President Biden’s American Rescue Plan excites labor groups and workers alike

As the Biden administration gains time under its belt, it is moving forward with its pro-labor promises. Additionally, the administration is showing it is willing to work to pass a new relief plan.

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel discussed how the Biden administration is moving forward and helping workers on AWF Union Podcast. Samuel also discussed the Biden administration COVID-19 relief plan and how it will help workers. Continue reading

Insulators act as the last line of defense through firestopping

The insulation industry is much more than just insulating the walls and ceilings of a building to ensure heat stays in. The industry has evolved to include firestopping and other processes.

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Trustee and Vice President of Fire and Life Safety Services at Superior Industrial Insulation Tom Dake II joined AWF Union Podcast to explain the importance and functionality of firestopping materials. Continue reading

Boeing faces backlash after another inflight issue with their aircraft

Boeing has been experiencing difficulties with their aircraft in recent years. While some issues have proved to be fatal, the most recent incident only caused property damage.

Independent labor voice Tom Buffenbarger joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the recent issues with Boeing aircraft and what can be done to prevent future issues. Continue reading

California unions gain workforce percentage amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought in a wave of organizing across many industries. California is one of the states leading the way, where a higher percentage of their workforce is now unionized compared to at the beginning of the pandemic.

California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith discussed some of the leading labor issues in California and around the country, how California’s unions have fared throughout the pandemic, what the plan is for gig workers now that Proposition 22 is state law and more. Continue reading

Transit workers face unique challenges in the age of COVID-19

American transit workers have gained a new ally in President Biden, as executive orders mandating masks be worn by passengers and other protections have been issued.

Newly elected Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the treatment of transit workers since the beginning of the pandemic and what can be done to swing the Federal Mediation Board in favor of working people. Continue reading

Florida educators not prioritized for vaccine despite teaching in-person

Florida has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as state politicians disregard any recommendations from health experts regarding community spread.

Florida Education Association President Andrew Spar joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to bring attention to the mistreatment of educators in the state and explain what the state’s pandemic situation is like. Continue reading

Ohio schools set to reopen despite lack of teacher vaccinations

Public schools have been at the forefront of COVID-19 conversations, as some believe schools should be open for in-person instruction, while others believe schools should wait until educators can be vaccinated and provide a safe learning environment.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper gave an update on Ohio school funding, issues with some schools as they plan to reopen by March 1 and inequity experienced by urban districts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Park service workers welcome COVID-19 regulations as they work through pandemic

The national parks and those who work to preserve them have endured a lot because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, help is on the way for them in the form of regulations and more.

National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 336 President Roland Phillips and Assistant Counsel Sarah Riger joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what these workers have endured and how new regulations will help them do their jobs. Continue reading

President Biden’s NLRB changes give workers hope for fairness

The labor community is rejoicing as President Biden begins to reshape agencies and those who deal with labor grievances.

Labor lawyer Joyce Goldstein of Joyce Goldstein and Associates joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain the various shakeups and changes at the National Labor Relations Board and how they will affect working people. Continue reading

Painters help members struggling with mental health, suicide and substance abuse with new program

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in and around Ohio have continued on, working and helping members through the pandemic. But just like everyone else in the labor movement, they have not gone unaffected.

IUPAT District Council 6 Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer Jim Sherwood discussed how District Council 6 has fared through the pandemic and what they are doing to reach out and help members on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading