America’s Work Force Union Podcast
Greg Revard (Insulators Union) / Kelsie Anderson (OPEIU Local 12)

Greg Revard (Insulators Union) / Kelsie Anderson (OPEIU Local 12)

December 31, 2021

Greg Revard, General President of the Insulators Union was one of the featured guests on today's edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about the HFIAW relief fund, and more.

 

OPEIU Local 12 Vice President Kelsie Anderson also joined the podcast today. She discussed who OPEIU Local 12 is, what they do, organizing local non-profits, and HealthPartners negotiating their contract without needing to strike.

James Ascione (IUOE Local 542) / Tom Bennett (Teamsters Local 200)

James Ascione (IUOE Local 542) / Tom Bennett (Teamsters Local 200)

December 30, 2021

IUOE Local 542 Secretary-Treasurer James Ascione was the first featured guest on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about Local 542’s apprenticeship program and a potential new project in Delaware that could create hundreds of jobs.

Also featured on the podcast today was Teamsters Local 200 Secretary-Treasurer Tom Bennett. He discussed the Teamsters' outreach programs, and how new International leadership could bring fresh ideas to help increase membership.

John Nichols (The Nation) / Jim Bertolone (Rochester APWU)

John Nichols (The Nation) / Jim Bertolone (Rochester APWU)

December 29, 2021

The Nation Contributing Writer John Nichols was the first guest on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about the passing of former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. Nichols also discussed the importance of passing fundamental legislation such as the PRO Act, the Build Back Better act and voting rights laws.

 

Also featured on the podcast today was American Postal Workers Union Local 215 former President Jim Bertolone. He joined the podcast to discuss the attempts to privatize the USPS, educating New Yorkers on political matters and fighting for worker and civil rights.

Erin Kellam (IATSE Local 140) / Tom Buffenbarger (Independent Labor Voice)

Erin Kellam (IATSE Local 140) / Tom Buffenbarger (Independent Labor Voice)

December 28, 2021

IATSE Local 140 Business Agent Erin Kellam was the first featured guest on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. She discussed the impact COVID-19 is making on the overall theatre industry and locally in Chattanooga, Tenn. Kellam also spoke about a new contract with their biggest local employer, where they received a 24 percent raise, plus Sunday overtime and holiday pay.

 

The AWF Union Podcast Independent Labor Voice Tom Buffenbarger was also featured on the podcast today. He spoke about Boeing opening up more manufacturing plants and whether or not they will be unionized. Buffenbarger also discussed the outlook regarding organizing in 2022.

Bill Londrigan (Kentucky AFL-CIO) / Greg Regan (Transportation Trades Department)

Bill Londrigan (Kentucky AFL-CIO) / Greg Regan (Transportation Trades Department)

December 27, 2021

Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan was the first featured guest on today's edition of the AWF Union Podcast.

Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan was also featured on today's show.

Tom Conway (United Steelworkers) / Joe McCartin (Working Class Perspectives)

Tom Conway (United Steelworkers) / Joe McCartin (Working Class Perspectives)

December 24, 2021

International President of the United Steelworkers Tom Conway was the first featured guest on the podcast today. 

 

Working Class Perspectives Contributing Writer Joe McCartin joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss his new article "Building Back Better"

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Tim Lasker (OPEIU Local 453)

Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Tim Lasker (OPEIU Local 453)

December 23, 2021

AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss Sen. Joe Manchin and the Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill. He later discussed reforms at the National Labor Relations Board.

 

The second guest on today’s episode was OPEIU Local 453 Business Manager Tim Lasker. He spoke about attempts to privatize jobs in the Massachussettes public sector and the unique position of unions that represent present Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority employees. 

Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT)

Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT)

December 22, 2021

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the AWF Union Podcast to talk about federal funding for the removal of lead pipes, lead paint and other harmful materials, and how it will create work for Mechanical Insulators. Later in the episode, he discussed how installing mechanical insulation is a great way to minimize the carbon footprint of buildings and mechanical systems throughout the country.

Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers, AFT) / Greg LeRoy (Good Jobs First)

Melissa Cropper (Ohio Federation of Teachers, AFT) / Greg LeRoy (Good Jobs First)

December 21, 2021

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper was the first guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. She discussed difficulties faced by teachers attempting to unionize at Menlo Park in northeast Ohio. She also discussed legislation introduced by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) to help students with Social Emotional Learning.

Good Jobs First Executive Director Greg LeRoy was also featured on today’s show. He spoke about CARES Act spending and how those expenditures were poorly documented by most states. LeRoy also discussed the fact taxpayers are funding Amazon warehouse expansions.

John Galinac (IATSE Local 160) / Nick Brenner (Roofers and Waterporoofers Local 96)

John Galinac (IATSE Local 160) / Nick Brenner (Roofers and Waterporoofers Local 96)

December 20, 2021

The first guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast was IATSE Local 160 Business Agent John Galinac. He spoke about how the stage industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also discussed how Local 160 has taken to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Roofers and Waterproofers Local 96 Business Agent Nick Brenner was also featured on today’s episode. He discussed how unions in the area, particularly in Wisconsin, have been affected by So-Called “Right to Work” laws. He also said their membership is greatly benefiting from their new training center.

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