Union Up: For Business Managers
Union Up Podcast is primarily for Business Managers and e-board members of local trade unions. It is a resource for interviews, information, and issues facing local unions all over the country.
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Congress has put forth a massive infrastructure bill and the future looks bright for construction. What does that mean to the local trade unions? What opportunities are most important? How will we recruit for the future as we move through COVID-19 into the new normal? Wimblish Owens, BM for Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 148, Robert Duffield, BM for Iron Workers Local 387, and Randy Beall, BM for the Atlanta North Georgia Building Trades discuss the INVEST in America Act, balancing prosperity and safety through COVID-19, and recruiting new talent to the apprenticeship programs and the Locals.
Now that we are getting back to work, what will construction sites be like? What does our "new reality" mean in terms of worker safety, and how are job sites and projects going to be forever changed as a result? Today we talk with the leadership team of the Southeast's largest trade union, IBEW Local 613. Business Manager Kenny Mullins and Safety Director Mike Bell join Union Up to discuss managing the balance between safety and prosperity for the members of IBEW as we all get back to work.
IBEW Local 613 Business Manager Kenny Mullins and President Kevin Swanson answer questions about accessing money from your pension, what to do if you're furloughed or laid-off, when you can expect to be paid, and other specific issues related to the COVID-19 crisis. If you're a member of 613 or any other Local Trade Union, you'll want to listen to this.
This is critical information. Workers are getting laid off, membership is uneasy, families are anxious. Construction leadership expert DeWayne Ables from Pioneer IQ provides Business Managers not only an excellent 4-part framework to think about leadership, but also a cadence and plan of execution to put it into practice. Keep your team and membership motivated, communicate effectively, and weather this (or any) storm.
In most markets, Construction is deemed "essential", which is great for our members and their ability to continue earning a living. But what about safety during this new reality of COVID-19? How do we balance staying safe with getting the job done? And what unforeseen opportunities might there be as a result? Atlanta North Georgia Building Trades president Randy Beall joins Union Up Podcast to talk about where NABTU stands on these issues and more.
(Recorded April 1, 2020)
Union Up's Rut Walker hosts a roundtable discussion from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local business managers Kenny Mullins from IBEW 613 in Atlanta, Lou Antonellis from IBEW 103 in Dorchester/Boston, and Bill Blackman from IBEW 136 in Birmingham, AL. We discuss the impact of coronavirus on the local construction economy, concerns over layoffs, latest news from their jurisdictions, and steps they are taking to keep their members safe and informed. (Recorded March 16, 2020)