AGC official on the benefits of funding infrastructure

Associated General Contractors of America Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Brian Turmail discussed funding for infrastructure construction and how we can put people back to work on the Sept. 28 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

Rebuilding our infrastructure

He started by talking about a surface transportation law called the FAST Act. This is the bill that provides funding for new highways and repairs, rail systems and more.

The FAST Act is set to expire on Sept. 30, leaving infrastructure construction without federal funding. Turmail said the loss of funding could cost thousands of infrastructure construction workers their jobs, adding to the massive level of unemployment the United States is already facing.

The House of Representatives passed a one-year extension of the legislation but doubts senators will be focused on the FAST Act in the middle of a supreme court battle.

Turmail stressed the importance of the funding, saying that much of the United States infrastructure was built to last 50 to 70 years ago. With the increase in traffic flow, it is far beyond the time to replace old, crumbling infrastructure.

He suggested we fund infrastructure now as a way to jump-start the economy. With the massive level of unemployed people who can be enticed to go work in the construction industry, now is a perfect time.

Supply chain is resilient

Turmail then spoke about the supply chain and the assumptions made about it as the COVID-19 pandemic set in. He said it has been fairly resilient with the exception of wood.

He credited homeowners completing home renovations and projects with the increased amount of time on their hands due to the pandemic.


America’s Work Force Radio Podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play and wherever you stream your podcasts.

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Listen on Google Podcasts

Listen on Spotify

Listen on iHeart Radio


AMERICA’S WORK FORCE IS THE ONLY DAILY LABOR-RADIO PROGRAM IN THE US AND HAS BEEN ON THE AIR SINCE 1993, SUPPLYING LISTENERS WITH USEFUL, RELEVANT INPUT INTO THEIR DAILY LIVES THROUGH FACT-FINDING FEATURES, IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS, INFORMATIVE NEWS SEGMENTS AND PRACTICAL CONSUMER REPORTS. AMERICA’S WORK FORCE IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING AN ACCESSIBLE VENUE IN WHICH AMERICA’S WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN HEAR DISCUSSION ON IMPORTANT, RELEVANT TOPICS SUCH AS EMPLOYMENT, HEALTHCARE, LEGISLATIVE ACTION, LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS, CORPORATE PRACTICES, FINANCES, LOCAL AND NATIONAL POLITICS, CONSUMER REPORTS AND LABOR ISSUES.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, HEAT AND FROST INSULATORS AND ALLIED WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, KELLEY & FERRARO, LLP,  LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE, LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, NORTH COAST AREA LABOR FEDERATION, MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENT, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.