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

Construction along the Gulf Coast picks up after pandemic slow down

Texas is booming with new construction and renovations of all sorts. Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused some projects to pause or slow down, plenty of work pushed ahead.

Building trades unions in Texas are increasing their market share and taking advantage of the abundance of work. Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Paul Puente joined AWF to discuss the building boom and how union affiliated contractors are helping to train the next generation of tradesmen and tradeswomen. Continue reading

Teachers prepare for full time return to school

Throughout the pandemic, guidance has changed for students and their ability to return to school. While many teachers wish they could have been in the classroom fulltime, protections needed to be put in place for faculty and students.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has lead public school teachers through the pandemic. President Weingarten joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to lay out the plan for teachers and students to return to school and more. Continue reading

IRS workers seek budget increase to provide better service

Workers at the Internal Revenue Service are heading back to work, realizing that much of their work needs to be done in the office. While many workplaces made an easy transition, service suffered due to remote work.

National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss U.S. Treasury employees returning to work, how they are treated by the current administration and how they can provide better service to taxpayers. Continue reading

NLRB changes course, recognizes Contract-Bar Doctrine

On his first day in office, President Biden took swift action to restore the National Labor Relations Board into a group who supports workers and puts them on a level playing field.

President Biden’s decision to fire NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb was felt immediately, as the NLRB changed course and to side with workers in an April ruling. United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Assistant General Counsel Amanda Jaret joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss this and the Contract-Bar Doctrine. Continue reading

Miners strike in Alabama for better benefits and wages

Throughout the U.S., the labor movement is growing in new industries such as technology and development, and it is rejuvenating in sectors like mining working and other labor-centric industries.

United Mine Workers of America Director of Governmental Affairs Phil Smith joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss an ongoing strike, how the workers rose up and what is being offered. He also gave an update on the current state of the mining industry. Continue reading

Reshoring the drugs manufacturing industry from China

China has dominated the antibiotic supply chain for decades. Their abundance of resources and lack of labor law make the country ideal for cheap production of drugs, resulting in larger profits.

Rosemary Gibson, an expert on the subject and author of “China Rx,” joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how China has become a leading producer of the drugs, how the U.S. can bring manufacturing of drugs back on shore and more. Continue reading

Graduate students win union contract, build dedicated membership

Graduate students often work in the capacity of employees, yet do not receive the same compensation or treatment an employee would receive for doing the same tasks and work. Unions are noticing this, and they are organizing grad students.

The UAW is one union who took notice and organized graduate students at the University of Connecticut. UCONN GEU-UAW Local 6950 President Jordan McMillan joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss her experience in the union and what is at stake in upcoming negotiations. Continue reading

Urban construction rebounds as COVID-19 vaccine becomes available

Many cities were slated to have building booms prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, economic uncertainty and lockdown orders stopped many projects from moving forward.

Cleveland, Ohio was one rising city with plenty of construction planned that was put on hold or slowed down. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the ongoing economic rebound and how it is affecting construction projects in the city. Continue reading