Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

Providing Value & Creating Opportunity: A Labor-Industry Success Story


Apr. 2, 2014 The Building Trades

The first is the pressing issue of income inequality where even conservatives like Newt Gingrich acknowledge that “…every Republican should be concerned about inequality. I think when you have places where there are billionaires living in a city with 22,000 homeless children, anybody who has a sense of decency has to be concerned.”

Secondly, there are the constant political and policy struggles that exist between Left and Right over the conjoined issues of work versus dependency; deficits versus vital safety nets; and the preferred path of fostering economic growth that strengthens families and entire communities.

And finally, there continues to be much discussion and conversation regarding the future growth prospects for the American labor movement in the aftermath of the attempt to organize the workforce at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN production facility.

On this score, some observers have suggested that labor embrace a strategic shift encompassing a more cooperative attitude in the workplace, coupled with a more bipartisan approach to politics.

North America’s Building Trades Unions have embraced a successful operational model that is premised upon a non-partisan approach to politics coupled with engagement, cooperation and partnership with individual companies, entire industries, government entities and community organizations; all of which are leading to economic growth and individual opportunity.

The success of this operational model has led to the establishment of system-wide contractual agreements with, among others, companies like Exelon, Entergy, Detroit Edison, Toyota, Tennessee Valley Authority, and The Walt Disney Company.

In addition, we have cultivated formal partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry and the petroleum industry; and we have developed solid, mutually beneficial working relationships with the nuclear industry, the power generation industry, the petro-chemical industry and the natural gas industry, at both the state and local level.

Read More on The Building Trades

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

Creative Strategies from Single Parents on Juggling Work and Family

Flexible work schedules and strong support networks go a long way.

Read More

The Science of Changing Someone's Mind

How to reason with unreasonable people.

Read More

How Interruptions Can Make Meetings More Inclusive

Interrupting successfully as a team requires building a group norm of doing it with skill and respect.

Read More

9 Amazing Benefits Of Personal Branding

No one can tell your story better than you.

Read More

Black people in rural areas continue to experience health disparities

Comparisons come from rates in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Read More

Key Insights From 2021's World Happiness Report

Three must-know insights from this year’s World Happiness Report.

Read More

1 in 4 Americans have no retirement savings

And those who do aren’t saving enough

Read More

The Power of Gratitude

Focus on what you appreciate to boost your brain, body and spirit.

Read More