Allegheny Technologies Inc. workers ratify contract with USW

Workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) ratified a contract with the United Steelworkers, ending a strike at the company.

North Coast Area Labor Federation President Pat Gallagher discussed the new contract, its terms, why workers went on strike and more on today’s episode of the America’s Workforce Union Podcast. Continue reading

Iron Workers focus on safety as they bring in apprentices

The construction industry is filled with hazards, which makes it imperative for men and women entering the trade to complete a registered apprenticeship program. The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers takes safety seriously, especially for their apprentices.

Iron Workers Director of Safety and Health Wayne Creasap understands firsthand why quality apprenticeship training is crucial for Ironworkers. Creasap discussed workplace injuries, how they happen, how they can be prevented and more on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Teamsters on strike at United Metro Energy

Teamsters at United Metro Energy are on strike because of unfair labor practices. Teamsters Local 553 Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer Demos Demopoulos joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about the strike and how United Metro is pushing back against the union. Continue reading

Building Futures Program gives people the skills needed to succeed in the trades

There are an abundance of job opportunities in the Columbus area, thanks to the vast number of construction projects currently in progress or in the design stages. The Building Futures Program is working to fill these openings by training men and women with the entry-level skills needed to join a registered building trades apprenticeship program.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss their pre-apprenticeship programs, the American Jobs Plan and more. Continue reading

explaining the difference between working class and middle class

The lines between middle class and working class have become blurred as the terms are used interchangeably in media and in politics. The difference between the two exists and needs to be defined.

Working Class Perspectives contributing writer Christopher Martin dissected the two terms and explained why the difference is important on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also explained what is like to teach journalism as the profession becomes increasingly dangerous. Continue reading

Charter schools taking funding away from public schools when they need it most

Just like state’s public schools, charter schools receive funding through the same funding formula and resources. This creates issues as charter schools take funding away from public schools and if a charter school fails, they can just pick up and leave.

American Federation of Teachers – West Virginia President Fred Albert joined the AWF Union Podcast to explain why charter schools are damaging to public schools. Continue reading

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on praises the passage of the PRO Act

After years of fighting, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act has finally passed through the House of Representatives and is now on its way to the Senate. United States Senator Sherrod Brown joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss the next steps to get the PRO Act passed by the Senate. Continue reading

President Biden’s NLRB changes give workers hope for fairness

The labor community is rejoicing as President Biden begins to reshape agencies and those who deal with labor grievances.

Labor lawyer Joyce Goldstein of Joyce Goldstein and Associates joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain the various shakeups and changes at the National Labor Relations Board and how they will affect working people. Continue reading

Association of Professional Flight Attendants explain new service animal regulations for aircrafts

Paul Hartshorn, Jr., National Communications Chair of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, representing thousands of flight attendants that work for American Airlines discussed the paycheck protection program, regulations on service animals and more on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading