Tom Buffenbarger, independent labor voice and former General President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 26 to discuss safety standards in workplaces after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Buffenbarger first spoke about how unions improve the workplace, making it safer. He explained how unions bargain for contracts and promote safety standards to ensure a safe workplace for their members. Buffenbarger continued by saying union workers can vocalize workplace issues without being punished by their employer and can fight for change to improve conditions. Next, he explained how workers and employers will have to adjust to new safety standards after the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure workers are comfortable and safe, employers will have to follow strict safety guidelines and listen to concerns from workers and industry experts. Lastly, Buffenbarger discussed how the pandemic is a wake up call to American companies and that the U.S. needs to rely on less foreign products.
Jon Reiss, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission (CCVSC) spoke about the services his organization offers. He said the CCVSC is back in full operation and members can now assist veterans in person again. Reiss spoke about the organization’s assistance programs and how they can help all veterans in need of assistance, whether it be financially, with training or job placement. Finally, he spoke about Memorial Day and honored veterans for their service.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about union members at Ford factories making 3D printed face shields and other personal protective equipment for frontline workers.