St. Paul refinery workers remain locked out following short strike

Industrial work is some of the most difficult and dangerous work in the U.S. The training and safety precautions needed to work in a safe manner are great, but some companies are not meeting their responsibility of providing a safe work environment.

Workers at one Marathon refinery were recently locked out after demonstrating a one-day strike. Teamsters Local 120 Chief Union Steward Dean Benson joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the strike, the lockout, what the workers need to work safely and more. Continue reading

Corporations pay little taxes, as the middle class foots the bill

America’s wealthiest citizens and corporations greatly benefit from tax policy that allows them to pay less in taxes than working class Americans. Sometimes, they are even rewarded with more money or other incentives.

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) Executive Director Amy Hanauer joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the companies who get away with paying no taxes, the laws that allow them to pay little to no taxes and more. Continue reading

Corporations rob S.C. schools out of millions of dollars

States like South Carolina have decimated their education budgets in the name of attracting corporations to the state. Many are finding that plan has backfired, as the local workforce is not equipped for the jobs created.

America’s Work Force Union Podcast independent labor voice Tom Buffenbarger discussed why some states are losing their ability to develop an educated workforce, the removal of unemployment benefits and more. Continue reading

Making autonomous vehicles safer for employees and consumers

Technology moves our society forward, it will be important to ensure this new technology will not negatively affect the economy.

When he appeared on the AWF Union Podcast, Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan discussed what needs to happen as transportation technology advances. He also spoke about transportation employment opportunities and safety measures. 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

Original AWF Radio host remembered as a pioneer

The America’s Work Force Union Podcast staff is deeply saddened to announce the passing of the program’s original host Robert Roy Becker, known on-air as Bob Becker.

Becker passed away on April 12 at the age of 67, following a nearly decade long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Continue reading

Florida passes restrictive voting law, retired Americans push back

America’s senior citizens face many hardships due to physical shortcomings. While some things like standing in line to vote are okay for the younger population, older Americans may struggle.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta discussed the issues with the voting laws being passed by some states, what the alliance is doing to combat these laws and how the federal government is attempting to circumvent these laws. Continue reading

Veterans groups bring awareness to veteran suicide rate

Dating back to the earliest days of the U.S. armed forces, veteran suicide has been a problem. Sadly, suicide rate for veterans has increased as the years have passed,  which has spurred veterans groups into action.

The American Legion is working to reduce the veteran suicide rate through programming and legislation. Jeff Stoffer, the American Legion Director of Media and Communications, joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss veteran suicide, veteran deportations and the new World War I memorial. Continue reading

Enbridge Line 5 continues production despite threats from Gov. Whitmer

While the U.S. seeks to shift away from fossil fuels, the move must be made over time. Issues with the immediate shutdown of pipelines are rising and politicians are at a crossroads of protecting the environment and protecting jobs.

United Steelworkers Local 912 President Justin Donley is fighting to protect the work of his members at the Toledo Refinery in Toledo, Ohio, which processes light sweet crude from Enbridge Line 5. Donley joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss this ongoing issue and what it would do to certain regional economies in the midwest. Continue reading

Making the House of Representatives more representative

As both chambers of Congress become increasingly gridlocked with partisan loyalty, there is talk about ways to remove the gridlock and make the federal government run more efficient.

Studying this gridlock is The Nation National Affairs Correspondent John Nichols. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss increasing the number of representatives in the House, how the 2020 Census was conducted and state voting laws. Continue reading