Wisconsin Republicans accused of gerrymandering state map

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matt Rothschild joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss gerrymandering efforts by Wisconsin Republicans to ensure they control 60 percent of the state assembly and 70 percent of congressional seats, despite the fact that voters in Wisconsin are evenly split among both parties. Continue reading

Progress expected on infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills

Bill Samuel, Government Affairs Director for the AFL-CIO, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Congressional stalemate situation facing the infrastructure bill and the budget reconciliation bill and why he thinks progress will soon be made to pass both bills. Continue reading

Worthington Public Libraries workers vote to unionize

Worthington Public Libraries United Organizer Tara Shiman joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the vote by librarians and other staff of Worthington Public Libraries to join the Ohio Federation of Teachers union. Continue reading

Social Security recipients see biggest raise in nearly 40 years

As costs rise due to inflation, millions of Social Security recipients will get a 5.9 percent raise in benefits for 2022 — the highest cost of living adjustment in decades.

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the raise and what it will mean for retired workers.

He also spoke about provisions in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and why the Democrats may amend the filibuster rule to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Continue reading

Union vote at Bessemer Amazon facility likely to be redone

A labor official found Amazon’s anti-union tactics sullied last spring’s election to unionize at a Bessemer Ala. facility. The official recommended nullifying the result and called for a revote.

Joyce Goldstein, a Labor and Employee Benefits Lawyer who founded the firm Joyce Goldstein & Associates, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Amazon vote and why she thinks a revote will be ordered by the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB).

She also discussed a new remedy being considered by the NLRB to expand consequential damages for unfair labor practices beyond lost wages. 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

Could amending the filibuster benefit unions?

Democrats have control of Congress in both the U.S. House and Senate, but if the filibuster rule requiring a supermajority of 60 votes to pass Senate legislation remains, much of its pro-union legislation will remain stalled at the gate.

Bill Samuel, Director of Government Affairs for the AFL-CIO, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why changing or amending the filibuster would change the game for unions and the right to organize. Continue reading

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