WASHINGTON, July 28, 2021 – Robert Martinez Jr., International President of the 600,000-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the largest aerospace and defense union in North America, released the following statement regarding the Biden administration’s Buy American proposed rule, ensuring our nation’s future is made in America by all of America’s workers.
“President Biden’s proposed rule increasing domestic content requirements, narrowing the use of waivers and expanding transparency, puts the ‘American’ back in Buy American laws. The IAM has long sought these improvements, which when implemented, will make full use of taxpayer dollars to build back better U.S. manufacturing and U.S. manufacturing jobs.
“Just a few days into his presidency, Joe Biden issued executive orders emphasizing the critical need to strengthen Buy American laws. A short time later, he announced the creation of the new Made in America Office. With today’s announcement, the Biden administration again fulfills its promise to U.S. workers by proposing the most dramatic changes to Buy American laws in almost 70 years.
“The IAM looks forward to working with the Biden administration on its further efforts to strengthen Buy American laws and grow jobs right here in the United States.”
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.