America’s Work Force Union Podcast
Jeff Stoffer (American Legion) / Rich Fiesta (Alliance for Retired Americans)

Jeff Stoffer (American Legion) / Rich Fiesta (Alliance for Retired Americans)

June 18, 2021

American Legion Media and Communications Director Jeff Stoffer was the first featured guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He discussed stories of special immigration visas for Afghan interpreters who helped the U.S. and its Afghan War allies, code names for missions, mental health resources for veterans and suicide reduction.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta also joined today’s episode for a discussion about a spike in unanticipated retirements during the COVID-19 pandemic and creating a structurally sound Social Security system built for years to come.

Mindy Isser (The Nation) / Davida Russell (NCALF)

Mindy Isser (The Nation) / Davida Russell (NCALF)

June 17, 2021

Women stand to gain a lot from the passage of the PRO ACT. The Nation Contributor Mindy Isser discussed how all workers, but especially women, will benefit from the PRO Act, how temp agency workers are exploited by some companies, the effect COVID-19 has had on union organizing and more.

North Coast Area Labor Federation Secretary Treasurer Davida Russell also joined today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. Russell discussed working on the Biden-Harris transition team, the upcoming Ohio Senate race and voting rights. Lastly, she touched on Social Security payments.

Andrew Peterson (AFGE Local 1969) / Amanda Jaret (UFCW)

Andrew Peterson (AFGE Local 1969) / Amanda Jaret (UFCW)

June 16, 2021

What are U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs law enforcement officers doing to boost their standing within the administration? Hear from American Federation of Government Employees Local 1969 President Andrew Peterson on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also discussed what is being done to fix other issues faced by the officers.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Assistant General Counsel Amanda Jaret also joined today’s show. In addition to speaking about various National Labor Relations Board matters, Jaret discussed various labor related cases being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tim Coleman (UA Local 669 JATC) / Melissa Cropper (OFT-AFT)

Tim Coleman (UA Local 669 JATC) / Melissa Cropper (OFT-AFT)

June 15, 2021

UA Local 669 JATC Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman discussed the UA Local 669 apprenticeship program, how the COVID-19 pandemic affected apprenticeship and how a career in the trades is a viable path to the middle class. 

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper was also featured on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. She spoke about the Ohio Supreme Court ruling finding Ohio school funding unconstitutional, broadband issues throughout the pandemic and Critical Race Theory. 

David Van Deusen (Vermont AFL-CIO)

David Van Deusen (Vermont AFL-CIO)

June 14, 2021

Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Deusen was our featured guest on today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about the political parties in Vermont, the possibility of a general strike, New Hampshire defeating so-called “Right to Work,” fighting for social justice unionism and more.

Josh Nassar (United Auto Workers) / Wendy Patton (Policy Matters Ohio)

Josh Nassar (United Auto Workers) / Wendy Patton (Policy Matters Ohio)

June 10, 2021

United Auto Workers Legislative Director Josh Nassar was one of the guests on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about the Build Back Better mantra and the American Jobs Plan, bringing manufacturing back to the U.S., changes to the NLRB and the For The People Act.

Policy Matters Ohio Senior Project Director Wendy Patton was also featured on today’s episode. She spoke about issues with school funding in Ohio, the major impact that school vouchers have on public schools, quality of education in districts with lower property values and fixing funding plans for the state’s public schools.

Jenny Deam (ProPublica) / Jennifer Tague (South Carolina AFL-CIO)

Jenny Deam (ProPublica) / Jennifer Tague (South Carolina AFL-CIO)

June 9, 2021

ProPublica Reporter Jenny Deam was a guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. She spoke about health insurance plans, how pre-existing conditions affect healthcare plans and how health insurance companies hide dangerous provisions.

South Carolina AFL-CIO Field Director Jennifer Tague was also featured on today’s show. She spoke about the anti-union politicians of South Carolina, the importance of passing the PRO Act and establishing living wage benchmarks in the state.

Frank Mathews (CWA District 4) / Mike Muzic (IBEW Local 38)

Frank Mathews (CWA District 4) / Mike Muzic (IBEW Local 38)

June 8, 2021

The first guest on today's episode of the AWF Union Podcast was CWA District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews. He spoke about legislation fighting for worker power, public and private employee strikes and improving broadband infrastructure to close the digital divide across the U.S.

IBEW Local 38 President Mike Muzic later joined the show to give an update on the state of apprenticeship and the Local 38 jurisdiction. He explained the importance of the classroom setting and how their apprentices will be happy to have full classrooms and labs.

Fred Albert (AFT-WV) / Kevin Pranis (LiUNA MN & ND)

Fred Albert (AFT-WV) / Kevin Pranis (LiUNA MN & ND)

June 7, 2021

Today on the AWF Union Podcast, AFT-West Virginia President Fred Albert spoke about funding for public schools, Reconnecting McDowell and challenges that still exist for our teachers, school support staff, students and their families.

Also featured on today’s episode was LiUNA Minnesota and North Dakota Campaign Director Kevin Pranis. He discussed Marathon refineries and the quality of training needed to safely work at the refineries.

Dorsey Hager (Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council) / Demos Demopoulos (Teamsters Local 553)

Dorsey Hager (Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council) / Demos Demopoulos (Teamsters Local 553)

June 4, 2021

Today on the AWF Union Podcast, Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined the show to discuss construction in Columbus, the American Jobs Plan, infrastructure improvements and the Driving Futures and Building Futures Programs.

Teamsters Local 553 Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer Demos Demopoulos was also featured on the AWF Union Podcast today. He discussed the strike at United Metro Energy, unfair labor practices and support from Teamsters. 

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