Washington D.C., November 7, 2012 – The following is a statement from Tom Buffenbarger, International President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM):
“It is with great pride and pleasure that I extend the congratulations of the Machinists Union to President Obama on his dramatic and decisive election to a second term as President of the United States. I want to also acknowledge and thank the thousands of IAM volunteers who worked the phones, pounded the pavement and never gave up on the person-to-person type of campaigning that remains the undeniable foundation of a successful election.
“The election of President Obama to a second term is worthy of celebration for so many reasons, and celebrate we shall, but with the nation struggling to recover from a great recession and with millions still unemployed and underemployed, we must quickly turn our attention to the pressing work at hand.
“The nation is rapidly approaching a showdown over massive budget cuts that could trigger mass layoffs and push the country back into recession. I am confident the President will make good on his promise to prevent the sequestration cuts from taking effect on January 1, 2013. I sincerely hope the new and returning members of the House and Senate will join the President in this effort and make this nation’s economic security their highest priority.”