Coronavirus Crisis Highlights Need for National Domestic Manufacturing Strategy

By Robert Martinez Jr., IAM International President

We are facing a public health crisis unlike any North America has faced since the 1918 influenza pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has also exposed dangerous national security vulnerabilities in our major industries and supply chains. Domestic sourcing, capable of rectifying America’s dependence on foreign-sourced critical supplies and systems, should be one of our nation’s top priorities.

Coronavirus has touched all our lives as it ravages communities, overwhelms health systems and paralyzes economic activity. Thousands of members of our union, the International Association of Machinists…


By Robert Martinez Jr., International President

Labor Day is a great time to celebrate the great achievements of the nation’s workforce. It is also a chance to examine many of our challenges.

Layoffs and plant closures that have continued unabated throughout recent years raise questions about some of the much-publicized promises by President Trump.

Take for example the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The new law was sold to us as a way for companies to create more jobs and increase investment in the nation’s economy.

The changes to the tax law came with much fanfare. Some corporations…


The title of one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last books poses a question: “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” After one of the worst natural disasters in American history, we can ask ourselves the same thing. Hurricane Harvey flooded hospitals and destroyed homes; it took lives and tore apart families. As a native Texan, I was especially heartbroken.

But amidst chaos, we saw communities join together. It was proof once again that collective action, creative problem solving and the spirit of resiliency can help us survive in the face of tragedy. As Delores Huerta and the…


Boeing moved a final assembly line for its 787 Dreamliner, above, to a non-union plant Charleston, S.C. The National Labor Relations Board alleged the move was to punish its union-represented workforce in Washington state.

By Robert Martinez, Jr.
International President, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers

Last week, the famed Farnborough International Airshow took flight in the UK. It’s an exhibition for the aerospace industry’s latest and greatest aircraft, and probably the most important week of the year for the sector, an essential and growing cog in the global economy.

Visitors saw the latest feats of aerospace engineering dance through the air. Corporate executives wined and dined each other in posh chalets, hoping to strike the next multi-billion dollar deal. …

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