President Trump Takes “Refreshing” Stance on Workplace Protections

NAM’s Timmons Applauds President’s Decision to Leave LGBTQ Protections in Place for Federal Contractors

Washington, D.C., January 31, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s decision to uphold a 2014 executive order that “protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors”:

“It is refreshing to see a Republican president of the United States publicly embrace the rights of LGBTQ families and protections against workplace discrimination. Manufacturers are pleased President Trump has chosen to take this position. His stated commitment to LGBTQ equality is significant and should serve as a guiding principle for future policymaking throughout his administration and at all levels of government. A thriving manufacturing workforce depends on an environment that values families of all backgrounds, and there is no excuse for policies that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. It is our hope that the administration will work to eradicate any and all forms of discrimination wherever they exist in order to strengthen opportunity for all.”


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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