Washington, DC, April 5, 2017 – IAM International President Robert Martinez, Jr., issued the following statement before President Trump’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping:
“President Trump has said that American workers have suffered from an ‘unfair deal’ with China. We hope the President will stand for good jobs and simple trade justice when he meets with the Chinese President. It’s time to bring our jobs home—now.
“We continue to lose good manufacturing jobs because China breaks the rules. Production in China is cheap, in part, because its workers lack basic human rights—forced labor is rampant and the freedom to join a free and legitimate trade union doesn’t exist. China violates world trade standards by manipulating its currency and by demanding the forced transfer of our jobs and taxpayer-funded technology in return for market access. Our politicians have been too quiet for too long, and working people have had enough lip service.
“Blame also rests with companies that are all too willing to send our jobs overseas. Take Boeing, which receives billions from taxpayers while sending work to China, including a 737 finishing facility in China. That work should be done by Machinists Union members.
“Keeping high-wage, high-skill manufacturing jobs in North America leads to innovation and technological advancements that strengthen our economy by strengthening our industrial base. It’s high time our policymakers stand up for workers and enforcement of our trade laws. It is time for U.S. corporations that have sent thousands of jobs to China to bring the work home.”
The International Associations of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America, representing nearly 600,000 active and retired members in aerospace, transportation, manufacturing, shipbuilding, woodworking and other industries. Visit goIAM.org for more information.