“Buy American” plan inspires and gives promise to working Americans

As President Biden settles into his new position, the labor community is continuing to voice their opinion in an attempt to have their voices heard and swing the President’s agenda in their favor.

President Biden is largely listening to them, or at least governing with the labor community in mind. Tom Buffenbarger, independent labor voice and former Machinists Union General President discussed what more the president can do to improve the lives of working people on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

U.S. union density rises as non-union jobs are lost to the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the deep need for unions in the U.S. Thankfully, union density has increased, perhaps sparking a change.

PAI Union News Editor Mark Gruenberg discussed the spike in union density and its causes and what the future of workers looks like in the U.S. on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg impresses industry professionals, setting lofty expectations

For nearly a year, those working in the transportation industry have worked in subpar conditions. Whether it was congested workplaces or maskless riders, public transportation workers were left behind.

Transportation Trades Department Secretary-Treasurer Greg Regan discussed the appointment of Pete Buttigieg to Secretary of Transportation and what the Biden administration can do to protect transportation workers now. Continue reading

Unemployment insurance claims system lags in Kentucky, leaving many with unanswered claims

Many states with Republican supermajorities have taken steps to limit collective action by workers by passing anti-worker legislation, such as So-Called “Right to Work” laws and more.

Kentucky is one such state where workers have fallen under attack. Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the state political environment, workplace safety and more. Continue reading

The Debt Collective advocates for debt cancellation to stimulate the economy

Various forms of debt are absolutely crushing Americans and the American economy. Some believe it is time to cancel certain forms of debt in order to stimulate the economy and ease the burden on the American people.

Astra Taylor, contributing writer to The Nation Magazine explained how life changing debt cancellation would be to millions of Americans and provided specific actions to be taken to make it a reality on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Labor community cheers early Biden administration labor appointees

With a new presidential administration in place, new policies will be enacted and officials will be appointed. The labor community is excited for what will come from President Biden, as he has positioned himself as a labor friendly candidate.

North Coast Area Labor Federation President and United Steelworkers Sub-District 1 Director Pat Gallagher explained his excitement for the new administration and what is to come, as well as the future of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Continue reading

NTEU members expect better treatment under President-elect Biden

Federal employees can expect a friend in the Biden administration. He has already stated his intentions to help federal agencies run more efficiently and effectively.

National Treasury Employees Union National President Tony Reardon discussed what the incoming president needs to do, how the pandemic has affected federal employees and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

The labor movement seeks to build on civil rights under new administration

The labor movement and civil rights movement have striking similarities and almost ran side by side, as Americans worked to gain civil rights and labor rights.

United Steelworkers International Vice President of Human Affairs Fred Redmond discussed an annual civil and human rights conference and what the future looks like for civil rights and the Labor Movement. Continue reading

Teamsters Local 777 anticipate positive year for organizing in 2021

The labor community is celebrating the election of Joe Biden and wins in the U.S. Senate, clearing the way for any blocking of appointment confirmations.

Teamsters Local 777 President Jim Glimco discussed this excitement, how the Illinois governor has been a friend of labor and the 2021 and 2022 outlook for Teamsters Local 777 on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.


Unions celebrate election victories

Glimco said he is happy that labor-endorsed candidates managed to win control of the White House and U.S. Senate. The wins ensure easy confirmations of President-elect Biden’s nominees, such as Laborer and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

He is also excited about the ability to nominate new members to the National Labor Relations Board and a new NLRB General Counsel.

The current Labor Secretary and NLRB managed to push the labor movement back about 40 years, Glimco said. Hopefully the new board will allow for more worker grievances to be heard.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker

Glimco said Gov. Pritzker has been a friend of the labor community, thanks to his manufacturing background.

The previous governor was not a friend of labor in the slightest. He was one of the leaders in pushing the Janus decision in the Supreme Court.

Outlook for Teamsters Local 777

Glimco said the outlook is strong for the next two years, despite all of the issues going on in the world with COVID-19. He said organizing should have a good year because people are realizing the necessity of unions thanks to the pandemic.


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UAW hopes to see infrastructure investment to pull the U.S. out of pandemic effect

The COVID-19 pandemic is still raging throughout the U.S., but the labor community is hopeful that with many labor-friendly officials in place, more people will be able to go back to work.

United Auto Workers Legislative Director Josh Nassar discussed what needs to be done in order to get people back to work and how to protect them once they are back. Continue reading