USW International President gives update on current state of work in the United States

International President of the United Steelworkers Tom Conway spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 24 about the current state of work in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.

United SteelworkersConway highlighted the troubles of the “new normal” the workforce faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the USW has adapted to the new safety and distancing guidelines both on the job and in training.

He noted that classroom training has moved online in order to keep members safe as they continue to learn. He also said more personal protective equipment is being required and provided on-the-job.

He then discussed the major costs that companies have faced during the pandemic. Conway said some of the biggest costs for companies have been energy costs, costs of inputs and labor costs. To save money on projects, companies have cut corners on labor costs, reducing the quality of the product.

Later he discussed the HEROES Act the hidden tax break for millionaires and billionaires therewithin.

He then stressed the badly needed infrastructure improvements in the United States and how money from the HEROES Act could have helped put those projects into motion. By investing in infrastructure, jobs would be created and the economy could have been stimulated.

Conway then talked about the United Steelworkers endorsement of Joe Biden for president.

AWF Radio Podcast host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Save the Post Office Day.


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