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.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Anti-Union Messages Presented by Delta Discussed on America’s Work Force Radio

Retired general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Tom Buffenbarger spoke with America’s Work Force on May 28 about Delta Airlines and their union busting tactics.

IAM International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Buffenbarger began his time on AWF by speaking about Delta Airlines and their recent anti-union messages that they have been posting. He said that when there was talk of the workers attempting to organize, posters began to be posted about better ways to spend hard earned money on union dues. Buffenbarger scoffed at the fact that there had been a sign put up telling workers they were better off spending their money on new video games, or going to sporting events rather than spending them on union dues. He then went on to talk about Boeing in South Carolina using IAM workers to show other Boeing workers how to properly make a Boeing jet. Lastly, Buffenbarger spoke about the stock market and how much it has been fluctuating.

CCVSC Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission

Jon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission spoke with AWF on May 28 about some of the services that the CCVSC provides. He discussed their most used service currently, which is their financial assistance program. Reiss also explained what their employment and society reconnecting programs do as well as veterans utilizing their healthcare plans.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about President Trump’s disapproval ratings, and also his former ghost writer.



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 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

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.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, DAN DEVERNA, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UCOMM BLOG, UNITED STEELWORKERS,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.




United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Discussed on America’s Work Force

Independent labor voice, Tom Buffenbarger from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, appeared on the Dec. 26 edition of America’s Work Force.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Tom Buffenbarger

Buffenbarger joined AWF to discuss the new NAFTA, U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and areas that he feels could be improved. He said that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) does not look out for the skilled laborer and only ‘toward business owners who are looking out for themselves over their workers.’ Buffenbarger also discussed the government shutdown and the repercussions it is having on government employees.

Ohio District 13 Congressman Tim Ryan

A clip of Congressman Tim Ryan speaking on the House floor was the second feature on the Dec. 26 edition of AWF. During his speech, Ryan talked about the General Motors Lordstown plant ending production. Further discussion ensued about how this halt in production is affecting the workers and the surrounding area. He said ‘the working class is suffering while the top 1 percent continues to do well.’

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Sears’ executives taking bonuses rather than paying severance to workers who were laid off after the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President Tom Buffenbarger Featured on America’s Work Force Radio

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers President was one of two featured guests on America’s Work Force Radio.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Tom Buffenbarger

On Oct 23, Tom Buffenbarger, President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers made an appearance on the show to discuss healthcare and covering costs, and social security. He talks about the changes that are being made to the current healthcare policy right now and what the Republicans plan on changing in the future. He also discusses Maryland being named one of the wealthiest states  with the lowest poverty rate and talks about having efficient, engaged government workers.

Genworth Financial for Long Term Care

Our second featured guest was Gordon Saunders with Genworth Long Term Care. Saunders discusses the cost of long term care for the elderly to be increasing by two times the rate of inflation! He says the reason for the increase in supply and demand of workers and how much longer people are living. He finishes his time on the show by comparing the cost of care in home to the cost of care in a nursing home.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talks about Richard Trumka and the AFL-CIO and also about standing behind pro-worker candidates this election regardless of their party.


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.


Brett Kavanaugh Controversy Discussed on America’s Work Force.

Today’s show featured guests Tom Buffenbarger, former head of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and currently our independent labor voice, and Fred Yoder, a farmer from Plain City, Ohio. Our first guest on the show is a frequent guest, Tom Buffenbarger, who talks about the farm bills in Ohio, the Kavanaugh controversy, tariffs on crops, CEO pay compared to their employees, steelworkers struggling to bargain for their contracts, President Trump and his tax cuts, and going out and exercising your right to vote. Our second guest is a fourth generation farmer from just outside of Columbus named Fred Yoder. Yoder came onto the show today to talk about the farm bills in Ohio that get updated every five years, farmers getting hurt by these tariffs, crop insurance and cover crops, and the Federal Crop insurance where farmers and the government split the costs 50/50. We also discuss an uprising of women organizing, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), League of Women Voters, and McDonald’s and their sexual harassment reports going unheard so the workers staged walkouts.

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.

Executive Orders to Crush Government Unions Discussed on America’s Work Force

Today on the show, we had our independent labor voice, Tommy Buffenbarger, retired General President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, as well as Chad Worz, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Society for Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). While on the show, Tom Buffenbarger talks about the Federal Judge on Friday who struck down the provisions of the executive orders that would crush government unions and weaken their representation, what is going on with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and where Canada stands, and John McCain and the White House’s response to his death. Chad Worz talks about elderly people and their medication and trying to reduce the amount they have to take by eliminating ones that are unnecessary, the over utilization of certain medications, drug pricing and the Pharmacy Benefit Managers, and why EpiPens got so expensive and how other drugs could be following suit because of the same reasons. Also, talks about Disney World striking up a contract that negotiated higher starting wages and the San Antonio City Council voting to allow working people up to 64 hours of paid sick time a year! A lot of great information on the show today!

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.