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

New York State AFL-CIO uses Union Strong app to communicate with users

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

Despite insurrection attempt, Biden’s electoral victory is certified

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 COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins, healthcare workers gain hope

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

Teamsters Local 777 win wages, benefits for drivers

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