Machinists Demand a U.S. Manufacturing Policy

6 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Machinists Demand a U.S. Manufacturing Policy</h1><p>June 6, 2007 (LPAC)--Tom Buffenbarger, the president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) called on Senate Democrats to treat the collapse in manufacturing as an economic epidemic.</p><p>"We cannot afford to be anaesthetized by incremental improvements in one index or another," Buffenbarger said at a June 6 meeting of the American Manufacturing Initiative of Senate Democrats. "Since 1999, we have lost over 43,000 manufacturing plants and more than 3.2 million good-paying American jobs. No economy can continue to absorb that kind of damage and hope to survive," he warned.</p><p>Buffenbarger spoke as apart of a day-long session held by the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, chaired by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), entitled "Open Discussion on American Manufacturing." While others attending the conference, including the CEOs of the automakers, complained about the high cost of healthcare, Chinese currency, and Korean trade policies, and offered alternative fuels as a so-called solution, Buffenbarger called on the committee "to lay the foundation for a national industrial policy that will put the brakes this epidemic of job losses." He called for tax incentives for renovating and retooling older factories, as well as education for high school graduates and putting a "tourniquet on trade deals and tax breaks that are killing jobs and hope for so many American families."</p><p>Outside of the conference, members of the LaRouche Youth Movement were educating Democratic Senators on Lyndon laRouche's capital budget and the Russian proposal to build the Bering Straits Tunnel as both a war avoidance policy and an economic recovery policy.</p></div></body>