TORONTO, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - "A strong Buy North American policy can
support manufacturing in both Canada and the United States," says Ken
Neumann, United Steelworkers (USW) National Director. "The new
Windsor-Detroit bridge is the most important border build we've got.
It's time for the government in Ottawa to stand up for Canadian workers
and North American steel."
"Canada must support using North American construction materials,
especially steel, to build the new bridge. We've agreed to pay the
whole shot, so we should insist on Buy North American," says Neumann.
Detroit newspapers quote aides to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as
saying the Canadian government, which is bankrolling Michigan's share
of the $1.4-billion project, wants to use the lowest-cost materials,
including steel imported from China. The issue is described as one of
the last barriers to agreement before bridge construction begins.
"Ottawa and Washington ought to know better than to build a bridge with
cheap steel from China. Look what happened with the new Bay Bridge in
San Francisco where inspectors failed up to 65 per cent of the welds.
You get what you pay for. North American materials can build jobs as
well as bridges," said Leo W. Gerard, USW International President.
"The Harper Conservatives are putting ideology ahead of the interests of
Canadian businesses and Canadian workers," Neumann says. "This bridge
project would boost the economy in both countries, if done right."
The private company that owns the existing Ambassador Bridge opposes the
new bridge and has spent millions of dollars on TV advertising,
lobbying and campaign donations, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"It's time to stand up for jobs and communities. Ottawa can and must do
that with this bridge build," said Neumann.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
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