For 15 years, the Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association has united the biopharmaceutical industry and union workers with the dual goals of fostering innovation of life-saving cures and securing high-quality union construction jobs. As the partnership has grown over the years, so has its impact. Labor and industry recognize the strength in their partnership: strong industry naturally leads to good jobs and a vibrant economy.

The pharmaceutical industry members of PILMA recognize that the most highly skilled workers are needed to construct and maintain the highest quality research and manufacturing facilities. Following each new drug trial, research facilities must be wiped clean – entire systems must be changed, surfaces must be sterilized and other equipment replaced. This requires highly skilled reliable labor that the industry can depend on to do the job right. America’s Building Trades Unions spend upwards of $1 billion training their members each year. With state-of-the-art training facilities all over the country the building trades are ready to meet the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

PILMA pursues a number of initiatives to strengthen the value of the partnership.

FACILITY TOURS: PILMA has coordinated a series of tours at union training facilities. These events present an ideal opportunity for fostering conversation between unions and industry in settings where union workers get the best training available anywhere in the world. Representatives from area unions and companies come together – often with an elected official – to discuss the importance of the industry to the economy, the high-quality jobs that the industry provides and the role that labor plays in preparing the workforce through apprenticeship and certification programs.

RESOLUTIONS: PILMA resolutions provide clear and unified policy positions upon which industry and the trade union members of PILMA unanimously agree.