On Monday, July 19, the IBEW hosted a webinar with nearly 700 IBEW officers, local union business managers, staff, and rank & file members to hear from U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm about the Biden Administration's push for a bipartisan infrastructure bill. This bill is a chance to rebuild our country and put hundreds of thousands of IBEW members to work, while creating millions of good-paying union jobs across the country. The IBEW's input on this is a direct result of the strong relationship with President Biden and the work our members put in last year toward electing a pro-union president and vice president.
The bipartisan infrastructure plan will modernize our electrical grid, invest over $14 billion in the electric vehicle (EV) industry and install 500,000 EV charging stations, boost domestic manufacturing, and grow high-speed broadband in rural and underserved communities. The plan will also make the largest federal investment in public transit and passenger rail, broadband, and American manufacturing in history.
It is now up to us to make sure our representatives in Congress get this enacted. The IBEW has created a new website ibewaction.org making it easy for all of us to take action. You can easily send a letter to your member of Congress urging them to support this infrastructure plan. The IBEW’s action toolkit also includes shareable items for social media, talking points to share with friends and family, jobsite flyers, a sample “letter to the editor" for local publications, and more. We need every member to engage in this effort as this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to better our country. The IBEW can – and will – build the future.