Ironworkers Union Building Long-Term Profitability for Workers — and for Construction Industry Employers Who Hire Them

February 5, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ — With the advent of IMPACT — the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust — the Iron Workers Union launched a far-reaching campaign aimed at building a profitable, modern-day alliance between union workers and their employers.

In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama expressed commitment to reinvest in the U.S. infrastructure rebuilding roads and bridges as his administration moves to redirect the economy. To a struggling construction industry this is very good news indeed. The Iron Workers Union and its members are on the same page with the new president’s vision–emphasizing productivity, performance and profitability to insure their members, and their industry employers survive and thrive in the tough economic times at hand.

IMPACT, local unions and signatory employers steadily focus on amping up market share for both sides, cultivating bilaterally beneficial partnerships with signatory contractors and building a new army of top-notch, young ironworkers trained to be the best at constructing the complex structures of the future.

Through IMPACT programs, advisory boards and regional councils like the District Council of Texas and the Mid-South States (www.ironworkerstxmidsouth.com), the Ironworkers Union works closely with signatory contractors, industry leaders and business owners, adding partnership value and pushing the bar for increased ironworker performance, productivity, quality and safety.

“Union ironworkers make money for the owners and the contractors who hire us,” explains Mike Gravette a veteran ironworker and union leader in Texas. “It’s this simple: union ironworkers do it right, on time and on budget; that makes a bottom line difference for any employer.”

Simultaneously, the union is working hard to get the message out to experienced ironworkers (www.ironworkingjobs.com) that with union membership they will gain long-term career and financial benefits, better safety standards, insurance, pension and job transferability that non-union ironworkers cannot routinely count on. Another group the ironworkers regard highly as candidates for tomorrow’s elite ironworker workforce are the military men and women heading back to civilian life. (www.military2ironworker.com).

“It’s about having a future,” says Marvin Ragsdale who heads the District Council of Texas and the Mid-South States. “When you’re young and bulletproof, the future is a long way off. But, it is always closer than it seems.”

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*(Photo Caption: Union ironworkers erected record-setting steel spanning the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Photo: Coles Hairston.)

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