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.
Buffenbarger 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.
Jon 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.
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