Bolstering a healthy economy and putting people back to work.

The Building Trades Alliance (BTA) is a 501(c)(6) organization dedicated to the promotion of the building trades and to the partnership between the various building trade unions and contractors that drives progress throughout our nation.

BTA is a non-partisan, apolitical organization that focuses on attracting people to careers in the building trades; the training of individuals for productive careers; and in helping direct skilled labor to geographic areas and jobs where their talents are needed. We’re dedicated to building lives, building communities and building economic prosperity.

Our mission is to bolster a healthy economy that puts people back to work. We can provide highly-skilled labor that gets the job done on time and done right the first time. We work with businesses across both states to create a business-friendly and labor-friendly environment.

Together we are committed to creating a prosperous economy in Alabama and Mississippi.

Businesses need highly-skilled workers, and The Building Trades Alliance has decades of experience providing job training and job recruitment If you have the skills, we have the job for you. And if you need the skills, our state-of-the art apprenticeship programs give you the training needed to compete in the 21st Century while providing the ability to learn and earn at the same time.

BTA is led by a board of directors with representatives from each of the states participating. An Advisory Council consisting of representatives from labor and from participating contractors also helps lead the actions of the organization.


David Newell is the President of the Board of Directors of The Building Trade Alliance.

He is a 45-year active member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 619 in Vicksburg, Mississippi and serves on its Executive Board. He is a past Business Manager and Financial Secretary/Treasurer of the United Association Local 619.

Newell served as a United Association Organizer Business Representative for 10 years in Mississippi and is currently, the President of the Central Mississippi Building and Construction Trades Council, a position he has held for 14 years.

He is the Labor Co-Chair of the Labor Management Committee LMCC Mississippi Addendum of the SCMMA agreement.