Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address
On Tuesday night, President Obama said that it was time to do “some nation-building right here at home.” That one statement rang resoundingly in the ears of hundreds of thousands of unemployed construction workers who have, for far too long, felt like they were on the outside looking in as millions upon millions of U.S. dollars were spent on construction projects in foreign lands while our own country’s infrastructure crumbled along with our hopes of getting back to work again.
The president’s pledge to sign an “Executive Order clearing away the red tape that slows down too many construction projects” is an unmistakable sign that his administration is listening to our collective call for an end to making a jobs creation plan a political pawn. This administration has vowed to take action on the jobs front, and the men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades stand ready to work with the president to make his goals to get America working again a reality.
We call on Congress, Democrats and Republicans, to follow the president’s determination to not only begin to finally rebuild our infrastructure, but also to revitalize our nation’s vocational training programs, continue to revive our manufacturing sector and to put the honorable men and women who are returning home from serving in our Armed Forces to work in good jobs to ensure that this nation continues to grow stronger.
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades represents men and women in North America who work in the Finishing Trades – commercial and industrial painting, glazing and glasswork, drywall finishing, floor covering installation and sign and convention display, among other crafts. Learn more about the IUPAT at www.IUPAT.org, www.Facebook.com/IUPATfan and @GoIUPAT on Twitter.