For Immediate Release: May 18, 2021
Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann 202-728-6014
IBEW Ready to Get to Work Building America’s EV Industry
IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s visit to the unveiling of the new all-electric F-150 Lightning vehicle in Dearborn, Mich.:
“For decades, Detroit wasn’t just the heart of American manufacturing. It led the world in innovation and good union jobs. Investment in electric vehicle infrastructure does not just help us fight climate change. It allows America to again take the lead in innovative and advanced manufacturing that can put millions of Americans to work in good, union jobs. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is a crucial part of making this happen.
It will create good-paying, blue-collar union jobs that can’t be outsourced by investing billions into half a million new electric vehicle charging stations, creating a market for America's new fleet of zero-emissions vehicles, like Ford’s F-150 Lightning. And that means on-shoring good manufacturing jobs.
As head of the largest union of electrical workers in North America, I know how important these jobs will be to my members and their families. The men and women of the IBEW are ready to get to work building the next generation of clean-running American vehicles. It’s time Congress gets to work too and pass the American Jobs Plan.”
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.