Archive for the ‘WOMEN’ Category

Apr
2016
11

“Life-Changing” Conference Introduces Building Trades to 400 Young Women from Massachusetts

  Over 400 young women from 18 different high schools participated in the first Massachusetts Girls in Trades Conference and Career Fair, held at the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 in Dorchester.  The encouraging event was organized by the Massachusetts Girls in Trade Advisory Group, made...
Mar
2016
8

Apprenticeship Totals Expected to Top 60K in CA for the First Time Since the Recession

Apprenticeship Totals Expected to Top 60K in CA for the First Time Since the Recession
  An article in the Orange County Register has highlighted the growing number of apprenticeships in California.  The trend is being spurred by a perfect storm of construction needs and an aging workforce.  A push from state and federal agencies to promote apprenticeship programs as an alternative to a four-year degree has had an impact as...
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Mar
2016
2

For First Time in 6-Year History, Women Build Nations Conference Will Be Held Outside of CA

For First Time in 6-Year History, Women Build Nations Conference Will Be Held Outside of CA
  For the first time in its history, the Women Build Nations Conference will be hosted outside of California, allowing more Midwestern tradeswomen an opportunity to attend.  The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois beginning April 29th.  The sixth annual conference will be...
Mar
2016
1

First Female President of Florida Building Trades Off to Tremendous Legislative Start

First Female President of Florida Building Trades Off to Tremendous Legislative Start
  In a recent interview for the website Fight for Florida, current Florida Building and Construction Trades Council President, Theresa King, reveals the triumphs and tribulations that have come with being the first women elected to her position.  The interview is part of the website’s “Labor Spotlight” series. When asked about...
Feb
2016
24

“You can’t worry about diversity later.  It has to be on your mind at the start of the job.”

  At the University of Massachusetts (UMass), goals set for women on campus construction projects are not being met, so officials with both the school and local trade unions are seeking solutions.  State institutions are encouraged to employ 6.9 percent female workers and 15.3 percent minority workers on any campus project.  However, the...
Feb
2016
23

He-Bay: Study Finds Women Earn Less Than Men From Online Sales, Just Like IRL (sadface)

He-Bay: Study Finds Women Earn Less Than Men From Online Sales, Just Like IRL (sadface)
  Two years ago, eBay opened its doors to a pair of researchers studying gender inequality. Their aim was to determine whether the perceived value of a product depends on the gender of its seller.  The study found that even on eBay women earn less than men for the same amount of work.   The [&hellip...
Feb
2016
9

Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit

Prolific NYC Contractor Slapped With Sexual Harassment, Wage Theft Suit
  A female ironworker from the Bronx has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, U.S. Crane and Rigging, accusing them of sexual harassment, wage theft, and exposing her to unsafe work conditions among other charges.  U.S. Crane and Rigging is part of the Auringer family of companies, which includes NY Hoist, Urban Pre-Cast, and...
Jan
2016
5

Growth Opportunities for Women in the HVAC Industry Predicted to Reach New Heights

Growth Opportunities for Women in the HVAC Industry Predicted to Reach New Heights
  As the need for skilled laborers in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry grows, outreach to women is growing in kind. As of 2014, just 1.2 percent of the HVAC workforce was female according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, with demand for HVACR mechanics and installers expected to grow by [&hellip...
Dec
2015
17

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities
  In an effort to further diversify the construction trades, the Southeast Massachusetts Building Trades are moving forward with plans to create a pre-apprenticeship program for women and minorities.  The organization is taking the advice of the Women’s Fund’s Task Force on Pathways to a Living Wage, a partnership of 30...
Dec
2015
11

Assembly Coalition Demands Minority, Female Contracting Goals for NYC Construction Tax Solution

Assembly Coalition Demands Minority, Female Contracting Goals for NYC Construction Tax Solution
  As 421a tax abatement negotiations continue between the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC), a group of 23 state legislators are calling for an agreement to include requirements for the hiring of minority and female-owned businesses.  The group of politicians, made up of 20 members...
Dec
2015
3

When It Comes to Female Apprenticeship Numbers, Oregon is Blowing Other States Away

When It Comes to Female Apprenticeship Numbers, Oregon is Blowing Other States Away
  In Oregon, outreach efforts to ensure women have apprenticeship opportunities were rewarded at a ceremony earlier this month, during which elected officials and union leaders touted the state’s leadership and celebrated the receipt of a $3 million federal grant to develop such programs. According to the numbers, Oregon has more than...
Nov
2015
20

PLA Standards Pushing LA Metro to Boost Female Construction Recruiting Through Job Forum

PLA Standards Pushing LA Metro to Boost Female Construction Recruiting Through Job Forum
  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is recruiting women to enter the building trades as the region experiences a construction boom.  Along with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council and Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Metro will be holding a female-focused job fair...