Creating Biopharmaceutical Research Jobs in Connecticut

Creating Biopharmaceutical Research Jobs in Connecticut

10.04.11 | By David Roche

This past week the Manchester Journal Inquirer ran an op-ed that I wrote about a successful partnership between Connecticut's bio pharmaceutical industry and building trades unions. I wrote the newspaper because I wanted to share the story of a tour that Senator Richard Blumenthal recently took of my Local Union's Training Center, as well as the broader efforts of the Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association - or PILMA - at promoting policies that encourage innovation and jobs in the life sciences.
As the head of Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 40, I oversee our apprenticeship and certification programs, which represent part of the $800 million that America's building trades unions spend every year to make sure that high-quality industries - such as the life sciences - have the skilled workers they need to build, renovate and maintain their facilities. Doing all this without taxpayer funds provides skills needed to fit the jobs in the highly competitive biopharmaceutical industry, enabling us to compete in a world market.
Working through partnerships like PILMA, along with strong support of friends like Senator Blumenthal, we help contribute to Connecticut's economy and support the 47,000 people in Connecticut whose jobs depend on a vibrant pharmaceutical industry.
Guest blog by David Roche, President, Sheet Metal Workers International Union, Local 40, Rocky Hill, CT

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