Metro Atlanta Unions Urge Georgia Republicans to Support Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

August 3, 2021

‘We are urging you to put aside Washington partisanship, support President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, and make critical investments in Georgia’s infrastructure.’

Today, unions representing over 3,000 members across the metro Atlanta area released a series of letters to Georgia’s Republican Members of Congress urging them to support President Biden’s $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. In their letters, Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council, Amalgamated Transit Union Chapter 732, and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – Metro Atlanta Chapter laid out the need for infrastructure investments in Georgia and highlighted the overwhelming benefits Georgia workers and families will receive once the bill is passed.

Supported by a bipartisan group of Senators, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will grow the economy, enhance our competitiveness, create good jobs, and make our economy more sustainable, resilient, and just. The deal is a critical step towards repairing and rebuilding Georgia roads and bridges, improving sustainable transportation options for millions of Georgians, and connecting every Georgian to high-speed internet. 

See here for full text of the letters from ANGLC, ATU Chapter 732, and CBTU.

Read more from Capitol Beat here:

  • Three Georgia-based labor unions are getting behind the nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill now being considered by the U.S. Senate.
  • In a letter late last week to Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation, executives from the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732 urged passage of the legislation to repair and replace Georgia’s aging roads and bridges, boost investment in public transit and broadband and create good-paying jobs.
  • “For too long … Georgia workers and commuters have weathered poor road, bridge, and highway conditions — from metro Atlanta all the way to the Florida-Georgia line,” wrote James Williams, president of the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council, and Sandra L. Williams, the union’s executive director.
  • “Thankfully, President Biden is bringing both sides of the aisle to the table to make historic investments in Georgia jobs, transportation, and connectivity. We are urging you to put aside Washington partisanship, support President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, and make critical investments in Georgia’s infrastructure.”
  • The Senate bill contains $550 billion in new spending over five years. The package is expected to provide $110 billion for roads and bridges, $66 billion for rail and $39 billion for public transit.
  • Another $65 billion would go to expand high-speed broadband connectivity, while $55 billion would fund water and sewer projects.

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