WASHINGTON, DC – April 28, 2023 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) issued the following statement from President Sean McGarvey:

“As North America gathers today at Workers’ Memorial Day events across the continent to honor our brothers and sisters, valued friends, family and loved ones whose jobs claimed their lives, our collective responsibility and duty to prevent work-related injury, illness, and death remains unchanged. NABTU will continue doing all we can to protect workers and raise awareness about workplace safety to prevent future tragedies. We also will keep demanding the best efforts of business, labor and government to make every workplace safe for every working person, every working hour.”


Media Contact: Betsy Barrett, NABTU | | 202-997-3266

About NABTU: North America’s Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 national and international unions in the building and construction industry that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. Each year, our unions and signatory contractor partners invest almost $2 billion in private-sector money to fund and operate over 1,900 apprenticeship training and education facilities across North America that produce the safest, most highly trained, and productive skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world. NABTU is dedicated to creating economic security and employment opportunities for its construction workers by safeguarding wage and benefits standards, promoting responsible private capital investments, investing in renowned apprenticeship and training, and creating more construction career pathways to the middle class for women, communities of color, indigenous people, veterans, and the justice-involved. For more information, please visit