The Congressional Democrats and President Biden have been working diligently to provide relief to the American People. They also have their sights set on an infrastructure plan and other union-friendly legislation.
The AFL-CIO has made their voice clear on the progress made by the Biden administration. Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga discussed his pleasure with the progress and discussed what he would like to see happen next.
The American Rescue Plan
Burga said the American Rescue Plan is a massive accomplishment of the new administration. Working people and those who were displaced because of the pandemic are finally getting much deserved help.
He listed the highlights of the bill, including direct payments and increased unemployment. Perhaps one of the best parts of the bill according to Burga is the funding it provides to local and state governments. They will be able to fund local programs and reinvest money into their communities.
President Biden’s infrastructure plan
Infrastructure has been discussed by the past four presidents at least, but none were able to get the job done. President Biden recently announced an infrastructure plan that has unions and working people excited.
Announcing the plan from a union training center in Pittsburgh, Pa., President Biden expressed the need for funding of ports, manufacturing, the transportation industry and more. Burga said it is refreshing to have a president who supports unions.
Currently, no Republican Senator has come out in support of the proposal. Burga lends this to the corporate tax increase suggested to pay for the bill. While corporations currently enjoy much lower tax rates than the middle class, the bill would simply reinstate a previous tax rate.
Passing the PRO Act
Burga and the Ohio AFL-CIO will be taking part in their upcoming day of action. This event will consist of union members and supporters contacting their Senators to encourage them to pass the PRO Act.
He said that organizing rights have been trampled on, while corporations and some politicians have stood by and done nothing to protect workers.