WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2021 – Robert Martinez Jr., International President of the 600,000-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the largest aerospace, defense and transportation union in North America, released the following statement in full support of the Biden administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.
“This historic infrastructure deal will uplift millions of working families through good union jobs that offer decent wages and benefits. Only a year ago, our union was suffering from devastating layoffs due to the pandemic. The bipartisan deal will rebuild our nation’s roads, airports, passenger and freight rail, and bridges while creating much-needed expansion for broadband access. This package will make an unprecedented federal investment in public transit and passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak. As the largest transportation union in North America, we applaud the investment in airline and rail infrastructure.
“Our transportation sector will benefit through the modernization projects created through the robust funding provided in this infrastructure package. The Biden-Harris administration committed to building back better our vital manufacturing and transportation sectors during my meeting earlier this year at the White House. I can report back to the IAM membership that they have kept their campaign promise.
“The Buy American rules included within the infrastructure package are a wise use of taxpayer dollars to strengthen our U.S. manufacturing sector and increase the amount of good-paying union jobs. We stand committed to working with the Biden-Harris administration and members of Congress to rebuild America’s infrastructure and workforce across all sectors.”
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airline, railroad, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.