President Donald Trump made infrastructure a massive component of his 2016 campaign strategy. After four years of being in office, he has not been able to deliver to American workers.
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Vice President at Large for Organizing Jimmy Williams, Jr. spoke about the issues union members need to remember at the polls and the cost of crumbling infrastructure on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Get out the vote
Williams said that a large number of IUPAT members voted for Trump in 2016 because of the lofty promises of a massive infrastructure bill. Unfortunately they were forgotten by President Trump and no infrastructure legislation has come close to being approved.
He said that Joe Biden has a comprehensive infrastructure plan that directly addresses union concerns, something President Trump has not done. The Biden plan contains provisions for Davis-Bacon wages, registered apprenticeship training, project labor agreements and more.
Additionally, Biden held a town hall event that included about 50 IUPAT union halls. Williams said he has never heard a more pro-union candidate as Biden spoke about the PRO Act and other union issues.
Lastly, Williams said if Democrats are able to retain the House of Representatives, take the Senate and the White House, he expects them to take action on many pro-union agenda items.
Cost of corrosion
As the infrastructure of the United States crumbles, there has been no effort to preserve this infrastructure, as funding has been wrapped up in politics.
Williams noted that IUPAT members work in almost every setting of the infrastructure industry applying coatings designed to extend the life of infrastructure. He said that members are trained and certified to apply these coatings.