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Welcome to Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and on today’s episode I have the pleasure of speaking with strength coach, self-defense instructor, and author, Varg Freeborn. I first came upon Varg’s unique perspective to self-defense and violence preparedness a few years ago and became a fan of his straight shooting, no BS philosophy. So, I was especially pleased to have the opportunity to talk with him recently. We’ll start our conversation as Varg details his childhood in the shattered remains of a postindustrial Midwestern town and how growing up in a home corroded by drugs, alcohol and violence laid the foundation for him being sent to prison at the age of 19 for aggravated, attempted murder. Next, we’ll discuss the physical and mental attributes Varg honed and the strategies he employed to endure 5 years of incarceration and how his second book titled, Beyond OODA, will help you better understand how your past experiences and the stories you tell yourself about who you are, need to be in alignment in order to survive extreme environments and situations. Later, we’ll dig into what it means to build a genuine, authentic persona through hard work and experience and why imposter syndrome and in-authenticity are so prevalent in society today. And we’ll end our conversation as Varg explains the concept of woodshedding and how disconnecting from social media can help you achieve a fulfilled, meaningful life.The Show NotesVarg Freebornhttps://vargfreeborn.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comWin Grit Nation Merchhttps://mailchi.mp/c28da31260b8/grit-nation-podcast-sign-up-pageEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/  NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaThe Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Diamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories
Hi, I’m Joe Cadwell, writer, producer, and host of Grit Nation, but in this special episode of the Building Trades Podcast I’ll actually be the guest on someone else’s show.Join me today as I talk with Nate Wadsworth from the Essential Craftsman Podcast. If you haven’t heard of the Essential Craftsman, you should really check them out. I’m a big fan of their YouTube channel, which is hosted by Nate’s dad Scott, and in fact I have been recommending his video series to my carpenter apprentices for yearsThey’re informative, educational, and honestly just a lot of fun to watch.Nate does a great job with the podcast, and I was excited at the chance to be on his show.We open our conversation with me talking about my experience as a military diver and my career as professional hard hat construction diver.Later we get into the importance of organized labor unions, opportunities in union apprenticeships, careers in the building trades and what it means to be a leader in today’s fast paced and highly competitive commercial construction industry.The Show NotesThe Essential Craftsman https://essentialcraftsman.com/Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institutehttps://www.pnci.org/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories
On today’s episode I have the honor and privilege of speaking with Brian Bogert founder of the Brian Bogert Companies.Brian is a human behavior and performance coach, motivational speaker, and business strategist who has change the lives of thousands with his revolutionary coaching programs.Brian starts today’s conversation by sharing with us the horrific accident that he suffered as a child and then will explain how he was determined not to let that tragic moment define who he would become as an adult.Brian will then relate how he became a passionate public speaker who believes in helping growth-minded individuals become the best version of themselves by leveraging radical authenticity and awareness to create the intentional life they’ve been dreaming of but have struggled to create on their own. Later we’ll unpack his revolutionary strategy of embracing pain to avoid suffering—and how this has helped individuals, groups and entire companies break beyond their normal to achieve the success in life and business that they’ve always wanted. And we will finish our conversation when Brian shares his wisdom and insight so that you too can learn how to develop the grit and determination needed to persevere through the toughest of challenges.This is an episode you truly do not want to miss.Be sure to check out the show notes after the episode to learn more about Brian and his message.The Show NotesBrian Bogert Companies Websitehttps://brianbogert.com/Grit Nation Websitehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.com/Follow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpod Email comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Diamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessoriesImage Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo Iowa
On today’s episode I have the pleasure of speaking with history professor and author Aaron Goings. Aaron’s latest work titled, The Port of Missing Men, is an in depth look into the life and legend surrounding Billy Gohl the charismatic, controversial and infamous labor organizer of the Sailors Union of the Pacific. After being convicted for the murder of a good friend, Billy was unjustly credited with the murder of dozens of port workers and  was branded by the press as The Ghoul of Grays Harbor.  Aaron’s book looks into this bizarre slice of history and attempts to untangle the complicated story of big business, organized labor, citizen committees, and shady detective agencies in pursuit of the truth behind the multitude of dead bodies known as the “floater fleet” that clogged the frigid waterways of Gray’s Harbor, Washington in the early 1900’s.More than just a true-crime novel, The Port of Missing Men exposes the brutal treatment sailors and loggers suffered at the hands of lumber barons and ship owners in the early Pacific Northwest extraction economy and details the heated and sometimes violent clashes between pro-union and anti-union forces.  Aaron’s book exposes a class system of income inequality that persist even today and serves as a poignant reminder that the fight for fair pay, safer    working conditions and basic workers’ rights is far from over.The Show NotesThe Port of Missing Menhttps://uwapress.uw.edu/book/9780295747415/the-port-of-missing-men/Powell's Bookshttps://www.powells.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories
