Florida apprenticeship ordinances are easy to pass, hard to enforce

West Central Florida Labor Council President and Assistant Business Manager/Organizer and President of IBEW Local 915 Shawn McDonnell joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed the struggle to get apprenticeship ordinances enforced once they are passed. Continue reading

The challenges of organizing workers in Mississippi

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 903 Business Manager Brian McMurry joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and explained the challenges to maintain a strong union market share in Mississippi, a So-Called “Right to Work” state. Continue reading

Unions look to capture work in the clean energy sector

As the energy sector begins to move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources, building trades unions and affiliated contractors will have to invest resources into preparing members to perform this new work.

While much of the work is currently performed by non-union tradesmen and tradeswomen, NXTGEN Clean Energy Solutions Founder Russ Bates believes the industry can be captured by union labor. He discussed the industry and where it is heading on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

IBEW Local 89 organizes legislative aides in Oregon

The work of legislative staff is often overlooked. These people work hard to steer legislation and policy while also acting as the point of contact who schedules appearances and connects the public with their representatives.

IBEW Local 89 Business Representative and Organizer Tony Ruiz joined AWF Union Podcast with legislative aide to Oregon State Senator Michael Dembrow Logan Gilles to provide an update on an organizing drive and why legislative staff deserve workplace representation. Continue reading

IBEW Local 99 looks to continue recruiting a diverse pool of apprentices in coming years

A union is only as good as the members who make it, and part of that is having a membership representative of the entire population, especially in modern times.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 99 Business Manager Joe Walsh joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss goals, Local 99 recruitment efforts and the incoming Biden administration. Continue reading

IBEW Local 103 BM is excited for a pro-labor Biden-Harris administration

Rumors are floating and discussions are being had for who will hold crucial cabinet positions in the incoming Biden-Harris administration. Labor leaders stand amongst the top candidates.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 Business Manager Lou Antonellis joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss discussions around a local Boston, Mass. politician being named to cabinet position and a recent organizing drive at a Boston casino. Continue reading

IBEW Local 96 BM on current work and regional efforts

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic sidelining the workers of many industries, building trades tradesmen and tradeswomen have enjoyed continued work due to being tagged as essential workers. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 96 Business Manager Tom Maloney spoke about his members and their work on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

IBEW Local 38 President discusses a fresh water turbine project

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 38 President Mike Muzic gave an update on what Local 38 did with regards to member protection during the pandemic, how the apprenticeship program has been affected, upcoming projects in northeast Ohio and more on the Sept. 8 episode of America’s Work Force Radio Podcast. Continue reading