America’s Work Force Union Podcast
Bill Londrigan (Kentucky AFL-CIO) / Nolan (Atlanta Homeless Union)

Bill Londrigan (Kentucky AFL-CIO) / Nolan (Atlanta Homeless Union)

July 30, 2021

The war against workers may never end. Fortunately, with legislation such as the PRO Act, workers will gain more of a voice at the bargaining table. Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan was featured on the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss the benefits of a strong union presence in the workplace and supporting the striking workers at Warrior Met Coal.

Many working class Americans are one missed paycheck or medical emergency away from losing their home. Groups in Atlanta have joined forces to establish the Atlanta Homeless Union, a collective group trying to improve life for Atlantans who have fallen on hard times. Nolan Huber Rhoades of the Atlanta Homeless Union joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss the group and their goals.

Fatima Hussein (Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild) / Laura Garza (Arise Chicago)

Fatima Hussein (Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild) / Laura Garza (Arise Chicago)

July 29, 2021

Regardless of the field, no one deserves to work in a hostile labor environment. Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild President Fatima Hussein was one of today’s featured guests and she spoke about the challenges of representing journalists and nonprofit news workers, and the future of the labor movement within the news industry.

Immigrant workers are frequently taken advantage of due to their residency status or lack of understanding of their rights. Arise Chicago Worker Center Director Laura Garza discussed how the organization is protecting workers from issues such as wage theft and harassment.

Mike Dolan (International Brotherhood of Teamsters) / Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT)

Mike Dolan (International Brotherhood of Teamsters) / Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT)

July 28, 2021

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini discussed transitioning military service members to careers in the building trades on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He also applauded the return of inflatable rats at labor protests and discussed the alternatives that have been used in recent years.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters have signaled that their members stand ready to revive the American supply chain and transport much needed goods throughout the U.S. Teamsters Legislative Representative Mike Dolan reviewed what the Biden administration has done to encourage manufacturing and purchasing American-made products.

Jeff Saliba (HFIAW Local 6) / Tom Buffenbarger (Independent Labor Voice)

Jeff Saliba (HFIAW Local 6) / Tom Buffenbarger (Independent Labor Voice)

July 27, 2021

Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 6 Business Agent Jeff Saliba was featured on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast to discuss apprenticeship programs, Prevailing Wage, unlicensed contractors and sectoral bargaining.

The America’s Work Force Union Podcast’s independent labor voice, Tom Buffenbarger, was also featured on today’s podcast. He discussed Boeing expanding their workload and the fight to organize a Boeing factory.

Kojak Valentine (Communications Workers of America) / Greg Regan (Transportation Trades Department)

Kojak Valentine (Communications Workers of America) / Greg Regan (Transportation Trades Department)

July 26, 2021

Communications Workers of America’s Local 4008 Unit Vice President-IEFS Kojak Valentine joined the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about the efforts to provide accessible and affordable broadband for everyone in the U.S. and it will benefit U.S. business and improve student education.

Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan was also featured on today’s episode. He spoke about the fight for funding mass transit, prioritizing funding, investment in traditional infrastructure, vaccinations and behaviour on public transportation in the wake of COVID-19.

Fred Redmond (United Steelworkers) / John Russo (Working Class Perspectives)

Fred Redmond (United Steelworkers) / John Russo (Working Class Perspectives)

July 23, 2021

Today on the AWF Union Podcast, United Steelworkers Vice President of Human Affairs Fred Redmond spoke about the Voting Rights Act, the constant attacks on voting laws and the right to vote, and recent voter suppression laws introduced by Republicans to make voting more difficult.

Working Class Perspectives Contributor John Russo was also featured today on the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about artificial intelligence taking over the workforce and effectively reducing available jobs, the screening process for hiring and the average wage of a worker.

Paul Capurso (New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters) / Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO)

Paul Capurso (New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters) / Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO)

July 22, 2021

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel was one of the featured guest speakers on today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about the benefits of the American Jobs Plan, what needs to be done to pass the PRO Act and the Warrior Met coal miners strike.

New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters President Paul Capurso also joined today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He discussed how the NYCDCC is educating carpenters on running for office through the Carpenters RISE program. Capurso also encouraged listeners to fight back against wage theft by contacting their representatives.

Joe Ciacchi (OPCMIA) / MJ Burke (AFGE National VA Council Local 53)

Joe Ciacchi (OPCMIA) / MJ Burke (AFGE National VA Council Local 53)

July 21, 2021

Today on the AWF Union Podcast, AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council 53 First Executive Vice President MJ Burke spoke about the new emergency temporary standards for VA workers, the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Modernization Act and collective bargaining agreement updates.

Also featured on the podcast today was OPCMIA International Representative Joe Ciacchi. He joined the podcast to discuss apprenticeship programs, the quality of work done by union labor, how the pandemic affected apprenticeship training and the abundance of work opportunities in labor in the U.S.

Laura Wagner (MO-KAN LECET) / Melissa Cropper (OFT-AFT)

Laura Wagner (MO-KAN LECET) / Melissa Cropper (OFT-AFT)

July 20, 2021

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss the attempt by Worthington Public Library workers to organize for a stronger voice in the workplace. She also spoke about Ohio educators celebrating the Fair School Funding Plan, which was included in the state's budget.

Missouri-Kansas Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Executive Director Laura Wagner was also featured on today’s episode. She talked with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about the role of an LECET regional director, the work they perform to support Laborers training, recruiting, promoting the union construction industry and more.

Billy Dycus (Tennessee AFL-CIO) / Nikki Kateman (RWDSU/UFCW Local 338)

Billy Dycus (Tennessee AFL-CIO) / Nikki Kateman (RWDSU/UFCW Local 338)

July 19, 2021

Tennessee AFL-CIO President Billy Dycus was the first featured guest on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. Dycus spoke about the current labor climate in Tennessee, issues with hiring contractors who use day laborers for projects and explaining the true, unfortunate meaning of So-Called “Right to Work.”

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers Local 338 Political and Communications Director Nikki Kateman also joined the podcast. She explained how the spotlight was on essential workers during the pandemic and highlighted why they badly need union representation. She also discussed why the cannabis industry is growing at exponential rates and how union jobs can ensure good workforce development.

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