Congratulations to the 16th graduating class of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) Program. Six women and eight men completed the pre-apprenticeship training program. During the five-week program, they visited the training centers of Cement Masons Local 527, IBEW Electrical Workers Local 1, Carpenters, Eastern Missouri Laborers and Operating Engineers Local 513. Launched in 2014 to attract more minorities and women into the building construction trades, the BUD program helps participants discover and land good paying jobs in the building construction trades.
Celebrating their completion of the program and the start of good paying careers are (left photo, front row, from left) BUD Program Director Russ Signorino, Danielle Gift, Kraig Blackmon, Melaneece Johnson, Richaunda Robinson, Heather Corley, William Harshbarger, Joseph Moore, St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Stiffler. (Back row, from left) Dasha Plair, Sammy Morning, Keishaun Johnston, Jerard Adair, Justin Toney, Kurt Schreier and Brittni Penny (obscured). (Right photo) Penny receives her certificate of completion from Building Trades’ John Stiffler. Anyone interested in participating in a future BUD class should contact the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) at 314-657-3545. – Labor Tribune photos