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BCTD Legislative Conference 2012

BCTD Seeks to “Build A Better Tomorrow” Through Political Action

The 2012 Building and Construction Trades’ Legislative Conference took place April 30th through May 2nd at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. Attendance was high this year with President Barack Obama as one of the featured speakers.

obama_bctd2012After a rousing round of applause, President Obama took to the dais and extended his appreciation of the work of organized labor and his sympathies for the struggles we have had to endure these past few years. “Along the way, unions like yours made sure folks everywhere got a fair shake and fair shot,” he said. “You believed that prosperity shouldn’t be reserved for a privileged few; should be extended from the boardroom all the way to the factory floor…the last decade has been tough on everyone but the men and women of the building and construction trades have suffered more than most.”

He also spoke in detail about the battles he has been facing against Congress when it comes to rebuilding America and ultimately, job creation, citing that Europe invests more than twice what we invest in infrastructure and China invests four times as much. Obama stated that Congress has voted time and again to cut infrastructure spending and voted against measures that would put hundreds of thousands of construction workers back to work, while at the same time voting to spend $4.6 trillion on lowering taxes for those making more than $250,000 a year.

“Think about that,” he said. “Congress would rather put fewer of you to work building fewer things than ask millionaires and billionaires to live without massive new tax cuts.”

President Obama rounded out his remarks firmly standing by the very same ideals we, as trade unionists, live by—that no one gets by on their own and everyone deserves a fair shot at prosperity. “The American story has never been about what we can do on our own; it’s about what we can do together,” he noted. “What’s true for you is true for America. We can’t settle for a country where a few people do really well and everyone else struggles to get by.”

Watch his full speech here...