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The Machinists Union Supports NDAA Amendment to Strengthen “Buy American” Requirements for Defense Procurement
As the biggest defense union in the U.S., the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) represents many thousands of private government contract workers at military bases and Department of Defense (DoD) sites nationwide.
Our members’ work and our mission to support them and their right to form a union make it crucial that our qualified union representatives can easily get into all DoD sites.
The Machinists Union strongly supports an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ) entitled, Enhanced Domestic Content Requirement for Major Defense Acquisition Programs. This amendment would dramatically strengthen our domestic industrial base by increasing Buy American domestic content requirements from 55% to 75% for all new Major Defense Acquisition Programs.
IAM Supports the Base Access Privileges Improvement Act
The U.S. defense industrial base is essential to our economic and national security. The defense industry also provides millions of high-skill jobs across the country in the manufacturing sector and beyond. These jobs generate hundreds of billions of dollars in wages and benefits annually, and provide significant tax revenues to fund essential government services.
The IAMAW backs H.R. 2886, the Base Access Privileges Improvement Act, introduced by Representatives John Garamendi and Donald Norcross. This law would unify the access control, background checks, and credentialing requirements across DoD sites, which are currently inconsistent. This lack of uniformity complicates access and means our members and reps often have to go through different credentialing processes at each DoD site.
The Machinists Union Supports Delta Workers Seeking a Voice on the Job
The IAM is asking Congress to help the many Delta Air Lines workers who want to join a union. The IAM, along with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, is working to get about 50,000 Delta employees to join their unions. In particular, the IAM aims to represent around 19,000 workers from Delta’s Ramp, Cargo, and Tower Operations teams, who work for the country’s third-biggest airline.
Members of Congress can show their support by rallying behind these Delta workers seeking a voice in
the workplace. Lawmakers are encouraged to join workers at the series of rallies at airports across the
U.S. Members of Congress can also use social media posts of support for the workers seeking union