Statement of UAW President Ray Curry on U.S. House Passage of Build Back Better
Detroit – “House Democrats stood up for American union jobs and American families today by passing the Build Back Better Act. President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Schumer have worked hard to make meaningful real-life investments in American families.
Make no mistake, this bill stands to benefit all UAW members and retirees, regardless of sector, for years to come. Universal preschool, lower prescription drug costs, support for child and elder care, ensuring the extremely wealthy pay more of their share, and better tools to hold union busters accountable all represent important wins for all workers.
For example, this job creating legislation will help boost demand for construction equipment built by our Agriculture Implement members. Money in the bill will boost production by members of Heavy Trucks as well as develop jobs of the future through EV and other future technology fueled trucks. Money for Medicaid and green buildings will pump money into local economies benefiting our members who work in the public sector.
This landmark bill for working families encourages nonunion manufacturers to let their workers freely organize. And for members in the auto sector, the Stabenow-Kildee Provision will create and preserve tens of thousands of member jobs by including an electric vehicle tax credit that will lower the cost of an electric vehicle that is made in America by union labor. The Stabenow-Kildee Provision by President Biden is an investment in good-paying union jobs of the future for UAW members and their families.
President Biden and the U.S. House have delivered for American families. Now it is time for the U.S. Senate to join Senator Schumer and pass Build Back Better with the Stabenow-Kildee Provision and create good paying union jobs for decades to come.”