Apprenticeship recruiters work with “influencers” to attract young people

Many Americans are unaware of the benefits available to the men and women who enter a registered building trades apprenticeship program. Instead, these Americans believe in pushing the next generation of students towards college, where they pay thousands and then have to go find a job for themselves.

United Association Local 669 is a unique Local Union, as it represents fire sprinkler professionals in 48 states. UA Local 669 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss apprenticeship and how it can benefit Americans. Continue reading

Refinery workers look to organize for better pay and training

Refinery workers are taking issue with Marathon after the oil company recently hired low skill, untrained workers to work in the refinery. Workers are worried the decision may cause safety issues.

Laborers International Union of North America Minnesota and North Dakota Campaign Director Kevin Pranis joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss utility scale renewable energy, pipelines and workers at the Marathon refineries. Continue reading

Federal employees embark on new organizing initiative

Federal workers feel as if they are back on the right track now that President Biden has taken office. Employees are once again being seen as a value asset.

The American Federation of Government Employees took a beating the past four years according to AFGE District 6 National Vice President Arnold Scott. Scott joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss a new organizing initiative and legislation to help federal employees get back on track. 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

Union favorability increases organizing in the media

With union favorability on the rise, journalists and other members of the media are organizing at a record pace. The low pay and poor treatment of news workers is causing them to seek representation in hopes of better working conditions.

With the high volume of ongoing organizing, AWF Union Podcast welcomed NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss to the show to discuss their ongoing efforts throughout the country, especially in New York City. Continue reading

Unions, workers gain momentum and lose ground throughout the country

As Amazon workers in Alabama are in the midst of a union vote, workers across the country are seeing various rates of progress on labor rights in the early stages of the Biden administration.

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Assistant General Counsel Amanda Jaret detailed three cases where workers are either seeing positive results or are being hindered in their efforts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. 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

New union marketing tactics for unions in the south

A major challenge for unions is and always will be recruiting new members. It is even greater of a challenge for unions who have jurisdiction in So-Called “Right to Work” states. So what do they do to attract new members and contractors?

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 8 Southeast President Glenn Kelly explained to listeners today how they market themselves to potential members and contractors. Continue reading

Headless Mumby Brewery organizes with SMART Local 66

Breweries have long been a place associated with unionism and organized labor. However, many smaller breweries did not follow the same path due to small staff size and reasonable conditions.

The staff of one brewery in Olympia, Washington made the decision to organize with SMART Local 66 because of the prospect of better wages, good retirement benefits and to be a part of something. SMART Northwest Regional Council President Tim Carter joined AWF Union Podcast to talk about the brewery and the beer they brew. Continue reading

IBEW Local 89 organizes legislative aides in Oregon

The work of legislative staff is often overlooked. These people work hard to steer legislation and policy while also acting as the point of contact who schedules appearances and connects the public with their representatives.

IBEW Local 89 Business Representative and Organizer Tony Ruiz joined AWF Union Podcast with legislative aide to Oregon State Senator Michael Dembrow Logan Gilles to provide an update on an organizing drive and why legislative staff deserve workplace representation. Continue reading