Washington, D.C. – July 15, 2022 – Today, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement:

“On June 3, a noose was found on the Y-12 Uranium Processing Facility near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where members of NABTU’s affiliates work. NABTU unequivocally and strongly stands against such hateful and racist acts, and our organization offered a substantial reward for the proper identification of the individual or individuals involved with the incident. Based on tips provided to the NABTU reward line, the individual has been identified, and his employment has been terminated.

“NABTU has zero tolerance for discrimination, racism or harassment in any form on our job sites. NABTU, along with our international affiliates and state and local councils, will continue to stand strong against such incidents, and we will continue to work closely with job site officials, local law enforcement and appropriate federal authorities to ensure justice is served.”


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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