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

Consumers encouraged to participate in National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week is slated for Feb. 28 through March 6. Consumers will be presented with a variety of programming to help protect them from any scams or issues.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) Public Relations Director Andrew Tinkham discussed why National Consumer Protection Week was created and previewed some of the programming on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Insulators act as the last line of defense through firestopping

The insulation industry is much more than just insulating the walls and ceilings of a building to ensure heat stays in. The industry has evolved to include firestopping and other processes.

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Trustee and Vice President of Fire and Life Safety Services at Superior Industrial Insulation Tom Dake II joined AWF Union Podcast to explain the importance and functionality of firestopping materials. Continue reading

Democrats inch closer to providing pension relief with new COVID-19 bill

Pension plans have become one of the more prominent political issues in recent years, as Democrats seek to provide decades worth of funding, while Republicans wish to move on from the issue without action.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President at Large John Murphy discussed pension solvency and the various plans to fix the issue on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Boeing faces backlash after another inflight issue with their aircraft

Boeing has been experiencing difficulties with their aircraft in recent years. While some issues have proved to be fatal, the most recent incident only caused property damage.

Independent labor voice Tom Buffenbarger joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the recent issues with Boeing aircraft and what can be done to prevent future issues. Continue reading

NCPSSM highlights unfair drug prices and how to control them

Social security and Medicare is constantly under attack by politicians and special interest groups, who would like to see the funding go elsewhere.

National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare President and CEO Max Richtman explained to listeners the current attacks on social security and Medicare and how drug prices are being affected on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

California unions gain workforce percentage amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought in a wave of organizing across many industries. California is one of the states leading the way, where a higher percentage of their workforce is now unionized compared to at the beginning of the pandemic.

California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith discussed some of the leading labor issues in California and around the country, how California’s unions have fared throughout the pandemic, what the plan is for gig workers now that Proposition 22 is state law and more. Continue reading

Transit workers face unique challenges in the age of COVID-19

American transit workers have gained a new ally in President Biden, as executive orders mandating masks be worn by passengers and other protections have been issued.

Newly elected Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the treatment of transit workers since the beginning of the pandemic and what can be done to swing the Federal Mediation Board in favor of working people. Continue reading

Butch Lewis Act gains traction under new Democratic Congressional majority

Retired Americans are constantly under attack from politicians. New ideas are constantly thrown around to cut or eliminate social security and Medicare, while pensions also come under attack.

Standing up for the retired is Rich Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. Fiesta joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss new legislation targeted at social security and Medicare and the Butch Lewis Act. Continue reading

Soldiers stationed at K2 left behind after exposure to toxic sludge

America’s soldiers have been subject to some horrible working conditions throughout the year. Sometimes these exposures are avoidable, while some come with the territory and environment.

American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer told the story of a modern day Agent Orange, another about the effects of the U.S. dependency on China for medication and an operation that could have been the most deadly ever on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading