As millions of Americans are facing unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden sits in a unique position to help these people get back to work in infrastructure and manufacturing.
One trade and workforce stands prepared to take on work in both infrastructure and manufacturing. United Steelworkers General President Tom Conway discussed the importance of these investments and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Rebuilding America’s infrastructure and manufacturing industry
One of President Biden’s key campaign issues was rebuilding America’s infrastructure, he has the chance to make good on it since Democrats control the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Conway said infrastructure legislation has been talked about for years, with no movement. He believes now is the perfect time. America’s roads, bridges, highways and public buildings are crumbling. Conway said investing in infrastructure is great because it would rebuild these and provide work for thousands of unemployed Americans.
Conway also said it will be important to invest in American manufacturing during this time. By investing in manufacturing, Americans will be put back to work and the U.S. economy will be less reliant on China and other countries.
COVID-19 relief and recovery
He stressed the need for another COVID-19 relief bill and then a plan for sustained recovery. He said the most important items are stimulus checks, minimum wage raise and a detailed vaccine rollout plan.
The recovery phase should include infrastructure investments and a plan to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.