America’s Work Force Union Podcast
Wayne Creasap (Ironworkers) / Hillary O’Connor Mueri (Ohio Congressional Candidate)

Wayne Creasap (Ironworkers) / Hillary O’Connor Mueri (Ohio Congressional Candidate)

August 31, 2020

Today on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast, featured guest Wayne Creasap, District Representative of the Safety and Health Department with the Ironworkers spoke about updated safety protocols on jobsites during the COVID-19 pandemic, difficulties obtaining PPE and construction industry safety issues.

Hillary O’Connor Mueri, a Congressional candidate running for office in Ohio was the second featured speaker on AWF Radio Podcast. She spoke about healthcare being a human right, fixing and expanding unemployment benefits and protecting the labor force and strengthening worker protections.

John Russo (Working Class Perspectives) / Ann Flener-Gittlen (USW Women of Steel Program)

John Russo (Working Class Perspectives) / Ann Flener-Gittlen (USW Women of Steel Program)

August 28, 2020

John Russo with Working Class Perspectives and Visiting Scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University was the first featured guest on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast. Russo discussed the differences between the RNC and the DNC and working class politics and economics. 

Ann Flener-Gittlen, Director of the United Steelworkers Women of Steel Program spoke about what their program is about, Women’s Suffrage Centennial and the struggles leading up to the women’s right to vote and why the union vote is so important.

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Laura Radcliff (Edward Jones)

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Laura Radcliff (Edward Jones)

August 27, 2020

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast today about negotiations on the HEROES Act, the potential consequences of ending the payroll tax and the contrast between the RNC and DNC.

Laura Radcliff, a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones spoke about a new study the firm conducted about retirement. She explained four pillars of new retirement, bettering a person's quality of life after retirement and preparing financially for retirement.

Pete Ielmini (Insulators) / Mike Dolan (Teamsters)

Pete Ielmini (Insulators) / Mike Dolan (Teamsters)

August 26, 2020

Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini was the first guest on today's episode. He discussed the value of mechanical insulation provisions in any infrastructure bill and how property owners can see the value of mechanical insulation through an audit.

Later in the show, Teamsters Legislative Representative Mike Dolan discussed the benefits the Teamsters and the American trucking industry as a whole will see from the USMCA.

Tom Buffenbarger (IAM/Independent labor voice) / Jon Reiss (Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission)

Tom Buffenbarger (IAM/Independent labor voice) / Jon Reiss (Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission)

August 25, 2020

On today's episode of America's Work Force Radio Podcast, independent labor voice and former IAM General President Tom Buffenbarger discussed the Bath Iron Works strike, looming job losses at Boeing and more.

Next, Jon Reiss of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission in Cleveland, Ohio discussed the services offered during COVID-19 and some potential upcoming services.

Mike Stout (Homestead Steel Mill) / Larry Willis (Transportation Trades Department)

Mike Stout (Homestead Steel Mill) / Larry Willis (Transportation Trades Department)

August 24, 2020

Labor author Mike Stout was the first featured guest on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast today. He spoke about union workers and how they had to take care of and represent themselves if they ever wanted their workplace conditions to change.

President of the Transportation Trades Department, Larry Willis was the second featured guest on the podcast today. He spoke about how the HEROES Act could have been used to help workers, businesses and local and state governments if it were passed, partial government shutdown and temporary emergency safety standards.

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

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

August 21, 2020

Jeffery Stoffer of the American Legion Magazine was the first featured guest on the Aug. 21 episode of America’s Work Force Radio Podcast. Stoffer discussed the Sept. edition of their publication and highlighted some of the featured stories.

Executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, Rich Fiesta was the second featured guest on the podcast today. He spoke about mail lawsuit victories in different states and their organization’s endorsement of Joe Biden.

Bryce Covert (The Nation) / Pat Gallagher (USW)

Bryce Covert (The Nation) / Pat Gallagher (USW)

August 20, 2020

Bryce Covert of the Nation Magazine and the New York Times was the first guest today on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast. She spoke about sexual assault charges pressed against former CEO of McDonald’s and the poor handling of the situation by the corporation. 

The second featured guest on AWF Radio Podcast was President of the North Coast Area Labor Federation and District 1 director of the United Steelworkers, Pat Gallagher. He spoke about Labor Day rallies and worker engagement.

Bill Wetmore (AFGE) / Katie Parker (NPEU)

Bill Wetmore (AFGE) / Katie Parker (NPEU)

August 19, 2020

AFGE National V.A. Council #53 Executive Vice President, Bill Wetmore came on America's Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 19 to discuss racism at the V.A. He touched on everything from how racism affects employees, to how it affects veterans.

The second guest on today's episode was Katie Parker. She is the vice president of organizing for the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union.

Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers) / Sean Egan (MIOSHA)

Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers) / Sean Egan (MIOSHA)

August 18, 2020

Today on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast, Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke about protection plans for teachers and students as schools reopen, as well as different issues that different schools will face.

Sean Egan, director of COVID-19 workplace safety in the state of Michigan spoke with AWF Radio Podcast about his appointment to the position, MIOSHA, the General Duty Clause and keeping workers protected as they work through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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