Mission & Core Values


CTWI advances economic and social justice by strengthening pathways to family-sustaining union construction careers for underrepresented communities.

Recent and impending retirements, coupled with the mass shortage of new skilled labor, has produced an urgent need to train the next generation of Bay Area builders. As the nonprofit partner of the Building & Construction Trades Councils of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, CTWI is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between organized labor and key community stakeholders. We do this through education, research and technical assistance resulting in a more inclusive, highly trained and safe workforce. By bringing organized labor and community stakeholders together, everyone benefits:

● Job Seekers gain access to life-changing, high paying careers.

● Unions gain a new generation of high-caliber apprentices and increased retention rates.

● Contractors and Developers gain safe, highly-skilled workers, better equipping them to meet Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and other public policy hiring goals.

● Building Trades Leaders are able to negotiate more effective workforce agreements, helping to increase union market share.

● Public Agencies are able to strengthen workforce programs and policies that expand employment opportunities for local residents – the foundation of a thriving economy.

Core Values


Collaboration: We believe economic justice requires the coordinated effort of the whole community. Only through cooperative action can we build sustainable pathways to a strong, diverse Bay Area. Collective

Power: We believe collective power through engagement in labor unions is fundamental to protecting and advancing workers’ rights, wages, and working conditions.

Transparency: We believe greater transparency around employment pathways and workforce initiatives is key to linking job seekers to high demand construction careers.