Tom Buffenbarger former general president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke with America’s Work Force on Feb. 25 about heavy attacks on unions.
Buffenbarger discussed President Trump and his most recent attacks on unions and organizing at the Department of Defense. President Trump granted the D.o.D. full authority to abolish collective bargaining rights of all civilian unions so that the government can operate with maximum flexibility. By gutting collective bargaining rights, all the power shifts back into the hands of corporations, which is what the President wants, to eliminate any type of resistance from employees. Buffenbarger also spoke about George Washington and how he did not want to rule as a king, but distribute the power so that people could hold each other accountable. He said that unlike Washington, Trump tries to forego the checks and balances that keep our government accountable and attempts to do what he wants.
Jon Reiss, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission (CCVSC), spoke about the CCVSC hearing aid, vision and dental assistance programs. He said that they help veterans or their dependents, who live 200 percent below the poverty line and assist them in filling out the proper applications to receive care in any of those three areas. Reiss also spoke about the CCVSC mobile office that travels to those unable to reach the office. Also, this mobile office has scheduled stops at specific locations. He mentioned that they could stop the mobile office at different Legion Posts on nights when they have meetings to get exposure to those who may not have heard of them.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about President Trump gutting unions and the 2020 census and the importance of participating in it.
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