Unions receive highest poll ratings in nearly 50 years

According to a recent Gallup poll, 68 percent of Americans now approve of labor unions. It is the highest approval rating organized labor has enjoyed since 1965.

Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the increasing popularity of unions and the leadership direction of the AFL-CIO after the passing of Rich Trumka.

Burga also discussed the redistricting of Ohio’s congressional map following the census and how the process continues to be threatened by gerrymandering. Continue reading

A brighter day for unionization as political winds begin to shift

The PRO Act is the most significant piece of worker empowerment legislation since the New Deal. The proposed bill could level the playing field between employers and labor, making it easier for workers to organize.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Timothy Burga joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the PRO Act and what it could do for labor rights. He also discussed the recent political Renaissance for labor ushered in by the Biden Administration; gerrymandering in Ohio as state legislators redraw political district lines; and the potential for voter suppression bills to take root in the Buckeye State. Continue reading

Gov. DeWine signs Ohio budget, hopes for job creation

The last week of June was a busy week for the Ohio legislature, as they worked to pass legislation and quickly get bills signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

One of the most important bills was the state budget, which DeWine did sign. Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the components of the state budget, various voting bills and infrastructure. Continue reading

Democrats seek avenues to bypass Republican obstruction

President Biden recently visited Cleveland, Ohio in an effort to promote the American Jobs Plan, an infrastructure plan designed to touch every corner of the U.S. and create good paying, long lasting jobs.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga was excited about the visit and believes the president is doing a good job highlighting the industrial cities that stand to benefit the most. He joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the visit and more. Continue reading

AFL-CIO and affiliated groups push the PRO Act during week of action

Throughout the U.S., labor organizations and leaders are coming together to make their voices heard in support of labor-friendly legislation, such as the PRO Act.

One person who has been working diligently to convince Ohioans and Ohio’s representatives of the importance of the PRO Act is Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss what is being done to pass the PRO Act, why an infrastructure bill is needed and other topics. Continue reading

Biden administration quickly moves to help the middle class with infrastructure, more

The Congressional Democrats and President Biden have been working diligently to provide relief to the American People. They also have their sights set on an infrastructure plan and other union-friendly legislation.

The AFL-CIO has made their voice clear on the progress made by the Biden administration. Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga discussed his pleasure with the progress and discussed what he would like to see happen next. Continue reading

Ohio labor groups fight to keep manufacturing jobs local

Democrats and labor groups seek to achieve major political goals after labor-friendly candidates win elections, fill committees and achieve majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined AWF Union Podcast to provide an update on the potential outsourcing of jobs in Bucyrus, Ohio, The Biden administration’s agenda and what labor groups would like to see happen with the Democratic majority. Continue reading

Ohio AFL-CIO seeks advancement of the PRO Act and more under President Biden

President Biden has come out of the gates fast, signing a flurry of executive orders in his first weeks as president. Many of these orders seek to boost American manufacturing.

The AFL-CIO is heavily invested in these actions, as many workers along the American supply chain belong to AFL-CIO affiliated unions. Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss these orders and rebuilding our infrastructure. Continue reading

Labor groups expect Biden administration to be the most pro-labor with the help of a Democratic Senate majority

With the prospect of the Democrats gaining control of the U.S. Senate, many in the labor community are hopeful that Democratic victory will lead to much pro-labor legislation passing through Congress.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga is one of these hopefuls and detailed what he would like to see done should Democrats take control of the Senate on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Ohio AFL-CIO expects a worker friendly Biden admin. and COVID-19 relief

As the Biden transition team works to set their agenda in motion, they have signaled that many of their policies will be pro-labor, but the current administration is giving them difficulties.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the transition of power, potential relief legislation and more. Continue reading