Laborers’ International Union of North America
Brent Booker became the 11th General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) on May 1, 2023. A proud University of Virginia graduate, and a third-generation member of Laborers’ Local 795 in New Albany, Indiana, he has devoted his career to creating job opportunities for working men and women. The son and grandson of LIUNA leaders, growing up he saw the difference that union membership made in people’s lives, often lifting entire families out of poverty and into the middle class.
As Secretary-Treasurer of North America’s Building Trades Unions from 2012 to 2022, Booker helped strengthen and modernize this broad federation of 14 building trades unions in the United States and Canada. He negotiated labor agreements that generated hundreds of thousands of workhours for building tradesmen and women on a wide range of construction projects, including offshore wind farms, microchip and semiconductor manufacturing plants, railroads, heavy industrial, and major civil infrastructure.
Brent Booker served as Secretary-Treasurer of Helmets to Hardhats, an organization dedicated to helping military veterans transition to construction careers. A passionate proponent of the ability of training and apprenticeship programs to transform both workers and communities, he served on the board of directors of TradesFutures, which works to bring historically underrepresented workers into the construction industry. Booker also served on the board of the Center for Construction Research and Training, and on several labor-management cooperation boards.
Prior to his appointment as General President, Brent Booker served as LIUNA Vice President and Special Assistant to the General President. Before moving to NABTU, he had been Director of LIUNA’s Construction Department from 2007 to 2012, having worked there from 2001 to 2007.