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
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
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
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
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
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
The labor community is excited to get to work on advancing the labor movement and New York is at the forefront of member communication, developing a legislative agenda and more.
New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento talked about his long career with the New York State AFL-CIO, how they communicate with their affiliated members, the upcoming legislative agenda and how to prevent COVID-19 related layoffs. Continue reading
The insurrection at the United States Capitol was one of the darkest moments in American history for some.
Progressive Populist Editor Jim Cullen discussed the event, the major players who actively encouraged it and what it means heading into the Biden presidency on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading
As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to be distributed to the public, healthcare workers hope help is on the way after working some of the most difficult months of their careers.
United Steelworkers (USW) Health Care Workers’ Council Coordinator Tamara Lefcowitz joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the safety of healthcare workers and the early stages of the vaccine rollout. Continue reading
The transportation industry has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including truckers and school bus drivers.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 777 President Jim Glimco discussed the impact COVID-19 has had on drivers and two newly ratified contracts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading