WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – BlueGreen Alliance leaders today at a virtual media briefing called on Congress to quickly pass the historic Build Back Better Act and released new data estimate the job creation potential of several of the investments included in the bill. Leaders from the United Steelworkers (USW), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), IUPAT and Sierra Club joined the BlueGreen Alliance to present the data and urge Congress to act.
âThe Build Back Better Act is a jobs bill that will strengthen the US economy, create new and support good existing jobs, and ensure that we can all live in a clean and healthy environment,â Jason said. Walsh, Executive Director of BlueGreen Alliance. âIt is the belief and the guiding principle of our partnership that Americans should not have to choose between good jobs and a healthy environment – we can and must have both. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to see this principle materialize in federal law and truly build back better. “
During the call, the groups released new data estimating the job creation potential of several parts of the Build Back Better Act. For example, the data presented shows that The manufacturing and industrial investments included in the Build Back Better Act would support 1.27 million jobs over 10 years. These same investments would also create or maintain hundreds of thousands of long-term jobs in thousands of factories established, expanded or retooled with support from the federal government and more across the economy.
The Build Back Better Act makes long overdue investments in manufacturing, infrastructure, and American communities. The investments are designed to make the United States a leader in manufacturing the clean technology of the future and close critical supply chain gaps and modernize critical energy-intensive industries to make them the cleanest and most competitive in the world. . In addition, it ensures that investments in clean energy and clean vehicles come with the labor standards and national content necessary to develop and maintain well-paying jobs and boost domestic manufacturing across the economy. own.
âThe Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that President Biden signed this week represents a monumental step towards rebuilding our nation and revitalizing our manufacturing base,â said Steelworkers International Vice President Roxanne Brown, âbut This is just the beginning. The Build Back Better Act will not only provide the necessary resources for workers and their families, but will also provide significant investments in the future of manufacturing. Congress must act quickly on this vital legislation to ensure that American workers will continue to supply our country for many years to come. “
The Build Back Better Act makes additional investments in a range of clean energy and infrastructure sectors that will make our communities cleaner and healthier while creating good jobs. The group modeled several of these key investments in the bill. They found:
- Replacing the main service line would result in a total of 133,800 jobs over 10 years;
- Funding for U.S. transit systems would result in a total of 264,256 jobs over 10 years;
- Energy efficiency, resilience and renewable energy improvements for public buildings as well as non-profit buildings would create a total of 33,450 jobs over 10 years;
- Updating and modernizing our transport infrastructure would create a total of 52,000 jobs over 10 years; and
- Investments in community and worker resilience programs would result in a total of 602,899 jobs over 10 years.
More information on some key investments included in the Build Back Better Act and new data estimating the number of jobs that would be created by these investments can be found online here.
âBuilding back better will create good jobs. It is essential for the future of the labor movement and our nation to focus on collective bargaining as a tool that will ensure gender and race equity and increasing protections for marginalized communities, âsaid the IUPAT General President James A. Williams, Jr. âBuilding back better is essential to ensure that everyone has a fair chance and that workers’ rights are protected. It is an essential part of this bill and our union is proud to support.
âThe Build Back Better Act shows we don’t have to choose between a healthy environment and jobs, clean water and productivity, thriving wildlife and growth opportunities,â said Collin O’Mara , President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. âThe benefits are clear: well-paying jobs, lower costs, healthier communities, greater resilience, while the cost of inaction is staggering. We at the National Wildlife Federation are proud to stand alongside our union brothers and sisters in urging Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act as soon as possible. “
You can consult the event on YouTube Where download the video here.