OSHA advisory committee will address safety standards in construction

Wayne Creasap, a District Representative for the Safety and Health Department for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his recent appointment to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). Continue reading

Biden ends mass workplace raids and refocuses U.S. immigration priorities

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Biden Administration’s freeze on mass workplace raids by U.S. immigration agencies and instead turn their efforts toward cracking down on employers who abuse undocumented workers. Continue reading

Are OSHA fines and penalties enough to mandate worker?

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

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard issued after more than a year

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

Meatpacking workers encounter increased danger amid the pandemic

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

Iowa AFL-CIO attempts to bring justice to workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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 officials take on government roles under President Biden

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

Labor community cheers early Biden administration labor appointees

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

Policy Matters Ohio anticipates wave of worker protections during Biden administration

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

Mechanical Insulators LMCT compares construction safety through time

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