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Construction Industry Leaders, Lawmakers Call for Action on Infrastructure

May 18, 2017

A diverse group of construction industry leaders and members of Congress came together on Wednesday, May 17, for a press conference on Capitol Hill to commemorate National Infrastructure Week and called on White House and Congressional lawmakers to support measures funding infrastructure around the country.

CEApress1Infrastructure advocates have been educating lawmakers on the importance of sound federal infrastructure policy during National Infrastructure Week, which began on Monday, May 15 this year.

Organizations represented at Wednesday’s press conference included the Construction Employers of America (CEA), a joint initiative coordinating action on labor, workforce, and construction issues.

Members of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), a charter member of CEA, play an important role in the building and maintenance of the country’s waterways, electric grid and transportation system.

“The time to take action and invest in our nation’s infrastructure is now,” said Marco Giamberardino, NECA’s Executive Director of Government Affairs. “Our members stand ready to rebuild our nation in a meaningful way that will create great jobs and spur real economic growth.”

CEApress2At the press conference, the co-chairs of the Congressional Building Trades Caucus, Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), discussed their priorities for upcoming federal action on infrastructure and related policy measures.

“Our country’s businesses, municipalities, and construction workers are eagerly awaiting federal investments in major infrastructure projects that will create tens of thousands of high-quality blue collar jobs,” McKinley said. 

Added Norcross: “The specialty construction contractors understand the need for a world-class workforce and support worker training and apprenticeship programs, vital health benefits, and flexible pension programs for their construction employees.”

CEA members are advocating key provisions be included in a sweeping federal infrastructure package that invests in all sectors, retains voluntary use of Project Labor Agreements, maintains and strengthens regional prevailing wage (Davis-Bacon) requirements, and provides for worker misclassification enforcement.


ABOUT THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA’s national office in Bethesda, Md., four regional offices, and 119 local chapters across the country support the electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. Visit necanet.org/about for more information.

ABOUT CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYERS OF AMERICA

CEA works to strengthen the construction industry and provide opportunities for top-quality construction workers to learn and maintain the skills they need to deliver highly productive, quality workmanship that provides the best value to project owners while earning high-value compensation and benefits for themselves, their families, and their communities. Along with NECA, members of CEA include the International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftwokers, FC International, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, the Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance and the Association of Union Constructors. Visit constructionemployersofamerica.com for more information.