USW and Marathon Petroleum reach impasse after workers reject contract

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga made his monthly appearance on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed how contract negotiations between United Steelworkers (USW) and Marathon Petroleum reached an impasse after workers rejected a three-year contract. Continue reading

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