Unlike most industrialized countries, the U.S. has no definitive policy to preserve and protect its homegrown manufacturing jobs. A new IAM report, “Creating and Sustaining U.S. Manufacturing Jobs,” includes a nine-point plan that could provide the basis for a desperately-needed national policy.
“While there are many reasons for the decline in manufacturing and the closely-related economic crises, one of the fundamental reasons is the simple fact that the U.S. does not have a national manufacturing strategy and has not established a framework for creating one,” said IAM Trade and Globalization Department Director Owen Herrnstadt.
Included in the nine-point plan is a provision to require that “Made in the U.S.” actually means “Made in the U.S.” An additional point in the plan calls for policies that will curtail states battling with one another for manufacturing jobs.
“It is imperative that the administration demonstrate much-needed leadership in pursuing policies that will have immediate and long-term impact on ensuring support and creation of U.S. manufacturing jobs,” said Herrnstadt.