API-NABTU Partnership Extends from API’s New Headquarters to Energy Infrastructure Projects Across the U.S.
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WASHINGTON, February 14, 2019 – Today, the American Petroleum Institute and the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) thanked the highly skilled craft tradesmen and women for their hard work on API’s new headquarters and highlighted the partnership between the natural gas and oil industry and labor.
API’s new headquarters is located at 200 Massachusetts Avenue, where the interior space was built out by Coakley & Williams Construction. Painters, electricians, plumbers and interior remodelers put in more than 25,000 labor-hours into building this project.
“From API’s new headquarters in Washington, D.C. to energy infrastructure projects across the nation, the natural gas and oil industry relies on skilled workers and the building trades unions to keep construction projects - from new buildings to energy infrastructure - safe and on-schedule,” said API President and CEO Mike Sommers. “Together, we ensure that affordable and reliable energy reaches U.S. consumers when they need it and provide job opportunities in our communities – which in turn strengthens local and national economies.”
“NABTU’s member unions and rank and file members are a critical aspect of many communities – including right here in Washington, D.C. Our role in building API’s new headquarters is a shining example of the work that our members do to provide state-of-the-art buildings and infrastructure to make our communities stronger and more viable,” said NABTU President Sean McGarvey. “This particular project generated nearly three quarters of a million dollars for our building trade members. Our continued partnership with the energy industry on everything from our recently announced safety training courses to the opportunity for our members to have good paying jobs to support their families is key to continued U.S. economic growth and jobs for the middle-class.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans.
North America’s Building Trades Unions represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada to create economic security and strengthen the highly skilled construction workforce by safeguarding wage and benefits standards, promoting responsible private capital investments, investing in renown apprenticeship and training, and boosting secure middle-class career pathways for women, communities of color and military veterans.