In a first for federal broadband investment, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which passed the Senate this week, includes protections for workers in the telecommunications industry. This historic legislation includes $65 billion in funding to support the expansion and affordability of broadband deployment and prioritizes funding for responsible employers with high labor standards.
CWA has been on the forefront of ensuring that the funding results in affordable, reliable broadband for all Americans and creates good union jobs. As part of our Build Broadband Better campaign, CWA activists from across the country have been engaged in educating the public and legislators about the importance of making sure that broadband infrastructure is built by skilled union workers and not low-wage contractors. The effort has also included a national broadcast and digital ad campaign
This historic investment is a great first step toward strengthening and bringing our nation's infrastructure into the 21st century. We urge the Senate to continue to make sure companies that receive federal funds support workers’ rights and to strengthen those rights by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
Read CWA’s statement on the passage of this historic bipartisan bill here.