Machinists Union Announces Support of National Missile Defense Program

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Association of
 Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced their support for the
 national missile defense program. "In the next 15 years, rogue states with
 chemical, nuclear or biological weapons will also have missiles capable of
 reaching American cities. Prudence dictates that we pursue a national missile
 defense system that works," said IAM International President R. Thomas
 Buffenbarger.
     "Machinists union members build many of the weapon systems that defend us
 today," continued Buffenbarger. "We want to be sure that Americans living in
 the cities most at risk can rest easy in the future."
     "Bombs Bursting in Air," an in-depth took at the national missile defense
 (NMD) program in the Spring 2001 edition of the Machinists union magazine IAM
 Journal, outlines why it makes sense to build the system and the role IAM
 members play in its design, building and testing programs.
     "Complex defense systems like NMD cannot be developed on a political
 timetable," warned Buffenbarger. "It takes time to get the engineering right,
 time to get the system integration right. That's why the IAM supports a
 robust, realistic testing program."
 
     The IAM is the second largest industrial union in North America,
 representing more than 730,000 active and retired members in the U.S. and
 Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Panama Canal Zone. Heavily concentrated in
 the aerospace, manufacturing, shipbuilding and airline industries, the IAM
 maintains one or more agreements with almost every major employer in North
 America. More information about the IAM is available at http://www.iamaw.org .
 
 

SOURCE International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
    WASHINGTON, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Association of
 Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced their support for the
 national missile defense program. "In the next 15 years, rogue states with
 chemical, nuclear or biological weapons will also have missiles capable of
 reaching American cities. Prudence dictates that we pursue a national missile
 defense system that works," said IAM International President R. Thomas
 Buffenbarger.
     "Machinists union members build many of the weapon systems that defend us
 today," continued Buffenbarger. "We want to be sure that Americans living in
 the cities most at risk can rest easy in the future."
     "Bombs Bursting in Air," an in-depth took at the national missile defense
 (NMD) program in the Spring 2001 edition of the Machinists union magazine IAM
 Journal, outlines why it makes sense to build the system and the role IAM
 members play in its design, building and testing programs.
     "Complex defense systems like NMD cannot be developed on a political
 timetable," warned Buffenbarger. "It takes time to get the engineering right,
 time to get the system integration right. That's why the IAM supports a
 robust, realistic testing program."
 
     The IAM is the second largest industrial union in North America,
 representing more than 730,000 active and retired members in the U.S. and
 Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Panama Canal Zone. Heavily concentrated in
 the aerospace, manufacturing, shipbuilding and airline industries, the IAM
 maintains one or more agreements with almost every major employer in North
 America. More information about the IAM is available at http://www.iamaw.org .
 
 SOURCE  International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers