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America's Work Force Union Podcast
55 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Jeff Stoffer (American Legion) / Rich Fiesta (Alliance for Retired Americans)
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 show. He spoke about Medicare drug price negotiation, and legislation aimed at restoring voting protections lost in two Supreme Court decisions over the course of the last decade.
55 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Ron Herrera (Teamsters) / Desiree Hoffman (UAW)
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 today. She spoke about electric vehicle manufacturing, the electric vehicle tax credit and the Build Back Better Act facing some road blocks.
55 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Doreen Cannon (UA Local 55) / Jenny Hunter (Labor lawyer, writer and consultant)
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, writer and consultant Jenny Hunter was also featured on today’s episode. She spoke about how she became interested in labor law, Justice Alito’s long standing attacks on public sector unions, and how President Biden can improve the labor community’s standing through the courts.
55 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Frank Mathews (CWA D4) / Colin Sikon (Laborers Local 860)
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 Representative Colin Sikon was also featured on today’s episode. He spoke about Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center workers being underpaid and unprotected and how Local 860 is supporting the workers.
55 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Dennis Desmond (LiUNA Local 11) / Russ Jaeger (SMART Local 263)
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 struggles of organizing in a So-Called “Right to Work” state, educating the public about the benefits of unions and apprenticeships and more.
55 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Barry Davies (Ironworkers Local 512) / Fred Redmond (AFL-CIO)
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 apprenticeship opportunities for his Local. AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Fred Redmond was also featured on today’s episode. He spoke about a lockout at a Texas refinery, contract negotiations for a Virginia USW Local Union and how parts of the PRO Act are being worked into the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.
55 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Brain Kelly (Kelley & Ferraro) / U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown
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 diagnosed with cancer. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) was also featured on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about the bipartisan legislation to provide border agents with devices to detect and identify dangerous drugs like fentanyl. Sen. Brown also gave an update on the infrastructure bill.
55 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Jim Ascione (Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council) / Jeff Mehrhoff (IUPAT DC 7)
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 Mehrhoff was also featured on today’s episode. Mehrhoff touched on some of the labor climate in Wisconsin, the federal difficulties the PRO Act faces. He later spoke about bridging the communication gap between leadership and members in the IUPAT.
55 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Matt Smith (Ohio AFL-CIO) / Carl Mulert (USA Local 829)
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 strike, which was overwhelmingly approved. Mulert also explained the recent working conditions members have faced and more.
55 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Kevin Brown (SEIU 32BJ) / Tim Coleman (UA Local 669)
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 apprenticeship programs being a viable path to the middle class, the UA being America’s fire protection specialists and more.
55 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Dorsey Hager (Columbus/Central Ohio BCTC) / Mike Knisley (Ohio State BCTC)
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 Mike Knisley discussed workers being abandoned at a refinery in Lima, Ohio, the Ohio State Building Trades Convention and how Ohio has remained friendly to union workers.
55 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Adam Krauthamer (AFM Local 802) / James Hart (Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO)
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 President, was also featured on AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about how America works best when people unionize, how workplace safety can help everyone succeed and more.
55 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
David Rutledge (Southeast Laborers District Council) / Doris Crouse-Mays (Virginia AFL-CIO)
Southeast Laborers District Council Assistant Business Manager David Rutledge was the first guest on today’s edition of AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about the current Vanderbilt University worker negotiations, apprenticeship readiness programs and how the construction market is tighter than ever, making it harder to find workers. Virginia AFL-CIO President Doris Crouse-Mays was also featured on today’s episode. She spoke about political efforts at the state level, how Virginia has made progress to improve the standing of workers and what legislators can do to improve the situation.
55 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Tommy Maloney (IBEW Local 96) / Andrew Cortes (Rhode Island Building Futures) / Tom Buffenbarger (Independent Labor Voice)
IBEW Local 96 Business Manager Tommy Maloney joined the AWF Union Podcast to offer updates on projects being worked on by Local 96 members, job opportunities in the renewable sector, the IBEW Code of Excellence and their apprenticeship program. Rhode Island Building Futures Executive Director Andrew Cortes was also a featured guest on today’s show. He spoke about how the program came to be, SEIU members training updates, and how an apprenticeship will help people receive the training they need to get a good job and put them on the path to the middle class. Independent Labor Voice Tom Buffenbarger discussed the debt ceiling, the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the saving of money from the Department of Defense, the reallocation of funds and more on today’s episode.
55 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Don Marcus (Masters Mates and Pilots) / Greg Regan (Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO)
Masters Mates and Pilots President Don Marcus made his debut appearance on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He discussed what the organization does, who they represent and how COVID-19 has affected the industry. He also discussed an event at the White House with President Biden and other labor advocates. Transportation Trades Department President Greg Regan was the second guest on today's show. Regan spoke about assault on frontline workers in the transportation industry, and the FAA working with airlines on updating their travel regulations.
55 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Donnie Blatt (USW District 1) / Sherry Linkon (Working Class Perspectives)
Working Class Perspectives Contributing Writer Sherry Linkon joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast today. She discussed how the working class can make up ground in the U.S. economy. She also discussed a TV series that looks at the fall of many midwest towns. United Steelworkers District 1 Director Donnie Blatt was also featured on today’s episode. He discussed USW redistricting, how the COVID-19 resurgence has affected the USW membership and their stance on vaccines and vaccine incentive programs.
55 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Bill Samuel (AFL-CIO) / Len DiCosimo (AFM Local 4)
AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel was the first featured guest today on AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about the budget reconciliation, fixing the filibuster and imposing penalties on companies who break labor law. Also featured on today’s show was AFM Local 4 President Len DiCosimo. He discussed the Build Back Better Plan, the American Rescue Plan and vaccination in concert venues.
55 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Pete Ielmini (Mechanical Insulators LMCT) / Demos Demopoulos (Teamsters Local 553)
Heat and Frost Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini was the first featured guest on today’s edition of AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about slowing climate change through energy audits, improving energy efficiency through better mechanical insulation and more. Today’s second guest was Teamsters Local 553 Secretary-Treasurer Demos Demopoulos. He rejoined the show to discuss the ongoing strike at United Metro Energy, and why United Metro Energy is being so unreasonable.
55 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Melissa Cropper (OFT-AFT) / Eric St. Pierre (Humana)
Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss mask mandates in Ohio schools and their effectiveness. She also discussed the recent redrawing of Ohio’s congressional maps. Cropper contends the maps are unconstitutional. Humana Associate Vice President of Group Medicare Eric St. Pierre was also featured on today’s episode. He spoke about group Medicare Advantage plans and how they offer great care to retirees.
55 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Bill Blackman (IBEW Local 136) / Lou Antonellis (IBEW Local 103) / Yanira Moreno (LCLAA)
IBEW Local 136 Business Manager Bill Blackman joined today’s episode of AWF Union Podcast. He discussed a Responsible Bidder Ordinance being considered by the Birmingham, Ala. City Council. Blackman also spoke about the Alabama Organized Labor Awards Foundation offering annual scholarships to union members or immediate family to go to post secondary schools, and scholarships for building trades apprentices. IBEW Local 103 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis later joined the show. He spoke about the Polar Park Project; how the Green Line Extension Project will create hundreds of new jobs; and Boston’s mayoral race, including who his Local Union plans to endorse. The third guest on today’s episode was the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement National President Yanira Moreno. She spoke about the pay gap that Latina Americans face, and how migrant workers could benefit from having a union presence in their workplace.
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