Education about the Construction and the Skilled Trades
With more than 7.2 million employees nationwide, industrial and commercial construction has long been one of the nation’s largest industries. But today, construction company owners across the nation and right here in Georgia are facing a growing shortage of tradesmen such as pipefitters, steel workers, boilermakers, electricians and carpenters.
But when you learn a construction trade, the industry’s big problem can become your big break. The skills of construction tradesmen are in high demand, and with a 19% projected growth rate through 2018, the construction industry has the potential to take you farther (and pay you more) than the corporate ladder ever could.
Education about Unions and Apprenticeship Training Programs
A union is a democratic organization of employees in a workplace who choose to join together to achieve common goals. By forming unions, employees can work collectively to improve working conditions, including wages and benefits, hours and job safety, to resolve disagreements of employees and employers and to find the best ways to get the work done.Unions also represent members and all people who work by advocating working family-friendly laws and policies through legislative and political action. Most people who work in this country have the right to form and join unions under the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which encourages union formation.
Training programs and apprenticeships are at the heart of unions’ efforts to ensure that working men and women have a voice in our country's ever-changing economy. Every year, the labor movement trains more than 450,000 workers. Through union apprenticeship programs, individuals gain life-changing skills to do high-quality work and get solid, middle-class jobs—often in new industries with cutting-edge green technology. We also harness public workforce resources to help working people gain access to training opportunities and overcome the challenges of losing a job. And along with employers who are willing to work together to share the benefits as well as the costs, we spearhead partnerships that lead to improved job satisfaction for workers, high productivity for employers and a top-notch, skilled workforce that ensures the quality and innovation essential for competing in a global economy.