State labor federation takes their own approach to organizing

Labor friendly candidates and members of the labor community are winning elections nationwide. In Vermont, the labor community is taking on a new strategy to enact change to ensure labor friendly policies are enacted.

Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Deusen joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the politics of Vermont, action taken in the event that there was not a peaceful transition in the White House, neighboring states defeating so-called “Right to Work” and more. Continue reading

Teachers emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with optimism

Teachers and students were creative during the COVID-19 pandemic, developing new methods of learning and completing work such as using video conferences. Now, with restrictions easing, teachers are looking forward to returning full-time to the classroom.

American Federation of Teachers West Virginia President Fred Albert appeared on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what teaching during the pandemic was like, what was learned, education in West Virginia and attracting more people to the profession. Continue reading

Refinery workers look to organize for better pay and training

Refinery workers are taking issue with Marathon after the oil company recently hired low skill, untrained workers to work in the refinery. Workers are worried the decision may cause safety issues.

Laborers International Union of North America Minnesota and North Dakota Campaign Director Kevin Pranis joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss utility scale renewable energy, pipelines and workers at the Marathon refineries. Continue reading

States refuse unemployment in attempt to get people to return to work

Many states are beginning to cut additional unemployment benefits that were provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, employers are still struggling to find labor at their currently offered wage.

The United Labor Agency (ULA) works to train people and connect them with meaningful employment. ULA Executive Director Dave Megenhardt joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how they have helped workers with employment over the past year and more. Continue reading

Mental health focus increases as the pandemic takes a toll

Mental health used to be an issue that was never discussed. However in today’s society, mental health it has been put into the spotlight, as the macho man, hide your feelings attitude is long gone.

One mental health professional trying to improve the lives of working people is Trent Williams, Executive Director of TEAM. Williams joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss his career, what TEAM is and how they help working people. Continue reading

Organizers learn from Amazon union organizing efforts

Union organizing picked up in recent years, especially as workers felt mistreated an underappreciated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The momentum has not stopped, as some key drives have resulted in wins for organized labor.

Working Class Perspectives contributor Wade Rathke joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the recent organizing drive at Amazon in Alabama. He touched on what could have been done differently and legislation that could have helped. Continue reading

Democrats seek avenues to bypass Republicans, advance agenda

Congressional Republicans have made it their mission to control the U.S. from the minority and obstruct the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats at every turn.

AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel discussed how Democrats are working around obstruction tactics, an ongoing coal miner strike in Alabama and what it is like getting back into work after COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted. Continue reading

Union leaders rally behind President on labor reform

Many people in the labor movement feel President Biden is the leader who will bring change for working people. Where others talked a big game, President Biden has put plans in place.

Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart was excited about the future of the Biden administration when he joined AWF Union Podcast. He discussed current legislation and what work of the Metal Trades Department. Continue reading

St. Paul refinery workers remain locked out following short strike

Industrial work is some of the most difficult and dangerous work in the U.S. The training and safety precautions needed to work in a safe manner are great, but some companies are not meeting their responsibility of providing a safe work environment.

Workers at one Marathon refinery were recently locked out after demonstrating a one-day strike. Teamsters Local 120 Chief Union Steward Dean Benson joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the strike, the lockout, what the workers need to work safely and more. Continue reading

Corporations rob S.C. schools out of millions of dollars

States like South Carolina have decimated their education budgets in the name of attracting corporations to the state. Many are finding that plan has backfired, as the local workforce is not equipped for the jobs created.

America’s Work Force Union Podcast independent labor voice Tom Buffenbarger discussed why some states are losing their ability to develop an educated workforce, the removal of unemployment benefits and more. Continue reading