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

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler hypes 83,000 job wind energy project

With the election of Joe Biden and U.S. Senate gains in Georgia, the labor community is looking forward to a busy two years of advancing their most pressing agenda items.

The AFL-CIO is leading this charge and is working to ensure working people get a fair shake. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler spoke about this, the Capitol insurrection and offshore energy project on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

New York State AFL-CIO uses Union Strong app to communicate with users

The labor community is excited to get to work on advancing the labor movement and New York is at the forefront of member communication, developing a legislative agenda and more.

New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento talked about his long career with the New York State AFL-CIO, how they communicate with their affiliated members, the upcoming legislative agenda and how to prevent COVID-19 related layoffs. Continue reading

North Shore AFL-CIO leadership changes hands, develops new strategies

The Ohio labor community will remain in good hands as the state continues to build a “building trades majority” in the statehouse and local labor councils get back to work in 2021.

North Shore AFL-CIO Treasurer Len DiCosimo discussed the Jan. 6 events in the U.S. Capitol, changes occurring at the North Shore AFL-CIO and how the Cleveland Orchestra is dealing with the pandemic. Continue reading

Talks of a second stimulus package raise hopes for those struggling

As President-elect Joe Biden continues to assemble his cabinet, Congressional Republicans and Democrats continue to debate on stimulus packages.

AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss stimulus package rumors and the transfer of power from the Trump administration to the incoming Biden administration. Continue reading

Ohio AFL-CIO expects a worker friendly Biden admin. and COVID-19 relief

As the Biden transition team works to set their agenda in motion, they have signaled that many of their policies will be pro-labor, but the current administration is giving them difficulties.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the transition of power, potential relief legislation and more. Continue reading