Urges Swift Senate Action
On behalf of the OPCMIA’s nearly 50,000 proud members, I congratulate the 220 members of the U.S. House who made history by passing the Build Back Better Act.
The groundbreaking legislation will revive America’s struggling middle class. It will continue for another year the monthly $250 or $300 per child payments to families, establish free universal prekindergarten for all three- and four-year-old children, and limit child care payments to 7 percent of income. And it provides paid family and medical leave to millions for the first time ever.
It will lower health care premiums for 9 million Americans and expand coverage to millions more. It will establish Medicare coverage for hearing services and lower prescription drug costs. It makes the largest investment in affordable housing in history, enabling the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of more than one million affordable homes.
Equally important, the Build Back Better Act will hold accountable employers who attempt to union-bust with real, substantive financial penalties. As AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler noted, this is “the most significant advancement for the right to organize since passage of the National Labor Relations Act in 1935.”
Paired with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, this bill establishes the strongest foundation for working families’ financial security in history, creates millions of good union jobs, and opens new doors of opportunity and prosperity.
That’s why we urge the U.S. Senate to follow suit immediately. We strongly encourage our members to contact their Senators and tell the to pass the Build Back Better Act. To do so, please either call 844-994-4554 or click on this link.
Daniel E. Stepano