SAGINAW, Mich. (WJRT) — A Saginaw man will have the honor and privilege of being U.S. Senator Gary Peters’ virtual guest for Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
Justin Pomerville is the business manager and financial secretary for UA Local 85, which represents HVAC workers, plumbers and steamfitters in 29 northern Michigan counties.
Pomerville and Peters will highlight the bipartisan infrastructure law that passed Congress last year and what it means for Michigan’s economy.
It’s been about 100 days since Congress passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, pumping more than $500 billion into new infrastructure projects across the United States.
That means things like roads, bridges, water infrastructure, electric vehicle charging stations, and protecting our Great Lakes.
At the local level, it’s very exciting for people like Pomerville.
“It’s probably the most monumental piece of legislation we’ve had in our lifetime. I’m sure we have a crumbling infrastructure,” he said.
UA Local 85 represents more than 1,000 people who work in skilled trades, such as plumbing, HVAC and pipefitting. They also offer an apprenticeship program and focus on helping veterans leaving active duty.
This injection of funding will only mean good things for these workers, the new jobs that will come from this investment and our economy as a whole.
“They’re going to pay a fair wage, it’ll be with benefits, it’ll benefit his constituents, and that’s what Senator Peters has always wanted is to take care of Michiganders,” Pomerville said.
“This is a massive injection into rebuilding the roads and bridges and the infrastructure that makes our country great,” Peters said.
Those interested can catch President Biden’s State of the Union address live on ABC12 at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night.