The AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust has adopted one of the most comprehensive labor policies in the real estate industry to assure that its investments will generate good union jobs in construction and related industries. The BIT labor policies have enabled the BIT to generate an estimated 34,000 jobs since inception for members of the building and construction trades unions as well as thousands of permanent union jobs in the service, maintenance and operation of properties owned by the BIT.
The use of union labor at BIT-financed projects makes good business sense for developers and contractors by enabling them to access a pool of qualified workers possessing the highest level of craftsmanship. Union workers have a comprehensive knowledge of their trade, which they have acquired through apprenticeship programs that train workers to the highest standards. With access to ongoing journeyworker training to keep their skills up to date, as well as occupational safety training, union workers are the best performers in the workforce.