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Opinion: Federal investments like Brent Spence Bridge will spur local workforce
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Opinion: Federal investments like Brent Spence Bridge will spur local workforce

Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council business manager John Holbrook says it’s never been a more promising time for the field than today. Investments in updating critical infrastructure such as the Brent Spence Bridge brings thousands of good-paying jobs to a region that has been ignored for decades.

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I’ve been working in America’s building trades for over 33 years. And since I joined the Local 248 Plumbers and Steamfitters union at age 20, I have never seen a more promising time for our field and our workers than today.

Over the past two years, the Biden administration and allies in Congress have enacted historic investments in American manufacturing, infrastructure and renewable energy. These are the most significant investments in unions and the building trades that I’ve seen in my lifetime − possibly in history − and are resulting in good-paying, middle-class jobs for the communities I represent. For thousands of families here in Appalachia, this means economic hope on a level not experienced in decades.

The above excerpt was originally published in Cincinnati Enquirer. Click here to view the full article.

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