AFGE District 5 member wins Grovetown City Council election

Union members and labor advocates are gaining momentum in the political arena as they run for or are nominated to positions at the local, state and federal level.

Georgia has become a political battleground after President Joe Biden carried the state and Two Democratic Senators were later elected. Newly elected Grovetown City Councilwoman and AFGE District 5 member Ceretta Smith joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the importance of union members in politics and how she was able to get elected. Continue reading

Politicians wise up to call center jobs being shipped overseas

Communications workers have been seeing their work head overseas for decades. According to some in the industry, lawmakers are finally catching on and looking for ways to punish companies who move operations overseas.

One such industry professional is Communications Workers of America District 4 Director Frank Mathews. Mathews discussed protecting call center jobs, voting rights, the filibuster and more when he appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

President Biden moving quickly on labor-friendly legislation

President Biden and Congressional Democrats are working quickly to get as much done with the majority they currently hold. President Biden is fast tracking campaign promises, making good on key issues.

Laborers International Union of North America General President Terry O’Sullivan joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan and other legislation that pertains to workers. Continue reading

Unions, workers gain momentum and lose ground throughout the country

As Amazon workers in Alabama are in the midst of a union vote, workers across the country are seeing various rates of progress on labor rights in the early stages of the Biden administration.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Assistant General Counsel Amanda Jaret detailed three cases where workers are either seeing positive results or are being hindered in their efforts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

UAW cheers initial pro-labor progress by the Biden administration

With electric vehicle demand rising, auto and manufacturing workers are front and center as President Biden moves forward with his infrastructure plan.

The United Auto Workers are putting forth every effort to ensure their members are brought along with this shift and pending legislation. Their Legislative Director, Josh Nassar, detailed their efforts and what they would like to see in a plan on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Groups suggest alternative funding method for infrastructure

As President Biden moves to make quick work of campaign promises and the Democratic legislative agenda, labor groups and others are coming forward to voice their opinions on how things should be funded.

One group putting forth funding suggestions is the Coalition for a Prosperous America. The Group’s CEO, Michael Stumo has some suggestions for funding an infrastructure bill. He detailed this suggestion and how it would work on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Job market rallies as states begin reopening their economies

After over a year of many areas of the U.S. shutdown due to COVID-19 and millions lost work, the economy and job market is beginning to bounce back as various states allow businesses to reopen.

One organization helping to put Americans back to work is the United Labor Agency. Their President, Dave Megenhardt joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the Biden administration is helping the country bounce back and what the ULA is doing for job seekers. Continue reading

Building trades pre-apprenticeship programs boost Texas job creation

The south has been a difficult place for labor unions to thrive. While the political atmosphere remains fairly hostile towards unions, they are making ground in their organizing efforts.

Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Aguilar has seen just about every level of the union world, from pre-apprenticeship to his new position within the state labor federation. He joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss what they are doing to spur job creation and how their pre-apprenticeship programs are helping the state’s working people. Continue reading

Operating Engineers Local calls for renewable energy jobs to be union

People find their place in the labor movement for a number of reasons. Whether it is seeing their family struggle in their youth, seeking solidarity with other workers, a dedication to training and many other reason. Whatever the reason may be, the labor movement has shaped many workers into who they are today.

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Jason George discussed his path into the labor movement, the work members of IUOE Local 49 are doing and the future of the energy industry in the U.S. on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Stage workers look to safely return to work as states reopen

While millions of Americans lost their jobs or a portion of their work, there were entire industries put on hold. One of these was the stage industry, including directors, choreographers, actors and more.

Laura Penn, Executive Director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to introduce the audience to the union, explain their role in the labor movement and explain what their members do on a day to day basis. Continue reading