America’s Work Force Union Podcast
Tony Ruiz (IBEW Local 89) / Joyce Goldstein (Joyce Goldstein & Associates)

Tony Ruiz (IBEW Local 89) / Joyce Goldstein (Joyce Goldstein & Associates)

February 12, 2021

IBEW Local 89 Business Representative and Organizer Tony Ruiz and Logan Gilles, legislative aide to Oregon State Senator Michael Dembrow joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss organizing in Oregon. They discussed organizing legislative staff, pro-worker legislation needing to be passed and how to educate workers who want to organize.

 

Labor lawyer Joyce Goldstein, of Joyce Goldstein & Associates, was also featured on today's show. She spoke about changes to the NLRB that President Biden made immediately after taking office and how these NLRB changes will affect working people. 

Ethan Ake-Little (AFT Pennsylvania) / Desiree Hoffman (UAW)

Ethan Ake-Little (AFT Pennsylvania) / Desiree Hoffman (UAW)

February 11, 2021

American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania Executive Director Ethan Ake-Little joined the AWF Union Podcast for his first time today. He spoke about Pennsylvania teachers and students adjusting to new learning methods, increased organizing efforts and the issue with charter schools in the state.

United Auto Workers Legislative Representative Desiree Hoffman was also featured on the podcast today. Hoffman spoke about updated COVID-19 relief plans, Biden's American Rescue Plan, the Republican counter proposal and the status of the PRO Act.

Jim Sherwood (IUPAT District Council 6)

Jim Sherwood (IUPAT District Council 6)

February 10, 2021

IUPAT District Council 6 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Jim Sherwood was our featured guest today on the AWF Union Podcast. Sherwood spoke about how DC 6 has navigated the pandemic and the continued hardships they endured with changes in regulations. He spoke about building relationships with legislators and how they will be pushing to pass new infrastructure legislation. Finally, he discussed the IUPAT Helping Hand program.

Heather Atkinson (IUE-CWA) / Tim Coleman (UA Local 669)

Heather Atkinson (IUE-CWA) / Tim Coleman (UA Local 669)

February 9, 2021

IUE-CWA National Program Director Heather Atkinson was the first featured guest on today's show. She discussed union jobs in Bucyrus, Ohio, that are in danger of being outsourced, what Walmart can do to prevent these workers from losing their jobs and the desperate need for labor law reform. 

The AWF Union Podcast was also happy to welcome back UA Local 669 JATC Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman. Coleman spoke about apprenticeship programs and how the Local 669 JATC adjusted their curriculum to adapt to COVID-19, and the ALICE program. 

Charlie Wishman (Iowa AFL-CIO) / Kelly Dickey (NPMHU Local 322)

Charlie Wishman (Iowa AFL-CIO) / Kelly Dickey (NPMHU Local 322)

February 8, 2021

Today on the AWF Union Podcast, Iowa AFL-CIO President Charlie Wishman spoke about issues at meat packing plants, Iowa AFL-CIO lawsuit against OSHA and a public sector collective bargaining law.

Our second guest on the podcast today was National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 322 President Kelly Dickey. Dickey discussed the process and results of the presidential election, President Biden’s plans for legislative change and how it will help postal workers and what comes next for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

Dorsey Hager (C/CO Building and Construction Trades Council) / Sylvia Casaro Dietert (Community Services Agency)

Dorsey Hager (C/CO Building and Construction Trades Council) / Sylvia Casaro Dietert (Community Services Agency)

February 5, 2021

Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss President Biden’s first month in office, the firing of Peter Robb and Alice Stock from the NLRB, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown fighting for a new relief bill and updates on the Driving Futures and Building Futures programs.

Our second guest on the show today was Sylvia Casaro Dietert of the Community Services Agency of the MWC, AFLCIO. She spoke with Ed “Flash” Ferenc about their Building Futures Construction Pre-Apprenticeship program, connecting thousands of ready-to-work candidates to the area's registered apprenticeship programs and recruiting local talent to the building trades.

Senator Sherrod Brown (U.S. Senator)  / Nick DiCioccio (Kelley & Ferraro, LLP)

Senator Sherrod Brown (U.S. Senator) / Nick DiCioccio (Kelley & Ferraro, LLP)

February 4, 2021

Today on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown discussed how the current relief package does not help local governments, the need to reopen schools for in-person learning, priorities for stimulus checks and apprenticeship hubs across America.

Also featured on the podcast today was Nick DiCioccio, attorney with Kelley & Ferraro, LLP. He spoke about the heartburn medication Zantac having an active ingredient that has been linked to causing various forms of cancer and the multidistrict litigation case for those who have been affected by the drug.

Gabrielle Carteris (SAG-AFTRA) / Dave Megenhardt (United Labor Agency)

Gabrielle Carteris (SAG-AFTRA) / Dave Megenhardt (United Labor Agency)

February 3, 2021

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris was our first featured guest on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. President Carteris discussed the merger between the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, keeping actors and production team members safe while on set and creating a sustainable support system for union members.

Our second guest today was United Labor Agency Executive Director Dave Megenhardt. He spoke about how their services are still available online, other organizations like theirs around the country, their goals to fix economic situations and raise the next generation to be productive members of the community and the hospitality industry being negatively impacted during the pandemic.

Kenny Mullins (IBEW 613) / Tim Burga (OH AFL-CIO)

Kenny Mullins (IBEW 613) / Tim Burga (OH AFL-CIO)

February 2, 2021

IBEW Local 613 Business Manager Kenny Mullins joined the AWF Union Podcast for his first time. He discussed the Local 613 membership, jurisdiction and their work. He explained how Local 613 grew market share through targeted organizing. Mullins also spoke about the Local 613 apprenticeship program and their goal to get Georgia to retract so-called “Right to Work” laws.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga was also featured on today’s episode. Burga spoke about the executive orders passed by President Biden and why they were good for the labor movement, the need for the Senate to pass the PRO Act, and rebuilding America’s failing infrastructure. 

Doris Crouse-Mays (VA AFL-CIO) / Chris Smolinsky (Teamsters Local 25)

Doris Crouse-Mays (VA AFL-CIO) / Chris Smolinsky (Teamsters Local 25)

February 1, 2021

Virginia State AFL-CIO President Doris Crouse-Mays was the first featured guest on today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She spoke with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about holding press conferences and roundtables across the state with workers, Virginia being the first state to pass permanent workplace virus protection standards and educating people on so-called “Right to Work” and why it is wrong.

Chris Smolinsky, Director of Organizing for Teamsters Local 25 in Boston, Mass. was our second guest on the show today. He spoke about workplace conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the desperate need for PPE and local organizing efforts.

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