May 15, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North America’s Building Trades Unions Kick Off Infrastructure Week with Key Leaders from Both Public and Private Sectors
WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was released today by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) following the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s kick-off event for Infrastructure Week 2017:
“Our members – skilled craft professionals from large cities and small towns, coastal communities and middle America – welcome this year’s Infrastructure Week and bring a deep understanding of the important issues this week sheds light upon: energy infrastructure, roads and bridges, and good-paying jobs.
“Construction workers from all walks of life commend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for hosting today’s productive panel discussion – highlighting the economic boost that a robust infrastructure plan brings to the entire country and to every state from coast to coast.
“There’s no doubt that our nation’s public works are facing severe troubles – and our members, unions and contractors look forward to tackling vital infrastructure projects in the safest, most productive manner possible. If President Donald Trump and Congress agree on a sustainable, major infrastructure investment, the building trades unions are committed to working with the business community, government, and other stakeholders to ensure this venture isn’t undertaken in vain.
“If we do it right, an infrastructure overhaul will be a win for the middle class, America’s elected officials, and businesses small and large. This week is about crossing party lines to focus on the best – most prosperous and safe – way to empower infrastructure as a vehicle that supports job creation and economic growth in communities nationwide.”
North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) is an alliance of 14 national and international unions that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. In partnership with our signatory contractors, our unions invest over $1.2 billion annually to fund and operate over 1,900 joint labor-management apprenticeship training centers across North America.
ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK
Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild. This week, leaders and citizens across America will highlight the state of our nation’s infrastructure and encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe.