For Immediate Release: November 15, 2021
Contact: Mark Brueggenjohann 202-728-6014
IBEW Members Join President Biden to Celebrate Passage
of Historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
Eleven IBEW members received the honor of a lifetime when they joined President Joe Biden and IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson at a White House signing ceremony earlier today to celebrate passage of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure will put millions to work in good, union jobs modernizing the electric grid, repairing and expanding the vital transportation services Americans rely on, and creating the reduced-carbon energy solutions that will power our economy well into the 21st century and beyond.
The historic, bipartisan legislation was passed by Congress just days ago and is President Biden’s landmark legislative achievement. Passage of the transformative bill comes after years of delay and with help and support from IBEW members who urged their representatives in Congress to pass the bill.
“I could not be more proud of IBEW members who have long called for transformative investments in infrastructure, and are now ready to get to work rebuilding this country,” Stephenson said. “Our IBEW sisters and brothers will lead the way in modernizing our nation’s electric grid, building out the charging infrastructure needed for the wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles, buses, trains, and trucks, ensuring broadband reaches every corner of this country, and continuing our critical work as the power professionals who build and maintain the grid that makes life in America possible.”
IBEW sisters and brothers who attended the signing ceremony include James Horton, Roland Cater, and Michael Powers of Local Union 70; Juan Bonilla and Mike Pontello of Local Union 26; Albert Scott and Dominic Coleman of Local Union 1900; Ansylem Bartholomew, Local Chairman of Local Union 362; and Balfour (Rico) Albacarys, Jerome Miller, and Danielle Buchanan of Local Union 24.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents approximately 775,000 members and retirees who work in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government.