What is the connection between union apprentices and biopharmaceutical companies? Follow along with Pat, Tara and Kendall as they take you through Philadelphia’s Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Local 19 from the training center to the job site at Merck.The building trades invest over $1 billion each year on apprenticeship training programs so that their members are the safest, best trained and highest skilled workers in the world. In order to build state-of-the-art facilities, companies in the biopharmaceutical industry rely on high skilled labor to meet their construction needs.
Behind each apprenticeship there must be a job supporting it. Apprentices earn while they learn, graduate debt free, and all this is done through private investment. Companies like those in the biopharmaceutical industry know that facilities where treatments and cures are researched and produced must be built to the highest standards by skilled workers. If a fume hood is improperly installed, or labs are not completely sterile, years of medical gains could be lost. There can be no room for error where lives are stake. The building trades are ready to meet that challenge.
For nearly 15 years, unions in the building trades and companies in the biopharmaceutical industry have partnered together with the mission of fostering innovation of life-saving medicines and creating union construction jobs. Learn more about the Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association (PILMA).