America’s Work Force Union Podcast
Captain Joe DePete (Air Line Pilots Association)

Captain Joe DePete (Air Line Pilots Association)

November 30, 2020

America’s Work Force Union Podcast is proud to feature Air Line Pilots Association President Captain Joe DePete on today’s episode. Capt. DePete spoke about how pilots are essential workers and have been required to work throughout the pandemic, how the aviation system is the key to getting the U.S. economy back on track and the dignity of work and unity. 

Donnie Blatt (District 1 USW) / Christopher Martin (Working Class Perspectives)

Donnie Blatt (District 1 USW) / Christopher Martin (Working Class Perspectives)

November 27, 2020

On today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast, United Steelworkers District 1 Director Donnie Blatt spoke about the USW fighting for collective bargaining rights and saving the jobs of 1,000 union members.

Also featured on the podcast was Christopher Martin, Professor of Digital Journalism at the University of Northern Iowa and contributing writer to Working Class Perspectives. He spoke about why the middle class were drawn to President Trump and what the future of journalism will look like.

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Dan McCrory (National Writers Union)

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Dan McCrory (National Writers Union)

November 26, 2020

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel joined AWF Union Podcast on Thanksgiving to discuss the transfer of power from the Trump administration to the Biden administration and what the future of labor and the U.S economy will look like.

Dan McCrory, author of, “Capitalism Killed the Middle Class” was the second featured guest on AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about his book and how unions can save the middle class.

Pete Ielmini (Insulators LMCT) / Len DiCosimo (AMF Local 4)

Pete Ielmini (Insulators LMCT) / Len DiCosimo (AMF Local 4)

November 25, 2020

Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini was one of the featured guests on today’s edition of AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about 15 major accomplishments made by labor over the last 100 years and how it has made life better for all American workers.

American Federation of Musicians Local 4 President Leonard DiCosimo was the second guest on today’s installment of the podcast. He spoke about how musicians are going to fare as the pandemic continues and how venues will survive while concerts are unable to be performed.

Ric Rietz (SAG-AFTRA ATL) / Tom Buffenbarger (Former IAM GP)

Ric Rietz (SAG-AFTRA ATL) / Tom Buffenbarger (Former IAM GP)

November 24, 2020

Former President of SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Ric Reitz was a featured guest on today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He discussed his background in show business, how he got involved in SAG-AFTRA and the safety measures that unions are putting on productions to keep everyone safe.

Former International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers General President Tom Buffenbarger rejoined host Ed “Flash” Ferenc on today’s episode to talk about his optimism following the 2020 election, the future of organizing for machinists and the future of labor.

Stuart Appelbaum (Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union) / Greg Regan (TTD of the AFL-CIO)

Stuart Appelbaum (Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union) / Greg Regan (TTD of the AFL-CIO)

November 23, 2020

With the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union President Stuart Appelbaum expressed his concern about the safety of workers and customers who are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. On today’s edition of AWF Union Podcast, Appelbaum spoke about what needs to be done to keep everyone safe during this hectic shopping season, union versus nonunion work environment and employers protecting their workers.

Transportation Trades Department Secretary-Treasurer Greg Regan spoke with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about the lack of negotiating in good faith to get transportation workers the protections they desperately need while working during the ongoing pandemic.

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

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

November 20, 2020

For years, the United States has relied on China for the manufacturing of many products. More notably, for personal protective equipment and over the counter medication. American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer spoke about the need for the U.S. to diversify its supply chain and told a story of a Pearl Harbor survivor during his interview today on AWF Union Podcast. 

Retired Americans showed up to vote and helped swing the election in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. The Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta discussed the senior vote, vaccine news and more on today’s edition of the podcast. 

Wilfred Chan (The Nation) / Pat Gallagher (North Coast Area Labor Federation, USW)

Wilfred Chan (The Nation) / Pat Gallagher (North Coast Area Labor Federation, USW)

November 19, 2020

Wilfred Chan, contributing writer for The Nation, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the passage of Proposition 22 in California will hurt gig workers, such as Uber and Lyft drivers.

Pat Gallagher of the North Coast Area Labor Federation and the United Steelworkers was the second guest on today’s show. He spoke about the future of labor under the Biden administration and the impressive amount of union votes for Biden.

Lou Antonellis (IBEW Local 103) / Dan Drost and Laurie Glicker (AFGE Local 3283)

Lou Antonellis (IBEW Local 103) / Dan Drost and Laurie Glicker (AFGE Local 3283)

November 18, 2020

Encore Boston Harbor workers voted overwhelmingly for IBEW Local 103 representation in the workplace. IBEW Local 103 Business Manager Lou Antonellis spoke about this great victory, how local 103 is the fastest growing local in New England and what a pro-worker Biden administration will look like.

Dan Drost, Legislative Steward, and Laurie Glicker, Executive VP of AFGE Local 3283 spoke with AWF Union Podcast about the need for the Biden administration to overturn executive orders that President Trump put in place during the pandemic because they are hurting unions and prevent them from going about their daily business. They also discussed worker safety during the pandemic.

Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers) / Zach Schiller (Policy Matters Ohio)

Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers) / Zach Schiller (Policy Matters Ohio)

November 17, 2020

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper was one of two featured guests today on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She covered topics such as the current state of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden transition team, changes in the Department of Education and making public schools a high quality choice again. 

Zach Schiller, Research Director with Policy Matters Ohio wrapped up today’s edition of AWF Union Podcast. He spoke with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about the election results and changes in policies that will affect Ohioans. 

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