Ryan Boyer, Business Manager of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, is working ensure that the construction trade unions continue to have a voice in the Philadelphia Region’s political landscape. Boyer is also dedicated to making access to careers in the building trades more transparent, which will increase and diversify the applicant pool to the trades.
As manager of the Laborers District Council of Philadelphia, a position he’s held for more than a decade, Boyer has advocated for 6,200 mostly Black members with similar needs in terms of work and advocacy.
Boyer now has the challenge of making sure all the unions he oversees — more than 50 locals representing everyone from sprinkler fitters to stagehands — have what they need.
He thinks he’s got it covered.
“What you have to do is have a lot of consensus building,” Boyer told Billy Penn. “And we have that, to a large extent. I would say that 90% of our needs are simpatico, and then you have each union’s idiosyncrasies. You just work through those — and work through those with honesty, integrity, and transparency.”