NABTU Statement on Thacker Pass Project MOU

Washington, D.C. – April 13, 2023 – North America’s Building Trades Unions joined Bechtel Corporation and Lithium Americas in signing a joint memorandum of understanding for the Thacker Pass Project in northern Nevada which will tap into the largest deposit of lithium in North America. NABTU President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement regarding the project and MOU:

“This project is paramount for extracting the lithium which is so desperately needed in this country to establish a complete domestic supply chain as we work to expand renewable energy and battery production across North America. Our highly-skilled trade workers take great pride in being involved in every aspect of clean energy technology from extraction to deployment and in uplifting the communities where these transformative projects are being built.”

“NABTU applauds the Northern Nevada Building Trades Council for their efforts in helping bring this MOU to fruition and we look forward to the construction of this forward-thinking, state-of-the-art project, and partnering with Bechtel and Lithium Americas to bring these crucial minerals to market.”


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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