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 members steadfast in their strike at Pennsylvania steel plants

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss possible infrastructure plans and how the Biden administration is working to achieve this key campaign promise. He also talked about a monthslong strike at a Pennsylvania steel company. 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

Democrats try to advance infrastructure, receive no Republican support

The Biden administration is working diligently to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill to boost the economy, lower unemployment and improve the quality of life within the U.S.

United Auto Workers Legislative Director Josh Nassar joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the multifaceted American Jobs Plan, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) news, voting rights and more. Continue reading

Building Futures Program gives people the skills needed to succeed in the trades

There are an abundance of job opportunities in the Columbus area, thanks to the vast number of construction projects currently in progress or in the design stages. The Building Futures Program is working to fill these openings by training men and women with the entry-level skills needed to join a registered building trades apprenticeship program.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss their pre-apprenticeship programs, the American Jobs Plan and more. Continue reading

Sen. Brown confronts banking CEO’s in recent Senate hearing

Big bank CEO’s are making massive amounts of money, sometimes 900 times what the starting employee makes within the company. This gap has widened greatly over the past four decades, further stretching the wealth gap.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a  recent Senate hearing he led and how a comprehensive infrastructure plan will help his home state of Ohio. 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

Steelworkers connect with members and employers on infrastructure

The United Steelworkers are rallying around President Biden and his proposed infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan. The comprehensive bill includes new construction, renovations, clean energy, enhanced supply chains and more.

Kim Miller, Assistant to United Steelworkers President Tom Conway, explained her role and the importance of the American Jobs Plan on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She also discussed specific components of the plan that would help steelworkers. Continue reading

Democrats seek avenues to bypass Republicans, advance agenda

Congressional Republicans have made it their mission to control the U.S. from the minority and obstruct the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats at every turn.

AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel discussed how Democrats are working around obstruction tactics, an ongoing coal miner strike in Alabama and what it is like getting back into work after COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. Continue reading

Investing in infrastructure in order to create jobs

The cornerstone of infrastructure is job creation. President Biden recently unveiled the American Jobs Plan, an infrastructure plan designed to invest in job creation as the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brookings Institute Senior Research Associate Joseph Kane broke down the proposed infrastructure investment, career pathways and why now is the perfect time to invest in infrastructure on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading