“Buy American” plan inspires and gives promise to working Americans

As President Biden settles into his new position, the labor community is continuing to voice their opinion in an attempt to have their voices heard and swing the President’s agenda in their favor.

President Biden is largely listening to them, or at least governing with the labor community in mind. Tom Buffenbarger, independent labor voice and former Machinists Union General President discussed what more the president can do to improve the lives of working people on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

U.S. union density rises as non-union jobs are lost to the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the deep need for unions in the U.S. Thankfully, union density has increased, perhaps sparking a change.

PAI Union News Editor Mark Gruenberg discussed the spike in union density and its causes and what the future of workers looks like in the U.S. on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg impresses industry professionals, setting lofty expectations

For nearly a year, those working in the transportation industry have worked in subpar conditions. Whether it was congested workplaces or maskless riders, public transportation workers were left behind.

Transportation Trades Department Secretary-Treasurer Greg Regan discussed the appointment of Pete Buttigieg to Secretary of Transportation and what the Biden administration can do to protect transportation workers now. Continue reading

Unemployment insurance claims system lags in Kentucky, leaving many with unanswered claims

Many states with Republican supermajorities have taken steps to limit collective action by workers by passing anti-worker legislation, such as So-Called “Right to Work” laws and more.

Kentucky is one such state where workers have fallen under attack. Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the state political environment, workplace safety and more. Continue reading

Union officials take on government roles under President Biden

Union leaders were front and center in the Biden transition team. Now, they are being nominated for positions in and around the new government.

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway explained how passing an infrastructure bill needs to be a priority and the appointment of a labor leader to a position in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Rebuilding the working class through infrastructure and prosecution of white collar criminals

The labor community has a list of agenda items for President Biden and the new federal government after throwing their support behind him in the election.

Marc Dann, attorney and founder of Dann Law, discussed how the Biden administration can hold white collar criminals accountable after years of being let off the hook, restoring the middle class through work and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

The Debt Collective advocates for debt cancellation to stimulate the economy

Various forms of debt are absolutely crushing Americans and the American economy. Some believe it is time to cancel certain forms of debt in order to stimulate the economy and ease the burden on the American people.

Astra Taylor, contributing writer to The Nation Magazine explained how life changing debt cancellation would be to millions of Americans and provided specific actions to be taken to make it a reality on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Labor community cheers early Biden administration labor appointees

With a new presidential administration in place, new policies will be enacted and officials will be appointed. The labor community is excited for what will come from President Biden, as he has positioned himself as a labor friendly candidate.

North Coast Area Labor Federation President and United Steelworkers Sub-District 1 Director Pat Gallagher explained his excitement for the new administration and what is to come, as well as the future of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Continue reading

VA Accountability Act unfairly turned on AFGE members at the VA

The collective bargaining rights of federal employees have come under attack in recent years. Legislation intended to protect them has been turned on them and used against them.

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National Veterans Affairs Council Outside Council Ibidun Roberts discussed the VA Accountability Act, collective bargaining rights and the Federal Service Impasse Council on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Museum workers seek representation as COVID-19 highlights need for unions

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed flaws in many places, including in museums. These flaws have led to a record number of organizing wins for employees.

Sharon Johnson of The Progressive joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss many of these organizing victories and what led to so many museum workers to seek representation. Continue reading