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Election Results Demonstrate Frustrations in Industrial Heartland

Contacts: Wayne Ranick (412) 562-2442

(Pittsburgh) -- The following statement was released today by USW International President Leo W. Gerard:

“Yesterday’s results do not indicate a move to the right by American voters. What is apparent instead is the frustration with the economy in the industrial heartland of the U.S. where manufacturing has been devastated and jobs lost.

“It is time now for members of both parties to work with the President to develop an agenda that will rebuild the economy by revitalizing manufacturing through investments in our infrastructure and small businesses, and a major commitment to renewable energy.

“Strong leadership in Washington D.C. is needed immediately to regain the trust of average Americans. Industrial retrofitting is one way to start rebuilding our economy as it will invigorate business, produce good paying jobs, reduce carbon in the air and increase productivity.

“It should go without saying that we must also stop trade deals that give away good paying American jobs. Yesterday’s vote demands that our leaders do everything to put America back to work and move our economy forward.”

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