Solidarity Center brings labor rights worldwide amid COVID-19 pandemic

After years of shrinking union membership and workers continually losing power on the job, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a resurgence of workers demanding increased power, rights and safety.

Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what the Solidarity Center does, where it gets its funding from and what they have observed since the pandemic began. Continue reading

Homecare worker details her experience with working on the frontlines

Healthcare workers and homecare workers work are in a field that makes it impossible for them to avoid COVID-19. After over a year of being some of the most essential frontline workers, they are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve.

One homecare worker, SEIU Virginia Local 512 member Samira Brooks described her experience working during the pandemic, introduced the National Day of Action for Homecare and Healthcare Workers and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Montana defeats So-Called “Right to Work” legislation

Despite So-Called “Right to Work” laws being implemented in various states throughout the U.S., Montana recently defeated an attempt to implement the anti-worker legislation in their state.

The Montana AFL-CIO led the charge in terms of groups who pushed back on the bill. Their communications director, James Burrows joined AWF Union Podcast to explain how the opposition campaign worked and how other state federations can do the same. Continue reading

Minneapolis teachers raise concerns before returning to the classroom

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected workers in all industries, with some being able to work from home, who are now being forced back into work with little to no protections.

Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59 Teacher Chapter President Greta Callahan explained the concerns of teachers in Minneapolis as they are being pulled back into the classroom on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

ATU touts funding for transit worker wages, protections and more

Transit workers are amongst some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. These are workers who have clocked in everyday, interacted with the public and done their job of getting people from destination to destination.

Amalgamated Transit Union International President John Costa joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss how they have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, funding for the transit industry and upcoming contract negotiations. Continue reading

Steelworkers launch campaign to encourage an infrastructure bill

Manufacturing has been leaving U.S. shores for decades as companies find places with little to no labor laws, leading to companies sending operations overseas for cheap labor.

America’s Work Force Union Podcast welcomed United Steelworkers International-Secretary John Shinn to discuss keeping manufacturing jobs in America. In addition to manufacturing, Shinn detailed what he and the USW would like to see in an infrastructure bill. Continue reading

Alabama Amazon organizing drive gains support from both parties, for different reasons

Political leanings shift for demographics over time, despite major party values remaining the same for over half a century. Former President Donald Trump accelerated the shift by having a large draw to middle class and working class Americans.

Contributing writer to Working Class Perspectives, John Russo joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why this political shift has occurred. He also discussed what is happening with Amazon workers in Alabama. Continue reading

Democrats celebrate legislative wins, despite uphill battle on the PRO Act

Democrats and labor groups are coming off celebrations of passing the American Rescue Act and passing the PRO Act in the House of Representatives. Despite the light mood, the PRO Act faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

At the forefront of the battle to pass the PRO Act has been the AFL-CIO, hosting townhalls and other events to encourage workers to let their representatives know they are in favor of the legislation. AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel appeared on AWF Union Podcast to discuss the American Rescue Plan and the progress of the PRO Act. Continue reading

Newsrooms ramp up organizing efforts with the NewsGuild

The newspaper industry has morphed and evolved over the past decade. What was once a physical copy picked up at a new stand, is now a twitter link to be read on a mobile device or desktop.

The problem with the ever evolving news industry is that many people work within it, and their jobs are constantly at risk. NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss why newsrooms are being downsized and how workers are taking back power. Continue reading

Mechanical Insulators LMCT encourage insulation following Texas storm

The recent winter weather in Texas caused lasting damage to infrastructure, peoples homes and more. This could have been avoided by investing in mechanical insulation according to the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers.

One person who has been advocating for the use of mechanical insulation is Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini. He joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how mechanical insulation could have helped prevent some of the damage caused in Texas. Continue reading