A new sheriff in town: Biden’s union friendly approach good for workers

Thanks to the election of Joe Biden as U.S President, there is a new sheriff in town — particularly when it comes to unions in America. From the beginning of his presidency, Biden issued executive orders revoking Trump-era executive orders that limited union organization and sided with management and big business.

Willie Haywood Jr., National Veterans Affairs Council 262 Sixth District President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss changes under the Biden administration and their effects on unions. He also discussed staffing efforts at the Veterans Administration, as management struggles to deal with ongoing shortages. Continue reading

Federal law enforcement officers seek similar retirement as municipal officers

Law enforcement officers within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are facing issues that led them to seek union representation. These dedicated officers are now looking to get a retirement package they believe they deserve.

American Federation of Government Employees Local 1969 President Andrew Peterson joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to shine a light on the issues faced by members of Local 1969. He also explained how the problems are being resolved. Continue reading

Federal workers push for labor law reforms with Democratic majority

Federal employees serving veterans at the Veterans Affairs (VA ) have been vocal about needing more COVID-19 guidelines, protections and pay for working in a potentially dangerous environment. They finally believe help is on the way.

American Federation of Government Employees Local 31 President Darryll Bell said elected officials are beginning to pay attention when he appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also discussed the need to strengthen labor law and more. Continue reading

VA workers expect better treatment under the Biden administration

After four years of constant attacks from the Trump administration and its appointees, VA employees are confident the administration is heading in the right direction.

AFGE Executive Vice President for 6th District VA Council 262 Tinita Cole joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a tentative collective bargaining agreement, the new VA Secretary and the abundance of vacancies and lack of PPE at some VA facilities. Continue reading

EPA employees look to regain ground under and environmentally conscious administration

Environmental causes received little attention from the Trump administration, as the Environmental Protection Agency was gutted. President Biden is expected to restore the agency.

As the EPA was neglected and those working within the agency were overwhelmed, their union was abused. American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 Steward Brian Kelly joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss what needs to be done to get the EPA back on track and the Flint water crisis. Continue reading

VA Accountability Act unfairly turned on AFGE members at the VA

The collective bargaining rights of federal employees have come under attack in recent years. Legislation intended to protect them has been turned on them and used against them.

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National Veterans Affairs Council Outside Council Ibidun Roberts discussed the VA Accountability Act, collective bargaining rights and the Federal Service Impasse Council on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Government employees cheer passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

As the transition of governmental power is underway, there is still work being done on the COVID-19 pandemic frontlines and throughout the current government.

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1410 President Felicia Sharp joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to talk about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), healthcare workers and more. Continue reading

AFGE members anticipate positive changes under incoming Biden administration

Federal employees have made sacrifices under the Trump administration. Less people were tasked with more work, union representatives were kicked out of their office space and more.

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3283 Executive Vice President Laurie Glicker and Legislative Steward Dan Drost discussed how federal employees have been affected by the actions of this administration and what they anticipate going forward with President-elect Joe Biden on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

AFGE NVP says federal workers can look forward to a Biden administration

Federal workers have fallen under attack since the Trump administration was ushered in. American Federation of Government Employees District 6 National Vice President Arnold Scott spoke about those attacks and what is to come for federal workers under a potential Biden administration on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Veterans Affairs Council official discusses safely returning to work

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from National Veterans Affairs Council 262 Sixth District President and American Federation of Government Employees member Willie Haywood Jr. discuss personal protective equipment, returning to work and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading