America’s Work Force Union Podcast
Susan DeCarava (The NewsGuild of New York) / Robert Troeller (IUOE Local 891)

Susan DeCarava (The NewsGuild of New York) / Robert Troeller (IUOE Local 891)

October 29, 2021

The President of the NewsGuild of New York, Susan DeCarava, joined today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. She spoke about how her Union turned COVID-19 into an opportunity to organize workers with greater solidarity and adjust to the challenges of the pandemic.

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891 President and Business Manager Robert Troeller was also featured on today’s episode. He discussed the challenges his members who are custodial engineers in New York City Schools faced when the city reopened classrooms during the pandemic.

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Sue McConnell (Cleveland Better Business Bureau)

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Sue McConnell (Cleveland Better Business Bureau)

October 28, 2021

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel joined today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about why he thinks progress will eventually be made on the infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills. 

President of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau Sue McConnell was also featured on today’s episode. She discussed a variety of fraudulent scams listeners should avoid this holiday season.

Gina Walsh (HFIAW LMCT) / John Murphy (International Brotherhood of Teamsters)

Gina Walsh (HFIAW LMCT) / John Murphy (International Brotherhood of Teamsters)

October 27, 2021

Mechanical Insulators LMCT Deputy Director Gina Walsh joined today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. She spoke about job creation legislation in Illinois and how it will help union workers and the environment.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President At-Large John Murphy was also featured on today’s episode. He explained the Butch-Lewis Act, how it will affect union pensioners and the rollout and timing of the legislation.

Joyce Goldstein (Joyce Goldstein & Associates) / Tom Buffenbarger (Independent Labor Voice)

Joyce Goldstein (Joyce Goldstein & Associates) / Tom Buffenbarger (Independent Labor Voice)

October 26, 2021

Labor and Employee Benefits Lawyer and Founder of Joyce Goldstein & Associates Joyce Goldstein returned to AWF Union Podcast. She spoke about the possibility for NCAA athletes to organize and the possible revival of the Joy Silk doctrine, which would make organizing simpler.

AWF Union Podcast Independent Labor Voice Tom Buffenbarger was also featured on today’s show. He spoke about how supply chain issues are affecting the U.S. economy. He also discussed issues with the Boeing 737 Max airplane and how fatal crashes might have been prevented.

Tara Shiman (Worthington Public Libraries) / Greg Regan (Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO)

Tara Shiman (Worthington Public Libraries) / Greg Regan (Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO)

October 25, 2021

Worthington Public Libraries Organizer Tara Shiman joined today’s edition of AWF Union Podcast to discuss their vote to organize with the Ohio Federation of Teachers by an 80 to 10 vote. She explained what it meant to have such an overwhelming victory and what they will be demanding as a workforce.

Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan was also featured on today’s episode. He spoke about issues in supply chain management and how it is impacting the U.S., worker misclassification in the transportation industry and increased violence against public transport workers.

John Russo (Working Class Perspectives) / Maria Somma (United Steelworkers)

John Russo (Working Class Perspectives) / Maria Somma (United Steelworkers)

October 22, 2021

The Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and Working Poor at Georgetown University Visiting Scholar John Russo was today’s first guest on the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about workers striking across the U.S., worker burnout and issues with misclassified employees.

United Steelworkers Organizing Director Maria Somma was also featured on today’s podcast. She spoke about a recent organizing victory at the University of Pittsburgh and what it means for a union to have an “industrial model” for organizing college employees.

Chuck Collins (The Nation) / Dave Wondolowski (Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council)

Chuck Collins (The Nation) / Dave Wondolowski (Cleveland Building & Construction Trades Council)

October 21, 2021

The Nation Contributing Writer Chuck Collins joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss his article, “The Pandora Papers Reveal How the Super-Rich Shaft the Rest of Us.” He reported how the ultra rich reap the benefits of public investment, but do not pay their fair share in taxes. It also discussed shell corporations, hidden wealth systems and other techniques used to hide money.

Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski was also featured on today’s show. He spoke about the mayoral race in Cleveland and the candidate endorsed by the building trades council.

Laurie Glicker / Joe Graceffo (AFGE Local 3283) / David Madland (Center for American Progress)

Laurie Glicker / Joe Graceffo (AFGE Local 3283) / David Madland (Center for American Progress)

October 20, 2021

American Federation of Government Employees Local 3283 Executive Vice President Laurie Glicker and Legislative Political Coordinator Joe Graceffo were the first guests on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. They spoke about shortening the probationary period for federal employees, attempts to privatize VA hospitals and how unions are benefitting with President Biden in office.

Also featured on today’s episode was Center for American Progress Senior Fellow David Madland. He spoke about the racial wealth gap, unequal distribution of wealth causing an inability for people to invest in themselves and their family’s futures and how union membership can help shrink the gap.

Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers, AFT) / Kris LaGrange (UCOMM Blog)

Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers, AFT) / Kris LaGrange (UCOMM Blog)

October 19, 2021

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper addressed the “Backpack Bill,” Ohio House Bill 290, which could gut public education and provide a universal voucher to all students in Ohio regardless of income or the performance of their local public schools. She also spoke about student loan forgiveness and the alarming rate of student loan debt.

UCOMM Blog Editor-in-Chief Kris LaGrange was also featured on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He gave advice on what to do and what not to do when standing in solidarity with striking workers. LaGrange also encouraged unions to take advantage of having President Biden in office.

Leonard Aguilar (Texas AFL-CIO) / Marcy Goldstein-Gelb (NCOSH)

Leonard Aguilar (Texas AFL-CIO) / Marcy Goldstein-Gelb (NCOSH)

October 18, 2021

Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Aguilar rejoined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss vaccination rates in Texas and how Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing back against mandates. He also discussed labor shortage and how unions can take advantage of them.

National Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health Co-executive Director Marcy Goldstein-Gelb was also featured on today’s episode. She spoke about holding employers accountable for committing OSHA violations and creating stricter punishments to ensure infractions are not repeated.

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