Season 3, Episode 122

How GE’s Jack Welch hollowed out America’s working class

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Tom Buffenbarger

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Tom Buffenbarger, an independent labor voice, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and discussed how the legacy of former General Electric CEO Jack Welch hollowed out manufacturing in America and suppressed the working class.

Buffenbarger talked about the recently published book “The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America―and How to Undo His Legacy” by New York Times reporter and “Corner Office” columnist David Gelles. 

Buffenbarger also discussed an award honoring the late AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, which was given to Trumka’s son at a Union Sportsmen's Alliance fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

Listen to the entire episode to learn more about these topics.


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