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

States refuse unemployment in attempt to get people to return to work

Many states are beginning to cut additional unemployment benefits that were provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, employers are still struggling to find labor at their currently offered wage.

The United Labor Agency (ULA) works to train people and connect them with meaningful employment. ULA Executive Director Dave Megenhardt joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how they have helped workers with employment over the past year and more. Continue reading

Scams on the rise as American’s return to normal life

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, Americans are beginning to travel and participate in the economy on a larger scale. This has opened many people up to scams, especially in the travel and funeral industries.

The Better Business Bureau works to limit the amount of people who fall victim to these scams by warning consumers. Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to warn listeners about some current scams. Continue reading

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