Dépêches

Machinists Name Republican Majority Leader Cantor ‘Job Killer of the Year’

Dépèche transmise le 8 décembre 2011 par Business Wire

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is branding Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) as 2011’s ‘Job Killer of the Year’ for his willingness to obstruct legislation that would sustain tens of thousands of American manufacturing jobs.

“Rep. Cantor and the AFA are willing to give a single company, Delta Air Lines, an unfair competitive advantage at the expense of tens of thousands of U.S. workers”

In addition to relentless opposition to all substantive jobs proposals, Cantor is now threatening to withhold funding for the US Export-Import Bank. At stake is a deal for 3.4 billion in loan guarantees that will allow Air India to finance the purchase of 27 U.S.-built Boeing 787s.

“The purpose of the Ex-Im bank is to guarantee rather than finance transactions. The process has proven to be extremely effective in promotion of U.S. manufactured products for export and has created hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “The loan guarantees for Air India to purchase Boeing-built aircraft are a clear example of how the bank was designed to operate and would provide a vital benefit for the U.S. economy with tens of thousands of direct jobs and roughly a 100,000 indirect and supply chain jobs.”

Cantor’s actions, intended or not, support lobbying efforts by Delta Air Lines to prevent Air India from acquiring the additional aircraft. The effort includes a lawsuit by Airlines for America (AFA, formerly Air Transport Association). This is the same Delta Airlines that could afford the Northwest Airlines merger but is projected to avoid federal taxes for several years due to huge operating losses and it is the same Delta Airlines that has dumped nearly $10 billion in pension liability on the taxpayer.

“Rep. Cantor and the AFA are willing to give a single company, Delta Air Lines, an unfair competitive advantage at the expense of tens of thousands of U.S. workers,” declared Buffenbarger. “Our economy needs jobs much more than any one company needs special treatment from any elected official.”

A vote on legislation to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank could take place as soon as tomorrow or next week.

The IAM represents more than 35,000 Boeing workers among nearly 700,000 active and retired members in dozens of industries. For more information about the IAM, visit www.goiam.org.

Business Wire

Les plus belles photos d'avions
Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 (A9C-ACE) Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 (LX-RAK) Pilatus PC-12/47 (LX-JFM) Dornier Do-328-310 Jet (OY-NCL) Cessna 560XL Citation Excel (CS-DXI) Boeing 757-28A(WL) (G-OOBB)