USW Applauds DOE Investments in Critical Industries

For Immediate Release: March 25, 2024
Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, 412-562-2450, rhufnagel@usw.org  

(PITTSBURGH) –United Steelworkers (USW) International President David McCall released the following statement today in response to funding announcements by the U.S. Department of Energy to support carbon-reducing projects in a host of critical industries, including steel, aluminum, glass and cement:

“The USW is excited that the Biden administration is making these forward-thinking, transformative investments in our nation’s manufacturing future, and doing so in a way that puts workers, families and communities first.

“These investments will allow companies to make needed upgrades and reduce pollution while also helping our manufacturing base compete globally.

“As the largest union in many of the industries these investments will support, the USW is proud to partner with companies to ensure that this funding from the Inflation Reduction Act will work to grow our nation’s manufacturing capacity in critical industries while also reducing our carbon footprint.

“We’re pleased to see projects funded at our existing facilities, as well as paving the way for future workers to enjoy the benefits of unionization. We look forward to working with all our partners to move this effort forward and ensure the jobs these investments create are good, safe and community-supporting union jobs.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries that include metals, mining, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, the service, public and health care sectors and higher education. For more information: www.usw.org.

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