Rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and boosting federal investment in our transportation system has never been more important to support the economy and to create and sustain good jobs for U.S. workers. These measures will employ millions of workers while helping to improve the movement of goods and people. Investments in aviation, rail, maritime, transit and road networks are desperately needed to move people and help the flow of commerce that in turn will help create economic development opportunities.
The AFL-CIO and its affiliated labor unions are engaged in a major effort to find ways for skilled labor and public employee retirement funds to take part in energy-saving building retrofits and infrastructure improvements across the nation. In addition to making investment managers aware of the many compelling investment opportunities in building retrofits and infrastructure, the AFL-CIO is undertaking an energy-efficiency retrofit of its own headquarters to serve as a signature component of President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, which builds on work begun by the AFL-CIO with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to spur job creation by harnessing private-sector investment in energy upgrades in commercial and industrial buildings.