Key Issues

The State Building Trades stays involved in issues that impact our members’ working lives—from good wages and benefits, to creating a steady stream of work, to keeping the industry strong through apprenticeship. We’ve also been active in promoting our industry to women and people of color and ensuring that they can survive and thrive in the construction careers. Check out updates, studies and videos on each of these issues.

Women in Trades

Women Work Hard Women are a small but mighty percentage of the construction workforce. Learn about efforts to recruit women...

Prevailing Wages

Ensuring that construction workers earn a wage that prevails in the local area is a way to promote local...

Project Labor Agreements

The best way to meet a community’s goals for local hire, and special outreach to veterans, the formerly incarcerated,...

Safety and Health

Construction can be a dangerous industry, but new technology, hazard abatement and good training can mean the difference for...

Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship/ MC3

Apprenticeship is the age-old method of teaching new workers the construction craft. With the loss of vocational education in...

BUILT

The BUILT program (funded from 1998-2007) was designed to educate construction and blue-collar workers about the hazards of tobacco...