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  • Edición impresa de Julio 20, 2010

Indianapolis, Ind. (July 7, 2010) – LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – led a broad coalition of allies today in kicking off “Build Indiana 2010,” a comprehensive campaign to create over 450,000 jobs in Indiana by winning support in the U.S. Senate for legislation that will put people back to work building the critical infrastructure of the state and the nation.

Over two hundred LIUNA members, joined by elected officials, local business leaders, the Sierra Club and union officials, launched Build Indiana 2010 within sight of the I-65 bridge at East Southport Road – one of 4,111 bridges in the state that are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

Billboards warning motorists of structurally deficient bridges, now appearing across the state, are a “conversation starter” aimed at raising awareness of the needs facing Indiana and America and urging people to contact U.S. Senators Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar and ask them to champion the cause of creating jobs and getting America’s economy moving again.

“Today in Indiana, one in four construction workers are out of work, while one in four bridges are in need of repair. All that’s missing is the commitment to invest in building our country and our state,” said David Frye, field representative for LIUNA’s Indiana District Council. “We’re ready to work. We’re ready to build Indiana.”

Build Indiana 2010 also includes radio ads airing throughout the state, online advertising and mobilization of thousands of LIUNA members in Indiana who began their outreach to Senators Bayh and Lugar at the launch event, placing phone calls to both senators’ offices, urging them to champion key legislation, including a comprehensive highway bill, that will create jobs, invest in America, and leave a legacy for taxpayers and future generations.

LIUNA’s effort in Indiana is part of a national Build America 2010 campaign, which has already launched in Colorado and Connecticut and will soon expand to Maryland, Kentucky, Ohio and other states. The campaign has drawn support from a broad range of groups.

“Putting off investing in our country has a huge environmental cost, including wasted drinking water and contaminated groundwater,” said Bowden Quinn, Conservation Program Coordinator for the Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter. “The only way to stop this is for Congress to pass water resources legislation now.”

Build Indiana 2010 also received support from Build America’s Schools, a national coalition. “Building more modern schools will help Indiana students achieve successfully,” the group said in a statement. “More modern schools will produce construction jobs in Indiana communities across the state.”

“Instead of building tomorrow’s economy, far too many construction workers are languishing in today’s unemployment lines,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America. “It’s hard to understand how Washington can fail to act on long-overdue measures needed to keep our economy globally competitive, like the highway and transit bill, when one in five construction workers is unemployed.”

For more information about Build Indiana 2010, visit www.BuildIndiana2010.com. For more information about Build America 2010, visit www.LiunaBuildsAmerica.org.

 

 

 


 

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