U.S. supply chain problems are the result of outsourcing the nation’s manufacturing

Tom Buffenbarger, an independent labor voice for America’s Work Force Union Podcast, joined the show to discuss issues with the supply chain and its effects on American manufacturing, including an upcoming shortage of magnesium that is key raw material used in the production of aluminum.

The main reason for the supply problem is U.S. corporate leaders consciously made efforts to outsource manufacturing, forcing the country’s economy to depend on production from Chinese factories and elsewhere, Buffenbarger said. Not only are many of these foreign companies coming up short on materials due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but goods stuck in shipping ports face a backlog that will likely last until next summer.

An upcoming lack of magnesium is the next shortage, as plants in China have not been able to produce the element. It is an essential ingredient in the production of aluminum, and critical to aerospace, automotive and a range of consumer materials.

Buffenbarger also discussed the Boeing 737 Max crisis and the company’s efforts to blame two plane crashes on the chief test pilot. He suggested the company is scapegoating the pilot in order to shift blame from corporate failures and questioned when there will be an honest investigation into Boeing’s board and the decisions that led to the fateful crashes.

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