Ohio educators prepare for return to classrooms as vaccine is rolled out

As the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out, educators are preparing to back into the classroom with students. Although there are some questions that surround the plan.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the digital divide, the vaccine roll out and President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet nominations. Continue reading

Cleveland BBB warns listeners of COVID-19 stimulus and vaccine scams

With the news of the new stimulus package and the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out throughout the country, scammers have expanded their reach to take advantage of people.

Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast discussed various stimulus check scams, a vaccine scam and an advanced fee loan. Continue reading

As COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins, healthcare workers gain hope

As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to be distributed to the public, healthcare workers hope help is on the way after working some of the most difficult months of their careers.

United Steelworkers (USW) Health Care Workers’ Council Coordinator Tamara Lefcowitz joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the safety of healthcare workers and the early stages of the vaccine rollout. Continue reading

First round of COVID-19 vaccine rolled out to elderly and at-risk

With the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed to hospitals throughout the U.S., senior citizens can start to see the end of the tunnel as they will be among the first to be vaccinated.

Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) Executive Director Rich Fiesta joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the vaccine will be rolled out, the Biden-Harris transition and the upcoming Senate elections in Georgia. Continue reading

Forced vaccination may be on the table as the issue remains unclear

With news of vaccine distribution underway, some workers are wondering whether their employer can require them to take a vaccine in order to work.

Joyce Goldstein and Associates Labor Lawyer Joyce Goldstein discussed a So-Called “Right to Work” case in Boston and what employers can do regarding the COVID-19 vaccine on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

UNITE HERE! attempts to organize Boston hotel workers

A hotel in Boston has declared neutrality as the employees begin the process of organizing with UNITE HERE! Members of UNITE HERE! are casino workers, hotel maids, manufacturing workers, textile workers and more.

While the hotel has declared neutrality, various So-Called “Right to Work” groups have swooped in and are trying to make the case that declaring neutrality in the organizing campaign is actually providing illegal corporate aid to unions.

While National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb has taken up the case for prosecution, Goldstein believes the case will take time to resolve.

Forced vaccination

While the COVID-19 vaccines are gaining emergency approval, some workers are wondering if they can be forced to take the vaccine.

Goldstein said the line is blurry for both union and non-union workers. While non-union workers are at-will employees in many states, they can be terminated for any reason.

It is more difficult for union members to be fired for not being vaccinated. If the worker is remote and has no way of infecting other workers, she believes they will not be terminated. However, if they work in a populated workspace, such as a hospital, it is possible they will need to be vaccinated.

The line remains difficult to draw, as emergency approval, religious freedoms and more stand in the way of compelled vaccination.


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