America’s Work Force Union Podcast
Wayne Creasap (Iron Workers) / Wendell Young (UFCW Local 1776)

Wayne Creasap (Iron Workers) / Wendell Young (UFCW Local 1776)

April 30, 2021

Iron Workers District Representative of the Iron Workers Safety and Health Department Wayne Creasap was featured on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about Workers Memorial Day, Safety Stand Down Week and eliminating falls on jobsites.

UFCW Local 1776 President Wendell Young was also featured on today’s show. He spoke about food and commercial workers and their industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and how having a pro-union president restores hope for workers and the rights they have fought for. 

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Adam Pulver (Public Citizen Litigation Group)

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Adam Pulver (Public Citizen Litigation Group)

April 29, 2021

Today on the AWF Union Podcast, AFL-CIO Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel spoke about the PRO Act, revising the rules of the filibuster, the American Jobs Plan and how the investment into jobs will help with physical and social infrastructure improvements.

Also featured on the podcast today was Public Citizen Litigation Group Attorney Adam Pulver. He spoke about the meatpacking industry and how the Trump Administration failed workers in the industry, funding OSHA and like-agencies and taking on cases at the appellate level.

Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT) / David Dayen (The American Prospect)

Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT) / David Dayen (The American Prospect)

April 28, 2021

Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini was the first featured guest on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about suicide prevention in construction, breaking the “tough guy” stigma in the trades when it comes to mental health and Workers Memorial Day.

The American Prospect Editor David Dayen was also featured on today’s show. He spoke about the American Jobs Plan, restoring public investment in infrastructure and breaking privatization cycles with infrastructure projects.

Tom Buffenbarger (Independent labor voice)

Tom Buffenbarger (Independent labor voice)

April 27, 2021

The America’s Work Force Union Podcast independent labor voice and former International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers General President Tom Buffenbarger was featured on today’s show. He spoke about getting Americans back to work and improving infrastructure through the American Jobs Plan. He also spoke about Workers Memorial Day and why it is so important.

Ryan Pollock (IBEW Local 520) / Greg Regan (Transportation Trades Department)

Ryan Pollock (IBEW Local 520) / Greg Regan (Transportation Trades Department)

April 26, 2021

IBEW Local 520 Organizer Ryan Pollock joined the AWF Union Podcast today. He spoke about the Green New Deal, public auto charging stations in Texas, large corporations moving to Texas and the organizing being done to build their facilities.

Also featured on today’s show was Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan. He spoke about the American Jobs Plan, where he would like to see infrastructure improvements and Workers Memorial Day.

Randie Pearson (United Steelworkers) / Christopher Martin (Working Class Perspectives)

Randie Pearson (United Steelworkers) / Christopher Martin (Working Class Perspectives)

April 23, 2021

United Steelworkers National Rapid Response Coordinator Randie Pearson joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss the USW Rapid Response program, Enbridge Line 5, what it is, why it is so important and how a person could work in the refinery industry and still be an environmentalist.

Working Class Perspectives Contributing Writer Christopher Martin was also a featured guest today’s show. He spoke about the difference between the “working class” and the “middle class” and why journalism has become an increasingly dangerous career over the last few years.

Andrew McCormick (The Nation) / Pat Gallagher (NCALF/USW District 1)

Andrew McCormick (The Nation) / Pat Gallagher (NCALF/USW District 1)

April 22, 2021

The Nation Magazine contributing writer Andrew McCormick was the first featured guest on today’s show. He spoke about climate change and the amount of misinformation surrounding it. McCormick also discussed how the military is finding it difficult to get service members to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

Also featured on the podcast today was North Coast Area Labor Federation President Pat Gallagher. He spoke about legislation being introduced that would eliminate global market distortions, the PRO Act and why areas with higher union density have better paying jobs. 

Dan Drost and Joey Graceffo (AFGE Local 3283) / Emily Feenstra (American Society of Civil Engineers)

Dan Drost and Joey Graceffo (AFGE Local 3283) / Emily Feenstra (American Society of Civil Engineers)

April 21, 2021

American Society of Civil Engineers Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives Emily Feenstra was featured on the AWF Union Podcast. She spoke with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about the U.S. infrastructure report card, what is categorized as infrastructure, whether or not the American Jobs Plan will be sufficient and how infrastructure improvements will boost other parts of the economy.

American Federation of Government Employees Local 3283 members Joey Graceffo and Dan Drost also joined today’s show. They spoke about the Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) and what they do, security clearance issues with DFAS, the PRO Act and an overview of public sector unions.

Paul Skoutelas (American Public Transportation Association) / Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers)

Paul Skoutelas (American Public Transportation Association) / Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers)

April 20, 2021

American Public Transportation Association President and CEO Paul Skoutelas was one of the featured guests on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about the public transit industry, why it is so difficult for lawmakers to work on transportation legislation, the American Jobs Plan and how it will provide sufficient funding and investment in inner city transportation.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper also joined the podcast today to discuss public school funding, private school vouchers and how they hurt public schools, legislation allowing teachers and school staff to be armed with little training and legislation being presented that would ban transgender students from competing in school sports. 

Michael Johnson (National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association) / Steve Hall (American Council of Engineers Companies)

Michael Johnson (National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association) / Steve Hall (American Council of Engineers Companies)

April 19, 2021

National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association President and CEO Michael W. Johnson was featured on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He discussed how an infrastructure plan will prioritize surface transportation and provide significant long-term investments, including a fix to the Highway Trust Fund, how their organization provides jobs and opportunities for people across the country and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected travel, specifically hurting the Department of Transportation’s revenue stream.

Senior Vice President of Advocacy for the American Council of Engineering Companies Steve Hall also joined our show. He discussed the American Jobs Plan, what actions Congress may take for infrastructure improvements, how the engineering industry will contribute to the improvement of America’s infrastructure and the role the American Council of Engineering Companies plays in the Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition.

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