Boston Mayor and LiUNA member Marty Walsh nominated for Labor Secretary

Labor unions will almost certainly have a seat within the Biden administration, as the President-elect has announced that Boston Mayor and union member Marty Walsh has been nominated to serve as the Secretary of Labor.

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the insurrection that occurred at the U.S. Capitol Building last week and the nomination of Mayor Walsh. Continue reading

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown looks ahead to a labor-friendly administration

The United States looks to move forward with the inauguration of Joe Biden on Jan. 20, as the recent U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia will allow him to tackle his agenda head on.

United States Senator Sherrod Brown joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the recent insurrection and what the new administration will be able to accomplish moving forward. Continue reading

Utility workers push back on employer attempting to cut benefits

Although the labor movement is marching forward and workers continue to organize, even in So-Called “Right to Work” states, some workers are being undercut.

Joyce Goldstein of Joyce Goldstein and Associates discussed a group of utility workers currently being undercut and the process of a union election on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

North Shore AFL-CIO leadership changes hands, develops new strategies

The Ohio labor community will remain in good hands as the state continues to build a “building trades majority” in the statehouse and local labor councils get back to work in 2021.

North Shore AFL-CIO Treasurer Len DiCosimo discussed the Jan. 6 events in the U.S. Capitol, changes occurring at the North Shore AFL-CIO and how the Cleveland Orchestra is dealing with the pandemic. Continue reading

Steelworkers continue to adjust to working and staying positive amidst a pandemic

Workers have done a lot to adjust to working amidst a global pandemic. They have dealt with additional personal protective equipment, changing schedules and more.

United Steelworkers District 9 Director Dan Flippo discussed how workers have adapted to the pandemic, how unions have fared in southern So-Called “Right to Work” states and how unions have had a seat at the table with President-elect Biden. Continue reading

IBEW Local 99 looks to continue recruiting a diverse pool of apprentices in coming years

A union is only as good as the members who make it, and part of that is having a membership representative of the entire population, especially in modern times.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 99 Business Manager Joe Walsh joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss goals, Local 99 recruitment efforts and the incoming Biden administration. Continue reading

Labor groups expect Biden administration to be the most pro-labor with the help of a Democratic Senate majority

With the prospect of the Democrats gaining control of the U.S. Senate, many in the labor community are hopeful that Democratic victory will lead to much pro-labor legislation passing through Congress.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga is one of these hopefuls and detailed what he would like to see done should Democrats take control of the Senate on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

U.S. can restore greatness and build back better through manufacturing and infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the desperate need to reshore manufacturing of certain products. In this case it was personal protective equipment, which is often made overseas at a cheaper rate.

Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain the importance of American manufacturing and how President-elect Biden can help lead the change. Continue reading

Ironworkers develop a first of its kind foreman safety certification

After 2019 saw an increase in fatal construction injuries, one union is working to develop a training program that addresses the cause of many fatal construction injuries.

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Ironworkers) Executive Director of Safety and Health Steve Rank previewed a new training program being developed by the Ironworkers on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Rising rate of fatal construction injuries worries industry professionals

2021 could be a great year for construction. The prospect of a large infrastructure bill and the continuation of construction as essential work sets the pace for tradesmen and tradeswomen to continue working.

Tom Germuska Jr., editor of The Labor Citizen joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his expectations for 2021 and the alarming rise in construction worker fatalities. Continue reading