Some companies choose whether or not to follow federal and state workplace safety regulations based on a mathematical calculation. Too often, penalties are so minor that it is cheaper for the company to break the law and pay the fines, rather than adequately address the safety or worker rights issue.
Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale believes this is true, and he joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how companies base breaking rules and regulations on a simple financial calculation, he also made the case that more must be done to hold companies accountable. Continue reading
Sadly, inaction in the beginning days of the COVID-19 pandemic left many workers misguided, confused and often unprotected in a chaotic work environment. Workers watched their colleagues become furloughed or fired, and it left many too scared to speak up about their own situation.
In the early stages of the pandemic, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) was at the forefront of demanding protections for workers. On a recent America’s Work Force Union Podcast, AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council 53 First Executive Vice President MJ Burke discussed recent workplace protections. She also explored the importance of a union presence in the workplace. Continue reading
While most industries were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, workers in the meatpacking industry suffered immensely, as they worked side by side indoors.
Public Citizen Litigation Group Attorney Adam Pulver spoke up for these workers and insisted that something be done to protect them on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also called for proper funding of organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Continue reading
Meat packing plants and other crowded workplaces have had issues regarding COVID-19. However, people must keep working in order to put food on shelves.
Iowa is having statewide issues getting protections for workers and is making a stand. Iowa AFL-CIO President Charlie Wishman explained what actions they are taking to protect workers on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading
Union leaders were front and center in the Biden transition team. Now, they are being nominated for positions in and around the new government.
United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway explained how passing an infrastructure bill needs to be a priority and the appointment of a labor leader to a position in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading
With a new presidential administration in place, new policies will be enacted and officials will be appointed. The labor community is excited for what will come from President Biden, as he has positioned himself as a labor friendly candidate.
North Coast Area Labor Federation President and United Steelworkers Sub-District 1 Director Pat Gallagher explained his excitement for the new administration and what is to come, as well as the future of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Continue reading
The Trump administration has worked behind the scenes to rollback protections for workers, leaving the incoming Biden administration plenty of work to do.
Policy Matters Ohio Research Director Zach Schiller told the America’s Work Force Union Podcast audience that President-elect Biden will have an uphill battle trying to restore and implement many protections for workers. He also analyzed how the Trump administration has hurt workers. Continue reading
The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini compared the safety of construction work throughout time and how a dangerous industry, like construction, has become safer over time on the Sept. 23 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading
National Employment Law Project Worker Health and Safety Program Director Debbie Berkowitz discussed the lack of enforcement by OSHA, poor COVID-19 data collection and more on the Sept. 15 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading
National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Co-Executive Director Marcy Goldstein-Gelb discussed wrongful firings of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, employer retaliation and more on the Sept. 14 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading