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The NYS AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union members and their families as well as our retirees and their families,
supports this bill.
This bill enacts the New York State Buy American Act, to create a preference for American manufactured steel, iron and
component parts in public works projects. This will stimulate manufacturing, create jobs and ensure that state taxpayer
dollars are used first and foremost for the benefit of New York State’s economy and the national economy as well.
This bill would allow for a 25% increase in the total project cost for a bidder if such cost increase is the result of using
steel, iron and component parts that are manufactured in the United States. These provisions comply with federal
standards that are already in place and they comply with all international trade agreements.
Recent revelations that steel made in China was used on reconstruction for both the Bayonne Bridge and the Verrazano
Narrows Bridge resulted in a public outcry for updated and more responsible procurement and contracting methods.
Taxpayers are rightly concerned that taxpayer dollars are too often used to purchase steel, iron and other components
from foreign competitors that have unfair advantage over New York and American made products.
Many of these foreign companies are government subsidized and/or do not adhere to any labor or environmental
standards required of American and New York manufacturers. This tilted playing field puts American business and
workers at an extreme competitive disadvantage and over the years has contributed to the loss of hundreds of
thousands of jobs in New York and across the nation. Worse, this contributes to the abuse of workers in other nations
and contributes to global environmental problems.
The need to create a fair and level playing field has never been more evident and this bill will be a significant first step in
doing that. More important, this will be an important tool to help New York manufacturers create jobs.
Therefore, this Federation urges passage and enactment of this legislation.