Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pittsburgh Council Considers "Buy America" Resolution

Members of the United Steelworkers of America today urged Pittsburgh City Council to adopt a resolution supporting the enforcement of the "Buy America" provision in the federal economic stimulus package approved by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. USWA District 10 Director John DeFazio told council that the "buy America" provisions can create and retain good-paying jobs in Pittsburgh and in the nation. Steelworker Maria Soma told Council that the resolution will help the future of Pittsburgh. Chris Masciantonio is the general manager of government affairs for U.S. Steel. He says this is not about restricting imports, it's about using taxpayer dollars to purchase U.S.-produced goods and revitalizing the manufacturing base. The "Buy America" resolution has been introduced in more than 500 municipalities and states.

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