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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
Buffenbarger 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.
Jon 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.
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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.
Buffenbarger 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.
Jon 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.