Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) has invited Chris Wiers, president of IAM Local S6 in Bath, ME to join him as his guest at Tuesday’s State of the Union Address.
Wiers, elected the local’s president in 2019, said he will be listening for the president to address concerns among IAM members.
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“I’ll be listening for some of the topics our members have told me they care about, such as what he’s doing to help working people like us, whether he’ll commit to protecting the rights of unions, and any plans to lower the costs of health care and insurance,” said Wiers. “Congressman Golden represents the voice that labor has been lacking in the great state of Maine and we will continue to work together to continue the proud legacy of Bath Iron Works, that ‘Bath built is best built.’”
Golden has been an ally of labor, which includes co-sponsoring the PRO Act (H.R. 2474), IAM-supported legislation that would bolster worker rights.
“I’m honored to have Local S6’s president and my constituent, Chris Wiers, as my guest at this year’s State of the Union,” said Golden. “Bath Iron Works shipbuilders are the best in the world and Local S6 makes sure BIW workers are treated with respect and earn wages that match the skills they’ve developed and the hard work they do. Local S6 is a great example of what unions do for Maine workers. Chris and I believe that strengthening unions is one of the most effective ways to help working Mainers get ahead and ensure they have dependable, good-paying jobs with solid benefits and a safe workplace.”
Last year, Golden invited Cynthia Phinney, president of the Maine AFL-CIO, as his guest for the State of the Union address.