IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. recently met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the Oval Office to discuss the IAM’s top legislative priorities, including relief for all IAM members and frontline workers in the airline, transit, aerospace, manufacturing and other industries.
The IAM continues to lead the fight on Capitol Hill for an extension of the airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) to keep tens of thousands of IAM members employed. The IAM is also fighting for relief for Amtrak and transit workers.
“Today’s meeting was extremely productive, and I was able to present our top priorities for Machinists Union members,” said Martinez. “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.
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“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,” said Martinez. “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.