This strategy is a blueprint for competitiveness that will unleash the economy and manufacturing’s outsized multiplier effect. Importantly, manufacturers’ aspirations—the four goals laid out in the pages that follow—are ones that all Americans who want to maintain our country’s economic advantage can rally around.
Manufacturers Commend Labor Officials for Supporting Coal Exports
Washington, D.C., 09/25/13 - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement following a press conference by officials from the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, the AFL-CIO and the International Union of Operating Engineers, announcing their support of the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to limit the scope of its environmental review of the proposed Millennium Terminal in Longview, Washington, to the local impact of the project.
"With this announcement, labor officials are a strong voice in the growing chorus of manufacturers, business leaders and over 60 percent of Washington State residents who recognize the enormous economic benefits that would result from approval of coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest. Over ten thousand jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in wages hang in the balance, and I commend the leaders of these organizations for standing up to opponents who would exploit the review system to stall these job-creating projects.”
The NAM and the Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports have consistently made the case against an unprecedented environmental review that studies the cumulative and life cycle impacts of coal exports. This overreach would set a devastating precedent that could be used to block exports of just about any goods manufactured in the United States.