As the U.S. gears up for an infrastructure revamp, labor leaders are encouraging Americans to prepare for workers to be on the road working in dangerous settings.
Laborers Local 860 represents a large amount of road laborers, who will be completing much of the work in the Cleveland area. Their Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Liberatore Jr. joined AWF Union Podcast to talk about infrastructure and distracted driving.
Poor infrastructure grading
Liberatore said the time is now to repair the infrastructure in the U.S. With labor friendly Democrats controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House, there are few excuses why it can’t get done.
He added that a new infrastructure bill will benefit every American. It will provide good-paying, union jobs for the millions out of work due to the pandemic and make transportation more efficient.
Distracted driving campaign
Liberatore said Local 860 and other labor groups are running campaigns to raise awareness about distracted driving as the construction season approaches.
He said distracted driving injures and kills many construction workers every year. Awareness will have to increase, especially as the U.S. inches closer to obtaining funding for an infrastructure bill.
He said Local 860 has been working to purchase billboard space in high traffic areas in order to raise awareness about the construction driving. These billboards include messages about speed limits and keeping those safe, who are working to improve roads and bridges.