UFCW members push through pandemic as essential workers

Throughout the pandemic, essential workers have played a major role in keeping the U.S. moving moving. These men and women not only work in grocery stores, but they labor in meatpacking plants, liquor agencies and more.

In Pennsylvania, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 represents some 35,000 members who have been hard at work making sure people have access to everyday needs. Their president, Wendell Young, joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about the Local 1776 membership and what it means to have a pro-union president in the White House. Continue reading

Meatpacking workers encounter increased danger amid the pandemic

While most industries were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, workers in the meatpacking industry suffered immensely, as they worked side by side indoors.

Public Citizen Litigation Group Attorney Adam Pulver spoke up for these workers and insisted that something be done to protect them on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also called for proper funding of organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 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

Discussing suicide prevention on Workers’ Memorial Day

On Workers’ Memorial Day, the labor community is focused on fallen workers and ways to limit the amount of workers who are killed due to workplace accidents and their own personal battles.

These issues are being tackled head on by labor organizations and management together. Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what leads to mental health issues in the construction industry and where workers can go for help. Continue reading

Investing in infrastructure beyond just roads and bridges

With the Biden administration slowly releasing details of a comprehensive infrastructure plan, it is becoming more clear what will be included and how it will be paid for.

One person keeping a close eye on the plan and its payment method is David Dayen, Executive Editor of The American Prospect. He joined AWF Union Podcast to explain why the plan is viable and needs to be initiated now. Continue reading

Honoring healthcare workers on Workers’ Memorial Day

The U.S. is poised to pass a massive infrastructure plan designed to put Americans back to work in good paying jobs and to make much needed improvements to our nation’s infrastructure.

Independent labor voice and former International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Tom Buffenbarger highlighted the importance of the American Jobs Plan and what it will bring to various parts of the U.S. He also previewed Workers’ Memorial Day and what it means to him. Continue reading

Celebrating Workers Memorial Day after a year in a global pandemic

Workers’ Memorial Day takes place on April 28. This annual day honors the men and women who have been severely injured or killed at work, while also recognizing the anniversary of the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.

Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss Workers’ Memorial Day and explain what the American Jobs Plan will do for the public transportation industry. Continue reading

Texas building trades leaders warm up to the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal has been a topic of discussion since the beginning of the last election cycle. While some portions of the proposed legislation have concerned some building trades members, these individuals are slowly turning around to the idea.

Texas is one of the last places in the U.S. where people would expect the Green New Deal to gain traction, however it is picking up steam. IBEW Local 520 Organizer Ryan Pollock explained how building trades leadership in Texas is recognizing the potential of the legislation and more on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

USW fights for workers depending on Enbridge Line 5

As Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer attempts to halt the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline, labor unions who represent workers on the pipeline are pushing back.

United Steelworkers National Rapid Response Coordinator Randie Pearson joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what the Rapid Response program is and why Enbridge Line 5 is vital to their members. Continue reading

explaining the difference between working class and middle class

The lines between middle class and working class have become blurred as the terms are used interchangeably in media and in politics. The difference between the two exists and needs to be defined.

Working Class Perspectives contributing writer Christopher Martin dissected the two terms and explained why the difference is important on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also explained what is like to teach journalism as the profession becomes increasingly dangerous. Continue reading