This week, U.S. Senators and Representatives visited Southwest Carpenters Training Centers and met with members to promote the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Senator Martin Heinrich met with SWRCC Leadership and leaders from Local 1319 to highlight how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will create good-paying union jobs and economic opportunity for working families in New Mexico.
Senator Heinrich also met with over 40 apprentices to discuss how the Infrastructure Law is delivering $3.7 billion to New Mexico right off the bat to repair roads and bridges, fix water and wastewater infrastructure, construct new high-voltage transmission that is the key to building new clean energy projects, build out an electric vehicle charging network, and connect many more New Mexicans to affordable, high-speed internet.
Senator Jacky Rosen met with members of Local 1977 at the Southwest Carpenters Training Center in Las Vegas to hear directly about how the federal government can support Nevada’s union workers and discuss the recent passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Senator Rosen helped write and is now poised to create thousands of good-paying construction jobs that lead to good careers in Nevada. During her visit, Senator Rosen toured the facility and learned more about the workforce training efforts there.
The Southwest Carpenters Training Fund hosted Congresswoman Linda Sánchez at the Southwest Carpenters Training Center in Whittier to review BOOTS and Brothers’ Keeper Pre-Apprenticeship classes; programs benefiting women and the formerly incarcerated. Both programs are free 4-week programs designed to introduce women and disadvantaged people to a career as a Union Carpenter.
Later that day, Congresswoman Sánchez also visited a Union Pacific Jobsite in Pico Rivera. The project puts Union Carpenters to work separating the roadway and the railroad tracks on Durfee Avenue in Pico Rivera. This will be a widely used railway bridge transporting goods in and out of Los Angeles.