Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council


The Arizona State Building and Construction Trades Council (AZBTC) has been actively involved in reshaping the landscape of Union Labor and the construction industry in the state. From workforce development to policy advocacy, the council’s leadership, representing every Local, has collaborated to enhance resources and influence within the industry.

A notable initiative is the “Trades Build Futures” Program, a testament to AZBTC’s commitment to workforce development. Launched in Tucson, the program has already graduated 30 individuals who successfully entered apprenticeships in various fields, ranging from Electricians to Pipe Trades and even Elevator installation. The second cohort, with plans to expand into Ironworkers, Insulators, and Lineman positions, held graduation in Phoenix on March 8, and will hold graduation in Tucson on April 12, 2024. Thanks to a grant awarded to Pinal County and Central Arizona Community College, the next program is secured for three years. The council is actively seeking instructors from member Locals to contribute to the program’s success. Additionally, efforts are underway to collaborate with the Phoenix West Second Chance Initiative, providing opportunities for individuals near release, coupled with trauma-informed life skills classes.

AZBTC’s leadership has been strategically working to amplify their influence at all levels of government. Seeking appointments to Workforce Investment Boards in counties such as Pima, Pinal, and Yavapai, the council has successfully placed members on the Governors Workforce Council. Notable appointments include Shawn Hutchinson, Local 640 Training Director; Josh DeSpain, IBEW 570 Business Manager; and Solomon Galyon, member of Local 469 and AZBTC Business Manager. This strategic positioning has resulted in a solid majority of Union Labor votes on the council, empowering the union to actively participate in shaping policies that impact the industry.

In addition to board appointments, AZBTC has thrown its support behind legislative actions aimed at fostering industry growth and benefiting its members. The council’s offices have engaged in conversations with the President’s administration at various levels, advocating for favorable language and outcomes related to the unprecedented projects and grants available for workforce development across the state.

As the Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council continues to make strides in workforce development, policy advocacy, and government relations, it is evident that these concerted efforts are paving the way for a stronger and more influential union presence in the construction industry across the state.