United Steelworkers push for passage of infrastructure bill

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 8:21 PM CDT
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EYE ON MINING (CBS 3 Duluth) - North America’s largest industrial union is speaking out as lawmakers debate President Biden’s infrastructure bill.

On Thursday, union members with the United Steelworkers (USW) came together virtually to tell Congress how this infrastructure investment will impact their workplaces and jobs

Members from six states spoke about the importance of infrastructure investment.

Jamie Winger is the union president for Local 6860 representing union members at Cliffs’ United Taconite in Forbes, MN near Eveleth.

Winger said the Iron Range is the starting point to the steel supply chain in the U.S. and this infrastructure bill will have an impact on the amount of product they make and, in turn, on the workforce and the communities they work and live in.

“Obviously this infrastructure will help with years of mining and secure our jobs,” said Winger during the virtual meeting Thursday. “We have to invest. Someone has to mine the iron and make the steel for these fixes and we can do this better, safer, and more environmentally friendly than anyone in the industry. It should be us and it needs to be us. And you can make that happen.”

The United Steelworkers kicked off its “We Supply America” campaign earlier this year making a nationwide call to improve the country’s infrastructure.

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