Union journeymen earn similar wages and benefits as college grads

A recent study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor found that those who complete union apprenticeship programs in the construction industry achieve nearly equal wages and benefits, on average, as other workers with four-year college degrees.

Tommy Maloney, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 96 Business Manager, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how a union apprenticeship can be a ticket to the middle class.

He also discussed two solar farms being built in Massachusetts and what the federal infrastructure bill means for jobs in the electrical industry. Continue reading

Green energy creates union jobs to address climate change

Climate change is drastically impacting our economy, but it is simultaneously ushering in unprecedented opportunities. While many good paying middle class jobs in oil, gas and coal are being phased out, new careers in wind, solar and other renewable energy sectors are emerging.

Workers can take advantage of the opportunities resulting from this transformation.

Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO, Leonard Aguilar, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Texas Climate Jobs Project — an initiative to help workers better embrace the opportunities of renewable energy — as well as the political climate of Texas as politicians and health officials grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

LiUNA official discusses the shift to renewable energy

Laborers International Union of North America regional research manager for Minnesota and North Dakota Lucas Franco talked about transitioning from fossil fuel usage to renewable energies and how it can impact local workers and economies on the Sept. 14 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading