Miners strike in Alabama for better benefits and wages

Throughout the U.S., the labor movement is growing in new industries such as technology and development, and it is rejuvenating in sectors like mining working and other labor-centric industries.

United Mine Workers of America Director of Governmental Affairs Phil Smith joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss an ongoing strike, how the workers rose up and what is being offered. He also gave an update on the current state of the mining industry. Continue reading

Graduate students win union contract, build dedicated membership

Graduate students often work in the capacity of employees, yet do not receive the same compensation or treatment an employee would receive for doing the same tasks and work. Unions are noticing this, and they are organizing grad students.

The UAW is one union who took notice and organized graduate students at the University of Connecticut. UCONN GEU-UAW Local 6950 President Jordan McMillan joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss her experience in the union and what is at stake in upcoming negotiations. Continue reading

Urban construction rebounds as COVID-19 vaccine becomes available

Many cities were slated to have building booms prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, economic uncertainty and lockdown orders stopped many projects from moving forward.

Cleveland, Ohio was one rising city with plenty of construction planned that was put on hold or slowed down. Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the ongoing economic rebound and how it is affecting construction projects in the city. Continue reading

Unions look to capture work in the clean energy sector

As the energy sector begins to move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources, building trades unions and affiliated contractors will have to invest resources into preparing members to perform this new work.

While much of the work is currently performed by non-union tradesmen and tradeswomen, NXTGEN Clean Energy Solutions Founder Russ Bates believes the industry can be captured by union labor. He discussed the industry and where it is heading on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Union favorability increases organizing in the media

With union favorability on the rise, journalists and other members of the media are organizing at a record pace. The low pay and poor treatment of news workers is causing them to seek representation in hopes of better working conditions.

With the high volume of ongoing organizing, AWF Union Podcast welcomed NewsGuild-CWA President Jon Schleuss to the show to discuss their ongoing efforts throughout the country, especially in New York City. Continue reading

IBEW Local 29 member recalls meeting and welcoming President Biden to the stage

Labor unions and other worker-friendly organizations put their weight behind then candidate Joe Biden as he ran for President. Now, as leader of the free world, Biden is starting to deliver on his promises.

In late March, President Biden traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. to introduce his infrastructure plan. IBEW Local 29 Executive Board member Mike Fiore was the one who introduced the President to the stage for this speech. Fiore joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the experience and outline what he expects from President Biden. Continue reading

St. Vincent Hospital nurses strike following profits announcement

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to nurses being overworked, with little bonus incentive. Now, they are standing up for themselves and saying enough is enough as they fight back for workplace rights.

One person on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic is Marie Ritacco, Massachusetts Nurses Association Vice President. She joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss a current strike at a local hospital, which is no stranger to strikes. Ritacco analyzed the reason for the strike, how to fix the problems and more. Continue reading

UFCW members push through pandemic as essential workers

Throughout the pandemic, essential workers have played a major role in keeping the U.S. moving moving. These men and women not only work in grocery stores, but they labor in meatpacking plants, liquor agencies and more.

In Pennsylvania, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 represents some 35,000 members who have been hard at work making sure people have access to everyday needs. Their president, Wendell Young, joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about the Local 1776 membership and what it means to have a pro-union president in the White House. Continue reading

Texas building trades leaders warm up to the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal has been a topic of discussion since the beginning of the last election cycle. While some portions of the proposed legislation have concerned some building trades members, these individuals are slowly turning around to the idea.

Texas is one of the last places in the U.S. where people would expect the Green New Deal to gain traction, however it is picking up steam. IBEW Local 520 Organizer Ryan Pollock explained how building trades leadership in Texas is recognizing the potential of the legislation and more on the AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Teamsters strike at Marathon refinery in Minnesota

Throughout the country, the labor community is rising up and speaking out against what they feel is a betrayal of local workers, who dedicate portions of their career to training and professionalism.

A recent decision by Marathon at a refinery in Minnesota sparked their labor community to come together in collective action against the petroleum giant. Steamfitters and Pipefitters Local 455 Business Manager Tony Poole joined AWF Union Podcast to detail the action and why it is needed. Continue reading