Continue reading

Transportation workers struggle to deal with an unruly public during pandemic

Since January, the aviation industry alone has had over 4,000 unruly passenger reports, 3,000 mask related incidents and 750 investigated events, according to Greg Regan, President of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.

Regan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how transportation workers are struggling to deal with an increasingly unruly public in the middle of a pandemic. He also discussed why pandemic supply chain shortages are largely due to corporate greed and the industry’s insistence on running bare bones operations in an effort to squeeze profits. Continue reading

Fewer ships are flying the U.S. flag. What does this mean for America?

Many American cargo ships are fleeing the U.S. merchant marine in favor of countries with less regulations and lower paid workers. As a result, fewer ships are flying under the U.S. flag. That creates a national security crisis and can hold the transport of American goods hostage to foreign ship owners. Even the Defense Department may not be able to access the goods it needs due to a lack of American ships.

Don Marcus, President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the fight to keep the American flag on merchant ships to protect jobs, maintain the flow of American shipping goods and protect national security.

He also discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected maritime workers, as well as his recent visit to the White House to hear President Biden speak during a Labor Day event. Continue reading

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