Welcome to Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and today I will be talking with the national account manager for Milwaukee Tools, Justin Ross. Milwaukee Tools has been a leader in the construction industry since 1924, and they continue to develop innovative solutions that deliver increased productivity and unparalleled durability for building trades professionals. Josh and I will open our conversation by discussing the history of the company, starting with their iconic Sawzall and later we’ll learn how Milwaukee has grown over the last century to become the largest supplier of cordless tools in North America. Next, we’ll discuss how Milwaukee’s early adoption and investment in the Lithium-Ion battery platform spurred a revolution in cordless power tools and why these advances not only increase productivity and safety on the jobsite but are good for the environment too. Later Josh will explain the research and development process of designing new products to meet industry demands and how Milwaukee’s in-house engineers work collaboratively with building trade professionals to find solutions for typical jobsite pain points. And well wrap up our conversation by learning about Milwaukee’s unmatched commitment to the future of construction with their generous support of building trades apprenticeship programs.The Show NotesMilwaukee Toolshttps://www.milwaukeetool.com/Milwaukee Apprentice Program - GRIDhttps://www.milwaukeetool.com/Grid/ContactGrit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestImage Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. Diamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories
In this episode I’ll be talking with bestselling author Todd Brewster who together with co-writer Marc Lamont Hill have written Seen and Unseen – Technology, Social Media and the Fight for Racial Justice.  This powerful book is a riveting exploration of the ways in which visual media has shaped the nations narrative on race and has fundamentally altered the centuries long battle for racial justice.  We’ll open our conversation as Todd outlines his career as a journalist for Time/Life Magazine, a senior producer for ABC News and his fellowship at Yale Law school. He’ll then explain the events that brought him and Marc together to collaborate on their book.  Next, we’ll discuss the roll technologies, such as still photography and moving pictures have played in shaping our views and opinions, and why he believes the ubiquity of cell phone cameras has now democratized our ability to document history and drive social change. Later, we’ll dig into four recent high-profile events ranging from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis to the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, South Carolina that have changed the way we understand race relations in America.  And we’ll end our conversation by unpacking the limitations technology and social media have in sorting and prioritizing stories of significant social value from those that don’t. The Show NotesSeen and Unseenhttps://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Seen-and-UnseenTodd Brewsterhttps://www.toddbrewster.com/Marc Lamont Hillhttps://www.marclamonthill.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories
Welcome to  the Grit Nation podcast, I’m Joe Cadwell and in this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with logger, blacksmith, carpenter, and internet sensation Scott Wadsworth.  Better known to over 1 million YouTube followers as the Essential Craftsman, Scott, together with his son Nate, have created a wealth of entertaining and educational videos designed to help anyone interested in learning more about blue-collar craft skills. Scotts laid back, straight shooting, and down to earth demeaner resonates well both on and off camera and I found this interview to be truly enjoyable. We’ll start our conversation by learning how Scott got involved in the building trades over 4 decades ago and what he believes some of the bigger industry changes and challenges have been. Next, Scott will share details of individuals he has met as a professional builder and what characteristics and attributes they possessed that made them so memorable and influential in his life. Later, we’ll dig into the concept of “workmanship of risk vs. workmanship of certainty” and why a healthy balance of both is needed both on and off the job to achieve a career and life, full of meaning and reward. We’ll then discuss why now more than ever a career as a building trades professional can produce the same or greater socio-economic gains as a college degree and investigate some of the factors responsible for shifting this paradigm.  And we’ll wrap up our conversation by discussing what it means to be a Craftsman and why Scott’s definition of success doesn’t rely solely on how many digits you have in your savings account.The Show Notes The Essential Craftsmanhttps://essentialcraftsman.com/The Essential Craftsman Podcasthttps://essentialcraftsman.com/podcastGrit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessoriesThe Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.
