Archive for the ‘WOMEN’ Category

Sep
2014
30

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks

From Santa Rosa to Little Rock, Women are Touting Apprenticeship Opportunities to Boost Female Construction Ranks
  Over 7.1 million people work in the construction industry, yet only 2.1 percent of them are women.  Many unions are looking to change this by expanding recruiting efforts and apprenticeship programs to serve more women and minorities, but this trend is unlikely to change without more action from government agencies and revisions of...
Sep
2014
29

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement

Female, Minority Hiring Goals Being Eclipsed on Vikings New Stadium Thanks to Project Labor Agreement
  The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) has released a progress report on the new Vikings stadium which shows that the goals set for the hiring of minorities and women are being exceeded.  The stadium is being built under the guidelines of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), perhaps the only established way of realizing hiring...
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Sep
2014
25

Designing Women: NYC’s Landmarks, Skyline Weren’t All Conceived of, Built by Men

Designing Women: NYC's Landmarks, Skyline Weren't All Conceived of, Built by Men
  A tip of the cap is deserved for the New York Times which this week delivered a brief history of the women who helped build New York.  We’re not speaking figuratively either. We’re talking construction. The city features notable landmarks and an iconic skyline, and it is important to remember that women played a [&hellip...
Sep
2014
19

The Great Recession Rendered Household Income Stagnant, but Union Membership Makes it Better

The Great Recession Rendered Household Income Stagnant, but Union Membership Makes it Better
  New numbers from the Census Bureau, analyzed by FiveThirtyEight, show that five years of recovery have not boosted the median household income in the United States.  This is part of a clear pattern of stagnation for the middle class since the Great Recession.   According to the Census Bureau the median household income in [&hellip...
Aug
2014
27

Louisiana, West Virginia Tout Programs to Expands Ranks of Women in the Building Trades

  As the construction trades look to expand their ranks, several programs are helping women take on the challenges that comes with entering a male dominated industry. The workforce is aging, but apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs are training the next generation while diversifying the workforce of new entrants.   In Baton Rouge,...
Aug
2014
14

Put 77% of Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Big Fed Contractors to Be Required to File Equal Pay Reports

Put 77% of Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Big Fed Contractors to Be Required to File Equal Pay Reports
  The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which will require certain federal contractors to submit an annual Equal Pay Report concerning employee compensation.  The move is in response to an April directive from President Obama ordering the Department of Labor (DOL) to...
May
2014
12

Female Construction Workers Have a New Best Friend in Canada

Female Construction Workers Have a New Best Friend in Canada
  Currently, only four percent of the Canadian construction force is female. Journeyman, a national program that helps mentor, support and promote women working in construction, hopes to change that. Drumming up female interest in a male-dominated industry is only a small part of the mission of the program.  Journeyman also seeks to end...
Apr
2014
16

Iron Workers Union Providing Scholarships for Women to Attend Annual Construction Conference

  The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers have announced a scholarship fund that will help female iron workers attend the leading conference on women in the building trades.  This year a total of 26 scholarships — which will cover the costs of attending the Fourth Annual Women...
Apr
2014
9

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart
  Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that makes it illegal for federal contractors to retaliate against workers who openly discuss their pay.  The timing of the action coincides with National Equal Pay Day.   In bypassing Congress the Obama Administration hopes to test the policy on employees of federal contractors in...
Mar
2014
6

Women Building California and the Nation Conference Enters 4th Year

Women Building California and the Nation Conference Enters 4th Year
  The 4th annual Women Building California and the Nation Conference will be held April 25-27 in Sacramento.  The conference is expected to bring together over 600 women representing a wide array of building trades related fields and functions.  The conference enables women a chance to network and build new skills. Highlights of the...
Feb
2014
4

BLS Numbers Reveal Unionization Cuts the Gender Pay Gap In Half for Women

BLS Numbers Reveal Unionization Cuts the Gender Pay Gap In Half for Women
  The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has analyzed new numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that the gender pay gap is dramatically lower for unionized females compared to their non-union peers.  On average, unionized women make 9.4 cents less than men in the same position. This is half the difference non-unionized...
Jan
2014
24

At World Economic Forum, Apprenticeship, Broadening Career Paths for Women are Touted

At World Economic Forum, Apprenticeship, Broadening Career Paths for Women are Touted
  Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum, Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization, said that apprenticeships could be the key to changing the unemployment crisis facing young people.  Manufacturing jobs are making a comeback in countries where they were believed to be going extinct, but many young people...