Building and Construction Trades Department

The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, coordinates activity and provides resources to 13 affiliated trades unions in the construction industry. It has 386 state, local and provincial councils in the United States and Canada.

Created in 1908, the BCTD has helped its 13 affiliated building trades unions to make job sites safer, deliver apprenticeship and journey-level training, organize new workers, support legislation that affects working families, and assist in securing improved wages, hours and working conditions through collective bargaining.