A National Recap
Throughout the country we have partnered with the Native American communities to offer training and job development. Native American instructors are on staff in our training centers, Tribal Labor Agreements spell out safe and productive working conditions, and national tribal leaders have been welcomed to our organizational gatherings. But that’s not all.
Consider these partnerships in action:
More than 400 Native Americans are UBC members in this state, and more than 15 percent of apprentices are Native American. These skilled workers can staff important projects on reservation properties, which claim a total worth into the hundreds of millions.
Three tribal nations help to staff reservation construction jobs with 100 percent native workers. And, recruitment of more tribal carpenters ensures projects such as hotel expansions and casinos will be staffed according to TERO protocol.
More than 75 percent of the union’s apprentices in the Four Corners area are Native Americans, thanks, in part, to a UBC partnership with neighboring tribes. This agreement provides training to tribal members, helping to ensure that skilled Native American workers will build the power plants and other projects bringing economic development to the region.
160 Native Americans recently worked on a $135 million casino/hotel project, half being UBC journeymen and apprentices. More high percentages of Native Americans worked a waste water treatment plant and a major high school renovation project. This success is attributed to revised Tribal Labor Agreement language, which allows local UBC representatives to slot Native Americans directly into the union’s apprenticeship program.
Many Native Americans are UBC members in Northern California, and they are placed on crews for projects such as bridge and casino work. The local UBC office in this region is also working with a local University to develop a comprehensive mentoring program for Native American students.
Pacific Northwest Region
More than 500 UBC members are Native Americans in this region, and schools, casinos, theme parks and other high-end projects are staffed with near 100 percent Native Americans. Local UBC officials are active in partnering with Native American leaders to assist with federal lobbying efforts. UBC officials also have been invited to participate in the National Tribal Partnership Committee and the executive board of the local TERO office.
A strong pre-apprenticeship recruitment program helps place several men and women from several tribal nations into training in this state. This training and skill advancement directly translates into work. Native Americans are now key employees who help complete multi-million dollar projects, such as a professional football stadium and large casino projects.