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:

Coalition for Jobs and Cleanup Funding Letter