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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March 12, 2021 54 min

High Speed Rail Alliance Executive Director Rick Harnish was the first of three guests featured on AWF Union Podcast. Harnish spoke about what needs to be done in order for the United States to get their own high speed rail system. He said 20 percent new tracks and 80 percent updating current tracks to increase freight speeds and get freight off of the highways and back to trains. 

Steve Rosenfeld with the Independent Media Instit...

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Today on the AWF Union Podcast, American Federation of Government Employees Local 31 President Darryll Bell spoke about strengthening labor law and collective bargaining rights and the understaffed VA hiring more people with the pandemic seemingly slowing down.

Also featured on today’s episode was Terri Gerstein. She is the Labor and Worklife Program Director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at Harvard and a Senior Fello...

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The first featured guest today on the AWF Union Podcast was Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper. She discussed the America Rescue Plan and how the money in the bill will be used for state and local aid, keeping schools open and cutting child poverty across the entire nation.

American Federation of Teachers - West Virginia President Fred Albert was our second guest speaker on the podcast. He discussed legislators ...

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Today on the AWF Union Podcast, Laborers Local 310 Business Manager Terry Joyce spoke about his history in labor, the Irish Echo and and the Labor Leader of the Year Award, as well as some of the community work done by various members of Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council affiliated unions.

Our second featured guest on today’s show was Mother Jones Museum Project Director Rosemary Feurer. She spoke about labor acti...

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On today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast, contributing writer to The Nation, Lynn Rhinehart spoke about the need for labor law reform, Amazon’s anti-union tactics, and getting the PRO Act passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Our second guest on the show today was United Steelworkers District 1 Director Pat Gallagher. He spoke about Cooper Tire being acquired by Goodyear, China’s steel dumping in the Unit...

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Today on the AWF Union Podcast, American Legion Editor Matt Grills spoke about the April edition of the publication. He previewed stories discussing the reintroduction of civics in American classrooms, the Fitness for Life challenge and shipments to U.S. soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War.

Also featured on today’s show was Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta. He spoke about the American Rescue Plan and ...

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Seattle Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Monty Anderson was the first featured guest on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about how the Seattle Building Trades navigated the pandemic, project labor agreements in the area, heating and ventilation systems in schools and diversifying the workforce.

Also featured on the podcast today was Transportation Trades Department Director of Communic...

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Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary Treasurer Mike Knisely joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss the Biden Administration’s action on passing a COVID-19 relief bill that included pension protections, borrowing money to invest in state and federal infrastructure and why the passing of the PRO Act will positively impact organized labor.

The AWF Union Podcast Independent Labor Voice Tom Buffenbarger ...

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Our first featured guest on today’s show was Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini. He spoke about the winterization process for pipes and how Texas was not at all prepared, the difference between winterization and energy conservation and higher return on investment from good insulation.

Also featured on the AWF Union Podcast today was International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President At Large John Murphy....

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Today on the AWF Union Podcast, AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel spoke about the Republican pushback on President Biden’s labor nominees, Republicans voting against the American Rescue Plan and infrastructure investment and project planning.

Our second featured guest on today's show was NewsGuild President Jon Schleuss. He spoke about newspapers being bought out by hedge funds, which is killing jobs. He also dis...

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United Steelworkers International Secretary-Treasurer John Shinn spoke with the AWF Union Podcast today about bringing manufacturing jobs back to America, ending America’s reliance on foreign supply chains for PPE and other medical equipment, and the power of organizing and the PRO Act.

Working Class Perspectives co-editor John Russo was also featured on the AWF Union Podcast today. He discussed his new article “Myth of the Conser...

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Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59 Teacher Chapter President Greta Callahan was the first featured guest on today’s show. She spoke about educators helping their students understand what may happen in the Derek Chauvin case, unfair labor practices with the state’s unwillingness to negotiate with teachers, rapid reopening of schools causing issues and more.

Amalgamated Transit Union International President John Costa was a...

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Montana AFL-CIO Communications Director James Burrows was the first guest on today’s show. He spoke about worker mobilization efforts over the last six months, pushing labor issues to the forefront, the history of so-called “Right to Work” in Montana and the long history of attacks on workers rights to collectively bargain.

Kristine Grow of the Coalition for Medicare Choices also joined the AWF Union Podcast today. She discussed M...

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The Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau was the first guest today on the AWF Union Podcast. She spoke about the history of their organization and their funding, their mission to help workers obtain safe and healthy workplaces and keeping collective power across borders for all workers.

Also featured on the podcast today was Samira Brooks, a homecare worker with SEIU VA 512. She spoke with AWF Union Podcast host ...

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Kelley & Ferraro Attorney Ed Kelley was the first featured guest on the AWF Union Podcast today. He spoke about the lawsuit against 3M on ear protection they sold to the military and the faultiness caused thousands of tinnitus cases and hearing loss in veterans. He also discussed the ongoing asbestos litigation case with people suffering from mesothelioma.

Retired member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Mike Walde...

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Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dorsey Hager rejoined the AWF Union Podcast today. Hager spoke about the benefits of investing in infrastructure, new projects in the Columbus, Ohio area, why more and more women are finding careers in the building trades and the success of their Building Futures and Driving Futures programs.

Our second featured guest on the podcast today ...

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America’s Work Force Union Podcast welcomed International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Jason George to the show. He discussed his introduction to the labor movement, how the members of Local 49 adapted to the pandemic and how labor will be affected by the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

The stage industry has been devastated by the pandemic, but is getting back on their f...

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Texas AFL-CIO newly appointed Secretary-Treasurer Leonard Aguilar joined the AWF Union Podcast today. He discussed Texas jobs and their renewable energy efforts, allocating the proper resources to renewable energy jobs, pre-apprenticeship programs and ensuring all workers are met with dignity and respect on their jobs.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga was also featured on the podcast today. Burga spoke about the benefits of the Am...

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The Coalition for a Prosperous America CEO Michael Stumo was the first featured guest on the AWF Union Podcast today. He discussed the history of their organization, regulating trade with China, the poor conditions Chinese workers are facing, President Biden’s infrastructure plan and what needs to be fixed for them to fully support it.

United Labor Agency Executive Director Dave Megenhardt spoke about retraining workers post-pande...

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United Auto Workers Legislative Director Josh Nassar joined the AWF Union Podcast today to talk about the American Rescue Plan acting as a safety net for Americans who lost their jobs during the pandemic, the American Jobs Act and the PRO Act National Day of Action.

Also featured on today’s edition of the show was Policy Matters Ohio Senior Researcher Amanda Woodrum. She spoke about the Reimagine Appalachia project, the issues coa...

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