WASHINGTON, DC – North America’s Building Trades Unions today offered congratulations and support on the introduction by US Senator Mark Warner of legislation that would establish a federal infrastructure bank. Senator Warner’s Building and Renewing Infrastructure for Development and Growth in Employment (BRIDGE) Act represents an earnest and long overdue attempt to address the twin challenges of America’s unemployment crisis and its crumbling infrastructure.
America’s once unrivaled infrastructure is crumbling and poses serious dangers to the public, not to mention the American economy. From that perspective alone, Senator Warner’s proposal deserves strong bi-partisan support.
“Investing in the improvement and repair of America’s physical infrastructure is indisputably the most effective platform upon which sustained economic growth will occur,” said Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions. “Such investments were the key driver that fueled our nation’s industrial dominance in the 20th century. And through efforts like Senator’s Warner’s bill, we can once again return to those levels of economic growth and prosperity, while simultaneously protecting community wage and benefit standards.”
With a national unemployment rate in construction that is still above 9 percent, the skilled craft professionals of North America’s Building Trades Unions do not need any more political posturing. What they need is committed leadership and concerted action to create jobs. Swift passage of Senator Warner’s Infrastructure Bank legislation would be a good first step.