Book examines lives of factory workers after Carrier plant relocation

Farah Stockman, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and author of “American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears”, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss her book and how the exportation of American jobs has impacted the working class. Continue reading

Economy after President Biden’s first year is the strongest in decades

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, accomplishments of the Biden Administration during the President’s first year in office and Ohio’s redistricting maps. Continue reading

Downsizing Postal Service will create service delays this holiday season

Kelly Dickey, President of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 322, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed by former President Trump. 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

Journalists turn to Union to advocate for rights

Susan DeCarava, President of the NewsGuild of New York, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how her Union turned COVID-19 into an opportunity to organize workers, create greater solidarity, adjust to the challenges of the pandemic and transition to a remote workforce.  Continue reading

Brooklyn oil workers enter fifth month of labor strike

Brooklyn oil workers at the United Metro Energy Corp. in New York City have been on strike for five months, as they demand a fair union contract after two years of failed negotiations.

Since April 19, the workers have maintained a 24-hour picket line.

They joined Teamsters Local 553 in February 2019 and since that time have been fighting for a contract. The essential workers supply New York with heating oil, diesel and gasoline — but are paid as much as 50 percent less than similar workers doing the same job in the same area. They also receive inferior health and retirement benefits. Continue reading

A day of remembrance: 9/11 a time for nation to come together in unity

The 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks can be a time for reflection, honor and memory.

Thomas Hart, a Business Agent and President of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his memories of being in New York City on that fateful day, his search for four union Brothers who ultimately perished in the disaster and how the Sept. 11 tragedy brought New Yorkers and the country together in a moment of unity. Continue reading

Inside the World Trade Center when the first plane hit: a personal account

Most people remember what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001 when they learned that two planes had struck the World Trade Center in the deadliest attack on American soil.

That tragic day was a personal experience for Paul Capurso, President of the New York City District Council Of Carpenters. He was in one of the World Trade Center towers when the first plane struck.

Capurso joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his personal experiences from that heartbreaking and historic day. Continue reading

How can unions ensure safe and fair elections in virtual environments?

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the face of union meetings, many of which are still held virtually over Zoom or similar technologies.

John Westerhaus, CPA and Account Manager for Survey & Ballot Systems, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how his company provides unions and professional institutions a system for fair, balanced and secure virtual elections. Continue reading

Group Medicare plans help seniors save with better flexibility

For retirees shopping Medicare plans in the insurance space, coverage and flexibility significantly varies depending on whether you have an individual plan or group plan. Depending on the type of plan you have, you may need to research and switch plans annually to optimize coverage and have something that fits your needs.

Humana Associate Vice President of Group Medicare Eric St. Pierre joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the differences between individual and group Medicare plans and how to get the best coverage to meet your medical needs. Continue reading