Independent labor voice, Tom Buffenbarger from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, appeared on the Dec. 26 edition of America’s Work Force.
Buffenbarger joined AWF to discuss the new NAFTA, U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, and areas that he feels could be improved. He said that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) does not look out for the skilled laborer and only ‘toward business owners who are looking out for themselves over their workers.’ Buffenbarger also discussed the government shutdown and the repercussions it is having on government employees.
A clip of Congressman Tim Ryan speaking on the House floor was the second feature on the Dec. 26 edition of AWF. During his speech, Ryan talked about the General Motors Lordstown plant ending production. Further discussion ensued about how this halt in production is affecting the workers and the surrounding area. He said ‘the working class is suffering while the top 1 percent continues to do well.’
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Sears’ executives taking bonuses rather than paying severance to workers who were laid off after the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.