BuildRI is a labor-management partnership between:
- The Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council
- The Labor Relations Division of the RI Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America
- RI/Southeast MA Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association
- The New England Mechanical Contractors Association
Since its inception BuildRI has met with countless developers, institutional users, and public entities to convey the benefits of using union contractors who employ professional tradesmen and women. During that time we have negotiated Project Labor Agreements and Memorandums of Agreements for prominent, complex construction projects worth billions of dollars across Rhode Island.
BuildRI has also worked with construction users to develop innovative programs that ensure local workers are hired, trained, and work on specific local projects through Building Futures.
As a result, most local commercial, industrial and residential construction projects of any significance are built primarily, if not exclusively with union workers and contractors.
BuildRI has been instrumental in assisting to pass several pieces of legislation at every level of government. We drafted and lobbied for passage of a bill calling for a prevailing wage private right of action, promoted several laws requireing public entities to document the number of construction jobs government incentives actually created and many other laws that "level the playing field" for law abiding contractors. BuildRI drafted and was also successful in lobbying for passage of apprenticeship legislation at the local government level.
Additionally, BuildRI coordinated grassroots campaigns to support local construction projects that provided business opportunities for local contractors and work opportunities for local craftsmen. These activities are all geared towards developing and maintaining stability within the construction industry.
Please browse our Web site to find out why we have been able to achieve these accomplishments.