American Rescue Plan to provide funding for transportation, other industries

Financial relief has arrived for Americans and various infrastructure systems, such as the transportation industry that has taken a major hit since the beginning of the pandemic.

Just over a year since the pandemic began in the U.S., Jonna Huseman, Director of Communications for the Transportation Trades Department joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the specifics in the American Rescue Plan as they relate to transportation, and the importance of infrastructure investment. Continue reading

Labor leaders push for American made provision in infrastructure bill

With labor-friendly majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, many labor leaders are confident that President Biden will be able to sign labor law reforms as well as an infrastructure bill.

United Steelworkers District 1 Director Pat Gallagher explained the importance of passing the PRO Act and what the Goodyear Tire and Cooper Tire merger means for workers on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

U.S. moves closer to infrastructure bill with labor-friendly administration

Politicians at the national and state level have talked about modernizing the U.S. infrastructure system. Political differences and not wanting the other side to score points has prevented this much needed investment from moving forward. Labor groups are pushing forward to make it happen.

Americans for Transportation Mobility Executive Director Ed Mortimer discussed what the ATM has been doing to encourage infrastructure investment, the funding of infrastructure and how Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will be an ally in the Biden administration on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Laborers Local 860 combat distracted driving with awareness campaign

As the U.S. gears up for an infrastructure revamp, labor leaders are encouraging Americans to prepare for workers to be on the road working in dangerous settings.

Laborers Local 860 represents a large amount of road laborers, who will be completing much of the work in the Cleveland area. Their Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Liberatore Jr. joined AWF Union Podcast to talk about infrastructure and distracted driving. Continue reading

Infrastructure investments on the table as millions of Americans face unemployment

As millions of Americans are facing unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden sits in a unique position to help these people get back to work in infrastructure and manufacturing.

One trade and workforce stands prepared to take on work in both infrastructure and manufacturing. United Steelworkers General President Tom Conway discussed the importance of these investments and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Infrastructure talk inspires some to pursue a mechanical insulation career through apprenticeship

A major campaign promise of President Biden was to work with Congress to deliver an infrastructure bill to the American people. The components of an infrastructure bill will encompass all of the building trades.

One of the largest trades that will be impacted is the Mechanical Insulators, as they work to make infrastructure more efficient. Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini explained what needs to be in an infrastructure bill and how people can begin a career in the mechanical insulation industry. Continue reading

Union officials take on government roles under President Biden

Union leaders were front and center in the Biden transition team. Now, they are being nominated for positions in and around the new government.

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway explained how passing an infrastructure bill needs to be a priority and the appointment of a labor leader to a position in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Laborers Local 271 sees post-pandemic promise through infrastructure spending

Talk of “Building Back Better” and making huge investments into American infrastructure is exciting for building trades members nationwide, as they will be entrusted with completing these massive projects.

Laborers International Union of North America Local 271 Business Manager Michael Sabitoni joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the state of work in Rhode Island, how Local 271 is working with employers, infrastructure work and more. Continue reading

IUOE political director insists on long term infrastructure funding

With the infrastructure of the United States crumbling and politicians making empty promises to attempt to deliver a plan, International Union of Operating Engineers Legislative and Political Director Jeff Soth discussed what needs to be done to improve the United States infrastructure on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

NABTU Pres. McGarvey discusses infrastructure, TWBN and more

North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast on Oct. 2 to talk about the state of building trades unions, the status on an infrastructure plan, the Trades Women Build Nations Conference and more. Continue reading