Welcome to Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and today I have the pleasure of speaking with author Kim Kelly about her new book titled Fight Like Hell – The Untold History of American Labor.  Kim’s book is a remarkable interweaving of past and present that brings America’s rich and bloody labor history to vivid life. Her book comes at a time of economic reckoning in America. From Amazon Warehouses to Starbucks coffee shops, interest in organized labor is at a peak not seen in more than half a century. We’ll open our conversation by learning why Kim transitioned from writing about heavy metal and country music for Vibe Magazine to covering worker rights issues. Next, we’ll discuss the significant role women have played in the labor movement as we dig into the stories of historical figures such as Lucy Parsons and Mother Jones. Later, we’ll look into the recent win for workers at an Amazon Warehouse in New York and what it means for the organized labor in the years to come. And we’ll wrap up our conversation by understanding the connection between the struggle for rights for people with disability and the labor movement.The Show NotesKim Kellyhttps://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Fight-Like-Hell/Kim-Kelly/9781982171056Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestImage Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaThe Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Diamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessoriesUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home.
Welcome to another episode of Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show and today I will be talking with investigative reporter David McSwane about his new book Pandemic Inc. – Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick. David’s book is an explosive look inside the rush to profit from the Covid-19 pandemic and connects the dots between shady backdoor deals and a robust spoils systems that led to a catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic. Pandemic Inc is a brilliant nonfiction thriller that takes us behind the scenes to reveal how traders, contractors and healthcare companies used one of the darkest moments in American history to fill their pockets. During our conversation David will introduce us to a host of characters he met while writing his story. From the fraudster who signed a million-dollar contract with the government to provide lifesaving PPE and yet came up with not a single mask to the Navy admiral at the helm of the national hunt for medical supplies.  David’s roller coaster of a story takes us inside private jets and dirty warehouses as he seeks to expose the stranger than fiction criminal enterprise that played out in real time right before our very eyes.  The Show NotesDavid McSwanehttp://www.davidmcswane.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories
In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with the Chief Style Officer for Diamondback Toolbelts, Damani Harrison. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, Diamondback is taking building trades toolbelts and gear to the next level with their innovative design, ergonomic fit and manufacturing processes.We’ll start our conversation by discovering what makes Diamondback products standout in a marketplace that is jammed full of competition. And learn how Diamondback is pushing the envelop to meet trade specific challenges head-on. Next, we’ll understand how input from building trades professionals is combined with cutting edge engineering, and technologically advanced fabrics and alloys to produce products that are designed to meet the demands of today’s modern workforce.  Later, Damani will share his thoughts on the unique relationship Diamondback Toolbelts have with their customers and why social media is so important to their mission of providing innovative solutions to industry challenges.   And we’ll end our conversation by discussing the importance of promoting careers in the trades as a pathway to professional pride and economic security and  learn how Diamondback Toolbelts is stepping up to support building trades apprenticeship programs. The Show NotesDiamondback Toolbeltshttps://toolbelts.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessoriesImage Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaThe Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Union Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home.
