NCFO News Alert – American Rescue Plan

NCFO President Dean Devita issued the following statement on the House passage of the American Rescue Plan:

“The last year has been the worst health and economic crisis that our Nation has ever faced. This past year, NCFO members have sacrificed more than any other time in our history. Every single member of the NCFO has done their part during this national emergency, we are grateful for the sacrifice that each NCFO member has made.”

“NCFO along with our Union Partners are proud that we took part to make sure that the American Rescue Plan would benefit all working Americans. Throughout all of my career, the American Rescue Plan will do more for Union Workers, than any bill that has been passed.”

Highlights of The Bill:

*$30.5 billion in emergency relief for transit agencies and their frontline workers

*The bill is providing $1.7 billion for Amtrak, which will allow Amtrak to fully restore long distance service

* The bill is providing funding to Amtrak to start recalling approximately 1,200      furloughed employees

*$28 million for the Railroad Retirement Board

*This bill delivers aid for our restaurants

* States and Cities will finally receive aid to restart their economies

*Financial assistance to multi union employer pension plans

“The American Rescue Plan provides much-needed relief for working families. This package addresses many of the health, safety and economic security needs currently faced by workers and their families, and will go a long way toward crushing the virus.”

“After a year where over 500,000 people have died from COVID-19, this legislation finally delivers desperately needed help for the American workforce and the essential services they provide for our cities, towns, counties and states.”

“In the last year, poverty has increased more than any other time in history and more Americans go to sleep hungry than since the depression era. In the past, the United States has bailed out banks, corporations and provided tax cuts to the rich. Finally, this legislation will provide aid to Union Members.

“I want to thank President Joe “Amtrak Joe” Biden for his leadership. Finally, after decades, the United States is providing assistance to Union Workers. It has been a long time since Union Workers have seen a bill that provides strong legislation on behalf of Union Members

“I also want to thank all of our partners from all of the unions, the Transportation Trades Division (TTD) and SEIU, 32BJ for their support to make this bill a reality.”


The NCFO is an affiliate of 32BJ SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, which has 2.1 million members dedicated to raising industry standards, making life better for working families and our communities, and building a fair economy.