Alliance for American Manufacturing to join Governor's office to address issues
Top leaders of the United Steelworkers (USW) confirmed being joined by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) and steel bridge fabricators in a meeting this past week led by the New York governor's office, plus public authority transportation officials to consider ways to support sourcing American-made steel and domestic construction products in upcoming infrastructure projects.
USW International President Leo W. Gerard and the chairman of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) had earlier exchanged letters on the issue of offshore steel used in the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. "We were at wits end with the contract awarded earlier this year to state-owned China steel and their fabricators for upper deck replacement of the Verrazano Bridge that bypassed American workers," Gerard said.
"So we welcomed a face-to-face agenda on what to do about it."
USW leaders in the meeting were Tom Conway, international vice president from Pittsburgh; and John Shinn, director of USW District 4 in New York, who also represents the union membership in New Jersey and the New England states. Participating for NY State were MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast, State Deputy Secretary Karen Rae, and NY-NJ Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. Senior officers of the Washington-based AAM made presentations ... more