AFL-CIO and affiliated groups push the PRO Act during week of action

Throughout the U.S., labor organizations and leaders are coming together to make their voices heard in support of labor-friendly legislation, such as the PRO Act.

One person who has been working diligently to convince Ohioans and Ohio’s representatives of the importance of the PRO Act is Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss what is being done to pass the PRO Act, why an infrastructure bill is needed and other topics. Continue reading

President Biden pleases organized labor in first address to Congress

Following President Biden’s first formal address to Congress as commander-in-chief, the labor community is growing confident he will be able to deliver on key, labor-focused campaign promises.

The AFL-CIO has been heavily involved in keeping the pressure on President Biden and is doing what they can to advance his agenda. AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss what needs to be done to strengthen the labor movement. Continue reading

Democrats celebrate legislative wins, despite uphill battle on the PRO Act

Democrats and labor groups are coming off celebrations of passing the American Rescue Act and passing the PRO Act in the House of Representatives. Despite the light mood, the PRO Act faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

At the forefront of the battle to pass the PRO Act has been the AFL-CIO, hosting townhalls and other events to encourage workers to let their representatives know they are in favor of the legislation. AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel appeared on AWF Union Podcast to discuss the American Rescue Plan and the progress of the PRO Act. Continue reading

Clean Jobs Illinois focuses on protecting jobs while creating new ones

As the U.S. moves away from fossil fuels and begins investing in green, renewable energy infrastructure, it will be important to invest in creating good-paying jobs in this industry as well.

Illinois is one of the state’s leading the way in creating jobs in these industries and allowing their economy to smoothly transition. Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea discussed how his state is working towards a smooth transition, while protecting jobs and more. Continue reading

Ohio labor groups fight to keep manufacturing jobs local

Democrats and labor groups seek to achieve major political goals after labor-friendly candidates win elections, fill committees and achieve majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined AWF Union Podcast to provide an update on the potential outsourcing of jobs in Bucyrus, Ohio, The Biden administration’s agenda and what labor groups would like to see happen with the Democratic majority. Continue reading

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan excites labor groups and workers alike

As the Biden administration gains time under its belt, it is moving forward with its pro-labor promises. Additionally, the administration is showing it is willing to work to pass a new relief plan.

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel discussed how the Biden administration is moving forward and helping workers on AWF Union Podcast. Samuel also discussed the Biden administration COVID-19 relief plan and how it will help workers. Continue reading

Iowa AFL-CIO attempts to bring justice to workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Meat packing plants and other crowded workplaces have had issues regarding COVID-19. However, people must keep working in order to put food on shelves.

Iowa is having statewide issues getting protections for workers and is making a stand. Iowa AFL-CIO President Charlie Wishman explained what actions they are taking to protect workers on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Pre-apprenticeship program seeks to improve conditions in D.C. metro area through the trades

Communities have seen the benefits of promoting building trades careers among local youths. The apprenticeship model works well for those not wanting to take on the burden of student debt.

Community Services Agency Client Services Coordinator Sylvia Casaro Dietert explained what they are doing in the D.C metro area to promote building trades careers on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Virginia becomes first to establish permanent workplace protections due to COVID-19

Virginia has recently become the first state to pass a permanent workplace virus protection standard. Now some states are seeking to follow suit and develop a standard of their own.

Virginia AFL-CIO President Doris Crouse-Mays joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the standard, So-Called “Right to Work,” how working people have become heroes because of the pandemic and more. Continue reading

AFL-CIO looks to Biden administration to craft labor-friendly policy for the middle class

Now that the Trump administration has been voted out, the Biden administration is moving forward with policy changes and a new legislative agenda that favors working people.

The AFL-CIO is pleased with what they have seen from the administration thus far. AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel discussed changes at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Department of Labor (DOL), how Democrats can advance their agenda and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading