WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2021 — Robert Martinez Jr., International President of the 600,000-member International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), released the following statement after meeting with President Biden and Vice President Harris today at the White House:
“Today’s meeting was extremely productive, and I was able to present our top priorities for Machinists Union members. I am very confident that President Biden will continue to push for policies that will positively impact America’s working families and create good union jobs here at home. Joe Biden understands the pride, power and pain of America’s working men and women during this difficult time.
“During our meeting, I advocated for investment in infrastructure that will benefit American workers and communities that will use domestically produced materials, equipment and tools. I also suggested creating incentives for renovating older factories, especially with green technology. I thanked him for his initiatives on making Buy American laws stronger and his support for extending much needed economic relief to all workers, including our members in the airlines, manufacturing and transportation industries.
“We look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to create jobs here at home and build a brighter future for American workers and their families.”
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.