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Philadelphia, PA. (July 27, 2016) – Terry O’Sullivan, the General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) joined elected officials and business leaders today to discuss the future of American infrastructure at an event hosted by Bloomberg Politics and Building America’s Future during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
The panel looked at the critical gaps in our infrastructure and discussed future innovations that could support a word-class, state of the art infrastructure in the decades to come.
LIUNA represents a half-million construction workers who are vocal advocates for infrastructure investment not only because it will put food on the tables of hard-working men and women, but also because it’s critical to our daily lives - from the roads we drive on to the energy that heats our homes in the winter and keeps us cool in the summer.
O’Sullivan pointed out that when people think of infrastructure needs they often think of transportation. However, from energy infrastructure that meets the demands of tomorrow to repairing and rebuilding our aging water systems, needs are great and urgently need to be addressed.
“Decades of underinvestment in our water infrastructure now threatens clean drinking water in many U.S. cities. We can’t continue to turn a blind eye to this. Flint was the tip of an iceberg,” noted O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan also argued for a build out of energy infrastructure that will help our nation meet Clean Power Plan goals and our increasing energy needs. “Natural gas is already helping us reduce carbon emissions and face the threat of climate change head-on. Policymakers should support safe and responsible development of this important resource.”
LIUNA supports a range of financing solutions to address the infrastructure investment gap. “Whether it’s Build America Bonds or public private investment, LIUNA supports innovative financing but only if built to the highest standards with skilled tradesmen and women,” said O’Sullivan.
When it comes to the 2016 Presidential Election, O’Sullivan emphasized that Secretary Hillary Clinton’s pragmatic approach to advancing infrastructure investment is what the United States needs in a President.
O’Sullivan said, “Secretary Clinton has the expertise and experience to roll up her sleeves and get the job done from day one. She will fight for investment in infrastructure built by skilled tradesmen and women that keeps our water clean, our lights on, and our roads and bridges safe.”
The event was held in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention and was attended by party leaders, industry experts, and members of the press.
The half-million members of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – are on
the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build America.