On today’s episode I have the pleasure to speak with author Daisy Pitken about her new book titled, On the Line - A story of class, solidarity, and Two Women’s Epic Fight to Build a Union. In her book, Daisy recounts the story of a grueling 5 yearlong bottom-up campaign she was involved in to help unionize industrial laundry workers in Phoenix, Arizona.  This book is both riveting and intimate and paints a humanizing portrait of the American labor movement.  We begin our conversation by learning about the hazardous jobsite conditions that drove these primarily Latino workers to seek union representation in the first place, and how the multinational corporate owned cleaning firms deployed strong arm, union busting tactics in an attempt to squash their organizing efforts. Next, we’ll look into the role professional union organizers play in guiding those who seek representation and analyze the differences in what’s at stake for both.    Later Daisy will elaborate on her relationship with rank-and-file activist Alma Gomez Garcia who she met on the campaign, and why she feels Alma’s unshakable courage and resolve makes her one of the gutsiest fighters she’s ever known. And we’ll end our conversation by unpacking the underlying personal attributes that are needed to survive a years long campaign and how true transformation and growth can be achieved while doing so. This is one of my favorite interviews to date and I hope you can help share Daisy’s message of inspiration with those who you think may benefit from it.The Show NotesDaisy Pitkinhttps://www.daisypitkin.net/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.Image Pointe Printing Union Printers based in Waterloo IowaDiamondback Toolbelts Manufactures of premium quality toolbelts and accessories
Welcome to Carpenter Stories. I’m Joe Cadwell, the writer, producer and host of the show and I am proud to bring you this special series within the Grit NW podcast.Carpenter Stories will introduce you to individuals whose lives have been bettered after finding a career as a professional tradesperson in the UBC.On today’s show I have the pleasure to speak with Jimmy Jones, retired Journeyman carpenter, and member of the local 271. I met Jim a few years ago and have admired his positive attitude and can-do spirit. Jim exemplifies what someone in the trades can achieve through hard work, tenacity, and ability to grow and change with the industry.We’ll start our conversation by learning why Jim decided to leave Oregon State University where he was working on a degree in forest engineering to become a full-time carpenter. Next, we’ll hear some of the challenges and biases he encountered on the job that stemmed from his not going through a recognized union apprenticeship. Later Jim will tell us about his time spent as a Job Corp instructor and how he feels his career came full circle when he was able to give back and share the knowledge and insight he had acquired over the years in the trades.And we’ll finish our conversation when I ask Jim to answer 3 questions designed to give guidance and direction to anyone interested in becoming a professional trades person.This is a great episode full of humor and stories that you won’t want to miss.So, sit back, and enjoy Jimmy Jones, Carpenter Story.The Show NotesUBC Job Corp Informationhttps://www.carpenters.org/job-corps/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home.
Welcome to Grit Nation, I’m Joe Cadwell the writer, producer, and host of the show and on today’s episode I’ll be looking into the complex world of finance credit. To help me better understand the role credit plays in a building trades professionals life and career I have invited back to the show Patrick Town, director of operations for Union Home Plus. Accompanying him is Serge Bagdasarov . We’ll start our conversation by learning how to establish and maintain good credit and we’ll finish by giving you solid advice on how you can repair bad credit should you have it. Along the way we’ll discuss what FICO scores are, how you can create good credit without owing anyone anything and why wage garnishments can be so detrimental to your financial health and wellbeing.  The Show NotesUnion Home Plushttp://unionhomeplus.org/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.
Welcome to Grit Nation. I’m Joe Cadwell the host of the show, and in this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with jobsite foreman, self-taught communication expert and author of two books on construction leadership, Brian Lousy.Brian landed on the literary scene with a thud in early 2016 with his book, The Mind-Readers Guide to Supervision, in which he introduced the practice of managing construction projects by intentionally holding back production goals and expectations from his crews. In this book Brian promotes a supervisory style that requires workers to use their ability to mindread or guess what their foreman or supervisor’s thoughts are, in order to get their work done. Now after selling nearly a half- dozen copies, he is back with his second work titled, Git-er Did Dummy: A Guide to Leadership the Lousy Way. In Git-er Did Dummy, Brian again introduces a unique and unconventional style of leadership, by claiming that a crew’s loyalty and respect can be achieved by using the hazing, belittling, and dismissive behavior techniques taught in his book.We’ll open our conversation by learning why Brian wanted to write Get-er Did and the philosophy behind it. Next, we’ll discuss why Brian feels most leadership programs are a waste of time and why he invented the acronym R.A.G.E to deal with conflict resolution on the jobsite and at home.Brian will then explain why effective leadership communication shouldn’t rely so much on calm, rational and respectful discourse, but more on the volume of your voice.And we end our conversation by learning why Brian believes derogatory name calling on the job can be an effective tool in inspiring others to reach their fullest potential. And in case you're still  wondering if this is real. It's not. Happy April 1stThe Show NotesBelow are links to leadership programs  that may actually help your career.Breslin Strategieshttps://breslin.biz/Inspire Your Peoplehttps://www.inspireyourpeople.com/Walk the Talkhttps://www.walkthetalk.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ Tihsllub Industries Innovators of nano-technology self drive construction fastenersNW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.
Welcome to Grit Nation.I’m Joe Cadwell the writer, producer and host of the show and in this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Josh Ruyle from Image Pointe and Dignity Apparel both based in Waterloo, Iowa.Though I originally went into this conversation with the intent of discussing union printed apparel, I came away with a greater understanding of the socio-economic impact companies like Image Pointe can have in rural American communities.We’ll open our conversation by discussing the humble beginnings of Image Point, once known as Back Alley Printers, and how Josh together with his wife and co-owner Beth, continue on the proud legacy that her parents started in the 1970’s.We’ll then learn how the Ruyle's, put their experience of working overseas to alleviate poverty and suffering in developing economies, to use here in the US. Next, we’ll unpack the Image Pointe mission statement, of “existing to create dignified, life-changing jobs” as Josh explains the difference and importance of not just having a job, but actually having a “good job”.Later, we’ll look into the relationship Image Pointe has with over 3000 union affiliates across the US and Canada and what it takes to create original, high-quality, logos and designs. And we’ll end our conversation by understanding how the recognition of environmental and human rights abuses in the global garment industry led to the creation of Dignity Apparel, an all-American clothing line.   After this episode be sure to visit the show notes to find more information to help you dive deeper into the subject.The Show NotesImage Pointehttps://www.imagepointe.com/Dignity Apparelhttps://dignityapparel.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.
In this episode I speak with Katrina Onstad, author of The Weekend Effect. Her   book addresses the life changing benefits of taking time off and challenging the cult of overwork and makes the case for reclaiming our weekends to increase creativity, productivity, and success in our lives.Katrina and I open our conversation by discussing the historical origins of the weekend and how the concept of having 2 days off in a row is a fairly new construct.Next, we’ll discover the roll organized labor unions played in establishing the weekend in the fight for better living standards of its members.Later we unpack how the emergence of technology has begun to blur the lines between on and off shift. And why trying to curate the perfect weekend can leave you feeling drained. And we’ll end our conversation by giving you the information you need to take back your weekends so that you come away rested, relaxed, and ready to tackle the week ahead.The Show NotesThe Weekend Effecthttps://katrinaonstad.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.
Welcome to Grit Nation. On this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with Dan Kerrigan the author of Functional Firefighter Fitness.Though written for firefighters this book is packed full of solid advice to help you maximize your output on the job no matter what your trade is.We’ll open our conversation by discussing what it means to be “fit for duty” as we investigate the similarities construction industry professionals share with other craft that rely not only on their cognitive abilities to get the job done but their physicality too.Next Dan will explain how Physical Fitness, Rest and Recovery, Hydration and Nutrition make up the Four Pillars of his program, and why it is so important to master each one to achieve optimal health and peak performance.Later we unpack the BIG 8 and understand why spending hours in the gym isn’t necessary to achieve the muscular endurance, cardio conditioning and flexibility that keep your body healthy and strong.And we’ll end our conversation by giving you the resources needed to make proper lifestyle decisions now that will allow you to maximize output, minimize injuries, and set you up for success into your later years. The Show NotesFirefighter Functional Fitnesshttps://www2.firefighterfunctionalfitness.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.
