Indiana's Building Trades Unions are the single-largest provider of skilled construction professionals to Indiana's construction contractors.  As Indiana's largest vendor of construction labor, we work with our signatory contractors to supply a highly trained workforce that is driven to pursue quality, productivity, and safety in order to win construction bids for our contractors and deliver maximum value to the construction user. Simply put, this means working with contractors to bring projects to completion on time and within budget.

In Indiana, our industry invests over $42 million dollars a year in apprenticeship and journeymen-upgrade training to meet the needs our contractors and construction users. Our investments in training have worked to position our 4,000 signatory contractors as the preeminent contractors in the state of Indiana. 

Through our apprenticeship programs, at any given time, we are training 5,000 to 7,000 apprentices for careers in the Building and Construction Trades.  Through these apprenticeship programs, our members receive both classroom and on-the-job training at no cost to the members/apprentices, while earning progressive scales of wages. Upon completion of their apprenticeship, most receive both their certification as a master craft professional and an associate's degree.

Through our affiliated Building Trades Unions, our Building Trades professionals are dispatched to our signatory contractors on an on-demand basis.  Our shared pool of Building Trades professional allows our contractors to easily adjust crew sizes to meet the demands of each job.  This--in conjunction with our industry trusts for healthcare, pensions, and training--allows our contractors to outsource most HR functions, allowing them to concentrate on their core business.  Our healthcare, pensions, and training trusts also allow are members to move from signatory contractor to signatory contractor without interruption in healthcare benefits or retirement contributions.

The Building Trades consist of the international unions of the Boilermakers, Bricklayers and Tile Setters, Carpenters and Millwrights, Electricians, Elevator Constructors, Insulators, Iron Workers, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Painters and Glaziers, Plasterers and Cement Masons, Roofers, Pipe Trades, Sheet Metal Workers, and Teamsters.



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Career Resources:

Building Trades Apprenticeships

Helmets to Hardhats (Veteran Recruitment)

Indiana Plan for Equal Employment (Minority/low-Income Recruitment and Training)


National Resources:

National Building & Construction Trades Department


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Common Construction Wage = Quality Wages for Hardworking Skilled Local Workers





The Indiana State Building & Construction Trades Council is the independent, umbrella, labor organization representing all of Indiana's construction unions and their members. The council represents more than 75,000 craft professionals who are members of 127 affiliated local Building Trades Unions. The executive board of the state council is comprised of elected representatives from each of the 15 affiliated international Building Trades Unions.

Organized in 1910, the state council is chartered through North America's Building Trades Unions (officially, the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO (1961)).  Although autonomous, the state council is affiliated with the Indiana AFL-CIO.

The state council coordinates activities of common interest to the collective membership and their affiliated Building Trades Unions and provides resources to Indiana's 13 local Building and Construction Trades Councils (BCTCs). The council works to promote economic development, work-site safety, and apprenticeship and journey-level training. The council also works to help its affiliated unions organize workers, pass legislation that positively affects working families, and assist in the securing of better wages, hours and working conditions for our members through collective bargaining.