June 2021
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Also In This Issue Bigger in Texas
America's Largest Solar Farm Brings 500 Jobs to Houston read_more

North of 49°
BC Local Receives Breaking Barriers Award
for Inclusivity Efforts read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
La section locale de la C.-B. reçoit le prix Breaking Barriers pour ses efforts d'inclusion read_more

Grounded in History The Origins and Evolution
of the IBEW's Most Cherished Symbol read_more

IEC Minutes
February 2021 read_more

40th IBEW Convention Postponed read_more






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The $2 Trillion Plan to
Rebuild America

Union Workers at the Heart of Largest Public Investment Program in Nearly a Century

President Joe Biden proposed the largest investment in American infrastructure since World War II at the end of March, introduced by Mike Fiore, a member of Pittsburgh Local 29. Four weeks later he renewed his call for the $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan from the House floor, again with the IBEW at the heart of his pitch.

"The American Jobs Plan will put engineers and construction workers to work building more energy efficient buildings and homes. Electrical workers, IBEW members, installing 500,000 charging stations along our highways so we can own the electric car market," he said. "For too long we've failed to use the most important word when it comes to meeting the climate crisis: Jobs. Jobs. Jobs."

Over the last few decades, the American economy has boomed creating virtual things: the internet, logistics, housing bubbles and banking innovations. But all of that is built on the real world: ports, roads, fiber optic cables and transmission lines. And that real world has been crumbling, year after year, president after president.

"On a symbolic level, the president laying out this proposal with one of our own members introducing him was really important," said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. "But presidents have said nice things about us before and stabbed working people in the back. The American Jobs Plan is different.

"I've never seen anything like this in my life, and no president since Franklin Roosevelt has put organized labor and workers' rights at the center of American policy like President Biden has with this plan."

Nearly every forgotten corner of the American economy — and every branch of the IBEW — will be transformed for decades by this proposal if it passes, and it is backed by the strongest "Buy American" and labor protections ever proposed. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson:
Investing in Us read_more
A Victory for Solidarity read_more

TransitionsPat Lavin;
Ross Galbraith;
Leroy J. Chincio Jr.;
Phil Venoit;
Michael Blanchard;
Scott D. Hudson;
Brian Matheson read_more

PoliticsBiden Creates First-Ever Task Force to Strengthen Unions, Empower Workers;
New Bill Would Restore Tax Deduction for Union Dues, Other Worker Expenses;
Biden Intends to Name Retired IVP Klein to TVA Board, a First for Unions read_more

In MemoriamApril 2021 read_more

Who We AreIBEW Membership is
Family Business for
Texas Brothers read_more


Change of Address