Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the President’s Jobs and Infrastructure Bill

President Biden’s economic development and infrastructure package announced today will not only help our economy now, but for decades to come. President Biden has been a champion of American workers and we believe this initiative furthers his worker first agenda.  It builds on the American Rescue Plan’s critical health and economic support for the millions of Americans and businesses who have been suffering because of the year-long pandemic.

The UAW believes President Biden’s policies will restore fairness in our economy while promoting domestic manufacturing and quality union jobs today and in the future. It will aid the Administration’s efforts to improve the ability of working men and women to organize and form local unions.

We are cognizant that workers will disproportionately suffer if we do not make the transition to a green economy in the right way.  When it comes to the U.S. auto industry, the reality is that we have a long way to go in terms of battery technology, refueling infrastructure and, importantly market demand in order to successfully make this transition to electric vehicles. We also need to ensure that this transition is stable, reliable and creates quality union wage jobs and flexible to market demand not relying on a one-size fits all solution.

The UAW looks forward to continuing our work with the Biden Administration and stakeholders committed to meeting the challenges of today and the future.