Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, May 2, 2006, three major basic trades unions, the Laborers, Operating Engineers and Carpenters, established a “basic trades building trades,” called the National Construction Alliance (NCA). This new organization will immediately assume responsibility for collective bargaining agreements of the former National Heavy & Highway Alliance. The NCA, however, will have a much broader focus, covering all work of the basic trades in the industrial, commercial and building sectors, as well as heavy highway work.
Laborers’ General President Terry O’Sullivan stated, “We now have an aggressive, responsive alliance that can fully represent the interests of the basic trades in the 21st Century. This fulfills our vision when we left the Building & Construction Trades Department.”
The NCA will serve its membership in both the United States and Canada, addressing their concerns as well as the challenges of the day with innovative solutions. High on the new organizations priority list is regaining marketshare and working with union contractors in a partnership to address mutual concerns.
Further details will be explained in the coming weeks by the leadership of these three unions.