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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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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 …
 
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss Virginia election results and what it means for Democrats moving forward. He also brought attention to various groups of USW workers, who are fighting for fair contracts. Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorse…
 
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was featured on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about the likelihood that the infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills will be passed by the end of November. He also discussed a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. Kelley & Ferraro Associate Partner Dayna DePerro joined the AWF Union Pod…
 
Iron Workers Safety and Health Department District Representative Wayne Creasap joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss worker safety. He discussed his appointment to the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, what the committee seeks to accomplish and apprenticeships. United Labor Agency Executive Director Dave Megenhardt was also f…
 
NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss joined AWF Union Podcast today to explain why news industry workers are organizing. There have been several successful campaigns recently, resulting in 1,850 workers at 40 workplaces organizing. Schleuss also spoke about hedge funds purchasing newspapers and diminishing local news coverage. Ohio AFL-CIO President Ti…
 
Transport Workers Union Local 556 President Lyn Montgomery returned to the AWF Union Podcast. She spoke about challenges flight attendants have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on employee morale. Tom Germuska, Jr., editor of The Labor Citizen, was also featured on today’s show. He spoke about an upcoming special section in The Lab…
 
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 R…
 
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 fraudul…
 
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-Le…
 
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 featur…
 
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 Re…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 benefitt…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer spoke with the America’s Work Force Union Podcast today about the November edition of The American Legion Magazine. He also previewed some of the stories featured in the upcoming publication. Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta was also a guest on today’s sh…
 
International Brotherhood of Teamsters International Vice President of the Western Region Ron Herrera joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss a national truck driver shortage, the negative effects of worker misclassification and cargo backups at ports. United Auto Workers Legislative Representative Desiree Hoffman was also featured on the podcast t…
 
Plumbers Local 55 President Doreen Cannon joined AWF Union Podcast today to discuss an upcoming apprenticeship fair in Cleveland, Ohio. She explained the great career opportunities that can be found in the trades, shared her personal path to the trades and how others can get started, and efforts to attract more women into the trades. Labor lawyer, …
 
Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews was the first guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about bank employees organizing, broadband infrastructure and punishments for companies who retaliate against their employees who are looking to unionize. Laborers Local 860 (Cleveland) Field R…
 
LiUNA Local 11 Business Manager Dennis Desmond was the first featured guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He explained how unions create and sustain the middle class, the need to invest in our country’s infrastructure and more. Also featured on today’s episode was SMART Local 263 Business Manager Russ Jaeger. He discussed the struggl…
 
Ironworkers Local 512 Business Manager and Financial Secretary/Treasurer Barry Davies was the first guest to appear on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He joined the podcast to discuss the great lengths the Ironworkers go to in regard to safety training and fall protection. He also discussed how an infrastructure bill will expand apprentic…
 
Kelley & Ferraro Associate Attorney Brian Kelly joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss an ongoing case involving the heartburn drug Zantac, which was linked to cause various forms of cancer. He reviewed the case and explained how the chemical NDMA was found in the heartburn medication and what to do if you took the medication and are now dia…
 
Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council Treasurer James Ascione was the first guest on today’s edition of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about difficulties unions face when organizing in Delaware. He also discussed the benefits of apprenticeship programs. IUPAT District Council 7 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Meh…
 
Ohio AFL-CIO Legislative Director Matt Smith joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss efforts to fight gerrymandering, Ohio’s new Congressional maps, voter suppression legislation and more. Also featured on today’s episode was United Scenic Artists Local 829 National Business Agent Carl Mulert. He spoke about the recently authorized IATSE stri…
 
SEIU 32BJ Vice President and New Jersey State Director Kevin Brown was the first guest on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Brown discussed the New Jersey Healthy Terminals Act and how it can benefit workers. UA Local 669 Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman was also featured on today’s episode. He spoke about ap…
 
Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive-Secretary Dorsey Hager rejoined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss Issue 7 in Columbus, Ohio, the Ohio State Building Trades Convention and a Building Futures and Driving Futures graduation ceremony. Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary/Treasurer M…
 
American Federation of Musicians Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer made his debut on America’s Work Force Union Podcast today. He spoke about how the pandemic affected the musicians in New York and others in the live performance industry. He also discussed vaccine mandates in the industry. James Hart, Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO Presid…
 
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