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LIUNA, Infrastructure Unions Rally at DNC Over Delayed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Vote

Washington (September 28, 2021) -- A sea of orange comprised of members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) and other infrastructure unions flooded the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters today in a rally over the delayed vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Dressed in orange shirts and carrying orange signs emphasizing their support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, hundreds of LIUNA members protested out front of the DNC over the failure to pass the bipartisan infrastructure one day earlier – September 27 - on the date that Speaker Pelosi first committed to bringing the bipartisan infrastructure bill to vote.

“There is no time for delays when critical infrastructure repairs and hundreds of thousands of good construction jobs are on the line,” said Philip Ameris, Business Manager of the Western Pennsylvania Laborers’ District Council.

On Sunday, Speaker Pelosi announced that the vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill was delayed to Thursday, September 30 after the House Progressive Caucus threatened to vote against the bipartisan infrastructure bill without the reconciliation bill.

“Delaying the vote only hurts the working families that the democratic party seeks to protect who need safe roads, clean water, and good jobs,” said Dennis L. Martire, LIUNA Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager. “Democrats need to unite to bring working families a victory in the form of this historic infrastructure bill.”

Participating LIUNA members came from various parts of the Mid-Atlantic Region with some who traveled from Virginia and Maryland while others traveled from as far as Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

This bill directly impacts LIUNA as a majority of LIUNA members build roads, bridges, and other forms of infrastructure that are included in this bill.

Operators, Carpenters, Painters, Insulators, Pipefitters and members of the Baltimore DC Metro Building Trades Council also joined LIUNA at this rally.

“All we want them to do is what they said they were going to do,” said Ryan N. Boyer, Business Manager of the Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia and Vicinity. “They said they were going to pass infrastructure. Not next month, but now.”


The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Mid-Atlantic Region represents more than 40,000 working men and women predominantly in the construction industry in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina.