Hollywood production staff authorize strike

Production staff affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) voted Monday with a 98 percent consensus to authorize a strike over contract disputes with studio producers. The Union is advocating for better schedules, pay and work conditions.

If IATSE does go on strike, it would completely shut down studio productions for the first time since 1945.

Carl Mulert, National Business Agent of IATSE United Scenic Artists Local 829, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the strike and why artists and production hands are overwhelmingly stressed by Hollywood’s efforts to boost content efforts in the wake of COVID-19. Continue reading

Brooklyn oil workers enter fifth month of labor strike

Brooklyn oil workers at the United Metro Energy Corp. in New York City have been on strike for five months, as they demand a fair union contract after two years of failed negotiations.

Since April 19, the workers have maintained a 24-hour picket line.

They joined Teamsters Local 553 in February 2019 and since that time have been fighting for a contract. The essential workers supply New York with heating oil, diesel and gasoline — but are paid as much as 50 percent less than similar workers doing the same job in the same area. They also receive inferior health and retirement benefits. Continue reading

Allegheny Technologies Inc. workers ratify contract with USW

Workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) ratified a contract with the United Steelworkers, ending a strike at the company.

North Coast Area Labor Federation President Pat Gallagher discussed the new contract, its terms, why workers went on strike and more on today’s episode of the America’s Workforce Union Podcast. Continue reading

Union members steadfast in their strike at Pennsylvania steel plants

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Tom Conway joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss possible infrastructure plans and how the Biden administration is working to achieve this key campaign promise. He also talked about a monthslong strike at a Pennsylvania steel company. Continue reading

St. Paul refinery workers remain locked out following short strike

Industrial work is some of the most difficult and dangerous work in the U.S. The training and safety precautions needed to work in a safe manner are great, but some companies are not meeting their responsibility of providing a safe work environment.

Workers at one Marathon refinery were recently locked out after demonstrating a one-day strike. Teamsters Local 120 Chief Union Steward Dean Benson joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the strike, the lockout, what the workers need to work safely and more. Continue reading

Miners strike in Alabama for better benefits and wages

Throughout the U.S., the labor movement is growing in new industries such as technology and development, and it is rejuvenating in sectors like mining working and other labor-centric industries.

United Mine Workers of America Director of Governmental Affairs Phil Smith joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss an ongoing strike, how the workers rose up and what is being offered. He also gave an update on the current state of the mining industry. Continue reading

St. Vincent Hospital nurses strike following profits announcement

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to nurses being overworked, with little bonus incentive. Now, they are standing up for themselves and saying enough is enough as they fight back for workplace rights.

One person on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic is Marie Ritacco, Massachusetts Nurses Association Vice President. She joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss a current strike at a local hospital, which is no stranger to strikes. Ritacco analyzed the reason for the strike, how to fix the problems and more. Continue reading

Teamsters strike at Marathon refinery in Minnesota

Throughout the country, the labor community is rising up and speaking out against what they feel is a betrayal of local workers, who dedicate portions of their career to training and professionalism.

A recent decision by Marathon at a refinery in Minnesota sparked their labor community to come together in collective action against the petroleum giant. Steamfitters and Pipefitters Local 455 Business Manager Tony Poole joined AWF Union Podcast to detail the action and why it is needed. Continue reading