Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation:
America’s vast transportation network is largely operated, built and powered by proud members of the labor movement. During his historic campaign for the presidency, Pete Buttigieg pledged to strengthen unions, help grow our ranks and increase worker power across the board. He also advanced a robust agenda to invest in and modernize our nation’s infrastructure. With good jobs and better lives as our mission, the AFL-CIO and our affiliated unions look forward to partnering with Buttigieg as transportation secretary.
Right now, AFL-CIO union members across all modes and sectors of the transportation industry deserve a steadfast leader who will make the case for new federal investments that rescue and revive the transportation sector from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic and develop the kind of pro-labor policies that will expand transportation operations, rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure and create good union jobs. President-elect Biden understands that transportation union members can out-compete anyone if our nation invests in our transportation network, communities and working people. We are ready to build back better with Buttigieg to revitalize the transportation systems and workers who keep America moving.
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