Budget reconciliation bill would be a boon for EV market

United Auto Workers (UAW) Legislative Director Josh Nassar joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss provisions in the budget reconciliation bill that, if passed, would make electric vehicles substantially more affordable.

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Analysis: Ford secures $1 billion in subsidies for EV plant in Tennessee

Arlene Martinez, Communications Director at Good Jobs First, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss subsidies the state of Tennessee has given Ford and SK Innovation to develop a $5.6 billion electric vehicle (EV) assembly and battery plant at the Memphis Regional Megasite in Stanton, Tenn. Continue reading

UAW applauds Biden’s electric vehicle push

The Biden administration has made it clear that they want to initiate a number of clean energy initiatives, including the implementation of electric vehicles.

United Auto Workers Legislative Representative Desiree Hoffman broke down the Build Back Better Act on today’s episode of the AWF Union Podcast. She discussed how consumers will be encouraged to purchase electric vehicles, her confidence in the passage of the Build Back Better Act and more. Continue reading

Electric vehicle market to create a huge demand for electrician jobs

Under President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, 50 percent of all cars sold will be electric by 2030. Earlier this month, Detroit’s Big Three automakers announced plans to have half of their vehicles be electric-powered by 2030. Volkswagen plans to have 70 percent of its sedan and SUV sales to be electric by 2030.

The electric car is quickly becoming a reality, transforming the vehicle landscape. And that has the potential to create plenty of jobs for union electricians — not just in the construction and maintenance of these vehicles, but also in the infrastructure needed to power them. Biden has called for the creation of 500,000 charging stations. For comparison’s sake, there are currently 115,000 gas stations and 41,000 charging stations.

Justin Walsh, Training Director for IBEW 567, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the move toward electric vehicles will mean for union jobs and how his union is preparing to meet the demand. Continue reading

Autonomous vehicles can pose threats to consumer safety and jobs

The future of electric vehicles is on the horizon, as more companies begin developing electric and autonomous technologies. While it may seem like a positive, there can be unintended consequences that need to be weighed before going all in on the electric market.

Transport Workers Union President John Samuelson raised the alarm on electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles when he appeared on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. He also touched on issues in the airline industry. Continue reading