Your Hard Work Paid Off!
Trade Adjustment Assistance is extended and the National Labor Relations Board will receive additional funding.
Late last week, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, of 2023, a spending bill that funds our government for the next year. Because of your voices and our union’s persistence, two critical Steelworker priorities were addressed.
Trade Adjustment Assistance
In the last hours, we were able to get an extension of the program from September of 2022 until September of this year. The extension includes $494 million for critical worker training and is a welcome reprieve for our members who lost their jobs because of bad trade policies. Although we did not get what we wanted initially, this would have never happened without your work and is a testament to your persistence. We will continue our work towards fair trade policies into the next session.
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Funding
Although it was well below what is needed, $25 million in funding was secured that will help avoid layoffs and potentially secure additional staffing. This is a 9.5% increase to the NLRB’s budget and the first increase in nine years.
Additional USW Supported Funding
- $122,400,000 in funding to the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ensure bad actors are penalized when they break our trade laws.
- $31.9 billion for shipbuilding which will directly benefit our members who build the ships, make the steel, and mine the ore.
- Additional funding for OSHA, NIOSH, and MSHA to keep workers safe on the job.
- Medicare funding for Puerto Rico that will impact our members.
How did my Senators and Representative vote?
Click the link to see the roll call.
Senate Roll Call
68 voted yea, 29 nays, and three did not vote.
House Roll Call
225 voted yea, 201 nays, one voted present, and four did not vote.
We could not have done this without you. Thank you!
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