Unions provide Kentucky workers a safer workplace

Labor unions are reaching approval ratings and enthusiasm levels not seen in decades. This can partially be credited to working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also because workers now understand their worth and demand better pay and safer work environments.

Although Kentucky is not the most union-friendly state, the labor movement is gaining traction there, as more people are seeing the value of unions. Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss unions in his state, striking coal miners in Alabama and the message they are sending workers throughout the U.S. Continue reading

Senate Republicans block debate on bipartisan infrastructure bill

Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan infrastructure bill from advancing to debate yesterday in the Senate. The sweeping legislation has been a key theme of the Biden administration.

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel agrees a sweeping infrastructure bill is needed. Samuel joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the infrastructure bill, the problem with privatizing infrastructure and more. Continue reading

Union construction projects take off in post-pandemic Tennessee

Construction tradesmen and tradeswomen working in Tennessee are busy, as the state has seen an uptick in construction projects since COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were lifted.

Despite the high volume of ongoing work, the organized labor community is speaking out against contractors hiring unskilled, untrained labor, who are paid under the table. Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus talked about connecting with workers, the progress of the construction industry and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

President Biden makes the Jones Act a priority for American workers

President Biden has ushered in an agenda of rebuilding the American economy. Whether this is through infrastructure projects or domestic shipping supporting American workers, all aspects will help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maritime Trades Department Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dan Duncan explained how the American shipping industry is getting a boost. He also discussed the Warrior Met Coal strike and a recent fundraiser. 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

Democrats seek alternative routes to pass infrastructure bill, other legislation

Senate Democrats are hitting roadblocks as they attempt to move forward with key agenda items.

AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel works first-hand with Senators on these key pieces of legislation. Samuel joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the progress being made on the pro-worker agenda. He gave an update on the American Jobs Plan, the filibuster, the PRO Act and more. Continue reading

White collar workers seek representation, view unions favorably

More people are seeking union representation now than anytime in decades. While the increase was boosted by the pandemic, union enthusiasm and favorability was on the rise before COVID-19 hit.

Many unions represent workers in blue collar professions, such as construction or transportation. However, more white collar professionals are seeking representation for various reasons. Department of Professional Employees Communications Director Katie Barrows discussed organizing professional employees and why they are seeking representation. Continue reading

South Carolina unions seek to improve anti-union sentiment

South Carolina remains a historically anti-union state. Labor groups in the state have been working to ease the anti-union sentiment but struggle due to unfriendly politicians.

South Carolina AFL-CIO Field Director Jennifer Tague joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss her role as field director, how the organization is working to overcome the anti-union sentiment and more. Continue reading

Democrats seek avenues to bypass Republican obstruction

President Biden recently visited Cleveland, Ohio in an effort to promote the American Jobs Plan, an infrastructure plan designed to touch every corner of the U.S. and create good paying, long lasting jobs.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga was excited about the visit and believes the president is doing a good job highlighting the industrial cities that stand to benefit the most. He joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the visit and more. Continue reading

Union jobs help struggling veterans make the transition back to civilian life

While Memorial Day is a great time to reflect on military service members lost while serving, it is just as important to remember those who lost their battle upon returning home.

Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast for a special Memorial Day episode. He spoke about his experience in the military, transitioning into civilian life and more. Continue reading