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President Biden on Feb. 4 issued an Executive Order requiring project labor agreements (PLAs) on large-scale federal construction projects.
President Biden was already slated to visit Pittsburgh on Jan. 28, when a 50-year-old bridge near the speech venue picked that day to give way, collapsing under its weight and injuring several people on it at the time.
Luckily none of the injuries were serious and no one was killed. But the tragedy horrifically emphasized the message of the day: the urgency of accomplishing all of those long-deferred infrastructure projects.
A task force created by President Biden in the early days of his administration to promote worker organizing and collective bargaining has produced a report with nearly 70 recommendations.
“The Biden-Harris Administration believes that increasing worker organizing and empowerment is critical to growing the middle class, building an economy that puts workers first, and strengthening our democracy,” the report says.

National Labor Relations Board general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo announced an effort to pursue employers in court for engaging in illegal anti-union retaliation.

IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson is rallying members to help protect the country from undemocratic forces in state legislatures and in the U.S. Congress seeking to limit voting rights.

At a round table with union leaders, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged that new trade pacts and related foreign policy will help American workers.

The Biden administration is taking a new approach to the tons of spent nuclear fuel temporarily housed at nuclear plantsacross the country.
The Department of Energy has announced a search for willing communities to store the nuclear waste after abandoningthe decades-long effort to designate Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a repository following local opposition.
As part of the Biden administration’s ongoing commitment to energy workers, an online system has been launched to match $45 billion in investment opportunities with local economic revitalization programs.
President Biden signed an executive order requiring the federal government to reduce emissions from its buildings,vehicles and operations.
With it, the administration seeks to transform how the government builds, purchases and operates while supporting the growth of the domestic clean energy and clean technology industries.

Dear Members, We are deeply saddened to announce that one of Local 81's own, Paul J. Casparro of North Scranton, passed away Tuesday, December 14th at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia. His wife of 45 years is the former Alice Timlin. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Josephine Ciampi Casparro. Paul was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Mansfield University.