TORONTO, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - "This project can put Canadians and
Americans back to work by using North American steel and other building
materials to the greatest extent possible," writes Ken Neumann, United
Steelworkers (USW) National Director, in a letter to Transport Minister
An announcement is expected later this month for a deal to build a new
bridge between Windsor and Detroit, the busiest border crossing between
Canada and the U.S.
"As you know, this project enjoys strong backing on the Canadian side,
and I appreciate the efforts of the Canadian government to make the new
crossing a reality, going so far as to guarantee funding for Michigan's
share of the costs," writes Neumann.
Leo W. Gerard, USW International President, has written to the U.S.
Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood.
"The New International Trade Crossing (NITC) will generate construction
and manufacturing jobs on both sides of the border and will help
strengthen the economy and job security of industry in both the United
States and Canada," writes Gerard.
"We fully support a determination which would permit both U.S. and
Canadian steel to be used in the construction of the NITC project."
Recent news reports claim procurement rules for construction of the
bridge are one of the remaining issues to be ironed out before a deal
"Canadian Consul General to Detroit Roy Norton says Chinese steel is not
going to be used in the project," says Neumann. "The Canadian
government can go one step further by affirming its support for North
American steel in this massive infrastructure project that will create
thousands of welcome jobs for Canadians and Americans," said Neumann.
Copies of the letters from Neumann and Gerard are posted at www.usw.ca.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers National Director, 416-544-5951
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