IAM Florida Sugar Workers Visit Capitol Hill to Address Priorities

Last month, the Florida State Council of Machinists visited Washington, D.C., urging lawmakers to address the importance of jobs in sugarcane farming and manufacturing in Florida.

During their visits, IAM members lobbied for sensible and reliable policies around sugar production and the upcoming Farm Bill.

“Everything I have today is because I’m with such a great employer. We’re like a family,” said Cornelius Fowler of IAM Local 2152 on how U.S. sugar production and manufacturing help support good-paid union jobs. 

IAM Florida sugar workers’ occupations include but are not limited to sugarcane farming, milling and refining processes on American soil, including many positions requiring skilled trades, such as machinists and welders.

“The IAM will continue to work closely with allies advocating for agricultural policies that help America’s sugarcane industry and the workers that depend on it,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Rickey Wallace.

Early in March, the Florida State Council of Machinists also visited legislators in Tallahassee, FL, to discuss sugarcane farming and manufacturing. 

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