IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. recently sent a letter to White House advisors Steve Ricchetti, Senior Advisor to President Biden, and Cedric Richmond, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, bolstering support for the F-35 Lightning II Program. Media outlets have recently reported that the Department of Defense may cut back on the number of aircraft for the U.S. Armed Services.
“The F-35 program strengthens national security, enhances global partnerships, and powers economic growth,” said Martinez. “We are proud to represent workers across the country who produce, deliver, maintain and support this critical defense program. From production workers in Ft. Worth to suppliers in nearly every state, to maintenance depot from coast to coast; the F-35 program creates high-quality, Machinists Union jobs.”
In a letter to the @WhiteHouse , @IAMBobMartinez explains the union pride and loyalty Machinist Members have for the @thef35 and why a 5th generation aircraft is essential for our national security and the economy. https://t.co/M6LtxQETVu pic.twitter.com/jkAMLL4Pgl
— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) March 11, 2021
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