USW: Build America, Buy America Critical to Creating Good Jobs

Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, 412-562-2450,

Pittsburgh – The United Steelworkers union (USW), released the following statement today from USW International President Tom Conway in response to the Biden administration’s release of guidance to support implementation of the Build America, Buy America (BABA) provisions of the bipartisan infrastructure law.

“The USW is pleased to see the Biden administration move forward with implementation of BABA, which requires that all iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in infrastructure projects are produced in the United States.

“Strong BABA implementation is a critical step toward reshoring lost industrial capabilities, strengthening broken supply chains, and establishing the United States as a leader in the manufacturing of new technologies.

“By promoting investment in domestic manufacturing, Buy America policies ensure that taxpayer-funded investments align with the highest labor and environmental standards in the world.

“The union is eager to review the details of the issued guidance as they are critical to the policy’s success. The USW will continue to amplify our members’ voices, and we look forward to remaining engaged in the process to ensure the full application of BABA.

“Through our members’ hard work and dedication and strong Buy America policies, the USW can continue to supply our nation’s critical infrastructure needs.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

Press Inquiries

Media Contacts

Communications Director:
Jess Kamm at 412-562-6961

USW@WORK (USW magazine)
Editor R.J. Hufnagel

For industry specific inquiries,
Call USW Communications at 412-562-2442

Mailing Address

United Steelworkers
Communications Department
60 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222