Critics cast Critical Race Theory as “anti-white”

Conservatives are pushing back against Critical Race Theory, which proponents say more accurately details the history of the U.S.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper explained Critical Race Theory, what proponents and critics say and how it has been embraced in Ohio on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She also discussed a controversial bill that could remove funding from public school districts. Continue reading

IRS workers seek budget increase to provide better service

Workers at the Internal Revenue Service are heading back to work, realizing that much of their work needs to be done in the office. While many workplaces made an easy transition, service suffered due to remote work.

National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss U.S. Treasury employees returning to work, how they are treated by the current administration and how they can provide better service to taxpayers. Continue reading

Rebuilding the workforce through infrastructure legislation

After passing the American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill, Democrats have shifted focus towards infrastructure. The issue has been spoken about for decades with little to no action.

United for Infrastructure CEO Zach Schafer joined AWF Union Podcast to address the need for an infrastructure bill. While discussing the need for new and improved infrastructure, Schafer also addressed how to pay for the plan. Continue reading

Iron Workers focus on falls during National Safety Stand-Down week

With National Safety Stand-Down Week taking place May 3 through 7, there is an increased focus on preventing safety hazards in the construction and other physical labor industries.

Working from great heights everyday causes ironworkers to face deadly hazards on the job. Iron Workers District Representative and Safety and Health Department Wayne Creasap highlighted ways to eliminate safety hazards for ironworkers and others on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

IBEW Local 89 organizes legislative aides in Oregon

The work of legislative staff is often overlooked. These people work hard to steer legislation and policy while also acting as the point of contact who schedules appearances and connects the public with their representatives.

IBEW Local 89 Business Representative and Organizer Tony Ruiz joined AWF Union Podcast with legislative aide to Oregon State Senator Michael Dembrow Logan Gilles to provide an update on an organizing drive and why legislative staff deserve workplace representation. Continue reading

UA Local 669 apprenticeship runs smoothly, despite COVID-19 adjustments

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in everybody’s life, but there is work to be done. Union organizers and apprenticeship professionals are working hard to keep increasing union membership.

United Association Local 669 Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman is one of those professionals, carrying on with his job. He joined AWF Union Podcast to detail his experience and encourage listeners to share information about registered apprenticeship programs. Continue reading

IBEW Local 613 grows membership and market share in strategic fashion

Unionism is expanding and people are seeing the benefits of having a union, especially highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This even holds true in the south.

IBEW Local 613 Business Manager Kenny Mullins discussed how his Local has expanded to its current 5,500 member size through organizing, registered apprenticeship and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Teamsters Local 25 encourage organizing to combat COVID-19 related issues

Workplace safety is always an important topic, but has become even more important due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unions have been at the forefront of valuing workplace safety.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25 Director of Organizing Chris Smolinsky discussed how workers have been affected by the pandemic, the issues that arose and how some addressed these issues by organizing. Continue reading

President Biden signs executive order requiring taxpayer funded purchases to be American-made

The Biden administration began their government by issuing a flurry of executive orders addressing problems that have been kicked down the road from administration to administration.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Trade Policy Specialist Mike Dolan explained why the “Buy American” executive order is good for workers and what more needs to be done to benefit American workers on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Laborers anticipate green energy jobs to be quality, union jobs

As the U.S. looks to shift from the fossil fuel industry to build a clean energy economy, labor organizations are looking for ways to include fossil fuel workers in the new green economy.

Many Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) members work in the energy sector, and they want to be involved in green energy. LiUNA Minnesota and North Dakota Marketing Manager Kevin Pranis joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss green energy and more. Continue reading