Rally for good jobs: Thursday, August 12, 10 AM
On Thursday, August 12, the Laborers' International Union, together with many more union and community groups, will launch Build Kentucky 2010, to fight for good jobs which build Kentucky, build America and get our economy and our country back on track.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
East Witherspoon Street, under the 1-65 overpass between the Louisville Slugger Field and the Louisville Extreme Skate Park.
Nearly one in four construction workers across the U.S. – 1.8 million workers – are unemployed. Meanwhile, just in Kentucky, 34 percent of bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, the state’s drinking and waste water infrastructure is in dire need, and two-thirds of the state's highways are in less than good condition.
"Our cause is to get Congress on the side of working people by investing in the basics of America for a change: our transportation systems, water resources and other fundamentals that have fallen behind due to years of neglect," said Lawrence Winburn, Business Manager of Local 576 of the Laborers' Union.
We can build America so America works-and we can build Kentucky so Kentucky works.
Be there on Thursday, August 12!
MAKE A CALL FOR JOBS AND TO BUILD AMERICA RIGHT NOW
Text KY JOBS to 69866, follow the prompts and you'll be connected to your U.S. Senators' offices. Tell them: "Let's put people back to work by investing in building America's and Kentucky's transportation systems, energy systems, water resources and school facilities. And let them know, "It's time to build America so America works."
Local 576 (502) 375-0581; KY Laborers' District Council (502) 839-8280, www.BuildKentucky2010.org
Restoring Kentucky's Roads, Bridges, Water Resources and School Facilities Will
Create Jobs and Ensure a Positive Legacy for the Future
Critical infrastructure -- bridges, highways, water resources, school facilities and energy systems -- in Kentucky and our country has fallen behind threatening our economy, our ability to compete in the global economy and the daily lives of millions of' jobless men and women. Build Kentucky 2010 is about changing that.
Depression-era joblessness persists in the construction industry.
• In the construction industry, 10,100 jobs for the men and women who build Kentucky have been lost in the last year alone. These jobs tend to be good jobs which support families with paychecks that quickly spread throughout local communities. Overall, 10 percent of Kentucky workers are unemployed -- and one in five construction workers nationally is jobless.
• Without closing the jobs deficit our state and nation will never be able to close budget deficits.
Transportation systems continue to deteriorate.
• Across the state, 4,426 bridges -- 34 percent of all bridges -- are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Of those bridges, 1,297 are deficient -- meaning they have potential safety issues, as did the Minneapolis 1-35 Bridge, which collapsed in 2007, killing 13 people.
• Two-thirds of the state's highways are in less than good condition.
• State planners are struggling with budget cuts and uncertainty to meeting existing needs to maintain roadways and mitigate congestion. Traffic congestion in the Louisville area alone costs motorists $436 per person a year in excess fuel and lost time.
School facilities are in need.
Kentucky' s public school buildings are in disrepair -- 141 school facilities are in need of renovation or replacement based on an assessment by the Department of Education.
Water resources threaten quality of life.
• According to the state Division of Water, 610 miles of river are polluted and inspections of water resource systems -- including wastewater treatment facilities and public water systems -- uncovered 370 violations in 2009.
Investment to build the basics of Kentucky could create good jobs and lift our economy.
• Federal investment in state highways and bridges will support 144.000 jobs in the state through 2016 - but only if Congress reauthorizes a Surface Transportation Bill.
• Investment in Kentucky's clean drinking water and wastewater system can create 139,964 jobs over the next 20 years, based on needs identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Above from: Kentucky Laborers District Council 1994 Bypass South, Lawrenceburg, KY (502) 839-8280