Worker Stories Inspire Other to Advocate

SOURCE: AEM | July 15, 2019

Everyone has a story. Sharing the stories is how we can inspire those around us to get involved.

Take  Mark Parriott of Kinze, who attended a recent Iowa town hall featuring U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). In a story posted on www.imakeamerica.orgMark wrote about how he “appreciated that [Sen. Ernst] took time out of her busy schedule to listen to the concerns of Iowans about the adverse impact tariffs are having on our businesses and lives” and how it was “very enlightening” to hear other participants’ questions and concerns about tariffs.

Mark is just one of thousands of supporters who advocate on behalf of the industry through the I Make America campaign, which connects elected officials with many of our industry’s 1.3 million men and women. At each event, employees get the opportunity to meet and speak with their elected officials, hear about their work in Washington, and learn about their policy priorities.

More recently, across the state line in Illinois, Bryan Hall of Komatsu participated in another I Make America event with Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) at his company’s Peoria facility.

Congresswoman Bustos toured the facility and then hopped up on a mining truck to take questions from Komatsu employees. One of the questions got her talking about her support for career and technical education. “Career and technical education is how I got my start here,” said Hall in another story on www.imakeamerica.org. He continued, “She talked about how important that kind of education is, and I couldn’t agree more.”

Have you been to a recent I Make America event? Or have you advocated on behalf of the industry on your own? Share your story by emailing it to stories@aem.org.

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