Labor Secretary Marty Walsh understands the challenges workers face

Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 11 Business Manager Dennis Desmond joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the current pro-union climate in Washington that has been fostered by the Biden Administration, including the appointment of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, who has a strong union background as a member of LiUNA and as the former head of the Greater Boston Building Trades Unions Continue reading

Apprenticeship programs expand to meet job market demand

Barry Davies, Business Manager and Financial Secretary/Treasurer of Ironworkers Local 512, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the Ironworkers apprenticeship program has grown and evolved.

He also discussed the likelihood of the $1.3 trillion infrastructure bill eventually passing and if it passes, whether the Ironworkers will be able to meet the increased demand for skilled workers. Continue reading

Sen. Brown confident both infrastructure bills will eventually pass

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the likelihood of Congress passing both infrastructure bills, including the $1.2 trillion bill before the U.S. House and the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. Both bills are critical to President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.

He also spoke about legislation to introduce a 2 percent excise tax on securities repurchased by corporations, and the Power Act, which would provide border agents with handheld devices to more easily detect fentanyl coming over the border. Continue reading

Congress stares down debt ceiling deadline to avoid government shutdown

America’s Work Force Union Podcast Independent Labor Voice, Tom Buffenbarger, joined today’s episode to discuss the dangerous game politicians are playing by refusing to raise the debt ceiling.

No action by Congress could force the government to shut down and cause undue suffering for many people. If businesses supplied by the government cannot get paid, they may have to lay off workers. Continue reading

$1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill faces tight deadline at end of the month

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate is now before the U.S. House of Representatives. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to put the bill to a vote by the end of the month, and the clock is ticking. By Sept. 30, funding for the federal transfer of dollars to the states for infrastructure maintenance expires.

Michael Johnson, President of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why it is essential for Congress to pass the infrastructure bill and not get bogged down in politics. Continue reading

$3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill would create quality union jobs

The $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan seeks to expand education, health care and childcare support. It addresses the climate crisis and makes further investments in infrastructure not included in the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate. As a reconciliation bill, it only needs 50 votes for passage in the Senate — bypassing filibuster rules.

Josh Nassar, Legislative Coordinator for the United Auto Workers (UAW), joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill means for workers, how it would be funded and why its investment is critical to the U.S. electric vehicle market. Continue reading

COVID-19 has challenged union workers to adapt under pressure

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented challenges on workers, particularly for essential workers on construction sites, hospitals and other potentially dangerous settings.

Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the pandemic has transformed labor in America.

McGarvey also discussed the need to grow union apprenticeships and why he is seeing more people with college degrees seek professions in the building trades. Continue reading

What the PRO Act means to unions in the push for infrastructure

A little more than a week after being appointed General President of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Jim Williams Jr. joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his new role, the likelihood of the PRO Act’s passage and what it would mean for union organizing if it became law.

He also discussed the $1 trillion bi-partisian infrastructure bill and how, if passed, would create jobs for union tradesmen and tradeswomen. Continue reading

$1 trillion infrastructure plan “a down payment” on the rebuilding of America

In August, the U.S. Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill with bipartisan support. The bill now goes to the U.S. House, which is expected to vote on the bill later this month.

The bill provides $550 billion in new federal spending, including $110 billion for roads, bridges and other projects; $25 billion for airports; and the most funding for Amtrak since the passenger rail service was founded in 1971. Continue reading

Sen. Brown: Infrastructure bill is great news for Ohio jobs

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. Senate last month will mean good union jobs for Ohioans, if passed by the U.S. House and signed into law by the President.

The bill includes $550 billion in new federal spending, including $65 billion to expand high-speed internet access; $110 billion for roads, bridges and other projects; $25 billion for airports; and the largest funding round for Amtrak since the passenger rail service was founded in 1971.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the bill will mean for Ohio’s workers, particularly when it comes to public transit and rebuilding bridges. Continue reading