NLRB swinging toward labor following years of pro-corporation decisions

The makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is shifting back to favor labor after years of favoring management and corporations during the Trump administration. President Joe Biden is filling spots on the board to tip the scales toward organized labor.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Assistant General Counsel Amanda Jaret discussed how President Biden is swinging the NLRB back toward workers, the issues they are currently working on and more. She also spoke about labor-related cases recently considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading

Federal law enforcement officers seek similar retirement as municipal officers

Law enforcement officers within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are facing issues that led them to seek union representation. These dedicated officers are now looking to get a retirement package they believe they deserve.

American Federation of Government Employees Local 1969 President Andrew Peterson joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to shine a light on the issues faced by members of Local 1969. He also explained how the problems are being resolved. Continue reading

Lawmakers take aim at Critical Race Theory throughout the U.S.

Public schools and teachers have become a frequent target for some politicians. There are a variety of reasons, ranging from how schools are funded to what is being taught in the classroom.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss school funding in Ohio, broadband issues in the state, why Critical Race Theory is currently getting so much attention and more. Continue reading

Apprenticeship recruiters work with “influencers” to attract young people

Many Americans are unaware of the benefits available to the men and women who enter a registered building trades apprenticeship program. Instead, these Americans believe in pushing the next generation of students towards college, where they pay thousands and then have to go find a job for themselves.

United Association Local 669 is a unique Local Union, as it represents fire sprinkler professionals in 48 states. UA Local 669 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss apprenticeship and how it can benefit Americans. Continue reading

State labor federation takes their own approach to organizing

Labor friendly candidates and members of the labor community are winning elections nationwide. In Vermont, the labor community is taking on a new strategy to enact change to ensure labor friendly policies are enacted.

Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Deusen joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the politics of Vermont, action taken in the event that there was not a peaceful transition in the White House, neighboring states defeating so-called “Right to Work” and more. Continue reading

Democrats try to advance infrastructure, receive no Republican support

The Biden administration is working diligently to pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill to boost the economy, lower unemployment and improve the quality of life within the U.S.

United Auto Workers Legislative Director Josh Nassar joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the multifaceted American Jobs Plan, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) news, voting rights and more. Continue reading

Ohio seeks plan to address disproportionate school funding

School funding in Ohio and other states has been a festering problem for decades. Currently there is a proposed fix going through the Ohio statehouse, which would restore school funding in underserved communities and more.

Policy Matters Ohio has been at the forefront of the education funding debate and their Senior Project Director Wendy Patton joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how school funding got to where it is, the Fair School Funding Plan and more. Continue reading

“Junk” health insurance plans mislead consumers, lead to massive bills

The health insurance industry is rife with companies lying about their less than desirable plans at a very affordable price. These plans have always existed and have been purchased by millions of Americans.

ProPublica Reporter Jenny Deam focuses on health insurance and recently wrote a story about a young man who became swamped with bills following a routine procedure. She joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss “junk” health insurance plans, what has been done to curb their purchase and more. Continue reading

South Carolina unions seek to improve anti-union sentiment

South Carolina remains a historically anti-union state. Labor groups in the state have been working to ease the anti-union sentiment but struggle due to unfriendly politicians.

South Carolina AFL-CIO Field Director Jennifer Tague joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss her role as field director, how the organization is working to overcome the anti-union sentiment and more. Continue reading

Apprenticeship returns to the classroom as COVID-19 threat subsides

With the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to subside as more Americans become vaccinated and herd immunity is reached, registered building trades apprenticeship classes are getting back into full swing.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 38 President Mike Muzic expressed gratitude for things returning to normal when he appeared on the AWF Union Podcast. He also provided listeners with an update on work in the Local 38 jurisdiction. Continue reading