Archive for the ‘WOMEN’ Category

Nov
2015
9

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program for Women and Minorities Achieving High Work Placement Rate

St. Louis Apprenticeship Program for Women and Minorities Achieving High Work Placement Rate
  Building Union Diversity (BUD), the St. Louis-area pre-apprenticeship program that aims to create construction career opportunities for women and minorities, is achieving very high placement rates among graduates according to local news reports.  We have featured BUD in the past, including when it was recognized by the White House as a...
Oct
2015
29

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on New Vikings Stadium; Union Recruiting Gives Boost

Minority, Female Hiring Goals Exceeded on New Vikings Stadium; Union Recruiting Gives Boost
  When the hiring goals were set for women and minorities working on Minneapolis’ new US Bank Stadium, people thought they were lofty. Some even called them unachieveable.  Yet new numbers show the goals have not only been met, they’ve been exceeded. New opportunities abound and barriers are breaking down. Minnesota Public Radio...
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Jul
2015
8

Brooklyn Bar Charges Women $0.77 for Every $1 Men Pay to Show Gender Gap Is “Some Shameful Shit”

Brooklyn Bar Charges Women $0.77 for Every $1 Men Pay to Show Gender Gap Is
  To start a conversation about the gender pay gap, a Brooklyn bar last night offered women drinks at 77 cents on the dollar. That is the amount that women earn for every dollar men earn, according to the Department of Labor (the date was also 7/7). The Way Station, a Prospect Heights bar previously [&hellip...
Jul
2015
2

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win
  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and Promise,” links the success of organized labor to its inclusion of women of color.  The report supports findings from a 2007 Cornell and Columbia universities study which linked black women and organizing successes. That study, which uses numbers from the...
May
2015
7

Young Female Plumbing Apprentice Thriving on Daytona Speedway Project

Young Female Plumbing Apprentice Thriving on Daytona Speedway Project
  The Daytona Beach News-Journal recently featured 22-year-old Daytona State College apprentice Barbara Cochran who is excelling at the Daytona Rising project at the Daytona International Speedway. Of the 800 construction workers at the speedway, 15 are women. Cochran was interested in the trades since her youth: “(My uncle) would tell me...
Apr
2015
15

Female Military Specialist Turns IBEW Apprentice Through Helmets to Hardhats, Soldier for Life Programs

Female Military Specialist Turns IBEW Apprentice Through Helmets to Hardhats, Soldier for Life Programs
  Former Maryland National Guard member Kevin Burton is a proud veteran who has transitioned well to civilian life, becoming an electrician with the help of the Helmets to Hardhats program.   She spent six years in the military repairing ammunitions radar and left as a Specialist with a deep knowledge of electronics and troubleshooting...
Feb
2015
19

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color

Augusta Building Trades Training Program Graduates Class of 40% Females, 87% People of Color
  The latest graduates of the Augusta Building Trade Council’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) are ready to take on the adventure of beginning a career in the building trades. Many of them could soon be employed on one of the nation’s largest construction projects. The program is a collaboration between North America’s Building...
Nov
2014
19

PSA for the PTA: Get Young People Thinking Outside the 4-Year Degree Box

PSA for the PTA: Get Young People Thinking Outside the 4-Year Degree Box
  In recent years, the construction industry, through union apprenticeship programs and other coordinated outreach, has made a concerted effort to boost its female ranks. Targeted training programs aim to show that well-paying careers in the building trades are open to all comers. In Ohio, the Delaware Area Career Center is training a new...
Nov
2014
5

Union Construction Training Program Graduates First All-Female Class in CT

Union Construction Training Program Graduates First All-Female Class in CT
  For the first time since its inception in 1999, New Haven County’s own Construction Worker Initiative 2 (CWI2) graduated its first all-female class. On October 23rd, 37 women collected certifications in carpentry or painting and taping from the training school. The program, which prepares the city’s un- and underemployed...
Oct
2014
28

Harrisburg Mayor Wants Tax Incentives Tied to Prevailing Wages, Minority and Female Contracting

Harrisburg Mayor Wants Tax Incentives Tied to Prevailing Wages, Minority and Female Contracting
  In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a public hearing about the possibility of offering property tax abatements to developers quickly became a call to ensure that construction jobs created by the move would pay prevailing wages and include female and minority contractors.  In order to spur job growth and promote the development of the city, Mayor...
Oct
2014
27

Non-Union Apprenticeship Program in WA Shut Down for Discrimination Against Women

Non-Union Apprenticeship Program in WA Shut Down for Discrimination Against Women
  In Washington state, a non-union International Electrical Contractors (IEC) apprenticeship program was recently shut down due to discrimination against women.  Nicole Grant, Executive Director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington and a Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, wrote about the unfortunate...
Oct
2014
9

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women
  Following contentious debate within the St. Louis County Council about the need for minority hiring goals on county contracts, local unions have created the Building Union Diversity (BUD) initiative to seek out women and minorities who wish to begin careers in construction.  Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) representative...