New York City Carpenters encourage union members to run for local office

For generations, the New York City labor movement has remained strong, as the Big Apple continues to redevelop. There are still problems, however, and members of the labor movement are entering the political arena to try to fix those issues.

New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters (NYCDCC) President Paul Capurso is excited about the progress of the labor movement and gave an update on what is happening in New York City on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He explained what the NYCDCC is doing to get Carpenters involved in politics and more. Continue reading

Gov. DeWine signs Ohio budget, hopes for job creation

The last week of June was a busy week for the Ohio legislature, as they worked to pass legislation and quickly get bills signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

One of the most important bills was the state budget, which DeWine did sign. Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the components of the state budget, various voting bills and infrastructure. Continue reading

Republican-controlled state legislatures pass new voting laws

Following the 2020 election, state-level Republicans have passed legislation that Democrats claim limits the ability of voters and undermines elections.

Voting Booth Editor, Chief Correspondent and Senior Writing Fellow Steven Rosenfeld discussed these new laws, why they are being passed and how rhetoric is shaping elections during America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Republicans block infrastructure bill over funding dispute

Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on funding for a comprehensive infrastructure bill. Differences between the two parties center on who should pay the majority of the cost.

Tom Buffenbarger, the America’s Work Force Union Podcast independent labor voice, joined today’s episode to discuss infrastructure funding. He also discussed union elections, voting rights and more. Continue reading

Labor community focuses on soon to be vacant Ohio Senate seat

Ohio will soon become one of the political centers of the U.S. as U.S. Senator Rob Portman has announced his retirement upon completion of his current term. This gives Ohioans an opportunity to elect a worker-friendly Senator.

North Coast Area Labor Federation Secretary Treasurer Davida Russell joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the upcoming Senate race. She also weighed in on voting rights legislation, Social Security and more. Continue reading

Democrats try to advance infrastructure, receive no Republican support

The Biden administration is working diligently to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill to boost the economy, lower unemployment and improve the quality of life within the U.S.

United Auto Workers Legislative Director Josh Nassar joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the multifaceted American Jobs Plan, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) news, voting rights and more. Continue reading

Florida passes restrictive voting law, retired Americans push back

America’s senior citizens face many hardships due to physical shortcomings. While some things like standing in line to vote are okay for the younger population, older Americans may struggle.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta discussed the issues with the voting laws being passed by some states, what the alliance is doing to combat these laws and how the federal government is attempting to circumvent these laws. Continue reading

Making the House of Representatives more representative

As both chambers of Congress become increasingly gridlocked with partisan loyalty, there is talk about ways to remove the gridlock and make the federal government run more efficient.

Studying this gridlock is The Nation National Affairs Correspondent John Nichols. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss increasing the number of representatives in the House, how the 2020 Census was conducted and state voting laws. Continue reading

AFGE District 5 member wins Grovetown City Council election

Union members and labor advocates are gaining momentum in the political arena as they run for or are nominated to positions at the local, state and federal level.

Georgia has become a political battleground after President Joe Biden carried the state and Two Democratic Senators were later elected. Newly elected Grovetown City Councilwoman and AFGE District 5 member Ceretta Smith joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the importance of union members in politics and how she was able to get elected. Continue reading

Politicians wise up to call center jobs being shipped overseas

Communications workers have been seeing their work head overseas for decades. According to some in the industry, lawmakers are finally catching on and looking for ways to punish companies who move operations overseas.

One such industry professional is Communications Workers of America District 4 Director Frank Mathews. Mathews discussed protecting call center jobs, voting rights, the filibuster and more when he appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading