America’s Work Force Union Podcast
Shaun Richman (In These Times) / David Leopold (Ulmer & Berne, LLP)

Shaun Richman (In These Times) / David Leopold (Ulmer & Berne, LLP)

June 30, 2020

Program Director of Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies, contributing writer to In These Times and the Prospect and author of “Tell the Bosses We're Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the Twenty-First Century," Shaun Richman spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 30 about his new book and the power of unions. He explains how workers need to understand the power in their collective voices and the power of strikes.

David Leopold, immigration law expert with Ulmer & Berne, LLP., spoke about what is next for immigration laws and reform. He spoke about President Trump's attempt to end Obama-era immigration laws and the Supreme Court blocking President Trump's effort to end DACA.

Tony Reardon (NTEU) / Sandra Purohit (E2)

Tony Reardon (NTEU) / Sandra Purohit (E2)

June 29, 2020

National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) President, Tony Reardon spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 29 about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and their workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. He discussed how operational the IRS was during the pandemic and what will need to be done when they bring workers back into their offices. 

The Director of Federal Advocacy with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Sandra Purohit spoke about why Congress should invest in clean energy in the next stimulus. She explained clean energy's proven job-growth track record, including after an economic downturn and how it is an attractive sector for stimulus investments.

Marc Dann (Dann Law) / Lisa Jordan (USW)

Marc Dann (Dann Law) / Lisa Jordan (USW)

June 26, 2020

Former Ohio Attorney General and now an attorney with Dann Law, Marc Dann spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 26 about mobilizing lawyers to represent working class victims of the pandemic recession. He spoke about predatory loans and debt collectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director of Education and Member Development with the United Steelworkers, Lisa Jordan spoke about education programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Len DiCosimo (AFM Local 4)

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Len DiCosimo (AFM Local 4)

June 25, 2020

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director, Bill Samuel spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 25 about the HEROES Act, saving the United States Postal Service, and investing in infrastructure.

American Federation of Musicians, Local 4 President, Len DiCosimo spoke about how union musicians have fared during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the venues shutting down have impacted their industry.

Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT) /Sharon Johnson (The Progressive)

Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT) /Sharon Johnson (The Progressive)

June 24, 2020

Executive Director of the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperative Trust, Pete Ielmini, spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 24 about the importance of firestopping, smoke sealing and infectious disease containment. He explained how each of these techniques could buildings, and the people inside of them during a fire emergency.

Sharon Johnson, a writer for The Progressive spoke about her latest article, “On the Front Lines" about healthcare centers providing healthcare to under privileged communities and working during the pandemic.  

John Reiss (Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission) / Tom Buffenbarger (Former IAM)

John Reiss (Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission) / Tom Buffenbarger (Former IAM)

June 23, 2020

Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, Jon Reiss spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 23 about the organization's veteran assistance programs with VA medical claims and other financial assistance.

Former General President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and an independent labor voice, Tom Buffenbarger spoke about the importance of workers knowing the power of striking and if people want change, they need to participate in the upcoming election.

Larry Willis (TTD - AFL-CIO) / Mike Dolan (Coalition for a Prosperous America)

Larry Willis (TTD - AFL-CIO) / Mike Dolan (Coalition for a Prosperous America)

June 22, 2020

Larry Willis, President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 22 about the importance of the United States investing in its infrastructure. During his interview, he says that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently marked up the INVEST Act, a surface transportation reauthorization bill that invests in a 21st-century transportation network.

Mike Dolan of the Coalition for a Prosperous America and Trade Policy Specialist with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters discussed why keeping manufacturing jobs in the United States is crucial. He speaks about inshoring jobs and buying domestically made products.

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

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

June 19, 2020

Director of Media and Communications with the American Legion, Jeff Stoffer spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 19 about the American Legion COVID-19 survey, a World War II soldier’s post-traumatic stress disorder portrayed in his artwork and a paralyzed bobsledder.

Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), Rich Fiesta spoke about the Alliance’s vote by mail lawsuits working through the state courts. He said the ARA filed lawsuits to protect vote by mail and absentee voting.

John Nichols (The Nation Magazine) / Davida Russell (NCALF)

John Nichols (The Nation Magazine) / Davida Russell (NCALF)

June 18, 2020

Author and correspondent with The Nation, John Nichols spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 18 about his new book, “The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party: The Enduring Legacy of Henry Wallace's Anti-Fascist, Anti-Racist Politics” and fighting to make a difference in a political party.

Davida Russell, Secretary-Treasurer of the North Coast Area Labor Federation, Vice President of the Ohio AFL-CIO and Cleveland Heights City Council member spoke about igniting America and fighting for a change, the AFL-CIO workers first caravan and voter suppression.

Joyce Goldstein (Goldstein Gragel LLC) / Darryll Bell (AFGE Local 31)

Joyce Goldstein (Goldstein Gragel LLC) / Darryll Bell (AFGE Local 31)

June 17, 2020

Joyce Goldstein, a labor lawyer with Goldstein Gragel, LLC spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 17 about attacks on police unions and reforming police background checks.

Darryll Bell, President of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 31 spoke about various issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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