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Investing in America – Microsoft in Racine

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President Joe Biden was in Wisconsin this week to announce the establishment of a new Microsoft datacenter in Racine County. The $3.3 billion project is expected to create over 2,000 union construction jobs. When completed, the datacenter is designed to provide training on the adoption and use of AI for a planned 100,000 workers.

Following President Joe Biden’s announcement, UA Local 118 Plumbers and Steamfitters Business Manager Josh Birong hosted National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Microsoft vice chair and President Brad Smith at the UA Local 118 training facility in Sturtevant. The visit showcased how union members and our apprenticeship programs are training the next generation of workers.


The site of the new Microsoft facility in Mount Pleasant is the same area in which Foxconn previously promised to create a manufacturing center that would support 13,000 jobs, a project that never came to fruition. The new datacenter is an example of how the Biden Administration’s commitment to investing in America is paying off for Wisconsin workers.  

This week’s visit by President Biden, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Microsoft President Brad Smith highlighted the critical role union apprenticeships and training will play in growing Wisconsin’s 21st century economy.


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