Build Back Better: Talking Points

Registered apprenticeship/workforce development:

The Build Back Better Act contains $1 billion for registered apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship programs along with $5 billion for sector partnerships, including labor and industry to expand employment and training activities in high-skill, high-wage, or in- demand industry sectors and occupations.

Department of Labor & federal agency funding for worker protection:

The Build Back Better Act includes $1.9 billion for Department of Labor programs to rebuild the capacity of worker protection agencies as well as new fines to ensure workers seeking for form a union at work at able to without employer retaliation along with $350 million for the National Labor Relations Board to rebuild capacity.

Safety at Work

The Act protects workers by increasing the maximum penalty to $700,000 for willful and repeat violations; increase the minimum penalty to $50,000 for willful violations; and increase the maximum penalty for both serious and failure-to-abate violations to $70,000.

Labor Reform

The Act authorizes civil monetary penalties for employers that violate existing unfair labor practice provisions of the National Labor Relations Act. Penalties are up to $50,000 for each violation and can be doubled up to $100,000 for any violation resulting in termination and serious economic harm and where the employer has previously committed such violation in the preceding five years.

Energy Efficiency/HVAC upgrades/IAQ:

The Act contains major funding for indoor air quality work that will put Union sheet metal workers to work. This includes $200 million for the Rural Energy Savings Program, which can be used for construction for energy saving measures along with $280.5 million to address air quality via monitoring,
$50 million to address indoor air quality in schools, $360 million for contractor training grants for home energy efficiency retrofits, $5.89 billion for states to provide rebates for retrofits, including HVAC and
$500 million for states to conduct energy efficiency on public and non-profit buildings.

Penalties are imposed if prevailing wage and training requirements are not met.

Enforcing the Protection of American Jobs
  • Any steel, iron, or manufactured product used in a project must be produced in the United States.
  • New $4,500 tax credit for union-made EVs built in the U.S. (on top of the existing $7,500 EV tax credit).
  • New $500 tax credit for batteries manufactured in the U.S.
Union dues:

Restore the deduction for union dues ($250 cap) that was removed by the previous Administration.

Construction of Health Centers
  • $2 billion for construction, alteration and improvement of health centers.
  • $1.4 billion for construction, renovation, expansion and modernization of state and local public health laboratory infrastructure.
  • $300 million for improving infrastructure of FDA laboratories and facilities.
  • Construction of new Veterans Affairs hospitals
  • $2.3 billion to address infrastructure needs of the VA.
Manufacturing and supply chains:
  • $5 billion for supply chain resilience.
  • $50 million to support safe domestic travel.
  • $600 million for port infrastructure and supply chains.
Passenger rail

$10 billion for high-speed rail corridor assistance.

Childcare centers:

$15 billion to build childcare centers, which includes work for energy retrofits and HVAC systems.

Health Care Coverage:
  • $165 billion to reduce healthcare premiums for people covered through the Affordable Care Act.
  • Provides insurance for an additional four million people through Medicaid and establishes a health insurance affordability fund.
  • Covers hearing coverage through Medicare and increase coverage for hearing aids.
  • Permanently extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers nearly eight million children.
  • Allows Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.

Four weeks of paid leave

Child tax credit:

Extends for one year the current expanded Child Tax Credit for more than 35 million American households, with monthly payments for households earning up to $150,000.