New examine reveals the partnership between the Illinois craft unions and the biopharmaceutical {industry} has resulted in additional than $ 1.5 billion in funding over a six-year interval

BURR RIDGE, Fig., July 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Labor Management Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry today released an update of its first report on the economic impact of longstanding partnership between craft unions and the biopharmaceutical industry Illinois and 13 other states. The report found that Illinois Building trade helped with driving $ 1.55 billion in investments in large-scale construction projects (over $ 5 million) active at any time between 2015 and 2021. During the same period, the craftsman earns in Illinois almost reached $ 72 million – the equivalent of nearly 2 million union hours worked – in addition to substantial funds for union health insurance and pension benefits. Updated from a study carried out between 2012 and 2017, the study shows steady growth in investments by the biopharmaceutical industry in both Illinois and in the US – with investments and revenues growing every year since 2015.

“This study shows the value of the critical partnership between the biopharmaceutical industry and the builders in Illinois. We pride ourselves on the talent and work ethic of our members. The industry invests in our workforce because they trust our skills, education and work ethic, “said Ralph Affront, President of The Chicago & Cook County Construction and Construction Council.

The study was carried out by the Institute for Construction Research (ICERES), a non-partisan network of academic researchers with the aim of finding pragmatic solutions for workplace and labor market issues in the construction industry. The data for the study was provided by Industrial Information Resources (IIR), a global consulting firm that specializes in providing market data on large power, energy and industrial infrastructure projects in The United States.

Other key findings of the report are:

  • 11 major construction projects were active in Illinois at any point in time during the six-year period analyzed.
  • 14 experienced Illinois Craft unions contributed and earned an estimated 1,929,249 man hours in construction projects in the biopharmaceutical industry over the six years $ 71,787,348.
  • Electricians, measurement technicians, plumbers and pipeline builders as well as carpenters had the most working hours among the Illinois acts.

“We are fortunate that these highly skilled construction workers are ready to help us make medicines to fight deadly diseases,” said Kurt Anderson, Assistant Director of Government Affairs, Novartis. “We have to use complicated processes to serve the patients who depend on us. Our facilities in Illinois house state-of-the-art laboratories and manufacturing centers and require the skills and expertise of builders who build and maintain these intricate projects. “

The biopharmaceutical sector in Illinois targets trade union contractors and their employees because of its long-established and highly effective education and training programs. Building, renovating and retrofitting biopharmaceutical facilities for next-generation research and development requires a well-trained, skilled and experienced workforce.

North America Construction unions spend more than $ 1.6 billion one year of apprenticeship and educational programs across the country without charging a dime in student debt or charging a dime in taxpayers’ money. The workers develop their skills on the construction site and take part in class in the evenings.

The full report is available at www.pilma.org/unionjobs.

Study methodology
The report examined private biopharmaceutical construction projects active in 14 states (CA, CO, CT, DE, IL, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, and WA) between 2015 and 2020. . The states included in this report were selected by PILMA. The report relies largely on data from Industrial Information Resources (IIR), a global consulting firm that specializes in providing market data on major power, energy, and industrial infrastructure projects in the United States of total industry construction spending and labor demand based on IIR data . Projects developed jointly with academic institutions, government (e.g. NIH) and hospital systems were not included in the analysis. The second part of the study integrated data from the IIR and the US Census Bureau to examine the economic impact of the partnership between the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and construction unions.

About Novartis
Our goal is to rethink medicine to improve and prolong people’s lives. We use cutting edge science and technology to address some of society’s toughest health problems. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to make them available to as many people as possible. We also aim to reward those who invest their money, time and ideas in our company.

About the Chicago & Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council
The Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council is a central body of the AFL-CIO work organization and a member of the North America Build unions. The council represents around 100,000 working men and women from 24 member organizations in the construction trade union for the Chicago & Cook County area. The purpose of the council is to promote harmony and benevolence between the affiliated trades and organizations in the construction industry Chicago and Cook Countyto promote the unionized sector of the construction industry and to seek to organize the non-organized sector. The Council also works as a representative on behalf of its affiliates to improve the position of organized labor, particularly in the service of the construction industry and its economic, government and educational affairs.

Via the Labor Management Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry
PILMA is an amalgamation of workers’ organizations and companies in the pharmaceutical industry that have come together to develop this important sector of our economy, create high-quality jobs and promote medical innovations for the cure of diseases. More information is available at www.pilma.org.

The Institute for Construction Research (ICERES)
The Institute for Construction Research (ICERES) is a non-partisan network of academic researchers with the aim of finding pragmatic solutions for workplace and labor market issues in the construction industry.

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