Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 16, 2014
Members of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers met other representatives of the labor and business community for an infrastructure rally in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, DC today. Participants gathered to raise awareness of the need to put people to work rebuilding America’s infrastructure. The rally formed part of the ongoing activities surrounding Infrastructure Week 2014, a series of events put on by the AFL-CIO, the US Chamber of Commerce, and other labor and business organizations.
“America has roads and bridges in need of repair, and unemployed construction workers in need of work,” said Iron Workers General President Walter Wise. “It’s not hard to put two and two together.”
America’s infrastructure has received a D+ rating from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and unemployment in the construction industry is higher than the national average. The Obama administration has warned that failure on the part of Congress to address infrastructure funding could cost 700,000 construction jobs. The Iron Workers will continue to push Congress to pass an infrastructure bill by the end of the summer.
About the Ironworkers: The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, AFL-CIO, currently represents 120,000 ironworkers in North America who work on bridges, structural steel, ornamental, architectural, and miscellaneous metals, rebar, and in shops.