The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO has joined a new coalition focused on creating jobs and infrastructure projects at U.S. Department of Energy facilities.

The coalition, Energy Communities Alliance, is calling on Congress to support a one-time $7.25 billion increase in funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) program.

In a letter to Congressional leadership, the coalition writes, “this funding will help reignite the national economy, assist in reviving small businesses, and create thousands of new jobs. At the same time, it could reduce one of the federal government’s largest liabilities, accelerate the national defense mission, and build a nuclear workforce for the future.”

The letter continues by identifying what the coalition calls an “immediate opportunity to address common needs across the country: (1) creating jobs in some of the regions impacted most by COVID-19, (2) providing meaningful, measurable economic impact beyond job creation; (3) reviving the small business community; (4) supporting our national defense, and (5) meeting our Nation’s infrastructure and cleanup goals.”

See their full letter in pdf format:

Resources Available to Affected Member in the Pacific Northwest & California

Dozens of historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington where in some cases entire towns have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Most evacuees have had to leave quickly with little advance notice, taking what few belongings they could. Thousands of homes and businesses have been incinerated. Weather conditions are improving, but the fire danger isn’t over. Wildfires are also burning in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

The Metal Trades Department has compiled a list of resources for our members and employment partners. If you need additional assistance, contact your MTD General Representative.

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