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

EEOC looks for pro-worker rebound after years of catering to employers

The Biden administration has been talked about as being potentially the most pro-labor administration in decades. Although he has already taken pro-worker action, more needs to be done.

The Nation contributor Bryce Covert discussed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which spawned from the Civil Rights Act and how President Biden can repair it after four years of anti-labor leadership on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Labor writer examines the negative affects of California’s Proposition 22

With the recent passing of Proposition 22 in California, action is expected to attempt to reverse the anti-worker, pro-employer legislation.

The Nation Contributing writer Wilfred Chan discussed how the passing of Proposition 22 is set to affect gig workers in California and how various organizations are fighting back against the legislation on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Sexual assault claims fall on deaf ears at McDonald’s

Bryce Covert of the Nation Magazine and the New York Times spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 20 to discuss sexual assault charges against McDonald’s former CEO and the lack of accountability from the corporation. Continue reading