Biden Champions Workers: Historic $6.1 Billion Boost for NY Manufacturing

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Biden's Investment in NY Micron Megafab Mirrors Erie Canal Impact, Aims to Create 50,000 Jobs and Revitalize Economy

Clay, New York – In a landmark announcement from the Oval Office, President Joe Biden has unveiled a substantial $6.1 billion allocation from the CHIPS and Science Act to Micron Technology, Inc. This funding will support the construction of the initial two fabrication facilities (fabs) out of a planned four, set to transform the landscape of semiconductor manufacturing in the United States.

Members of the Clean Energy Jobs Coalition, representing over 230,000 energy workers, management, and affiliate engineering and environmental advocacy groups issued the following statements:

John J. Murphy, International Representative of the United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada, praised the historic nature of this investment, likening it to the construction of the Erie Canal System. "Just as the Erie Canal revolutionized trade and commerce across the Northeast, this visionary investment by President Biden in Micron’s megafab operations is poised to redefine the technological capacity of the United States. With the construction of these new facilities in Clay, New York, we are looking at the creation of over 50,000 jobs, marking a significant stride towards industrial and economic revitalization," Murphy said.

Greg Lancette, President of the New York State Pipe Trades, echoed Murphy's sentiments, highlighting the comprehensive benefits that the investment will bring. "This is not just an investment in semiconductor manufacturing but a robust endorsement of the American worker. President Biden has consistently demonstrated his commitment to labor, ensuring that this project not only creates jobs but also supports them with fair wages, extensive benefits, and unequivocal union backing.” He concluded, “These two new fabs in Clay are just the beginning of what will be a monumental shift towards securing a leading-edge memory chip ecosystem in the U.S."

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The CHIPS funding initiative also includes at least $40 million dedicated to workforce training and development, ensuring that local communities are equipped to meet the demands of future high-tech jobs. Furthermore, the announcement of new Investing in America Workforce Hubs, including one in Upstate New York, signifies a sustained effort to connect workers with burgeoning opportunities in fields like semiconductor manufacturing.

The construction of these state-of-the-art facilities is supported by two Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), ensuring that all work is carried out efficiently, on time, and by the hands of union labor. This approach not only promotes quality and accountability but also strengthens the community’s economic foundation through good, reliable jobs.

President Biden’s initiative is a crucial step towards revitalizing communities that have long been overlooked by federal investment, promising a renaissance in manufacturing prowess and economic stability for regions like Syracuse, once left desolate by industrial decline.