Providing opportunities for military veterans in the trades

The building trades are in need of people who are prepared to work with their hands and understand the importance of teamwork. Programs are popping up all over the U.S. to recruit and pre-train these potential workers.

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Trades are advocating for people to choose a career in their trade. On the America’s Work Force Union Podcast, Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini explained their efforts and how veterans make great tradesmen and tradeswomen. Ielmini also discussed how unions are taking action against companies who participate in union busting. Continue reading

Helmets to Hardhats Exec. Director says veterans make perfect tradesmen and tradeswomen

The heroes who serve in the United States military deserve more than what they often get. Work after service or some sort of training helps advance this population.

Helmets to Hardhats Executive Director Dave Porter discussed how the program has helped thousands of veterans find careers in the building trades and why veterans make great tradesmen and tradeswomen on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

General President of LiUNA on Pipelines and Infrastructure Issues

General President of The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Terry O’Sullivan, spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 13 to discuss pipeline and infrastructure issues in the United States. Continue reading

Promoting the Construction Trades on America’s Work Force Radio

On March 5, Bill Brown from Ben Hur Construction, St. Louis, Missouri, spoke about the benefits of going into the construction trades during his time on America’s Work Force.

Ben Hur ConstructionBrown, who was a former marine, discussed going into the construction trades after he transitioned from active-duty back into civilian life and how easy he had assimilated to the training. He talked about programs such as Helmets to Hardhats, that provide training in the trades while guaranteeing job placement or an earn while you learn apprenticeship with a federally approved apprenticeship program. Brown talked about all of the benefits of an apprenticeship, such as free training, earn while you learn, good starting wages and a path to the middle class rather than going to college or university and taking on student debt without being guaranteed a job. He then talked about the quality of training in union construction and how they spend hundreds of hours perfecting their craft to make sure the work that they will be providing is well above the competition’s quality of work.

AFL-CIOTim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO spoke with AWF on March 5 about Governor Dewine’s gas tax increase to help fix roads and other infrastructure. He also talked about the misguided priorities of legislators over the years, avoiding the problems with fixing roads, as well as giving tax breaks to corporations who could help fix the roads. Lastly, Burga discussed lawmakers trying to repeal prevailing wage, in a union busting fashion, in certain areas where they do not think it is necessary to have it.



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