Washington, D.C. – January 21, 2021 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) released the following statement from President Sean McGarvey congratulating U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) on becoming Senate majority leader:

“North America’s Building Trades Unions commend Senator Schumer on becoming majority leader. In all of the years we’ve worked with him, Senator Schumer has been accessible and a man of fairness and good humor.

“As one of the most engaged leaders who stays constantly connected to his constituents and regular working folks – and who is always trying to advance a rising tide that lifts all boats – we believe Leader Schumer is the right Senate voice for working people in this country in these times. We look forward to continuing our work with him to prioritize the economic sustainability of America’s workforce, and we send him congratulations and good luck.”


Media Contact: Betsy Barrett (202) 756-4623 |

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 our 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 pathways to the middle class for women, communities of color and military veterans in the construction industry. For more information, please visit, and to learn more about the building trades efforts during this pandemic, please follow the hashtag #buildingtradeswhateverittakes.