COVID-19 nurses share their stories of inadequate PPE and lack of protection

Nurses have been on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, working every step of the way, many times with little to no personal protective equipment.

The Nation contributor Sarah Jaffe has spoken to many nurses throughout the country and reported on her findings, telling their stories. Jaffe joined AWF Union Podcast to share some of the situations they have been placed in and what is happening to improve the situation. Continue reading

EEOC looks for pro-worker rebound after years of catering to employers

The Biden administration has been talked about as being potentially the most pro-labor administration in decades. Although he has already taken pro-worker action, more needs to be done.

The Nation contributor Bryce Covert discussed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which spawned from the Civil Rights Act and how President Biden can repair it after four years of anti-labor leadership on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Labor leaders believe American manufacturing will be vital to the Biden presidency

One of the main components of President Biden’s campaign was his commitment to American labor groups to advance infrastructure and domestic manufacturing legislation.

United Steelworkers District 1 Director Pat Gallagher discussed the President’s promises, his recent meeting with American labor leaders, his plan for steel and aluminum tariffs and the future of pipelines on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Immediate and future legislation will pull the U.S. up from the pandemic

Women and America’s minority populations have suffered a disproportionate amount as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is the time to make it right and help them get back on track.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research President and CEO C. Nicole Mason explained how the U.S. can move on from the pandemic through legislation and other actions that need to come from the pandemic. Continue reading

VA workers expect better treatment under the Biden administration

After four years of constant attacks from the Trump administration and its appointees, VA employees are confident the administration is heading in the right direction.

AFGE Executive Vice President for 6th District VA Council 262 Tinita Cole joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a tentative collective bargaining agreement, the new VA Secretary and the abundance of vacancies and lack of PPE at some VA facilities. Continue reading

Florida educators not prioritized for vaccine despite teaching in-person

Florida has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as state politicians disregard any recommendations from health experts regarding community spread.

Florida Education Association President Andrew Spar joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to bring attention to the mistreatment of educators in the state and explain what the state’s pandemic situation is like. Continue reading

Ohio schools set to reopen despite lack of teacher vaccinations

Public schools have been at the forefront of COVID-19 conversations, as some believe schools should be open for in-person instruction, while others believe schools should wait until educators can be vaccinated and provide a safe learning environment.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper gave an update on Ohio school funding, issues with some schools as they plan to reopen by March 1 and inequity experienced by urban districts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

EPA employees look to regain ground under and environmentally conscious administration

Environmental causes received little attention from the Trump administration, as the Environmental Protection Agency was gutted. President Biden is expected to restore the agency.

As the EPA was neglected and those working within the agency were overwhelmed, their union was abused. American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 Steward Brian Kelly joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss what needs to be done to get the EPA back on track and the Flint water crisis. Continue reading

Environmental workers ready to get back to work under the Biden administration

After four years of neglect, those working for the Environmental Protection Agency are excited to get back on track with making progress towards protecting our environment under the Biden administration

American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 Vice President of Professional Development Loreen Targos discussed what needs to be done to restore the Great Lakes region and what resources workers need on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Park service workers welcome COVID-19 regulations as they work through pandemic

The national parks and those who work to preserve them have endured a lot because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, help is on the way for them in the form of regulations and more.

National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 336 President Roland Phillips and Assistant Counsel Sarah Riger joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what these workers have endured and how new regulations will help them do their jobs. Continue reading