Building Trades Unions chief introduces ‘infrastructure generation’ to Lower Mills

May 24, 2023

By Seth Daniel



One of the country’s top union officials, Sean McGarvey, the president of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), brought an urgent message to the Sheetmetal Workers Union training center in Lower Mills last Wednesday, pitching a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build out massive infrastructure funded by the federal government.

McGarvey, 60, of Philadelphia, sat down with the Reporter before headlining a morning of activities at the Local 17 hall on Adams Street. He said the trades unions need women, communities of color, at-risk young people, and even those currently incarcerated to train and join the “infrastructure generation” as a bridge to joining the middle class.

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