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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.

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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 78: Fairness for Farmworkers

    Episode 78: Fairness for Farmworkers

    For most workers, overtime pay after 40 hours was a victory won over 80 years ago, but shockingly for farmworkers it’s a battle still being fought.


    Farmworkers in New York State won some very basic rights in 2019 with passage of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. 


    Those rights which the New York State AFL-CIO had been fighting for, for years include: the right to organize a union, a mandatory day of rest, and the right to overtime pay.


    But the overtime threshold remains unfairly high at 60 hours per week. 


    On the latest Union Strong podcast our guest is the former president of the New York State AFL-CIO, Denis Hughes.


    Denis represents Labor on the Department of Labor's Farm Labor's Wage Board which is scheduled to meet on the overtime threshold within weeks. 

    • 21 min
    Union Strong Episode 77: Operation Union Veterans Day

    Union Strong Episode 77: Operation Union Veterans Day

    On the latest episode of the Union Strong podcast, we learn how unions are helping veterans find a pathway to the American dream.


    Our guest is Will Attig who is a U.S. Army Veteran and serves as the Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council at the AFL-CIO.


    Will discusses the benefits of belonging to the Union Veterans Council and how it helps veterans transition from military service to civilian life and a solid middle class job.

    • 17 min
    Episode 76: Vote Yes on Props 2 and 4

    Episode 76: Vote Yes on Props 2 and 4

    Voters have an opportunity in the 2021 general election to make changes to the state constitution.


    The Labor Movement is supporting two of the propositions; Prop 2 and Prop 4. 


    Prop 2 would add environmental rights to the state constitution. 


    Prop 4 would allow no excuse absentee voting.


    On this podcast we discuss what the propositions are about and why they have the support of working people.

    • 24 min
    Episode 75: Potential Shutdown of Film and TV Production as Strike Looms

    Episode 75: Potential Shutdown of Film and TV Production as Strike Looms

    IATSE President Matthew Loeb has drawn a line in the sand saying the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees will go on strike Monday unless a deal is reached. IATSE has been in a contract fight with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for more than five months over safer working conditions, fair wages, and sustainable benefits.


    On the latest Union Strong podcast, Cinematographer Sarah May Guenther of IATSE Local 600 describes the current working conditions and talks about the union’s demands.


    UPDATE: Landmark tentative agreement reached for IATSE West Coast Film and Television Workers before Strike Deadline - https://iatse.net/landmark-tentative-agreement-reached-for-iatse-west-coast-film-and-television-workers-before-strike-deadline/

    • 22 min
    Episode 74: Department of Labor Update with Commissioner Roberta Reardon

    Episode 74: Department of Labor Update with Commissioner Roberta Reardon

    On the latest episode of the Union Strong podcast, our guest is New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. Commissioner Reardon discusses a variety of topics including the unemployed, job creation, apprenticeship programs, workplace safety and the role unions play in all of it.


     


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    • 19 min
    Episode 73: Labor Day 2021

    Episode 73: Labor Day 2021

    Newly elected AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler joins us on the Union Strong podcast to talk about Labor’s priorities and what’s behind the growing support of labor unions. 

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

APinewood ,

Good to hear from Labor

It is important that labor has a voice in public affairs. New York has been a leader in organized labor, which is the most important counterbalance to corporate power and to the power of the 1%.

Dan sold out ,

I like ..but...

Im union member of UPSEU
I like that they inform us in what’s going on but wish they would put links in the notes. Instead of a guest just saying a wedsite to go to. I got to stop working to get a pencil / rewind and so on . Make it easy put a link in the notes . I go home touch the link I can sign the Petition or find out who I should be voting for. Use the technology make it easy. Link -notes - keep fighting

burgoslocal78 ,

LiUNA LOCAL 78

Great start. Thanks

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