St. Vincent Hospital nurses strike following profits announcement

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to nurses being overworked, with little bonus incentive. Now, they are standing up for themselves and saying enough is enough as they fight back for workplace rights.

One person on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic is Marie Ritacco, Massachusetts Nurses Association Vice President. She joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss a current strike at a local hospital, which is no stranger to strikes. Ritacco analyzed the reason for the strike, how to fix the problems and more. Continue reading

UFCW members push through pandemic as essential workers

Throughout the pandemic, essential workers have played a major role in keeping the U.S. moving moving. These men and women not only work in grocery stores, but they labor in meatpacking plants, liquor agencies and more.

In Pennsylvania, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 represents some 35,000 members who have been hard at work making sure people have access to everyday needs. Their president, Wendell Young, joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about the Local 1776 membership and what it means to have a pro-union president in the White House. Continue reading

Discussing suicide prevention on Workers’ Memorial Day

On Workers’ Memorial Day, the labor community is focused on fallen workers and ways to limit the amount of workers who are killed due to workplace accidents and their own personal battles.

These issues are being tackled head on by labor organizations and management together. Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what leads to mental health issues in the construction industry and where workers can go for help. Continue reading

U.S. Senators find bipartisan solution to domestic manufacturing issues

Foreign countries have been taking advantage of relaxed trade laws for decades. Thankfully, it has become a bipartisan issue to close loopholes and write legislation putting the U.S. back on track.

North Coast Area Labor Federation President Pat Gallagher discussed bipartisan legislation being introduced, a new iron ore plant in Toledo, Ohio and why it is crucial to get bipartisan support for the PRO Act on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

DFAS employees hope to gain ground under the Biden administration

The Trump administration acted fast to undermine federal workers and the unions who represent them. These workers remain optimistic they will gain some leverage back with the Biden administration in charge.

Working on the frontlines and experiencing these changes are American Federation of Government Employees Local 3283 members Joey Graceffo and Dan Drost. The pair joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss what the members of Local 3283 do, the PRO Act, the abilities of public sector unions and more. Continue reading

Teamsters strike at Marathon refinery in Minnesota

Throughout the country, the labor community is rising up and speaking out against what they feel is a betrayal of local workers, who dedicate portions of their career to training and professionalism.

A recent decision by Marathon at a refinery in Minnesota sparked their labor community to come together in collective action against the petroleum giant. Steamfitters and Pipefitters Local 455 Business Manager Tony Poole joined AWF Union Podcast to detail the action and why it is needed. Continue reading

IBEW members stand in solidarity with striking nurses

Working people and union members have been gaining momentum coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the value of labor has been proven. From organizing drives to strikes, workers are standing together.

IBEW Local 96 Business Manager Tommy Maloney has worked to create more work for the members of Local 96 while focusing on a tradition of excellence. His members are also standing in solidarity with others who are making their voices heard. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss this and more. Continue reading

Massachusetts IBEW Locals combine efforts for more opportunities

With the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out throughout the U.S., people are getting back to work and life is returning to some sense of normalcy. Boston’s labor community is excited to see the rally after a year of shutdowns.

IBEW Local 103 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis gave AWF Union Podcast listeners an update on what is happening in the Boston area, the benefits of President Biden’s infrastructure plan and combining efforts with IBEW Local 96 when he appeared on today’s episode. Continue reading

Unions, workers gain momentum and lose ground throughout the country

As Amazon workers in Alabama are in the midst of a union vote, workers across the country are seeing various rates of progress on labor rights in the early stages of the Biden administration.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Assistant General Counsel Amanda Jaret detailed three cases where workers are either seeing positive results or are being hindered in their efforts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Operating Engineers Local calls for renewable energy jobs to be union

People find their place in the labor movement for a number of reasons. Whether it is seeing their family struggle in their youth, seeking solidarity with other workers, a dedication to training and many other reason. Whatever the reason may be, the labor movement has shaped many workers into who they are today.

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Jason George discussed his path into the labor movement, the work members of IUOE Local 49 are doing and the future of the energy industry in the U.S. on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading