Non-Union Airline Facility Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, retired general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers spoke with America’s Work Force about Boeing Airline opening up a repair facility in South Carolina and using non-union labor.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersOn the Nov. 26 episode of AWF, Buffenbarger expressed his disappointment in Boeing Airlines for opening up a Boeing manufacturing and repair facility in South Carolina and hiring non-union workers. He said that South Carolina is a So-Called “Right to Work” state and Boeing deliberately chose the location to avoid having a union come into their facility. One of the major issues Buffenbarger had with Boeing doing this is that having a union like the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers in the facility ensures work is done properly and safely, and to the highest quality with the best oversight. Without a union in the facility, regulations aren’t held up to the standards they should, there is a lack of quality control, and lack of enforcement on safety. Buffenbarger also spoke about a retirement security conference that discussed the Pension Benefit Guarantee.

Cleveland SceneSam Allard, senior writer at the Cleveland Scene Magazine discussed one of his articles talking about the organization Towards Employment, and the racial wealth gap in Ohio. T.E helped 940 people find and secure jobs based on their skills rather than their prior education. Allard said it was reported that of the previously mentioned 940 workers, the African-American workers were receiving 49 percent of what their white counterparts were making. He talked about discrimination in the labor market and what needs to be done to close the wage inequality and gap.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about American Airlines workers fight for $15 an hour minimum wage and the $26 million McDonald’s has to pay in claims for skimmed wages.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Clean House Discussed on America’s Work Force

Dave Smeltz, founder of the non-profit organization Clean House spoke with AWF on Oct. 22 about helping people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Dave SmeltzSmeltz, who has been sober for 18 years, talked about his story of addiction and recovery. He said that one thing that helped take his mind off of the drugs and alcohol during his recovery was martial arts because it required a level of focus and discipline which helped his mind not wander and fixate on drugs or alcohol. Smeltz started a nonprofit called Clean House, which works to help other addicts through their recovery by offering support groups, meditation, martial arts and computer classes. By using “transitional housing,” people learn discipline, stress and anger management, concentration, discipline and mental stabilization which in turn helps them during their recovery process.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersTom Buffenbarger, former general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers discussed pension plans. He talked about the need to make sure pension plans are protected and how if they are taken away or weakened, it could completely ruin a person’s retirement. Buffenbarger also talked about farmers feeling betrayed by President Trump’s trading with China.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Chicago teacher’s Union strike for better wages, class size control and better resources and infrastructure in their schools.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Responsibility and Accountability Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, former General President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke with America’s Work Force Radio on Sept. 24 about the United States Department of Labor.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger spoke about President Trump appointing Eugene Scalia as the new Labor Secretary. He stressed that having Scalia as the Labor Secretary could hurt working people in some pretty big ways. One way being a change in pension plans and 401ks, potentially taking away what people have worked their whole careers to build up. Buffenbarger then discussed the second week of the General Motors United Auto Workers strike. Workers benefits are being wiped away, and workers are now in charge of their own health insurance now. He also said there appears to be no progress on getting a contract drawn up between the workers and GM.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke with AWF on Sept. 24 about the services that they offer veterans. Some of the services include Veteran Administration and pension program assistance. They also help veterans who are struggling with food, housing or utility bills. Lastly, Reiss talked about single use plastic bag bans at grocery stores.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the GM strike, and Native Women’s Equal Pay Day.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Unlawful Discrimination Against Union Workers Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, former International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on Aug. 27 to talk about a companies unlawful treatment of their employees.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger first discussed President Trump wanting to purchase Greenland and how he would have to use money from social security to be able to do that. A major problem with that is it would put people’s future at risk by investing, and potentially losing, money that they put aside for themselves to be able to use after retirement. Buffenbarger then went on to talk about employees who were illegally fired from Boeing for being in support of unions and unionizing. He said that workers who were seen wearing union memorabilia, as well as workers who were known to be pro-union, were terminated from their jobs and how that is against standards set by the National Labor Relations Board. Buffenbarger said that corporations need to be held more responsible for actions like this and need to understand that workers have the right to organize if they want to and it is illegal to interfere with the process.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke with AWF on Aug. 27 about services offered to veterans. He discussed a loan debt forgiveness program for disabled veterans. Reiss said that their veteran loan forgiveness program forgives a veterans debt completely if they are permanently disabled. He also talked about the CCVSC looking for an accredited veteran services officer to work at their office.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the near 20,000 AT&T employees who are going on strike because of the AT&T companies big tax scam.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Problems With Boeing Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, former general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers joined America’s Work Force on July 23 to discuss issues Boeing is having with their workers.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger discussed Boeing Company outsourcing their software programming to India where workers are earning nine dollars an hour. There are many things wrong with this situation, according to Buffenbarger. He said that the workers are non-union, and nowhere near as thoroughly trained with the software as IAM members are. This is a safety hazard, not just to the workers, but also to the people who will fly on these planes. One major complaint that Buffenbarger had about Boeing outsourcing software programming, other than not using trained union members, is that it is an obvious stunt to increase profits. By outsourcing, they are saving money on labor, and thus increasing their potential profits. Lastly, he spoke about the newly elected leader of the Department of Labor, Eugene Scalia, and what he thinks the future of American workers will be with him in charge.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission joined AWF to discuss their financial assistance applications. He said that the CCVSC is a hardship-based organization and steps in to help veterans when they are going through tough times and need financial assistance. Reiss detailed what a person would need to bring when visiting the CCVSC office, if they were applying for the financial assistance program.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Ohio state budget, which was due at the beginning of July, and how Mike DeWine, Governor of Ohio, just signed off on the budget last week.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Manufacturing in America Discussed on America’s Work Force

Tom Buffenbarger, retired former general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on June 25 about manufacturing in America.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger discussed the quality of American manufacturing and how the quality of what the U.S. makes is way above the quality of manufacturing in other countries, such as China or Mexico. He mentioned this because he wanted to bring attention to American jobs being outsourced and the quality of products decreasing because of the cheaper labor and materials being used. Buffenbarger stated that Boeing jets is guilty of doing this, by having their production moved overseas and receiving lower quality jets, but saving most on production costs. Lastly, he talked about Delta Airlines and their blatant union busting tactics by telling their employees that they are better off spending their hard earned money on video games or sporting events rather than having to pay union dues every year.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke with AWF on June 25 about the services that they offer to veterans and about providing easier access to transportation services. He also discussed the CCVSC now being fully staffed and having the ability to be able to travel to retirement homes to help veterans with whatever they may need assistance with.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about grocery workers in California from Local 135 voting to authorize a strike because of stalled contract talks over better wages, benefits and hours.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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America’s Work Force Discusses the Benefits of Hiring Union

Tom Buffenbarger, former general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke to America’s Work Force on April 23 about the benefits of using union workers.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Buffenbarger first spoke about Machinists Local 912 and their unanimous strike authorization vote at General Electric. He said that G.E. began to resent the unions for sticking together to bargain for their own rights and protections and that he was proud of the union for not letting the corporation walk all over them. Buffenbarger then talked about Boeing in North Carolina remaining non-union but are bringing in International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to show their employees the proper way to build, repair and maintain the 737 jets. Boeing continues to bring in union members to show their employees how to do the work, but won’t hire the union workers for full-time work. He mentioned that clearly, Boeing recognizes the quality of training and experience these union members have, but still won’t agree that hiring union is beneficial to the company.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission

Jon Reiss from the Cuyahoga County Veteran Service Commission spoke with AWF on April 23 about their dental, vision and hearing aid program. He said that the CCVSC offers this program as one of their financial services and is even available to the wives of veterans. Reiss then discussed the CCVSC hiring veterans to further follow their mission statement of “veterans serving veterans.”

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Stop N Shop strike, which ended this week, after union members and customers showed incredible solidarity and stood up for their own rights and protections against a big company.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Union Buster Applying for a Major Position at Boeing Discussed on America’s Work Force

On March 26, Tom Buffenbarger, former president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers joined America’s Work Force to talk about a known anti-union governor applying for a board spot with Boeing aircraft manufacturing company.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger talked about Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina, applying for a board of director position with Boeing aircraft manufacturing company. He said that this is such a big deal because Haley has a known anti-union bias and he does not believe this is good for Boeing. Buffenbarger said that Boeing employees need to have the freedom to organize but with Haley holding a major position, she is going to make it incredibly tough. He then went on to talk about Boeing needing to increase the quality of their designs to ensure that their products meet the required safety standards to be deemed flyable.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veteran Services Commission spoke to AWF on March 26 about improvements in technology to help veterans. He said that the CCVSC created a mobile phone application for veterans that allows them to have access to VA benefits on their phones. The app helps inform what types of benefits they could receive, the services offered, and more. Reiss said that app users have the option of turning on push notifications so that the app could send real-time updates when there are changes in benefits or services.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Uber and Lyft drivers from the west coast who went on strike over a pay dock. He said that right now, the rideshare drivers are just earning enough to fill their gas tank up to continue doing their job.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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Problems With Pensions was a Hot Topic on America’s Work Force

During the Feb. 26 edition of America’s Work Force, Tom Buffenbarger, former president on the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers discussed problems with protecting worker pensions.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace WorkersBuffenbarger spoke about how United Airlines filed for bankruptcy, because they couldn’t afford to pay out their workers pension plans, where a bankruptcy judge wiped the airline’s pension plan obligations, leaving the workers with nothing. He was talking about how unfair this is to the workers because they worked for, and earned these pensions just to have them stolen. Buffenbarger then expressed his worries for General Electric workers after their problems with the corporation investing worker pension money into businesses that ended up failing and losing the money. Lastly, he spoke about needing legislation to help protect worker pensions so they are not stolen by the company and given to the workers that earned them.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service CommissionJon Reiss, Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission executive director, spoke about the services that the CCVSC provides during his Feb. 26 appearance on AWF. Reiss said that the CCVSC is an emergency financial assistance program that helps veterans with mortgage, rent, car payments, food, and other monetary needs. They do not, however, help with taxes or insurance. Reiss mentioned that unless they already have a job, the veterans using the financial assistance program are required to attend the CCVSC job club to help them find a job and are required to maintain attendance until they are hired.



America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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What Lies Ahead of the Government Shutdown was a Main Topic of Conversation on America’s Work Force.

America needs to take to move forward after the government shutdown, but what are the steps we need to take? On Jan. 22 edition of America’s Work Force, we learn about those steps.

Tom Buffenbarger, retired former President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, discussed the ongoing government shutdown and how it is affecting America. He said that with the government being shutdown for a month now, the longest government shutdown in United States history, furloughed workers are going to be without their second paycheck this month, causing many workers to seek other jobs just to be able to meet their basic needs. Buffenbarger also talked about employees being forced to show up to work without pay. President Trump is violating the U.S. constitution by requiring workers to do so. He also discussed looking forward to the 2020 presidential election and the candidates that he would like to see run for office.

Jacob Duritsky, vice president of strategy and research, with Team NEO discussed bringing in more jobs to Northeast Ohio during his Jan. 22 appearance on AWF. Duritsky said that in the next five years, 20,700 jobs across multiple sectors will be brought to Northeast Ohio. One job sector that will be receiving a large amount of job growth is healthcare, which is projected to see an increase of 8,500 jobs. He also mentioned new and emerging sectors will see job growth during this time, as well as a steady increase in jobs in the construction industry.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed TSA workers using “Blue Flu” as a form of protesting work without pay during the ongoing government shutdown.

America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS LIUNA,COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, UNITED STEEL WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS, AFL-CIO, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, CLEVELAND FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.