Why Hillary Clinton is the Best Choice for U.S. Manufacturing Workers


The Machinists Union endorsed Hillary Clinton for president at the 2015 IAM Staff Conference in New York.

IAM-endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is distinguishing herself as the best choice for IAM members as she continues to roll out details of a “new bargain” to revitalize U.S. manufacturing.

Clinton’s plan is built on three principles:

  • Corporations must do right by their communities and country;
  • Employers should treat workers like assets instead of costs to be cut;
  • Government should invest in the sources of future good jobs instead of rewarding special interests.

“Throughout this campaign, I’ve said that creating good-paying jobs and raising incomes is the defining economic challenge of our time, and that in order to get where I want us to go, we need growth that is strong, fair and long-term,” Clinton, an honorary IAM member, said during a recent campaign stop in Detroit. “That’s why we need a new bargain for the new economy. A new bargain to ensure that the jobs of the future are good-paying jobs.”

Clinton’s blueprint to sustain and grow manufacturing jobs, which she lays out in a recent op-ed, outlines her goal to “win the global competition for the good-paying manufacturing jobs of the future.”

READ: Clinton’s Agenda for Jobs and Even Trade

The former secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York wants to establish a new chief trade prosecutor to intervene before trade violations cost U.S. jobs, stand up to Chinese currency manipulation that puts American workers at a disadvantage and close tax loopholes that reward U.S. companies for moving jobs overseas.

Clinton also pledged to oppose any trade agreement that doesn’t create good jobs and raise wages for U.S. workers. “I opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership when it failed to meet these tests, and would oppose future agreements if they failed to meet that bar,” said Clinton.

Clinton is a steadfast supporter of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which helps foreign buyers purchase U.S. products, such as IAM-built aircraft. Clinton recently sparred with Democratic primary competitor Bernie Sanders over the role of bank.

“Senator Sanders is wrong on the Export-Import Bank; it is not ‘corporate welfare,’” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “We are pleased and grateful that Secretary Clinton understands that America cannot afford to unilaterally disarm in face of this intense global competition.”

READ: Machinists Union Applauds Clinton’s Support of Ex-Im Bank

Clinton wants to grow U.S. manufacturing hand in hand with the labor movement. The IAM was first major industrial trade union to endorse her, and more than 20 unions representing millions of workers have followed suit since.

“All over America, hardworking people are joining together to ‘fight for a better life,’ as the AFL-CIO says,” Clinton wrote in a post on Medium. “This will be my fight, too. If you stand with me, I’ll always stand with you. When unions are strong, families are strong?—?and when families are strong, America is strong.”

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