New Facebook Data Center Being Built Union
A new data center in New Mexico will provide thousands of union construction trades jobs, boosting a struggling sector
It takes a lot of data centers to handle the traffic that Facebook’s 1 billion daily users create. So much space is needed that Facebook has announced that they will triple the size of their New Mexico data center and the work will be done union.
The project will involve 6 buildings, 2.8 million square feet, and have about 1,000 skilled union tradesmen working on it. For the Building Trades Unions that are associated with the project, they see an opportunity to show off their skills and expand their ranks. While the local unions are keeping up with demand, they not only see this as an opportunity to expand but as a chance to organize skilled non-union tradesmen who are out of work.
Over the last few years, New Mexico has trailed the rest of the country in growth within their construction sector, leading many to leave the industry for more stable jobs. With the announcement of the Facebook expansion in November, local unions have teamed up with the New Mexico Building Trades Council to host a massive job fair on December 13th. At the job fair, local unions will accept applications for new apprentices and help to organize skilled tradesmen back to work.
Brian Condit, President of the New Mexico Building Trades, described the project as breathing oxygen back into the struggling construction industry in the state. Thanks to the size of the project, many trade unions are involved, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Laborers (LiUNA), Sheet Metal Workers (SMART), Ironworkers, and Painters (IUPAT) just to name a few. The project is slated to open in 2018.