Time to Build America

From the AFL-CIO

America’s working people spoke loud and clear at the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention in St. Louis by demanding a massive infrastructure plan for a better, brighter and more prosperous future.

The right plan will create millions of good jobs, increase long-term growth, make America globally competitive, improve Americans’ quality of life and protect our health.

The payoff in economic growth that comes from every single dollar of federal money invested in America’s infrastructure is $2 because of increased competitiveness and productivity.

President Trump’s empty plan lacks the dollars needed to transform our aging and crumbling infrastructure into something capable of driving our economy forward for generations to come.


“President Trump has rightly noted the urgency and scale of America’s infrastructure crisis, and he has an opportunity to fix it,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Unfortunately, today’s proposal relies more on accounting gimmicks and Wall Street investors than on a new federal commitment.”

The AFL-CIO and our affiliates will continue to work with Congress to craft legislation that achieves these goals in a bipartisan way.

If our nation’s leaders are serious about building America, they need to step up with trillions of dollars in new federal funding that supports America’s jobs, America’s resources and America’s workers.

And they need to do so while upholding high labor standards, good wages and safe worksites.

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Posted In: From AFL-CIO, Union Matters

Union Matters

Labor Wins

From the AFL-CIO

On Tuesday, the labor movement drove historic wins for pro-worker candidates like Governor-Elect Andy Beshear in Kentucky and new legislative majorities in Virginia. Not only did union members come out to vote in droves, 270 union member candidates were elected to public office last night and counting. This adds to the total of more than 900 union members elected up and down the ballot in last year’s midterms, a product of the Union Member Candidate Program launched by the AFL-CIO just two years ago. The share of union members who won in the 2018 midterms is two-thirds. The program will continue through 2020 and beyond, electing even more union members to public office. 

“Our efforts recruiting, training and supporting labor candidates have led to the passage of pro-worker legislation from coast to coast and everywhere in between,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.

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