U.S. can restore greatness and build back better through manufacturing and infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the desperate need to reshore manufacturing of certain products. In this case it was personal protective equipment, which is often made overseas at a cheaper rate.

Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain the importance of American manufacturing and how President-elect Biden can help lead the change. Continue reading

Ironworkers develop a first of its kind foreman safety certification

After 2019 saw an increase in fatal construction injuries, one union is working to develop a training program that addresses the cause of many fatal construction injuries.

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Ironworkers) Executive Director of Safety and Health Steve Rank previewed a new training program being developed by the Ironworkers on AWF Union Podcast. Continue reading

Rising rate of fatal construction injuries worries industry professionals

2021 could be a great year for construction. The prospect of a large infrastructure bill and the continuation of construction as essential work sets the pace for tradesmen and tradeswomen to continue working.

Tom Germuska Jr., editor of The Labor Citizen joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his expectations for 2021 and the alarming rise in construction worker fatalities. Continue reading

Central Ohio construction gaining steam as 2021 begins

As the tech industry continues to grow, it is flocking to places such as Columbus, Ohio, where construction is plentiful with warehouse projects, data centers and more.

Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager discussed local projects being worked on and what is in store in 2021, on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Ohio tradesmen and tradeswomen may receive vaccine early

The construction industry in Ohio has a fairly positive outlook as 2021 begins. There is plenty of hope that infrastructure investments will be made and that workplace fatalities will decrease.

Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Mike Knisley explained when tradesmen and tradeswomen will be vaccinated, the new Capital Budget and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

COVID-19 dominates 2020 labor news headlines

While COVID-19 dominated headlines, much happened in the world of labor in 2020. Some good things and some bad, which led to various outcomes and a hope for the year to end.

Mark Gruenberg of Press Associates Union News wrapped up the headlines of 2020 and looked at what is ahead for 2021 on the New Years Eve edition of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Insulators Local 18 celebrate 100 percent union labor promise on Justice Center project

The value of union labor is being recognized throughout the country, especially in Indianapolis, Ind. Marion county has pledged to use 100 percent union labor on a massive project.

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 18 Business Manager Jason Smith joined AWF Union Podcast to talk about the 100 percent union project, LEED certified projects and more. Continue reading

Airlines hope $15 billion in emergency relief funding will be enough until travel picks up

Possibly one of the hardest hit sectors of the economy, the airline industry received some much needed help thanks to the new federal emergency relief bill recently signed into law.

Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) National Communications Chair Paul Hartshorn laid out how the law will help the industry and how airlines are working to help travelers feel safe enough to board planes during his segment on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Atlanta SAG-AFTRA seeks to elect Democrats in Georgia runoff to benefit union members

All eyes are on Georgia, as the Jan 5 runoff election for the state’s two U.S. Senate seats will determine whether Democrats take or Republicans retain majority control. Labor organizations everywhere are pouring resources into the two races in hopes of advancing union interests.

Actor and former Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Atlanta Local President Ric Reitz made the case for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock during his appearance on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Laborers Local 271 sees post-pandemic promise through infrastructure spending

Talk of “Building Back Better” and making huge investments into American infrastructure is exciting for building trades members nationwide, as they will be entrusted with completing these massive projects.

Laborers International Union of North America Local 271 Business Manager Michael Sabitoni joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the state of work in Rhode Island, how Local 271 is working with employers, infrastructure work and more. Continue reading