NAM’s President, John Engler, Talks Growth in Pittsburgh

By September 16, 2009Economy, Energy, Labor Unions

John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers was in Pittsburgh today for meetings, and he stopped by for a talk with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The paper did a quick wrap-up piece for its website, with a more complete story slated for tomorrow. It’s a good summary, “Manufacturers’ rep warns against ‘regulatory overreach’“:

National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler today expressed concerns about “regulatory overreach” in Washington and encouraged President Barack Obama and Congress to develop plans for growing the U.S. economy.

Mr. Engler, head of an advocacy group with more than 11,000 members, said that while there is evidence the recession is ending, unemployment is approaching 10 percent, 2 million manufacturing jobs have been eliminated and factories are only operating at two-thirds of capacity. NAM forecasts less than 1 million of those jobs will return by 2014, lifting manufacturing employment to 12.7 million, down from 13.9 million in 2007.

Major initiatives before Congress, including health care reform, curbing carbon emissions and the union-backed Employee Free Choice Act “are not growth strategies” because their price tag will make U.S. companies less competitive, Mr. Engler said in an interview during a visit to Pittsburgh.

Nice counterbalance some of the policies being pushed by the AFL-CIO in Pittsburgh this week.

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