June 12, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – Three major union leaders want Congress to enact “Buy American” laws strengthening requirements that the federal government purchase U.S.-made products.
““Union members in manufacturing and the building trades depend on pro-U.S. trade and procurement policies,” Teamsters leader James P. Hoffa, United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams, and International Association of Machinists head Robert Martinez Jr. wrote in a joint editorial published June 7. The three said they were “disappointed when President Trump reneged on his commitment to insist on U.S.-made steel in the construction of the Keystone pipeline,” but “heartened when he issued an executive order on Buy American.” They also endorsed the Make It In America Act, introduced in April by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), which would increase the requirement for American-made content, and the Buy American Improvement Act, introduced in February by Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), which would extend ‘Buy American’ requirements to federal procurement spending that isn’t covered by current law and close loopholes allowing exemptions. “We appeal to the administration and the Congress, Democrats and Republicans, American business and labor, workers and taxpayers to rally around Buy American and commit ourselves to hire American,” they concluded. Read more