Union journeymen earn similar wages and benefits as college grads

A recent study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor found that those who complete union apprenticeship programs in the construction industry achieve nearly equal wages and benefits, on average, as other workers with four-year college degrees.

Tommy Maloney, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 96 Business Manager, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how a union apprenticeship can be a ticket to the middle class.

He also discussed two solar farms being built in Massachusetts and what the federal infrastructure bill means for jobs in the electrical industry. Continue reading

IBEW endorses George in Boston mayor’s race

Boston’s longtime mayor, Marty Walsh was nominated by President Biden to be U.S. Labor Secretary and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. His departure has led to a special mayor’s election that included five major candidates. They were narrowed down to two in a nonpartisan election last week: Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George.

Lou Antonellis, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 Business Manager, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why the IBEW is endorsing George in the race. Continue reading

Electric vehicle market to create a huge demand for electrician jobs

Under President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, 50 percent of all cars sold will be electric by 2030. Earlier this month, Detroit’s Big Three automakers announced plans to have half of their vehicles be electric-powered by 2030. Volkswagen plans to have 70 percent of its sedan and SUV sales to be electric by 2030.

The electric car is quickly becoming a reality, transforming the vehicle landscape. And that has the potential to create plenty of jobs for union electricians — not just in the construction and maintenance of these vehicles, but also in the infrastructure needed to power them. Biden has called for the creation of 500,000 charging stations. For comparison’s sake, there are currently 115,000 gas stations and 41,000 charging stations.

Justin Walsh, Training Director for IBEW 567, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the move toward electric vehicles will mean for union jobs and how his union is preparing to meet the demand. Continue reading

Apprenticeship returns to the classroom as COVID-19 threat subsides

With the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to subside as more Americans become vaccinated and herd immunity is reached, registered building trades apprenticeship classes are getting back into full swing.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 38 President Mike Muzic expressed gratitude for things returning to normal when he appeared on the AWF Union Podcast. He also provided listeners with an update on work in the Local 38 jurisdiction. Continue reading

Texas building trades leaders warm up to the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal has been a topic of discussion since the beginning of the last election cycle. While some portions of the proposed legislation have concerned some building trades members, these individuals are slowly turning around to the idea.

Texas is one of the last places in the U.S. where people would expect the Green New Deal to gain traction, however it is picking up steam. IBEW Local 520 Organizer Ryan Pollock explained how building trades leadership in Texas is recognizing the potential of the legislation and more on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

IBEW members stand in solidarity with striking nurses

Working people and union members have been gaining momentum coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the value of labor has been proven. From organizing drives to strikes, workers are standing together.

IBEW Local 96 Business Manager Tommy Maloney has worked to create more work for the members of Local 96 while focusing on a tradition of excellence. His members are also standing in solidarity with others who are making their voices heard. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss this and more. Continue reading

Massachusetts IBEW Locals combine efforts for more opportunities

With the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out throughout the U.S., people are getting back to work and life is returning to some sense of normalcy. Boston’s labor community is excited to see the rally after a year of shutdowns.

IBEW Local 103 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis gave AWF Union Podcast listeners an update on what is happening in the Boston area, the benefits of President Biden’s infrastructure plan and combining efforts with IBEW Local 96 when he appeared on today’s episode. Continue reading

IBEW Local 613 grows membership and market share in strategic fashion

Unionism is expanding and people are seeing the benefits of having a union, especially highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This even holds true in the south.

IBEW Local 613 Business Manager Kenny Mullins discussed how his Local has expanded to its current 5,500 member size through organizing, registered apprenticeship and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Ohio’s Approved Transportation Budget Discussed on America’s Work Force

On April 15, Representative Tom Patton (D-OH) spoke with America’s Work Force on Ohio’s newly approved transportation budget.

State Representative Tom PattonPatton first talked about the gas tax increase of 10.5 cents per gallon of gas that will be enforced starting in July. He said that the money from the gas taxes will go to helping repair bridges in Ohio that are in desperate need of maintenance. Patton then went on to talk about the red light camera bill, which he is not in favor of. He said the bill will allow cameras to be set up on traffic poles, take videos of people breaking traffic laws, and send them a ticket within 30 days of the traffic violation. Patton does not like the idea because he said that people likely won’t learn anything anything from it and that it does not teach the same type of lesson that having an actual police officer pull someone over and ticket them would.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers IBEWMike Muzik, executive board with IBEW Local 38 Cleveland also spoke to AWF on April 15. Muzik talked about electrical workers in Cleveland and jobs they have been working on. He also talked about apprenticeships and how it is a viable option for a career. Apprentices earn a livable wage and receive benefits while learning their trade on the jobsite, gathering no student debt, unlike college.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Bernie Sanders speaking at the General Motors, Lordstown, Ohio plant.



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America’s Work Force Radio Remembers Former IBEW International President Ed Hill

Ed Hill, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers International President Emeritus was remembered on America’s Work Force Radio.

International Brotherhood of Workers IBEWFormer IBEW Secretary Treasurer Sam Chilia appeared on AWF to discuss the recent passing of Hill. Chilia, who worked alongside Hill, paid his respects to his friend and colleague, who passed away on Dec. 3. Chilia reflected on Hill’s life, talked about his involvement with IBEW Local 712 in Beaver Creek, Pa., and his passion and drive to support his members. As IBEW International President, Hill worked tirelessly to ensure there were jobs available for his members.

Author Andrew Gause was also a guest on the Dec. 4 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Andrew GauseGause, who wrote Uncle Sam Cooks the Books, discussed the U.S. national debt crisis, which he said is becoming exponentially worse. He also spoke about the rising student debt crisis. Student debt currently represents a larger amount of debt nationwide than credit card debt. Gause explained President Richard Nixon’s actions in 1971 to end dollar convertibility to gold, and the effect of tax cuts on certain areas of the US.

America’s Work Force Radio show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement signing ceremony and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s opinion on the deal.


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.