Pharmaceutical Companies Donate $125,000 to Helmets to Hardhats Program

   Pharmaceutical Companies Donate $125,000 to Helmets to Hardhats Program

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pharmaceutical
Industry Labor-Management Association (PILMA) presented Helmets to Hardhats
with a check for $125,000 comprised of donations from pharmaceutical companies
Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novartis, and Pfizer during PILMA's
annual meeting on November 15.

Iron Workers President and PILMA Chairman Walter Wise was joined by Building
and Construction Trades President Sean McGarvey, as well as representatives
from the pharmaceutical industry and labor, to receive the contribution.

"In these tough economic times it is more important than ever that we support
our returning troops," Wise said. "Helmets to Hardhats has a proven track
record of placing veterans in good-paying jobs and easing their transition
back to civilian life. We are proud to support this program, and we are
thankful for the support of the pharmaceutical industry. We look forward to
continuing to find ways to grow Helmets to Hardhats in the future."

Helmets to Hardhats was formed in 2003 to connect retired and transitioning
military members with quality career and training opportunities in the
building and construction trades industry. Since 2007, when Helmets to
Hardhats began tracking placement data, the program has successfully placed
almost 6,000 military veterans into careers in the building and construction
trades. The program is sponsored by the 15 unions of the building and
construction trades along with construction industry employer associations.

Contributions to Helmets to Hardhats support the program's marketing and
outreach efforts, helping veterans around the world discover this opportunity.
The actual cost of training participants is covered by the participating
unions and their labor-management training funds.

"This program is a win-win for everyone involved," Johnson & Johnson Vice
President for Government Affairs and PILMA Vice-Chairman Don Bohn said. "The
pharmaceutical industry is committed to employing a highly-trained and
disciplined workforce to construct the complex facilities that help lead us to
innovation, and programs like Helmets to Hardhats supply these workers. Hiring
veterans who have this training ensures that we are getting the best-qualified
workers for the job."

PILMA is a partnership between companies that form the Pharmaceutical Research
and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the unions of the AFL-CIO's Building
and Construction Trades Department. It is PILMA's mission to help support
astrong domestic pharmaceutical industry that provides innovative, affordable
medicines to the American people.

"Servicemen and women possess the training and skills to succeed in the
building and construction trades, and we are honored to provide an opportunity
to help these men and women find success," President McGarvey said. "This is
yet another example of the Building Trades' commitment, across the U.S.
economy, to collaborating with key industries in a way that creates jobs
domestically and increases our ability to compete globally."

SOURCE Pharmaceutical Industry Labor-Management Association

Contact: Miles Hilder, mhilder@groundswell.net, 703-548-4721
 
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