Dirty Work - Eyal Press

Dirty Work - Eyal Press

2022-02-0701:05:55

Welcome to Grit Nation. In this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with journalist, professor of sociology and author Eyal Press. Eyal’s latest book titled Dirty Work – Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America, addresses the morally troubling work that society silently condones and the hidden class of workers who do it.  Eyal and I begin our conversation by discussing the origins of the term Dirty Work and how the unconscious mandate it reveals is as prevalent today in contemporary American life as it was in Nazi occupied World War 2 Germany.  Eyal will then explain the physical and mental toll dirty work jobs take on the people who perform them as he shares the many personal stories he encountered while doing research for his book. From mental health care professionals working in state and federal penal systems, to aerial drone pilots conducting remote air strikes and workers on the kill floors of industrial slaughterhouses, Eyal unfolds a tale that is simultaneously gut-wrenching, powerful, and provocative. Later we’ll discuss the roll organized labor unions can play in de-stigmatizing dirty work, by challenging the systemic socio-economic and moral inequality structure that so strongly divides our nation. And we’ll end our conversation by exploring the nature of the implicit social contract around dirty work; so we can better understand who does the work, why it is done how we can re-shape the story it tells about us as a society.The Show NotesEyal Presshttps://www.eyalpress.com/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.
Welcome to Grit Nation, The Building Trades Podcast. On today’s episode I will be talking with returning guest, Frank Manzo, from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. This time around Frank and I discuss building trades apprenticeships.We’ll start our conversation by looking into how the Illinois Economic Policy Institute gathers the data needed to create fair, unbiased, and fact-based comparisons of apprenticeship programs across the US.Next, we’ll unpack how employer funded non-union apprenticeships stack up against member supported union programs. And why a graduate of a non-union apprenticeship earns on average18,000 dollars less per year than their union counterpart.Later, we’ll discuss the numerous similarities in income earning potential, diversity and inclusion rates, as well as other socio-economic outcomes when Frank juxtaposes a building trades journey level certification earned from a union apprentice program to that of a traditional 4-year college degree.And we’ll finish our conversation by learning why states with strong union apprentice programs, in addition to prevailed wage laws have worksites that are more productive, safer, and are better value for the taxpayer.This episode shines a bright light on the many misconceptions surrounding careers in the blue-collar trades and redefines what it means to have a degree that can’t be easily outsourced and will provide a pathway to professional and financial success in the working middle-class of America and Canada.The Show NotesIllinois Economic policy Institutehttps://illinoisepi.org/Great video with Frank talking about apprenticeshipshttps://youtu.be/BhULgiZmG7gGrit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestUnion Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. The Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.
Welcome to Grit Nation, The Building Trades Podcast.I’m Joe Cadwell the writer, producer, and host of the show and on today’s episode I will be looking into the origins and mission of the largest residential career training program in the United States, the Job Corps. Since 1964 the Job Corps has assisted over 2 million people between the ages of 16 and 24 in finding meaningful careers, in fields as varied as construction, the culinary arts and homeland security. To assist me in better understanding this program, I have invited two Job Corps instructors onto the show, Rich Evanuik and Tizzy Snelson.  We’ll open our conversation by understanding the origins of the Job Corps and who the typical Job Corps student is.Next, we’ll investigate the “hard skills” which are taught at Job Corps facilities and how Tizzy and Rich are able to overcome social, educational and generational barriers to better connect with their students.Later we’ll unpack the relationship the United Brotherhood of Carpenters has with the Jobs Corps and why this collaboration is so important in meeting the workforce demands of a booming economy, and how the Job Corps graduates are part of the equation in filling the ever-widening skills gap in the building trades.  And we’ll end our conversation by learning how those interested in the Job Corps can turn the skills and education they receive into a career and future they can be proud of.The Show NotesJob Corps Websitehttps://www.jobcorps.gov/Grit Nation  Webpagehttps://www.gritnationpodcast.comFollow Grit Nation on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/gritnationpodEmail comments or suggestions to:joe@gritnationpodcast.comGrit Nation is a proud member of the Labor Radio / Podcast Networkhttps://www.laborradionetwork.org/ Union Home Plus Union Home Plus helps union members save money when they buy, sell, or finance their home. NW Carpenters Union United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Regional Council in the Pacific NorthwestThe Martinez Tool Company Martinez Tools, built tough and built to last a lifetime.
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