The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers welcomes news of the infrastructure framework agreed to by the White House and a bipartisan group of Senators. This is a positive step forward and a reminder that compromise and collaboration are still possible on America’s important issues.
The Iron Workers represent 128,000 construction and fabrication workers across North America. Ironworkers see firsthand the terrible state of much of the U.S. infrastructure and have the skills and will to fix it, but for decades persistent inaction at the hands of the federal government has stood in the way.
The Biden administration has moved beyond these years of inaction and forged a bipartisan coalition to do so with a robust framework to fix many of the problems facing America’s infrastructure system and put Americans to work doing so. Its investment in roads, bridges, transit, water and airports far eclipses previous infrastructure legislation and would lay the foundation of the next generation’s economic well-being.
As this legislation takes shape, it is critical to include the strong labor standards found in the American Jobs Plan. These standards, which have bipartisan support, would help ensure the bill creates good union jobs.
The Iron Workers urge Congress to complete and pass this legislation quickly. The need to invest in the U.S. infrastructure is urgent. Both chambers should pursue every avenue available to get a robust infrastructure package across the finish line.