On October 7, 2014, Mayor Francis G. Slay, SLATE Executive Director Michael K. Holmes, representatives of organized labor, and minority workers in the construction trades gathered to officially announce the formation of the Building Union Diversity (BUD), an innovative program designed to increase diversity within the construction trades. The press conference was held just outside the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Construction School.
BUD provides comprehensive pre-apprenticeship skills training to minorities, women and long-term unemployed in the St. Louis region. The timing is considered critical as in the wake of the economic recession, construction jobs are expected to show double digit growth rates over the next several years.
Read more here: St. Louis – Building Union Diversity Program