Sean McGarvey

President, North America's Building Trades Unions

Sean McGarvey, President of the NABTU, started his career with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) in 1981 in Philadelphia, and subsequently worked his way up through various leadership positions within the IUPAT.

In 2005, he was elected secretary-treasurer of NABTU. In 2012, McGarvey was unanimously elected to the office of president.

McGarvey currently serves in various capacities for the following organizations:

  • Co-Chair; Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee – a unique partnership between NABTU and the American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Member; U.S. Council on Competitiveness
  • Secretary-Treasurer; Union Labor Life Insurance Company (Ullico)
  • Treasurer; National Alliance for Fair Contracting, Inc.
  • Chairman of Board of Directors; National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP)
  • Chairman of the Board; CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training
  • Labor Co-Chair; Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment (CMRAVE), which operates the Helmets to Hardhats program
  • Board of Directors; Diabetes Research Institute (DRI)

McGarvey also serves on several other union construction industry labor-management committees.

McGarvey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the National Labor College and is a graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union Program.

My Sessions

Powered by America’s Energy Transformation, Advanced Production Capabilities Are Changing What We Make, How It’s Made and Who Makes It

Atrium Ballroom A

Highlighting the Council’s seminal work on energy and manufacturing, the final series of C-Suite discussions will explore the future of production and the implication for the education and skills needed for American workers. A roadmap to American leadership in advanced production—insights from the Council’s decade-long focus to turbocharge U.S.energy and manufacturing competitiveness The Honorable Rebecca Blank, Chancellor, University […]