NABTU Statement on Hate in America

August 16, 2017



Tom Owens




NABTU Statement on Hate in America

WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was issued today by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU):

“The leadership and members of NABTU are professionals and patriots who love their country, their families and their communities.

“We reject hate as ideology and we cannot, and will not, condone violence and intimidation as a political tactic in any manner and certainly not in the public square or in our democracy.

“Hate has always existed in this country and around the world but throughout our history, men and women of character and strong moral compass have shown leadership in the face of fear and bigotry to reaffirm the ideals we espouse as a nation and sought to bring us together and provide freedom and equality to all.

“We are again at a time when we need men and women of character to demonstrate leadership and unequivocally reject those who perpetrate hate, racism, sexism or any other manner of corrosive public discourse and action that only weaken us as a country.

“NABTU stands firmly with those who seek to provide opportunity to all- regardless of race, religion, education or geography.  We call on all elected officials, community leaders and our fellow Americans to join us and unequivocally denounce hate in all its forms and to reject false claims of equivalency during this trying time.”

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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 over $1 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.