LAS VEGAS, NV – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) met with members of the Southwest Carpenters Union Local 1977 at the Southwest Carpenters Training Center today to discuss how the federal government can support Nevada’s union workers and how the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act she helped write and pass is benefiting Nevada’s construction industry. Senator Rosen had the opportunity to tour the facility, hear from union workers directly, and learn more about training programs for Nevada workers.
Most of the funding allocated through the bipartisan infrastructure law will be subject to prevailing wage protections that Senator Rosen championed, meaning that contractors will have to pay workers a fair wage that is competitive in local markets. The legislation, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support and was signed into law last year, is now poised to create thousands of good-paying construction jobs in Nevada.
“Nevada was built by union workers, and with this new federal investment they will have the chance to build better roads and bridges, and improve safety and quality of life for all Nevadans,” said Senator Rosen. “The bipartisan infrastructure law is expected to create 140,000 jobs and bring $4 billion to Nevada, and the Southwest Carpenters workforce training programs will ensure that Local 1977 workers are prepared to rebuild Nevada’s infrastructure for the 21st century.”
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law creates opportunities for working families, and we appreciate Senator Rosen’s efforts to bring these projects to Nevada,” said Brandon Morris, Political Coordinator for Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Local 1977. “From our roads, bridges and buildings to our water and energy systems, Union Carpenters are working every day to build better cities, communities and careers across the state and region.”
As part of the bipartisan group of 22 Senators who negotiated and drafted the final Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Senator Rosen was “one of the architects of the legislation.” The final infrastructure package also includes three of Senator Rosen’s bipartisan bills to fund critical broadband infrastructure, promote the recovery of the tourism economy, and bolster cybersecurity for the electric grid.