State of the Unions

By AFL-CIO

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State of the Unions is labor's podcast, a production of the 12.5 million member, 55 union AFL-CIO, bringing you the issues and guests important to working people.

Episode Date
House Blue Collar Caucus: A Conversation with Reps. Brendan Boyle (Pa.) and Marc Veasey (Texas)
26:45
Julie and Tim talk to the co-chairs of the House Blue Collar Caucus. Boyle and Veasey both come from union families and formed the caucus in the aftermath of the 2016 election to better connect with blue collar workers. They say the path to a stronger America runs through the labor movement and any plan to rebuild our economy must include the working people who make it go. 
Mar 20, 2019
A Conversation with Teen Vogue Labor Columnist Kim Kelly
39:07

Julie and Tim talk to Kim Kelly, the labor columnist for Teen Vogue and a former music editor at VICE. Kelly shares her journey into radical political activism from humble beginnings in rural New Jersey to a platform that reaches millions. She provides insight into her experience forming a union at VICE and her desire for young people to challenge capitalism in today's economy. 

Mar 06, 2019
A Special Black History Month Conversation with IUPAT General President Ken Rigmaiden
39:47

Julie and Tim talk to Ken Rigmaiden, general president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. He details his journey from a floor covering installer in San Jose, California, to the highest ranks of the labor movement. He reflects back on his experience with racism and discrimination while also uplifting the many opportunities he's been given. Above all, he stresses his commitment to opening the door for the next generation of union members, activists and leaders. 

Feb 20, 2019
In-Depth with Kooper Caraway, South Dakota's 28-Year-Old Labor Leader
29:41

Julie and Tim talk to Kooper Caraway, the dynamic 28-year old president of the Sioux Falls AFL-CIO. Caraway offers his ideas for how the labor movement can reach young people, recalls his own history with activism and informs Tim that millennials don't use the word "cool."

Feb 06, 2019
Honoring Dr. King's Legacy: A Special Conversation with Andrew Gillum
24:56
Julie and Tim talk with former Tallahassee mayor and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (Florida), who calls himself a "living, breathing, walking, talking result of (Dr. King's) legacy." Gillum shares his experience on the campaign trail and previews the important fights ahead on voting, worker and civil rights. 
 
Jan 23, 2019
Special #StopTheShutdown Episode: A Conversation with AFGE President J. David Cox
21:29

With the government shutdown in its third week, Julie and Tim talk to J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees. Cox says his members are being held hostage by extremist politics and is calling on all working people to demand that Congress and the White House reopen the government and put federal employees back to work. 

Jan 09, 2019
Year in Review: Collective Action on the Rise
32:42
Julie and Tim look back at the best guests and topics of 2018. 
Dec 26, 2018
Aviation's First Responders: A Conversation with Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson
41:05
Julie and Tim talk to UNITE HERE about recent worker victories at Marriott and go in-depth with AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson. 
Dec 12, 2018
Special Episode: What’s Wrong with GM?
18:16

In a special episode, Julie and Tim discuss plant closures at General Motors with longtime autoworker Brad Markell

Dec 05, 2018
"I've Never Been More Optimistic": A Conversation with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
30:44

Julie and Tim put a bow on the midterm elections and chat with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. 

Nov 28, 2018
Midterms Debrief: A Conversation with Rep. Conor Lamb
28:32

Julie and Tim react to the midterm elections and interview Congressman Conor Lamb (Pa.). 

Nov 14, 2018
Union Members in Public Office: A Conversation with Hillside, N.J., Mayor Dahlia Vertreese
40:47

Julie and Tim discuss the 2018 elections and interview Dahlia Vertreese. 

Oct 31, 2018
Speaking Truth to Power: A Conversation with Flint Whistleblower Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
44:17

Julie and Tim discuss Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony and interview Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

Oct 16, 2018
Introducing State of the Unions: An AFL-CIO Podcast
31:26

Julie and Tim introduce themselves to listeners and talk about the state of labor unions in America. 

Oct 16, 2018