Washington, D.C. – October 5, 2018 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) announced the High-Road Construction Defense Fund to support litigation and public relations costs associated with its fight against efforts to destroy union solidarity and project labor agreements in the United States and Canada.
“Out of the Hudson Yards struggle in New York and in the spirit of the Count Me In campaign, which has been valiantly led and orchestrated by both union rank and file and leadership, we announce this critical High-Road Construction Defense Fund,” said NABTU President Sean McGarvey. “All of us and our affiliates have faced litigation and public relations campaigns over the years by low-road employers to stop our organizing efforts, project labor agreements, protection of our prevailing wage laws and benefits. Now, we are stronger and readier than ever to fight back.”
Building trades unions and contractors that value family supporting wages and benefits, a skilled workforce, project labor agreements, prevailing wage laws and joint labor-management programs are facing increased legal challenges. In order to be better positioned to counter these well-financed attacks, the High-Road Construction Defense Fund has been established to serve as a common defense fund.
McGarvey said, “the resources from this fund will be deployed whenever and where ever needed to ensure we are prepared for any fight against efforts to lower the middle class pathways, economic security and critical benefit and safety standards that our members and their families rely upon.”
The goal is to raise 10 million dollars so NABTU and its contractors never lose a high road fight because of a lack of financial resources.