On June 14, Sean McGarvey testified in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources advocating for the swift approval of US pipeline projects to create union construction jobs.
“Madame Chairwoman, while we talk about the various components of an energy project, we cannot neglect to mention in the impacts on the local community. Many of our small communities across the country welcome infrastructure investment. In just the pipeline industry alone, we are talking about 800,000 jobs. The income from these jobs goes directly to our members and local training programs, and in turn this supports the tax base of Main Street and those seeking employment in the construction industry.
This is truly how we can invest in America without spending a single federal dollar. But programs like ours must have market certainty. Without a synergistic relationship between industry, labor and government, we cannot prepare for future demands. Our model is based on seamless cooperation to move projects forward at the federal, state, and local levels.
Workforce development is something we take very seriously. So when redundant regulations and politically-motivated lawsuits funded by billionaire environmental advocates are aimed squarely at killing projects, it hinders our ability to create jobs and prepare the next generation of construction workers for tomorrow.”
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