Washington, D.C. – February 1, 2022 – North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement in recognition of Black History Month:

“Celebrated across both the United States and Canada, Black History Month represents an opportunity to pause and reflect on the significant, trailblazing contributions made by Black people and communities. We are grateful to the countless leaders who have, against great odds, stood on the side of good while inspiring the betterment of humanity, fighting for labor and civil rights, as well as the critically-important push to earn and protect the fundamental right to vote. To ensure that their efforts are properly recognized, it’s essential that as we honor the accomplishments of the past, we also simultaneously invest in carrying out goals of the future.

“In the Building Trades, we understand the importance of creating economic opportunity and equality for all. That is why we maintain our ongoing commitment to strengthening our grassroots recruitment and retention efforts to foster a more diverse workforce; particularly one that is more inclusive of people of color, women, veterans, and the justice-involved. NABTU will continue doing whatever it takes to dismantle pervasive racism, uplift historically-marginalized communities, and expand middle class workforce opportunities for all backgrounds.”