Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. attended the State of the Union address as a guest of U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01). Martinez is working to bring attention to back pay legislation for federal contract workers after the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
Norcross’s bipartisan Fairness for Federal Contractors Act (H.R. 824) would retroactively pay up to $1,400 per week to the more than 1 million federal contractors who were impacted by the 35-day long shutdown. Martinez’s appearance at the State of the Union highlighted the IAM’s support of this legislation.
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The State of the Union address also paid tribute to IAM retiree and activist Joe Reilly, a 101st Airborne paratrooper on D-Day. Reilly has been an IAM member for more than 60 years.
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