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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November 24, 2020 54 min

Former President of SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Ric Reitz was a featured guest on today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He discussed his background in show business, how he got involved in SAG-AFTRA and the safety measures that unions are putting on productions to keep everyone safe.

Former International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers General President Tom Buffenbarger rejoined host Ed “Flash” Ferenc on ...

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Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini was one of the featured guests on today’s edition of AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about 15 major accomplishments made by labor over the last 100 years and how it has made life better for all American workers.

American Federation of Musicians Local 4 President Leonard DiCosimo was the second guest on today’s installment of the podcast. He spoke about how musicians are going ...

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AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel joined AWF Union Podcast on Thanksgiving to discuss the transfer of power from the Trump administration to the Biden administration and what the future of labor and the U.S economy will look like.

Dan McCrory, author of, “Capitalism Killed the Middle Class” was the second featured guest on AWF Union Podcast. He spoke about his book and how unions can save the middle class.

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On today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast, United Steelworkers District 1 Director Donnie Blatt spoke about the USW fighting for collective bargaining rights and saving the jobs of 1,000 union members.

Also featured on the podcast was Christopher Martin, Professor of Digital Journalism at the University of Northern Iowa and contributing writer to Working Class Perspectives. He spoke about why the middle class we...

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America’s Work Force Union Podcast is proud to feature Air Line Pilots Association President Captain Joe DePete on today’s episode. Capt. DePete spoke about how pilots are essential workers and have been required to work throughout the pandemic, how the aviation system is the key to getting the U.S. economy back on track and the dignity of work and unity. 

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Encore Episode! Today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast is a replay of our Oct. 26 show. We featured the late Larry Willis, former President of the Transportation Trades Department. Willis spoke about how he was in support of a mask mandate on public transportation to protect workers and passengers alike.

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Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale was featured on this edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He discussed the political activism in Pennsylvania during the election, why Pennsylvanians chose President-elect Joe Biden over President Trump this time around, the benefits of a pro-worker administration and protections for workers.

Also featured on the podcast was Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director of the U...

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Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga discussed the transition of power from the Trump administration to the Biden administration, the Lame Duck session and an overview of what 2021 will look like for labor on today’s episode of AWF Union Podcast.

Brain Schall, Attorney with Kelley & Ferraro, spoke about multi-district litigation (MDL) cases with 3M and Zantac. The 3M case involves military veterans suffering from tinnitus after us...

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Teamsters Local 777 President Jim Glimco discussed how Local 777 recently ratified two collective bargaining agreements at First Student of Villa Park, negotiating contracts during a pandemic and what the drivers will gain under their new CBA’s.

Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council was also featured on today’s show. He spoke with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc ab...

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United Association (UA) International Representative Kurt Steenhoek was a featured guest on today’s edition of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Steenhoek discussed the UA’s water quality program, contractor and member certifications and how they develop their programs, training and standards.

Cleveland Better Business Bureau President Sue McConnell was also featured on today’s installment of the podcast. With the holidays j...

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Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the transition of power to the Biden administration, restructuring of the NLRB and the mediation board, the possibility of another relief package, hedge funds ruining companies and CWA’s response to COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace.

Also featured on today’s show was Dave Wondolowski, Execut...

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Patrick Grubbs, Professor of History at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa. joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast today to discuss the history of the Cordwainers Union. He spoke about the cordwainers strike of 1805, what caused it and what came out of it.

KDKA-TV Producer James Santelli was also featured on today’s episode. Santelli discussed the organizing process that KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh went through, their rep...

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On today’s episode of AWF Union Podcast, Policy Matters Ohio Project Director of Asset Building Kalitha Williams explained to listeners how payday lending and other short term loans are predatory. She discussed why they are so predatory and how the Ohio legislature has attempted multiple times to reform payday lending but hasn’t made any significant progress.

Desiree Hoffman, Legislative Representative with the United Auto Workers...

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Joyce Goldstein, labor lawyer with Joyce Goldstein Law was one of the featured guests today on the AWF Union Podcast. She explained whether or not workers can be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to continue working at their workplace and their rights surrounding compelled vaccination.

Also featured today on the podcast was Progressive Populist Editor Jim Cullen. He discussed certified election results, the cabinet mem...

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Paul Hartshorn, Jr., National Communications Chair of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants representing the flight attendants of American Airlines was featured today on AWF Union Podcast. Hartshorn discussed the payroll protection program and how it helped flight attendants keep their income and jobs, how the industry responded to the pandemic over the last few months and new restrictions on service animals allowed on ...

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Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers was one of our featured guests today on AWF Union Podcast. She spoke about Ohio Senate Bill 17, fair funding for schools in Ohio, how vouchers have taken money out of Ohio school systems and COVID-19 vaccines for teachers.

Andrew Spar, President of the Florida Education Association also joined the podcast today. He discussed funding in Florida schools, the state diverti...

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Today on the podcast, AFGE Local 1410 President Felicia Sharp spoke about 2021 legislative priorities for DOD members, the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Tony Liberatore, Jr., Laborers Local 860 Business Manager was also featured on today’s edition of the AWF Union Podcast. He discussed Laborers 860 members and their collective bargaining agreement with a ...

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Nathan Newman, contributing writer to The Nation Magazine was a featured guest on today’s edition of AWF Union Podcast. He discussed a couple of SCOTUS rulings dealing with California property rights and allowing organizers to speak to workers on farms.

North Coast Area Labor Federation of the AFL-CIO President Pat Gallagher was also featured today on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He spoke about the United States’ economic c...

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Today on the AWF Union Podcast, Jeff Stoffer, Director of Media and Communications for the American Legion previewed the January edition of their publication. Some of the featured stories include the 30 year anniversary of Desert Storm, health records for service members and veterans and legislation to require federally purchased items to be manufactured domestically.

Alliance for the Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fies...

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Andrew Cortés, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Building Futures program was a featured guest today on AWF Union Podcast. Cortés discussed the Rhode Island Building Futures Program, recruiting women into the construction trades and how an apprenticeship is a viable option to lead to a quality, well paying career. 

Also featured on the podcast today was Mellissa Chang, a research analyst with Good Jobs First. She discussed th...

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