Douglas P. Nelson, Business Manager
Getting Another Public Shoutout from President Biden
Building America Back Better
Biden's Agenda is Working for the IBEW
How President Biden’s actions benefit working families and IBEW members
President Biden toured the Ford electric F-150 plant in Michigan on May 18, highlighting his American Jobs Plan and the importance of remaking auto manufacturing to help curb climate change.
“We’re going to put Americans back to work … and that includes putting IBEW members to work installing 500,000 charging stations along our roads and highways,” President Biden said. “The IBEW is ready to do it and they can.”
The visit to the Dearborn, Mich. Ford plant gearing up to produce the Ford F-150 Lightning was planned to draw attention to the burgeoning electric vehicle market and the intensifying efforts to gather support for an infrastructure bill that includes the construction of 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations by IBEW members.
Over the next five years, domestic electric vehicle sales are likely to double, with all of the major car companies on track to expand their electric offerings.
“For decades, Detroit wasn’t just the heart of American manufacturing,” IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson said. “It led the world in innovation and good union jobs. Investment in electric vehicle infrastructure … allows America to again take the lead in innovative and advanced manufacturing that can put millions of Americans to work in good, union jobs.”
Today, the U.S. has over 45,700 charging stations and over 116,000 charging outlets, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is a crucial component of the expected growth, leading to good-paying, blue-collar union jobs in manufacturing and in the charging infrastructure, President Stephenson said