The Laborer Podcast

The Laborer: a podcast from LIUNA Midwest Region.
It’s all about the worker, from safety and training to history and current events.

Special Episodes: Work Zone Safety Awareness 2021

New: Listen to this special episode about four high school apprentice laborer teams who learned about work zone safety hands-on, and became amateur filmmakers as a bonus!

“Work Zone Safety Awareness Week is designed to be an open discussion about safety issues and the people they affect and Local 159 member Christy Wafford has a lot to say about it on this edition of The Laborer.” Click here to listen.

Number 11
With the biggest construction project in its history underway, Kansas City’s Laborers are working to make the city a better place to live and work. We’ll speak with LIUNA Local 264 Business Manager Reggie Thomas about KC’s new airport and the local’s commitment to community and social justice on this edition of The Laborer.

Episode 10
Good paying union jobs for Laborers don’t grow on trees. It takes cooperation between LIUNA and our signatory contractors to create the opportunities for our members to go to work. We’ll talk with Randy Harris, LECET Director for LIUNA Midwest Region on this edition of The Laborer.

Episode Nine
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Laborers throughout the region are essential workers and still working to improve our infrastructure. LIUNA Local 477 Business Manager Brad Schaive joins us to talk about his local and the future of organizing on this episode of The Laborer.

Episode Eight
From Washington DC to your state capitol, workers rights are under attack. We’ll talk about LIUNA’s legislative agenda with Sean Stott, Director of Governmental Affairs for LIUNA Midwest Region on this edition of The Laborer.

Episode Seven
As our country struggles through the worst health and economic crisis in a century, LIUNA Local 177 in Des Moines, Iowa is meeting the challenges head on. We’ll talk to Business Manager Mike Weckman on this edition of The Laborer.

Episode Six
LIUNA members are among the best trained and safest work forces in construction. From its humble beginnings to state of the art training facilities, we’ll look at the rise of LIUNA Training on this edition of The Laborer.

Episode Five
Indianapolis, Indiana is home to LIUNA Local 120. What are the challenges of keeping workers safe and on the job during these difficult times. We’ll talk to Local 120 Business Manager Ward Daniels on this edition of The Laborer.

Episode Four
Local unions and the communities they serve are the backbone of LIUNA. Local 362 in Bloomington, IL has a long history of building and supporting its hometown. We’ll talk to Business Manager Eric Penn on this edition of The Laborer.

Episode Three
Every day, millions of Americans go to work, do their jobs and come home to their families at the end of the day. Not all are that lucky. Every year, more than 5,000 workers die on the job. We’ll explore the origins of OSHA and the commemoration of Worker’s Memorial Day on this edition of The Laborer.

Episode Two
This year National Work Zone Awareness Week takes on added meaning as the highway construction season begins despite the Covid-19 pandemic. What precautions are being implemented and how does it affect the overall message of work zone safety week. We’ll hear from LIUNA leaders from across the region on this edition of The Laborer.

Episode One
On this edition of The Laborer, we’ll hear from Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Omer Osman as well as LIUNA leaders John Penn, Clint Taylor and Tony Penn on the importance of following work zone safety laws to save lives.

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