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America's Work Force Union Podcast provides a clear and unfiltered voice for the working people of America. Radio veteran Ed “Flash” Ferenc leads the discussion with a focus on topics that include the impact of labor unions in America, workers’ rights, legislative actions and labor-management relations. Featured guests include various labor leaders, politicians, journalists and more. America's Work Force Union Podcast provides updates and information from sources around the United States and ...
 
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Parkersburg Marietta Building and Construction Trades Council Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer Buddy Malone was featured on today’s AWF Union Podcast. He discussed how So-Called “Right to Work” laws have hurt West Virginia as well as a new initiative to help recruit men and women into careers in the building trades. Also featured …
 
OPCMIA International Representative Joe Ciacchi joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast today to discuss the impact virtual reality technology has made in their recruiting process. United Auto Workers Legislative Coordinator Desiree Hoffman was also featured on today’s podcast. She discussed the testimony of her colleague, UAW Legislative Dir…
 
The first featured guest on today’s AWF Union Podcast was James Cole, Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Ironworkers Local 167. He spoke about a massive project to build a campus for Ford Motor Co. in Tennessee. IATSE Local 317 President Mike Pope was also featured on today’s podcast. He discussed the benefits union members recei…
 
Communications Workers of America District 4 Director Frank Mathews joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast today to discuss the National Labor Relations Board and voter rights legislation. Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, was also featured on today’s edition of…
 
Americans Federation of Musicians Local 14 President John Van Voris was the first featured guest on today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He discussed the unionization efforts of local musicians hired to appear in the new HBO series “The Gilded Age.” Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell was also featured on …
 
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer and United Steelworkers International Vice President Fred Redmond was the featured guest today on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about the outlook for labor in 2022, and provided updates on a USW contract negotiation at a Virginia shipyard. Redmond also discussed the need to remove the filibuster in the U.S…
 
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 152 Assistant Director of Organizing Hugh Giordano was the first featured guest on the AWF Union Podcast today. He spoke about the importance of labor peace agreements for workers in the cannabis industry and social equity and economic justice standards in other new emerging markets. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown …
 
Ironworkers Local 848 Business Manager Dan Segovia was the first featured guest on today’s America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about the difficulties organizing new union members in the Carolinas - two of the lowest union density, So-Called “Right to Work” states. Segovia also discussed how they are preparing for possible offshore wind tur…
 
Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga was the first featured guest on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about Ohio’s gerrymandered district maps and Ohio’s legislative agenda for 2022. Also featured on the podcast today was Laborers 860 Field Representative Colin Sikon. He spoke about continued violence in the juvenile court detention c…
 
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 HealthPar…
 
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 discus…
 
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 podcas…
 
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 Sund…
 
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 privati…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein made his debut on the AWF Union Podcast today. He discussed a possible new Collective Bargaining Agreement for his members, and how postal workers have dealt with the ongoing pandemic. Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta was the second featured guest on the podcast t…
 
The American Legion Media and Communications Director Jeff Stoffer was the first guest on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about a recovery fund for the states affected by recent tornadoes. He later detailed the fight to expand VA benefits to the nearly 250,000 living World War II veterans. United Steelworkers District 1 Director …
 
American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley was the first guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He discussed an executive order issued by President Biden that encourages union organizing. He later explained the AFGE’s involvement in the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. Unite…
 
Communications’ Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews was the first guest on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about supporting unionized AT&T retail staffers by shopping at their stores. Later, he applauded the amount of union organizing occurring throughout the U.S. The Labor Citizen…
 
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Jason George joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the budget surplus in Minnesota. He said these funds will allow them to make a longer lasting investment in the state's infrastructure. He later discussed potential mining operations in the state. American Fe…
 
Labor Attorney Joyce Goldstein was today’s guest on the AWF Union Podcast. She discussed a recent ruling by the courts, that upheld an arbitrator’s decision to force a company to rehire an employee they fired after being involved in a fatal vehicular accident. She also spoke about three Starbucks locations in New York, that held votes to unionize a…
 
Sean Egan, COVID-19 Director of Workplace Safety for the State of Michigan, was the first guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He discussed Prevailing Wage in Michigan, the way it was repealed and what the governor is doing to bring it back. He also gave an update on the vaccination rate in the state. United Auto Workers Legislative C…
 
Humana Associate Vice President of Group Medicare Eric St. Pierre and National Labor Relations Representative Nate Whiteman were featured on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. They spoke about Medicare advantage plans, how Humana strives to offer the best medicare plans possible and healthcare benefits covering wellness plans. Policy Matters…
 
IBEW Local 223 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Doug Nelson made his debut on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He discussed how Local 223 members are training to install electric vehicle charging stations. He also discussed other parts of the infrastructure bill and how they will help Massachusetts. Lastly, he talked about an offsh…
 
