Contact: Scott Openshaw 202-249-6504 at ACC  
Contact: Tom Owens, Jr.  202-756-4623 at NABTU
Emails: Towens@buildingtrades.org , Scott_Openshaw@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (November 4, 2015) - The chemical industry and leading national labor unions today officially announced the formation of the Chemical Industry Labor-Management Committee (CILMC). The Committee is comprised of eight trustee organizations, co-chaired by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) . In addition to ACC and NABTU, founding members from industry are Albemarle CorporationCalgon Carbon Corporation and Solvay Americas . Founding labor organization members are the Laborers' International Union of North America , the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers , and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters .

Through the CILMC, representatives from the chemical industry and labor will consider policy and workforce issues critical to the success of the U.S. chemical industry and its associated workforces. The CILMC will advocate for policies that reinforce the ongoing domestic manufacturing renaissance, made possible in part by the availability of abundant, low-cost natural gas from shale. The mission will be to foster the expansion of domestic investments and innovations, growing America's $800 billion chemical industry and expanding employment opportunities for building trades workers. The Committee will promote good jobs, safe workplaces and environmental responsibility.

"This is an exciting time for the U.S. chemical industry and the millions of Americans whose livelihoods are linked to its success. To achieve the industry's domestic expansion, we will need tens of thousands of well-trained, highly skilled construction workers to build and maintain new facilities and associated infrastructure," explained ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley . "We look forward to working through the Committee to promote the  U.S. business of chemistry and increase high-value job opportunities for building trades workers and contractors in the months and years ahead."

"We are excited to be launching this new labor-management committee along with the ACC, as North America's Building Trades Unions seek to provide value to the industry-not only on the job site with the safest and most highly skilled workforce in the world, but also in the halls of congress, in state capitols and with federal and state regulators, to help elevate standards and foster growth in the industry that will only increase work opportunities for our members and contractors", said Sean McGarvey, President of NABTU . "This partnership, and the investments being made by both labor and management for the chemical industry, will help strengthen and maintain the middle class while also providing opportunities for those seeking to enter it."

The U.S. chemistry industry and a group of major labor unions have been meeting informally for years, creating a productive history that led to the creation of the CILMC. The Committee will build on this existing foundation to make a greater impact for the shared good of both the business of chemistry and the hard-working men and women of the building trades.

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