Many advocates for employees, working families and industries have spoken out in favor of the passage of the $ 1 trillion infrastructure investment and employment law (HR 3684). The bill, which the US House of Representatives passed last Friday, focuses on investments in roads, railways, bridges, and high speed internet. It also forecasts $ 550 billion in new spending over five years.
Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) said the law “will provide the boost our economy and our communities need.”
“[The law] will improve the quality of life for all of us – all those who drive our roads, who use public transport, who buy goods that pass through our ports, who depend on clean drinking water and a reliable electricity grid ” Saunders said. “After more than a year and a half of struggle and challenge, we are starting to turn the corner, and the passage of the infrastructure bill will further accelerate progress.”
Liz Shuler, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industry Organizations (AFL-CIO) called for more legislation to be passed in the spirit of the infrastructure bill.
“This investment in roads, bridges, transit, railways, climate change mitigation, electric vehicles, clean water, high-speed internet, resilient transmission lines and more is focused on creating good union jobs, ”Shuler said. “Yet there is still work to be done. “The Build Back Better Act will break down the barriers that have kept so many workers, especially women and people of color, from finding high quality, sustainable jobs. It will provide quality child care and senior care to ease the burden families face in returning to work. Investing in good, clean unionized jobs in the energy sector will help us fight climate change and protect our communities. Improvements to our immigration system will ease the burden on those who want to call America home. “
ISSA Director of Government Affairs John Nothdurft said the legislation will benefit many members of the association’s cleaning industry.
“This legislation will provide much needed investments in transportation and supply chain resilience for the cleaning industry in the long term. Accordingly, we thank the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate who supported this critical legislation and the President for signing the bill. “
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