Pandora Papers reveal how ultra rich hide money in tax havens

Chuck Collins, Contributor to The Nation, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Pandora Papers, described as “the Panama Papers on Steroids.” Released earlier this month, the report shows how the U.S. is a major tax haven and destination for illicit wealth. Continue reading

Harvard students push university to divest from fossil fuels

After nearly a decade of protests and two faculty votes, Harvard University announced this month it would begin to divest its multibillion dollar endowment from fossil fuels. The university pledged to make the endowment greenhouse-gas-neutral by 2050.

Ilana Cohen, a Harvard junior and contributor to The Nation Magazine, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the student and faculty campaign to push Harvard to divest from fossil fuels. Continue reading

A look at the legacy of Rich Trumka

The recent death of AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka shook the organized labor movement to its core. A close ally of the Biden Administration, Trumka was known as a relentless champion of workers’ rights, as he fought to make unions inclusive, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or immigration status.

John Nichols, a National Affairs Correspondent with The Nation, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss Trumka’s legacy and why it is important to pursue his vision for a more unionized America through the PRO Act. Continue reading

State of Texas focuses on widening highways, ignores public transit

The state of Texas has invested significant taxpayer money into expanding the state’s highway and road system, despite research that claims these projects do little to alleviate congestion.

Texas Observer Executive Editor Megan Kimble has studied road infrastructure throughout the state and wrote about the issues faced by commuters. Kimble joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain why Texas roads and highways are dangerous and why the problem has not been solved. Continue reading

Companies mistreat workers through temp agencies, independent contracting

Women face unique struggles in the workplace. In order to limit these problems, they are pushing Senate Democrats to pass the PRO Act.

For women, documenting workplace problems can be difficult, as many go unreported because they are afraid to speak out. Mindy Isser, contributor to The Nation, told the stories some women are facing on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Making the House of Representatives more representative

As both chambers of Congress become increasingly gridlocked with partisan loyalty, there is talk about ways to remove the gridlock and make the federal government run more efficient.

Studying this gridlock is The Nation National Affairs Correspondent John Nichols. He joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss increasing the number of representatives in the House, how the 2020 Census was conducted and state voting laws. Continue reading

Military COVID-19 vaccination rates rise as confidence increases

Due to past instances of forced vaccination of military service members with experimental vaccines and medicines, the military community lags the civilian population in percentage of those vaccinated.

Navy veteran and contributing writer to The Nation Andrew McCormick joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how various news outlets have covered the climate change crisis and why the military service population has been hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccination. Continue reading

Anti-union activity at Amazon ramps up calls for labor law reform

As an organizing drive and union vote continues at an Amazon facility in Alabama, the company is doing everything in their power to stop workers from coming together.

Lynn Rhinehart, contributing writer for The Nation and a senior fellow with the Economic Policy Institute joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the anti-union tactics of Amazon and why passing the PRO Act is important. Continue reading

COVID-19 nurses share their stories of inadequate PPE and lack of protection

Nurses have been on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, working every step of the way, many times with little to no personal protective equipment.

The Nation contributor Sarah Jaffe has spoken to many nurses throughout the country and reported on her findings, telling their stories. Jaffe joined AWF Union Podcast to share some of the situations they have been placed in and what is happening to improve the situation. Continue reading