FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        June 11, 2021

Ohioan Ironworkers Applaud Senators Brown, Portman for Support of Davis Bacon Wages

Ohio Ironworkers Applaud Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman for their votes in opposition to
stripping Davis Bacon wages from Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for
America(CHIPS) Act.

Senators Brown and Portman joined a bipartisan majority of fifty-eight Senators in defeating an anti-prvailing wage amendment to the bill. This vote signals the Senators' support for family sustaining wages for construction workers in our state as we expand into the development and production of semiconductor manufacturing facilities.

The CHIPS Act is the first bipartisan step towards restoring the strength of American manufacturing and getting Ohioans back on their feet. The COVID-19 pandemic proved that our state's-and our nation's-economies cannot rely solely on foreign made components. This vote shows Senator Brown's and Senator Portman's support for fair wages and good jobs for hardworking Buckeyes.

Last year, key provisions of the CHIPS Act passed in the National Defense Authorization Act with bipartisan support. This amendment funds those provisions by allocating a total of $49.5 billion over the next 5 years towards necessary research, development, construction, and production of semiconductors that our nation's manufacturers require to continue producing necessary goods right here in the United States.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         June 11, 2021

West Virginia Ironworkers Applaud Senators Capito, Manchin for Support of Davis Bacon Wages

West Virginia Ironworkers Applaud Senators Shelley and Joe Manchin for their votes in opposition to stripping Davis Bacon wages from Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for
America(CHIPS) Act.

Senators Capito and Manchin joined a bipartisan majority of fifty-eight Senators in defeating an anti-prvailing wage amendment to the bill. This vote signals the Senators' support for family sustaining wages for construction workers in our state as we expand into the development and production of semiconductor manufacturing facilities.

The CHIPS Act is the first bipartisan step towards restoring the strength of American manufacturing and getting West Virginians back on their feet. The COVID-19 pandemic proved that our state's-and our nation's-economies cannot rely solely on foreign made components. This vote shows Senator Capito's and Senator Manchin's support for fair wages and good jobs for hardworking Mountaineers.

Last year, key provisions of the CHIPS Act passed in the National Defense Authorization Act with bipartisan support. This amendment funds those provisions by allocating a total of $49.5 billion over the next 5 years towards necessary research, development, construction, and production of semiconductors that our nation's manufacturers require to continue producing necessary goods right here in the United States.

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Letter From International

THE UNION HITCHHIKER

Have you ever driven down the road and run upon a hitchhiker? Most of the time, their thumb is giving a clear message:

“If you furnish the car, the gas, the time and do the driving, I’ll ride with you. But if you think I’m going to pitch in for gas, you’re out of your mind. By the way, if you have an accident and I’m hurt, I’ll sue you for all you got.”

We have hitchhikers in our Union too. In one way or another they’re saying:

“If you supply the protection of a contract, negotiate that contract, protect me at work, get me fair and decent wages, health benefits, and hours of work, I’ll ride. But you’re crazy if you think I’m going to get involved and help you make this a better place to work. And by the way, if anything happens that irritates me, you’ll hear from me.”

Think about it – are you just thumbing a free ride? Or can you do a little more to help us all out?