Washington, D.C. – December 16, 2021 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement:
“We were honored that Vice President Harris and EPA Administrator Regan joined us today at the House of Labor. Today’s announcement of a great multi-agency initiative to create good-paying union jobs and provide clean and safe drinking water is welcome news for working families. This long-awaited effort fast tracks the replacement of lead service lines in our public water systems and accelerates lead paint remediation, especially in marginalized areas.
“NABTU and our affiliated unions are prepared and ready to do our part and champion this effort with our world-renowned training model and high-quality workforce. We look forward to our work ahead with the Administration to ensure that children and families are no longer exposed to unsafe lead-contaminated water and paint. NABTU’s pathway programs will help meet the demand created by these historic investments in our nation’s infrastructure by training American workers with skills that last a lifetime and fostering more ladders to the middle class.
“On behalf of North America’s Building Trades Unions, our fourteen affiliates and the over 3 million men and women we represent, we commend the Biden-Harris Administration for their continued commitment to workers and valuing the effectiveness of the labor union model.”