NABTU: Union, Wage Protections Must Underlie $1T Infrastructure Plan

Article written by Kathleen Brown, Construction Dive.

Union leaders and some of their congressional advocates are convening at North America’s Building Trades Unions’ 2019 Legislative Conference this week, and the need for infrastructure investment has been the resounding theme.

NABTU President Sean McGarvey kicked off his remarks to the 14 unionized organizations present by counting the recent overturn of Right to Work legislation in Missouri, enactment of prevailing wage laws in Illinois and the recent Count Me In campaign protesting the use of nonunion laborat New York City's Hudson Yards as victories for the organization, as well as evidence of a “reinvigoration that the building trades have not seen in years.” 

This kind of push “is the force we need to get a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill on the president’s desk,” he said, one which employs unions and allows them to leverage some of their own capital to help fund projects."

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