Senate Republicans block debate on bipartisan infrastructure bill

Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan infrastructure bill from advancing to debate yesterday in the Senate. The sweeping legislation has been a key theme of the Biden administration.

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel agrees a sweeping infrastructure bill is needed. Samuel joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the infrastructure bill, the problem with privatizing infrastructure and more. Continue reading

Congress closing in on sweeping infrastructure bill

President Biden and members of Congress have been hard at work attempting to come to an agreement on an infrastructure plan that will benefit American workers and their families.

United Auto Workers Legislative Representative Desiree Hoffman has been closely tracking the efforts to pass the bill. Hoffman appeared on the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the impact of an infrastructure bill and also touched on drug pricing reform. Continue reading

Communications Workers fight for broadband expansion and other infrastructure improvements

In these modern times, the definition of infrastructure has changed. Infrastructure is no longer limited to roads and bridges, but now includes communications systems, the electrical grid and access to quality internet.

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) are advocating for a sweeping infrastructure plan that includes state-of-the-art communication systems. CWA District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews described what he believes should be included in a federal infrastructure bill and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Senators agree on infrastructure bill to the delight of Ohio labor groups

Thanks to efforts by President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, Ohio labor leaders are anticipating an influx of infrastructure projects, including road construction, broadband expansion and more.

Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Mike Knisley shared his excited anticipation and hopes lawmakers can come to an agreement on a meaningful infrastructure plan in the near future. Knisley discussed this and more on today’s episode of AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Northeast Ohio Laborers fight back as Cleveland officials terminate contract

The organized labor community relies on solidarity among fellow labor unions and their allies at all levels. This solidarity is splitting, causing rifts in northeast Ohio.

Laborers International Union of North America Local 860 is at odds with politicians and judicial candidates they have previously supported in northeast Ohio. Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Liberatore Jr. explained what is happening regarding one of their contracts in northeast Ohio. He also discussed labor law and infrastructure. Continue reading

Organizing Amazon employees: Why it needs to be done

Although a recent union organizing drive at an Amazon fulfilment center in Alabama failed, union leaders are calling for more organizing attempts as companies continue to undermine workplace safety and worker rights.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1932 Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Officer Randy Korgan discussed the need to organize Amazon workers on the AWF Union Podcast. Korgan also explained what Teamsters Local 1932 members do and more. Continue reading

Reviving manufacturing in a post-pandemic America

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged throughout the U.S., manufacturers were forced to slow or halt production of numerous goods. Compared to last year, people are purchasing more products, causing an increase in demand for manufactured goods.

The U.S. manufacturing industry is bouncing back as the pandemic subsides in America. Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss American manufacturing, supply issues and more. Continue reading

Congress nears agreement on a watered down infrastructure plan

A group of Congressional Democrats and Republicans have come to an agreement on an infrastructure improvement plan, and President Biden has thrown his support behind it. Democrats say it is just a start, however.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown discussed the bipartisan infrastructure plan and what more needs to be done. He also explained how the federal government can fund the infrastructure plan and more. Continue reading

Rebuilding and connecting central Ohio through infrastructure

The recent apartment collapse in Florida is the latest sign of crumbling buildings and infrastructure throughout the U.S. Without proper funding and attention, many bridges and roads may face a similar fate.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager is optimistic a federal infrastructure bill will pass soon. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the building collapse, infrastructure and more. Continue reading

Ohio legislature passes broadband expansion after multiple attempts

The definition of infrastructure has broadened as new technologies have been introduced over the years. Broadband is a fairly new technology that was proven necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, but remains inaccessible to many Americans.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Senior Outreach and Educational Specialist Andrew Tinkham joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss legislation to hold utility companies accountable for taking advantage of consumers. He also updated listeners on the progress of broadband expansion funding in Ohio. Continue reading