January 23, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Building Trades Union Members and Leaders Meet with President Trump
WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was released today by North America’s Building Trades Unions at the conclusion of a “listening session” meeting held with President Donald J. Trump, and including Presidents Terry O’Sullivan of LIUNA, Douglas McCarron of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Mark McManus of the United Association of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders & Service Techs, Joseph Sellers of SMART - the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, and several rank and file building and construction trades craft professionals:
“It was an honor that, on his first full day in office, President Donald J. Trump called upon leaders and rank and file members of North America’s Building Trades Unions to solicit our views with regard to his promises to create jobs, re-build America’s infrastructure, further develop and harness America’s abundant energy resources, raise the wages of working-class Americans, and move people off of public assistance and into the American middle class.
“North America’s Building Trades Unions expressed to President Trump that we have the organization and programs, including and especially our apprenticeship-readiness programs and our nationwide formal apprenticeship education and training infrastructure, to help accomplish not only these goals, but to also help thwart efforts to undermine middle class job opportunities and cut the wages and benefits of American construction workers via repeal of prevailing wage statutes.
“We thank President Trump for the respect that he demonstrated not only to us, but to the 3 million construction professionals that we represent, by inviting us to the White House for such a frank and thorough discussion. We look forward to continuing this important dialogue with him and his Administration on the many issues that are critical to the economic well-being of working class Americans. Today was a great day for America and for American workers.”
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ABOUT NORTH AMERICA'S BUILDING TRADES UNIONS
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.