Electric vehicle market to create a huge demand for electrician jobs

Under President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, 50 percent of all cars sold will be electric by 2030. Earlier this month, Detroit’s Big Three automakers announced plans to have half of their vehicles be electric-powered by 2030. Volkswagen plans to have 70 percent of its sedan and SUV sales to be electric by 2030.

The electric car is quickly becoming a reality, transforming the vehicle landscape. And that has the potential to create plenty of jobs for union electricians — not just in the construction and maintenance of these vehicles, but also in the infrastructure needed to power them. Biden has called for the creation of 500,000 charging stations. For comparison’s sake, there are currently 115,000 gas stations and 41,000 charging stations.

Justin Walsh, Training Director for IBEW 567, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the move toward electric vehicles will mean for union jobs and how his union is preparing to meet the demand. Continue reading

UA Local 68 completes training center expansion

With COVID-19 restrictions being eased, the volume of work for tradesmen and tradeswomen is returning to pre-pandemic levels.

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada Local 68 Business Agent Rick Lord discussed the volume of work in the Houston area when he appeared on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Lord also talked about the Local 68 apprenticeship program and the expansion of their training center. Continue reading

Apprenticeship recruiters work with “influencers” to attract young people

Many Americans are unaware of the benefits available to the men and women who enter a registered building trades apprenticeship program. Instead, these Americans believe in pushing the next generation of students towards college, where they pay thousands and then have to go find a job for themselves.

United Association Local 669 is a unique Local Union, as it represents fire sprinkler professionals in 48 states. UA Local 669 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss apprenticeship and how it can benefit Americans. Continue reading

Job market rallies as states begin reopening their economies

After over a year of many areas of the U.S. shutdown due to COVID-19 and millions lost work, the economy and job market is beginning to bounce back as various states allow businesses to reopen.

One organization helping to put Americans back to work is the United Labor Agency. Their President, Dave Megenhardt joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how the Biden administration is helping the country bounce back and what the ULA is doing for job seekers. Continue reading

New Insulators GP tells his story and lays out his goals

Newly appointed Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President Gregory T. Revard provided his account of coming up through the ranks, his goals for the Insulators union and more on the Oct. 2 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

C/COBCTC Executive Secretary-Treasurer touts pre-apprenticeship and more

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager discussed construction amidst the pandemic, pre-apprenticeship programs and more on the Aug. 7 episode of America’s Work Force Radio Podcast. Continue reading