Most leaders in the labor movement realize the importance of advancing the role of women in the workplace, and that’s especially true in the construction unions. Each year, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department sponsor the Women’s Building California and the Nation Conference in California.
According to its website, “the conference is designed to bring more women into the trades to offer tradeswomen (both new and experienced) opportunities for networking, skill building, leadership development and organizing.“
Another innovative program for women in the trades is Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW). Founded in 1978, NEW is described on its site as an organization that “prepares, trains, and places women in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades, ehlping women achieve economic independence and a secure future.”
Recently the Huffington Post profiled NEW with a featured interview of IUPAT DC 9 member Denise Doyle. Read more about NEW and what our IUPAT sister had to say about it HERE.