Labor reacts to Biden’s infrastructure announcement

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Statement from President Trumpka on Biden’s Infrastructure Announcement

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka

Wednesday’s announcement brings us one step closer to repairing, rebuilding and restoring our country. Working people are continuing to bear the brunt of the greatest national crisis since the Great Depression, and any just recovery will require unprecedented federal investments in the working communities that have lost the most.

It’s time for Congress to step up and deliver the funding we need to tackle the climate injustice, racial injustice and economic injustice facing working families while creating a new generation of well-paying union jobs.

However, investments alone are far from sufficient. In order to shift the balance of power in favor of working people, we need to rewrite the fundamental rules of the economy. That’s why President Biden called on Congress to finally pass the PRO Act and strengthen our freedom to organize on the job. As we’ve said time and again, we can only build back better if union members are doing the building.

McManus Praises Biden’s American Jobs Plan

President Biden laid out a comprehensive plan Wednesday to meet our nation’s infrastructure needs for the 21st century while rewriting the rules of our economy in favor of working people. United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) General President Mark McManus praised Biden’s announcement:

“Today’s introduction of the American Jobs Plan is an important step toward finally reinvesting in and modernizing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. If it includes strong labor protections and federal loan guarantees, the American Jobs Plan has the potential to revitalize our working class while building back better than ever before. The entire United Association stands ready to get to work with this proposal, delivering safe and clean water, retrofitting schools and buildings, and providing efficient energy to American families.”

Kelly: We’re Ready to Get to Work’ Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council President Darrin Kelly (IAFF)

Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council President Darrin Kelly (IAFF) was on hand Wednesday for President Biden’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan. “President Biden has never been afraid to say the word ‘union,’ and today he once again showed that he backs up his words with real action—not only by prioritizing this bold infrastructure plan, but also by calling for passage of the PRO Act to guarantee all American workers the right to join a union,” Kelly said. “We will continue to urge all of our elected officials in Congress to send the PRO Act and the entire American Jobs Plan to the president’s desk as soon as possible.”

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Calls for Passage of the American Jobs Plan

Wisconsin State AFL-CO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (AFT)

Wisconsin State AFL-CO President Stephanie Bloomingdale (AFT) joined those across the labor movement in expressing support for President Biden’s infrastructure plan. “A robust U.S. economy requires a 21st-century infrastructure. President Joe Biden understands that the skills and expertise needed to build an America that can compete on the global stage can only be provided by our nation’s union workers,” Bloomingdale said. “That’s why his American Jobs [Plan] includes the needed labor provisions to ensure family-supporting jobs, prevailing wages and the freedom to join a union. We urge immediate bipartisan action on the American Jobs Plan so we can build back better and fuel a post-pandemic American-made revival.”

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