America's Work Force Union Podcast

America's Work Force Union Podcast

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 continues to be the trusted voice for workers across the country.

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January 3, 2022 54 min

The first featured guest on today's edition of the AWF Union Podcast was Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul.

 

Ironworkers Local 851 Vice President and Business Representative Tracy Cutright was also featured on the show.

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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 center, and why the U.S. is ranked 28th globally in Infrastructure and how change nee...

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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 turbine construction projects off the coast of the Carolinas.

United Labor Agency Execu...

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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 was also featured on the podcast today. He discussed the expiration of the child...

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January 7, 2022 54 min

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. Senate in order to pass voter legislation.

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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 today’s podcast. She discussed COVID-19 test scams, robocalls and the top scams o...

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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 the podcast. Hager spoke about a semiconductor plant looking at locations in centra...

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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 receive, why contracts need to be set in place and the importance of  taking care of mem...

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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 Director Josh Nassar, before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee to promote policies ...

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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 on the podcast today was labor lawyer Joyce Goldstein. She talked about the rece...

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The first featured guest on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast was Independent Media Institute contributing writer Jeff Bryant. He spoke about charter schools, accountability with school vouchers and the impact on public school funding.

United Association Local 286 Business Manager Chap Thornton was also featured on the podcast today. He discussed the Austin Texas-based Local’s growth over the last couple of years, their app...

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Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper was featured on the podcast today. She spoke about the Reading Opens the World campaign, a charter school using delay tactics to slow a unionizing effort and teachers fighting for safe conditions to keep schools open for in-person learning.

 

American Federation of Government Employees District 5 National Fair Practices Affirmative Action Coordinator Ceretta Smith was also fea...

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American Federation of Government Employees Director of Organizing David Cann was featured on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He joined the podcast to discuss the AFGE’s Collective Power Now organizing campaign and organizing plans for 2022. 

Also featured on the podcast today was Roofers and Waterproofers Local 37 Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer John Flatt. He discussed the commercial...

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Liat Olenick, contributing writer for The Nation, was the first featured guest on today’s America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She spoke about her new article “There Is Something Very Wrong With a Society That Scapegoats Its Teachers” and explained why she believes there are orchestrated attacks occurring against teachers. 

United Steelworkers District 1 Sub-District Director Pat Gallagher was the second featured guest on the AWF p...

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Jeff Stoffer, The American Legion Director of Media and Communications, was featured on the AWF Union Podcast today. He previewed the February edition of the American Legion Magazine and discussed a few of the featured stories within this edition.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta also joined the podcast today. He discussed how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ordered the Centers for Med...

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Today on the AWF Union Podcast, Carpenters Local 205 and Eastern Atlantic States

Regional Council of Carpenters Council Representative Jason Wheeler spoke about wage theft in the construction industry. He also talked about his Local’s ability to organize and issues with So-Called “Right to Work” in their jurisdiction. 

Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO President Greg Regan was also featured on the podcast today. Reg...

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Ironworkers Local 44 Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer David Baker made his debut appearance on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He discussed how the process to obtain a welding certification is too easy, as even pets can get certified to weld. Baker also explained why the  Brent Spence Bridge needs to be repaired. 

Tom Buffenbarger, an Independent Labor Voice for America’s Work Force Union Podcast, was a...

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Insulators Union LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini was the first featured guest on the AWF Union Podcast today. He rejoined the podcast to discuss a tragic high-rise fire in NYC and how a properly working fire containment system, may have prevented the loss of 17 lives. 

 

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Legislative Representative Mike Dolan also joined the show today. He discussed  the Made in America Council,  the Adv...

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AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel rejoined the AWF Union Podcast today to provide an update on President Biden’s Build Back Better budget reconciliation bill, the new U.S. Supreme Court vacancy and the potential for voting laws to change. 

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 President and Business Agent Troy Miller made his debut on the podcast today. He spoke about how a sales tax increase passed last year provided ...

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John Russo, Working Class Perspectives contributing writer, was one of the featured guests on today’s edition of America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about unemployment statistics, how the numbers appear to be inflated, and supply chain disruptions.

United Steelworkers District 1 Director Donnie Blatt was also featured on today’s edition of the podcast. He discussed restructuring within the USW Districts and the legal batt...

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