Friday, March 13, 2009

Labor Union Wants Metro Guarantee to “Buy American”"

Nashville Public Radio WPLN 90.3 FM WPLN 1430 AM Labor Union Wants Metro Guarantee to “Buy American” Thursday, March 12, 2009 The Nashville chapter of the United Steelworkers Union wants a public commitment from Metro Government to use federal stimulus money to “Buy American.”The $787 billion federal stimulus package includes a provision that public building projects use only U.S.-made products like iron and steel. But there are exceptions. Councilwoman Vivian Wilhoite is co-sponsoring the Union resolution. It requests a guarantee from Nashville to do everything it can to spend stimulus money within the U.S. “Because that way you’re pouring the money back into your community so you can actually stimulate your community. And then your community, as a domino effect, is going to go out and possibly stimulate other communities as well.” The resolution only asks that products and services are American, whether that be union or non-union. To learn more go to

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