Biden calls union reps ‘real friends,’ seeks their infrastructure input

Among those present were several heads of construction-related unions including Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO; Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions; and Lonnie R. Stephenson, the international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who served on Biden’s transition advisory board. “I said from the beginning of my campaign, throughout my whole career: The middle class built this country, and labor built the middle class. And I think we have an incredible opportunity to make some enormous progress in creating jobs — good-paying jobs, Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage jobs — to rebuild the infrastructure of this country in a way that everybody knows has to be done.” He is expected to provide details for his multitrillion dollar Build Back Better infrastructure program during his State of the Union address on Feb. 23. Biden also moved on Wednesday to revoke Trump’s executive order that created the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program, in favor of registered apprenticeships as outlined in the proposed National Apprenticeship Act.

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