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AFL-CIO Unveils New Program For Training Native Americans

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Unions within the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO are looking to extend training opportunities for Native Americans on tribal lands nationwide through a new partnership with the Council for Tribal Employment Rights. The Building Trades announced on Sept. 30 the creation of the Native Construction Careers Institute, which aims to provide career training and placement opportunities for Native Americans in construction trades. Although many unions currently have outreach programs to recruit Native Americans, NCCI will offer training on Indian lands. Training ranges from basic health and safety to bidding and estimating skills. Joining a union would not be compulsory for the basic training. However, attendees are given the option to join a union to gain additional training and benefits. Rather than using project labor agreements, unions would enter into tribal labor agreements recognizing tribal sovereignty. Funding will be provided through the Dept. of the Interior, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Federal Highway Administration.

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