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North America’s Building Trades Unions Issue Two New Studies Showing ‘Great Opportunities In Energy Construction - Research Shows Jobs Provide Workers With Better Pay, Health & Pension Benefits Than Other Industries

Published Tuesday, August 4, 2020
by NABTU News
North America’s Building Trades Unions Issue Two New Studies Showing ‘Great Opportunities In Energy Construction - Research Shows Jobs Provide Workers With Better Pay, Health & Pension Benefits Than Other Industries

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) has released two comprehensive reports assessing construction opportunities and job quality in the Energy Sector. The reports, commissioned by NABTU, present new perspectives showing the great opportunities and high value of training, safety, health and compensation in energy construction.

NABTU commissioned the studies to better understand the important role that Trades jobs play in the U.S. economy and the differences in those jobs across various Energy Sectors.

The results found quality job opportunities in oil and natural gas construction, and both Union and Non-Union Energy Construction Workers report those jobs present better overall careers.

“The findings outlined in these reports demonstrate that today’s oil and natural gas jobs ‘are better for Energy Construction Workers across the country in both the short and long term,’” NABTU President Sean McGarvey said. “The research ‘confirms what our Members tell us: The career opportunities for renewables are nowhere near what they are in gas and oil’ and Domestic Energy Workers highly value the safety, reliable duration and compensation of oil and gas construction jobs.’”

“These ‘are not simply jobs, they’re careers, and built into these careers are educational opportunities that are not available to most Americans,’” said Dr. Tom Kriger, PhD, of NABTU’s Education and Research Department. “Through the Apprenticeship System, our oil and gas construction industry training offers four years of learning everything in a Skilled Trade ‘and debt-free’ college credits with a family-sustaining job.  That’s why we call our Registered Apprenticeship ‘the other’ four-year degree.”

Added McGarvey: “NABTU’s ‘long-standing argument remains: Ladders to the Middle Class are vital in the energy industry and required in any successful workforce development plan.’”

“We hope these studies ‘provide a cautionary note’ for lawmakers, policy-makers and activists that oil and gas jobs are ‘high-quality’ jobs - ‘and as we rebuild the economy and transition, we need a plan to rebuild the Middle Class with family-sustainable wages, training and growth opportunities, and long-term and short-term benefits like the Oil and Gas Construction Sectors provide,’” he said.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: https://nabtu.org/press_releases/two-new-energy-construction-studies/

 

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