100 episodes

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.

America's Work Force Union Podcast BMA Media Group

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

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.

    Tim Burga (Ohio AFL-CIO) / Mike Smith (Upper Peninsula Construction Council)

    Tim Burga (Ohio AFL-CIO) / Mike Smith (Upper Peninsula Construction Council)

    Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed the state’s minimum wage increase, the first in over a decade. He also talked about two pieces of legislation that target voter rights. 
     
    Upper Peninsula Construction Council Executive Director Mike Smith appeared on the AWF Union Podcast and detailed an internship offered to teenagers who aspire to work in the construction industry. He also talked about the importance of labor and management working together to better the industry.

    • 54 min
    Bill Blackman (IBEW 136) / Dave Megenhardt (ULA)

    Bill Blackman (IBEW 136) / Dave Megenhardt (ULA)

    Bill Blackman, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 136 Business Manager, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed the important role registered apprenticeship programs play in training the next generation of electrical workers. He also spoke about the methods used to recruit new members, including virtual reality.
     
    The Executive Director of United Labor Agency, Dave Megenhardt, appeared on the AWF Union Podcast and explained how the Fresh Start Program helps workers who are addicted to opioids re-enter the workforce.

    • 54 min
    Dan Duncan (Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO) / Rick Perdue (Lima BCTC)

    Dan Duncan (Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO) / Rick Perdue (Lima BCTC)

    Dan Duncan, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, joined the AWF Union Podcast and explained the need to preserve the Jones Act, which Duncan claimed has wrongly come under fire in New England.  
         
    Lima Building and Construction Trades Council President Rick Perdue was a guest on the AWF Union Podcast and spoke about the great work opportunities in the Greater Lima, Ohio area throughout 2023. He also touched on the need to recruit new members to the building trades. 

    • 54 min
    Dorsey Hager (Columbus/Central Ohio BCTC) / Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)/ Fred Redmond (AFL-CIO)

    Dorsey Hager (Columbus/Central Ohio BCTC) / Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)/ Fred Redmond (AFL-CIO)

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joined the AWF Union Podcast and spoke about the Brent Spence Bridge corridor project. He also touched on some of the items included in the ominbus spending bill and how it will impact Americans.   
     
    Dorsey Hager, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, joined the AWF Union Podcast and provided an update on the Intel project in Central Ohio and the amount of work in his jurisdiction that will be performed under Project Labor Agreements. He also discussed how his affiliated unions donated their time to help their communities over the holidays.  
     
    Fred Redmond, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, called into the AWF Union Podcast while at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. He discussed concerns union members have about technology and the need to organize in the high-tech sector. Redmond also talked about the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Conference and how Dr. King’s message remains a central point of organized labor.

    • 54 min
    Jason Ehlert (North Dakota Building Trades Unions) / Frankie Pinkney (SEIU 400 PG)

    Jason Ehlert (North Dakota Building Trades Unions) / Frankie Pinkney (SEIU 400 PG)

    Jason Ehlert, President of the North Dakota Building Trades Unions, joined to AWF Union to speak about the Talon Metals project being built under a Project Labor Agreement, which will create about 400 jobs for affiliated members of the building trades. He also spoke about starting a pre-apprenticeship program with tribal organizations.    
     
    Frankie Pinkney, a member of Service Employees International Union Local 400 PG, appeared on the AWF Union Podcast to discuss the importance of Local members being active in the union and the need to maintain a strong relationship with the Prince George's County Public School System. 

    • 54 min
    Frank Mathews (CWA District 4) / Keith Lounsbery (ASFCME/ MSAE Local 5)

    Frank Mathews (CWA District 4) / Keith Lounsbery (ASFCME/ MSAE Local 5)

    Communication Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Matthews joined the AWF Union Podcast and spoke about a labor neutrality agreement between the CWA and Miscroft, once the software company completes its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. He also talked about a potential funding increase for broadband infrastructure.
     
    Keith Lounsbery, President of the Michigan State Employees Asocciation and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 5, appeared on the AWF Union Podcast and explained how So-Called “Right to Work” laws have impacted the Local and its members. He also discussed how the Local is growing its membership.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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