Manufacturers and Unions Agree: Americans Deserve More

Washington, D.C., November 6, 2015 – Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, which represents more than 12 million men and women who make things in the United States, and Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, which represents nearly 400 local union chapters in the United States and Canada, issued the following joint statement on President Obama’s decision to deny authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“Proving politics is more important to this White House than American jobs, President Obama today killed the opportunity to create thousands of long-term jobs and advance North American energy security. After years of holding this project hostage by delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, the President turned his back on hardworking Americans, who overwhelmingly support the pipeline. Manufacturers, all workers and all Americans deserve far better than to be treated so poorly.”

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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 $2.09 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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