AFT organizing increases due to COVID-19 related concerns

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on teachers and the education system, but they have been resilient in teaching America’s future, despite unprecedented attacks from those with no experience.

American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania Executive Director Ethan Ake-Little joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the education system has adapted, some issues with charter schools and the uptick in organizing. Continue reading

Consumer protection advocates hope to rein in payday lenders in coming years

Many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken jobs, leaving people without an income. While this is happening, payday lenders continue to take advantage of people.

Policy Matters Ohio Project Director Kalitha Williams discussed how the Biden administration may be able to rein in these payday lenders and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Steelworkers continue to adjust to working and staying positive amidst a pandemic

Workers have done a lot to adjust to working amidst a global pandemic. They have dealt with additional personal protective equipment, changing schedules and more.

United Steelworkers District 9 Director Dan Flippo discussed how workers have adapted to the pandemic, how unions have fared in southern So-Called “Right to Work” states and how unions have had a seat at the table with President-elect Biden. Continue reading

COVID-19 dominates 2020 labor news headlines

While COVID-19 dominated headlines, much happened in the world of labor in 2020. Some good things and some bad, which led to various outcomes and a hope for the year to end.

Mark Gruenberg of Press Associates Union News wrapped up the headlines of 2020 and looked at what is ahead for 2021 on the New Years Eve edition of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Government employees cheer passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

As the transition of governmental power is underway, there is still work being done on the COVID-19 pandemic frontlines and throughout the current government.

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1410 President Felicia Sharp joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to talk about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), healthcare workers and more. Continue reading

Biden may find bipartisan support in pension reform efforts

With the election of Vice President Joe Biden to the White House, he will have his hands full with rebuilding public trust in the federal government, the COVID-19 pandemic and more.

Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski discussed the dangers of President Trump refusing to concede and pension reform on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

CWA Admin. Director talks about obstacles President-elect Biden will have upon taking office

The incoming administration will have their hands full with finding ways to right the wrongs at the National Labor Relations Board, provide relief to Americans and more.

Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews discussed what he expects from the incoming Biden administration, how CWA members are faring in California and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

United Labor Agency promotes virtual training to help find new careers

With the amount of Americans out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that resources are available to them to train for new careers and find work.

United Labor Agency (ULA) Executive Director Dave Megenhardt joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss virtual job training opportunities and how to get more Americans back to work. Continue reading

SAG-AFTRA members are adapting to safety protocols while still putting on a show

As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to rage throughout the U.S., many markets have been hampered. The entertainment industry, like many others, has made adjustments to continue putting on a show.

Actor and former Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Atlanta Local President Ric Reitz joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the entertainment industry is dealing with the pandemic. Continue reading

Public educators optimistic of Biden administration despite current COVID-19 spike

Teachers and schools have been some of the most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Trump administration. President-elect Joe Biden is giving these educators hope.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, what it means for schools and the reassurance that President-elect Biden has brought to educators in Ohio and throughout the country. Continue reading