DETROIT — UAW President Bob King issued the following statement today regarding the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program:
“The UAW commends the Obama administration and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for taking action to strengthen the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program. The UAW has been a strong supporter of this program from its inception. We recognize that the ATVM program is critical for improving fuel efficiency and strengthening domestic manufacturing.
“We are proud to support this program and we have worked with stakeholders including President Obama, environmental allies, and the automotive industry to achieve new standards to increase fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by model year 2025. The new standards reduce greenhouse gas pollution and lessen the nation’s dependence on foreign oil while giving consumers relief from rising and volatile fuel prices. These standards will lower the overall cost of owning and operating a vehicle and will stimulate the overall economy and the domestic auto industry as consumers spend less on fuel, leaving more for other goods and services.
“The ATVM program has strengthened American manufacturing, increasing our competitiveness for the 21st century global economy. This bipartisan program has a demonstrated record of success by creating or saving nearly 40,000 jobs in Tennessee, California, Indiana, Michigan, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio.
“We are committed to working with the Department of Energy (DOE) to ensure that the program remains successful. The UAW commends the DOE for taking this action and looks forward to continuing our work with the DOE and stakeholders to strengthen domestic manufacturing and creating good paying jobs.”
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