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Investing in infrastructure helps everybody

Cristian Cespedes, a union member from Las Vegas, shares how federal infrastructure investments and regulations help create jobs and drive up wages for both union and nonunion workers alike.

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My family is my life, and I’m grateful that the Biden administration’s infrastructure legislation was written with families like mine in mind. Not only is it expected to create 2 million jobs per year through the course of a decade, it incentivizes companies to hire union workers and pay non-union laborers a fair prevailing wage. This protection of wages for millions of workers gives us a real chance to grow the middle class, and marks the difference between delivering jobs and building careers.

Just five years ago, I was a construction worker having my hard-earned wages stolen from me. I was young; I didn’t know about my rights, and my former employer took advantage of that. I just wanted to make money. It wasn’t until a union organizer came to my job site that I realized how powerful unions can be. They protect you from corporations that think just because you’re an immigrant, or labor worker, they can treat you less than human.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Las Vegas Sun News. Click here to view the full article.

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Cristian Cespedes

Union Organizer, IUPAT District Council 16


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