Washington, D.C. (December 16, 2021) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today:
LIUNA was honored to join Vice President Kamala Harris, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan, and White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy at an event announcing the rollout of investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to eliminate lead from drinking water pipes nationwide. The event took place at the AFL-CIO headquarters hosted by AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and NABTU President Sean McGarvey.
LIUNA members are skilled in lead service line replacement and take pride in working to help their own communities address drinking water infrastructure needs. We have already worked on lead pipe replacements in many communities and look forward to the implementation of the Biden-Harris Leap Pipe Action Plan, which will ensure that lead pipes are replaced, and clean drinking water delivered to families and children across America.
The investment in water infrastructure will create many good jobs for working class men and women. LIUNA also commends the Administration on proposals for the Department of Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency to collaborate to help local communities leverage union expertise and union training centers to complete projects.
The Biden-Harris Administration’s aggressive plan to address lead pipes will make safe drinking water accessible to every American family. LIUNA looks forward to working with the White House and EPA on the lead service line replacement rollout.