Photograph of Kirk Brungard of North Americas Building Trades Unions (NABTU)

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North America’s Building Trades Unions’, Kirk Brungard, Says SCMAGLEV is an Exciting Project that Will Employ Thousands of Skilled Workers

Northeast Maglev is excited to have the support of the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) for the future development of the SCMAGLEV project. 

NABTU has represented thousands of skilled professionals in the building and construction industry since its inception in 1907. For over a century now, its leaders have worked to provide skilled professionals with stable employment and economic security in the construction industry.

Kirk Brungard, of NABTU, believes that the SCMAGLEV project will be a driving force for the economy and has the potential to “employ an awful lot of people that live in this region for a very, very long time”. 

NABTU’s alliance of 14 national and international unions represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. Each year, NABTU invests over $1 billion in private-sector money to fund and operate over 1,900 apprenticeship training and education facilities across North America that produce the safest, most highly trained, and productive skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world.

In 2017 Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail (BWRR) and North America Building Trades Union announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to utilize and develop skilled labor for future SCMAGLEV construction.

We think that the Memorandum of Understanding that the North America’s Building Trades has with Maglev to ensure that this project is built by people that have had the benefit of significant skills training, will be a big part of making sure that this thing is built on time, ahead of schedule, on budget, and in the way that it needs to be built, with an emphasis on quality to ensure that it’s done the absolute right way the first time.”

NABTU will provide BWRR with a better opportunity to further its goals for investment in the SCMAGLEV project through its Community Hub for Opportunities in Construction (“CHOICE”) program, providing BWRR with a diverse, adequately compensated, and trained workforce to deliver a higher quality product and service to the construction of SCMAGLEV. 

We are thrilled to have the support of the North America’s Building Trades Unions and are looking forward to working with them to provide jobs and economic stability to workers along the Northeast Corridor. 

If you are interested in adding your organization to this list of supporters or if your organization would like to learn more about the project, please contact us at

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