Infrastructure bill a great investment in America’s union workforce

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate has the potential to completely transform America. It is the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system, and the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak 50 years ago. The bill is now before the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, it will ensure every American has access to high speed broadband.

Tiffany McKee, United Steelworkers (USW) District 1 Rapid Response Coordinator, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the bill means for America’s workers and the USW’s We Supply America tour, a promotional effort to highlight the importance of American manufacturing.

Buy America is an investment in the nation’s workers

McKee said it is good for America’s workers that Buy American provisions were included in the Senate version of the bill. She thinks the bill is headed in the right direction. The bipartisan support of the bill has been encouraging, she added. It is very positive that every dollar spent through the infrastructure bill will be spent on American made products.

The next step is for the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the legislation. Democrats are looking to expand the bill, but overall the prospects for passage seem positive, McKee said.

We Supply America Tour kicks off

The We Supply America Tour kicked off Monday. It is a five-day bus tour covering six states, including Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Stops will feature area employers connected to the supply chain central to the infrastructure bill, McKee explained. The purpose is to demonstrate how the right kind of investment benefits all Americans. It is designed to show Congress what Americans manufacture and how that manufacturing builds communities.

So far, the tour has received a fantastic reaction, McKee reported. People want to take pictures of the tour bus that was wrapped by USW members. The bus was inspired by the flatbed trucks used in USW pro-steel campaigns in the mid-’90s.

The tour will wrap up tomorrow in Pittsburgh.


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