Down With The Dig

Down With The Dig

This podcast is for those building North America every day in the construction industry. Matt and Shella discuss a variety of topics and interview guests regarding trends in the construction and labor trades. The latest in protection, safety, training, and regulations. A presentation of Ohio Laborers' District Council.

Episodes

September 1, 2022 21 min

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Unfortunately, every year 45,000 Americans die by suicide, and the rate is higher in the construction industry than in any other occupation. In this episode, we speak with former Business Manager of Akron Local 894, Bill Orr. Bill's family has been affected by suicide, which he shares on DWTD.

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This episode follows the journey of Joan, a member out of Local 125 in Youngstown. Hear his experience of what the non-union sector was like prior to joining the Ohio Laborers' Union.


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May 12, 2022 30 min

Shella hosts CEO of StrongArm Technologies, Sean Petterson.  StrongArm Technologies was founded in 2013 on a seemingly simple mission: Deploy cutting-edge technology and data to protect the world's Industrial Athletes from preventable strain, injury and death. Listen as they discuss this and more on this episode of DWTD.

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Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted joins host Vince Irvin to discuss In-Demand Jobs Week  which is recognized May 2-6, 2022. Their discussion covers the significance of this week, some of the jobs needed the most right now, and what we can do to connect those looking and those hiring. Listen to the full episode here.

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In this episode, KJ arrives on a job site during a major wind storm over 550 feet in the air. Listen to his account in his own words.

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March 23, 2022 14 min

Join Randy and Tony for a special episode as they discuss the best songs about work.

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Pam B went into work on a typical hot summer day. Her shift was wrapping up when a vehicle intruded into her work zone, striking her and sending her airborne some 40 feet away. Hear the full story in Pam's own words on Real Construction Stories from DWTD.

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Coming soon to the DWTD family, Real Construction Stories. In these episodes, you will hear real stories from real members. We hope you enjoy our initial installment - Panic at the Theater.

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Luis Font, currently a Field Coordinator for the Laborers' District Eight Organizing Committee (DEROC) - shares the challenges with his upbringing. He sheds light on how joining the Laborers' Union helped turn his life around and how he works every day to give back and maximize the second chance he received. Listen to the full story here.

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The holiday season is filled with cheer, hope, and gift-giving. So it's fitting that this week's guest is Jacques Smith. Jacques was confronted with a terminal diagnosis due to an aggressive liver disease. However, in 2018 Jacques was gifted a second chance at life after receiving a liver transplant facilitated through Lifebanc. Jacques sits down with Shella on Down With The Dig and shares his incredible story and how he is...

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Hilti Business Unit Manager - Ed Selz joins Down With The Dig. Ed gives our audience a brief overview of Hilti's core products and specialties in North America. Then Ed goes into the products he manages, particularly human augmentation, which includes exoskeletons. Listen as he describes his role and how Hilti is  working with LiUNA to help improve exoskeleton technology.

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November 29, 2021 17 min

The historic $ 1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill sets a significant investment in our inland waterways system. This work can be a vital source of jobs for our members and beyond. To discuss these projects in greater detail, Shella sits down with President and CEO of Waterways Council Inc. - Tracy Zea.

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In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, the Ohio Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program hosted a round table discussion with Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Major General Deborah Ashenhurst, Director of the Department of Veterans Services, Ralph E. Cole, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Ohio Laborers' District Council, and Vince Irvin, Ohio Apprenticeship Coordi...

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Congressman Tim Ryan returns on LNN to discuss the potential of the Senate passed Infrastructure Bill. Listen to the exclusive interview - led by Sara Guice.

Listeners can also view the full interview on our YouTube channel here.

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A special news bulletin from Liuna Network News (LNN) about the evolving situation happening at the Lima Refinery. Listen as  Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan visits affected building trade workers at  Laborers' Local 329 Hall.

View the full newscast and other content here.

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Host Sara Guice interviews Business Manager of Lima Laborers' Local 329 - Tim LuceWireman. Tim discusses the history and significance of the Lima Refinery. He also shares the Local's impact on the community and the potential future of Allen County if good jobs were to leave the area.

To keep Ohioans working in the Lima Refinery, please tap here.


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Adrian Harrison, Field Representative for the Laborers’ District Council of Ohio joins OLUY to discuss his role with the District Council and his experience within the Laborers' Union. During his career, he has worked various roles all while proudly serving the membership.
Enjoy the full conversation with Bethany.

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Pamela Bradek has an exciting journey. With a successful and rewarding fifteen-year career in Law enforcement and currently holds a commission in Ohio. In 2019 Pamela sought a career in road construction with the Laborers' Local 245 in Ashtabula. A seemingly fitting career move with her experience directing traffic as a law enforcement officer. Still, nothing could prepare her for July 7, 2020, when Pamela was struck by a distr...

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June 7, 2021 30 min

Bethany Friedrichsen, Project Manager for Thrive Peer Support, joins the show. Thrive is an organization that restores hope and embraces all pathways for recovery from substance use disorder and improved mental health. By fostering trusting relationships, community engagement, and personal growth - their peers experience long-term recovery and success. Listen to how they are impacting communities and changing lives.

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Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of the Laborers' District Council of Ohio, Ralph E. Cole, joins OLUY. Since Mr. Cole's introduction to the Laborers' Union in 1967, it's been his life's work to advance the Ohio membership and the labor movement overall. His passion and determination earned him seemingly every role within the vast Laborers' organization, and those same qualities shine through in this ...

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