Metal Trades Department President Jimmy Hart was featured on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about fixing the ongoing supply chain issues in the U.S. through the creation of a maritime highway, revitalization of U.S. ports and American companies purchasing foreign ships to replenish their U.S. fleet. He also discussed the budget …
 
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond joined today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill and its chances of passing. He also spoke about the recent spike in union workers going on strike. Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Ha…
 
Washington-Baltimore News Guild President Fatima Hussein was the featured guest on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She discussed how the Washington-Baltimore News Guild works to set standards when negotiating first contracts. She also explained the tactics employers are using to get workers to return to the office after w…
 
Maritime Trades Department Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dan Duncan joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss the ongoing supply chain issue. He said the administration has executed and laid out future plans to further improve the situation. Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell was also featured on today’s episode. She warne…
 
Roofers Local 65 President Taylor Nelson joined today’s edition of the America's Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about Local 65, a jurisdictional dispute between the Roofers and Carpenters Unions and the Local’s apprenticeship program. Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andrew Spar was also featured on today’s episode. He discussed st…
 
Scott Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing was today’s first guest on the AWF Union Podcast. He discussed how the bipartisan infrastructure bill could create thousands of jobs in construction, installation and manufacturing. He also spoke about a “Made in America” gift guide for the holiday season. Wisconsin Democracy…
 
United Steelworkers Rapid Response Coordinator for District 1 Tiffany McKee was the first featured guest on today's edition of the AWF Union Podcast. Also featured on the podcast today was Associate Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University and contributor to Working Class Perspectives Lane Windh…
 
Government Affairs Director of the AFL-CIO Bill Samuel was the first featured guest today on the AWF Union Podcast. Also featured on the podcast today was LiUNA Minnesota and North Dakota Research Manager Lucas Franco. He discussed wage theft in Minnesota's construction industry and the negative impact of the misclassification of workers.…
 
Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss how mechanical insulators improve a building’s energy efficiency by properly installing mechanical insulation. He also advocated for apprenticeship and the promotion of the trades to high school students who may not want to go to college. Internationa…
 
Tom Buffenbarger, an Independent Labor Observer, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the uptick in workers changing jobs. He linked this phenomenon to the COVID-19 pandemic and the havoc it wreaked on the job market. He also gave an update on members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 588…
 
Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea was the first guest on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust and how it benefits workers. He also discussed how the recently passed infrastructure bill will benefit Illinois residents. Transportation Workers Union of America International P…
 
American Legion Media and Communications Director Jeff Stoffer was the first guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He highlighted some of the featured stories in the December edition of the American Legion Magazine, including stories about public healthcare systems and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Alliance for Retired Americans Executiv…
 
The Nation Magazine contributing writer David Leshtz was the first featured guest on the AWF Union Podcast today. He spoke about the John Deere strike in Iowa and how members of the community and other labor unions showed support to the striking workers. Also featured on the AWF Union Podcast was United Steelworkers (USW) District Director Pat Gall…
 
Sheet Metal ITI Program Administrator Mike Harris was today’s first AWF Union Podcast guest. In the midst of National Apprenticeship Week, he spoke about the benefits of a registered apprenticeship program. He also explained how apprentices can earn college credits while completing an apprenticeship program. Plumbers Local 55 President Doreen Canno…
 
Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper was the first guest on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She spoke about teachers getting “May tired” in November, causing them to feel burnt out. She also discussed how well-funded campaigns dominated recent school board elections nationwide. Also featured on today’s ep…
 
United Association Veterans in Piping Program Administrator and Training Specialist Mike Hazard kicked off National Apprenticeship Week as the first guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about what the UA VIP Program is and how it helps military members transitioning back into civilian life learn pipe trades skills. Rhode Isla…
 
AFGE District 6 National Vice President Arnold Scott was the first guest on today’s America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about President Biden rescinding Trump-era executive orders that curbed collective bargaining rights for federal employees and keeping the government operational. Also featured today on the AWF Union Podcast was United Au…
 
On today’s Veterans Day edition of the AWF Union Podcast, Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig spoke about when he returned from Iraq and found a career in the building trades. He also spoke about the unfortunate circumstances in which some veterans were being deported after seeking citizenship through U.S. Military service. Interna…
 
Good Jobs First Communications Director Arlene Martinez was the first guest on today’s episode of AWF Union Podcast. She discussed grants being given to companies who invest in electric vehicle manufacturing done in So-Called “Right to Work” states and more. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 95 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Ke…
 
Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews joined today’s episode of AWF Union Podcast. He discussed how broadband infrastructure improvements could result in a resurgence in rural parts of the country. He also discussed a group of call center workers organizing for better healthcare benefits. United Steelwor…
 
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 132 attorney Justin Williams joined the AWF Union Podcast today. He discussed the transition to clean energy and why it should benefit working people, especially union members. Williams also discussed the federal infrastructure bill and how it can benefit West Virginia. National Postal Mail Handlers …
 
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