BUD program trains new workers, builds union diversity

The St. Louis Building Construction and Trades Council is looking to replenish the ranks by training younger workers in the construction trades.  The BUD, or Building Union Diversity, program has been around since 2015, but some would argue it has never been more important than right now.

“Many, many people are retiring every year, and we’re not able to backfill those people right now,” Stephen Lewis of the General Contractors of Missouri said, “so we are really focused on trying to get the workforce of the future into these jobs.”

The added bonus, according to the union, has been a significant increase in minority membership.  The numbers have jumped from 12 percent to over 20 percent, according to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers officials.

Many of the jobs pay between $20 and $40 per hour, and the BUD program provides a free apprenticeship program for the students.

For more information on BUD, go here.


George Sells George Sells is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in news. He has spent the last decade on the St. Louis media scene, working for KTVI Fox 2, HEC Media, and more recently as a host for KMOX Radio. His wife of twenty years, Julie, was born and raised in St. Louis. They have two kids and a dog.

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