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New Study Confirms Direct Correlation Between Job Creation And Marcellus Shale Development

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The following statement was issued today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions, upon the release of the September Jobs Report by the U.S. Department of Labor:

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WASHINGTON, DC -- North America's Building Trades Unions applauds the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to bestow final approval on the construction and operation of the Cove Point LNG liquefaction and export project in Lusby, MD.

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Participating in a September 25 panel discussion at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference, North America's Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey delivered a compelling narrative on how union construction apprenticeship programs are delivering measurable value for whole industries and individual companies, while simultaneously building pathways to quality career training for historically under-served communities, like minorities, women, and transitioning military veterans.

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The following joint statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions, and Jack Gerard, CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, on the six year anniversary of the Keystone XL pipeline application and subsequent delay:

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Today marks the 13th anniversary of the tragic and horrific events that occurred on September 11, 2001.  North America's Building Trades Unions remember and honor those who lives were lost in the cowardly and dastardly acts of that day - including dozens of rank and file members of our affiliated unions.  We also honor those members of our unions in the greater New York area who were some of the first to arrive on the scene in the aftermath of the Twin Towers' collapse in order to put their skills to work helping in the search and recovery efforts. 

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McClatchy Newspapers has published what is perhaps the most extensive and revealing piece of investigative journalism into the practice of "employee misclassification" in the U.S. construction industry; a practice that cheats workers; penalizes responsible contractors; and robs federal, state and local governments of billion of dollars every year. READ THE FULL SERIES HERE

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Nine California high schools have been selected for a pilot program that will introduce students to pre-apprenticeships through the use of the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3).

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A new report from the Economic Roundtable, “Sinking  Underground: The Growing Informal Economy in California Construction,” shows that one in six construction workers in California are either misclassified or working completely off the books.  For a state whose construction industry is worth $152 billion and employs 895,000 workers, this revelation represents a tremendous amount of illegal activity.

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George Meany sculpture, and his legacy, comes home to AFL-CIO headquarters Read More

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