Teachers prepare for full time return to school

Throughout the pandemic, guidance has changed for students and their ability to return to school. While many teachers wish they could have been in the classroom fulltime, protections needed to be put in place for faculty and students.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has lead public school teachers through the pandemic. President Weingarten joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to lay out the plan for teachers and students to return to school and more. Continue reading

Critics cast Critical Race Theory as “anti-white”

Conservatives are pushing back against Critical Race Theory, which proponents say more accurately details the history of the U.S.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper explained Critical Race Theory, what proponents and critics say and how it has been embraced in Ohio on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She also discussed a controversial bill that could remove funding from public school districts. Continue reading

Public schools struggle as corporations receive tax abatements

Over the past few decades, many public schools have lost a portion of their funding. While some of the lost revenue can be attributed to charter school vouchers, a recent study revealed public school districts lost $2.37 billion from tax abatements.

Good Jobs First has been closely monitoring this issue and is shining light on it. Good Jobs First Project Coordinator Christine Wen broke the study down and discussed why this is happening on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She also discussed how the money can be better used. Continue reading

IRS workers seek budget increase to provide better service

Workers at the Internal Revenue Service are heading back to work, realizing that much of their work needs to be done in the office. While many workplaces made an easy transition, service suffered due to remote work.

National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss U.S. Treasury employees returning to work, how they are treated by the current administration and how they can provide better service to taxpayers. Continue reading

Southern workers lead the way in reinvigorating the labor movement

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of unions throughout the country. In the south, the labor movement has been reinvigorated with record levels of organizing during pandemic. As the country emerges from the pandemic, they believe this activity will remain high.

One southern labor leader, North Carolina State AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillian, discussed the various union victories in the south when she joined the AWF Union Podcast. She also discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has reinvigorated the labor movement nationwide. Continue reading

NLRB changes course, recognizes Contract-Bar Doctrine

On his first day in office, President Biden took swift action to restore the National Labor Relations Board into a group who supports workers and puts them on a level playing field.

President Biden’s decision to fire NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb was felt immediately, as the NLRB changed course and to side with workers in an April ruling. United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Assistant General Counsel Amanda Jaret joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss this and the Contract-Bar Doctrine. Continue reading

Senators seek punishment for companies outsourcing manufacturing

Democratic and labor-friendly senators and representatives are working to take advantage of the their majority in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, while they have it.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is standing up for working people by voting for legislation to help them on the job. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the expansion of manufacturing hubs and to talk about a plant in Ohio that is laying workers off with plans for more antiworker action. Continue reading

President Biden focuses in on labor law reform

President Biden has been working to bring Republicans with him on the American Jobs Act and other key labor issues. So far there has been little hope for bipartisanship.

United Auto Workers Legislative Director Josh Nassar is hoping for some bipartisanship, but does not see it happening anytime soon. He discussed the USMCA, the American Jobs Plan and other labor reforms on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Miners strike in Alabama for better benefits and wages

Throughout the U.S., the labor movement is growing in new industries such as technology and development, and it is rejuvenating in sectors like mining working and other labor-centric industries.

United Mine Workers of America Director of Governmental Affairs Phil Smith joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss an ongoing strike, how the workers rose up and what is being offered. He also gave an update on the current state of the mining industry. Continue reading

Reshoring the drugs manufacturing industry from China

China has dominated the antibiotic supply chain for decades. Their abundance of resources and lack of labor law make the country ideal for cheap production of drugs, resulting in larger profits.

Rosemary Gibson, an expert on the subject and author of “China Rx,” joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how China has become a leading producer of the drugs, how the U.S. can bring manufacturing of drugs back on shore and more. Continue reading