49 episodes

Union Strong is the official podcast of the New York State AFL-CIO. We share stories of working men and women who benefit from belonging to a union and having a voice in the workplace. We interview union members, leaders and allies to learn more about legislative priorities, contract negotiations, organizing drives, working conditions, rallies and strikes.

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Union Strong is the official podcast of the New York State AFL-CIO. We share stories of working men and women who benefit from belonging to a union and having a voice in the workplace. We interview union members, leaders and allies to learn more about legislative priorities, contract negotiations, organizing drives, working conditions, rallies and strikes.

    Episode 49: Labor Day 2020 – Where we have been and where we need to go

    Episode 49: Labor Day 2020 – Where we have been and where we need to go

    Each year on Labor Day we recognize and honor the incredible achievements and many contributions of working people. This year however is like no other. While we still honor the hard work of working people, the unemployment rate in New York State is at nearly 16 percent, workers fear about their safety on the job and the safety of their families. Parents struggle with whether to send their children back to school and many families struggle with how to pay for housing and food. And, an alarming number of workers have died or become ill after being exposed to the coronavirus at work.
    On this podcast we hear from the President of the New York State AFL-CIO, Mario Cilento. President Cilento talks about where we have been in 2020 and what we need to do moving forward to support workers and our economy.

    • 21 min
    Episode 48: The USPS, Delivering Democracy

    Episode 48: The USPS, Delivering Democracy

    The United States Postal Service is by far the public's favorite agency in the federal government. But just weeks before the 2020 general election, the postal service is caught in the middle of a firestorm with a new postmaster general calling for cutbacks that are causing delivery delays and a President launching an attack on mail-in voting. On this podcast we hear from Bill Cook, the President of the Northeastern New York Branch 358 of the National Association of Letter Carriers to set the record straight. 

    • 19 min
    Episode 47: The Countdown to Being Counted - Census 2020

    Episode 47: The Countdown to Being Counted - Census 2020

    There are concerns across the country of a massive undercount for the 2020 Census. In New York state, like many others, residents are falling behind in responding and there is a lot at stake.
     
    In New York City the push to be counted is in full force and labor is playing an important role.
     
    The New York City Central Labor Council has been working hard to get the word out about the importance of filling out the 2020 Census.
    On this podcast our guest is the Political Director of the NYC CLC, Lucia Gomez who explains why the count is so important and how labor is getting over the many hurdles to ensure everyone is counted.
     

    • 22 min
    Episode 46: COVID-19 Workplace Safety

    Episode 46: COVID-19 Workplace Safety

    More and more of us are returning to our workplaces as New York State reopens after the COVID-19 shutdown. You may also be visiting retail and department stores, hair and nail salons and barber shops. Many New Yorkers are also dining out.
    The big question is, how do we return safely as clients, customers and workers.
    On this podcast we will talk about workplace safety in the office setting, and in the retail industry to learn what we can do as customers, clients, and coworkers to stay safe.
    Our guests are:
    Geraldine Stella – Health & Safety Specialist at the NYS Public Employees Federation (PEF)
    David Mertz – Assistant to Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum
    Charlene Obernauer – Executive Director of the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)

    • 32 min
    Episode 45: Future of School

    Episode 45: Future of School

    After the most unusual school year ever, planning is underway on how to safely reopen schools. NYSUT President Andy Pallotta joins the podcast to talk about what school may look like this fall.

    • 18 min
    Episode 44: Union Avoidance Exposed

    Episode 44: Union Avoidance Exposed

    The coronavirus pandemic has more workers concerned about workplace safety, job security and benefits like sick time and health insurance – which is why union avoidance firms are anticipating an increase in union organizing. On this podcast, what companies are doing to try to silence working people.

    • 23 min

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