Trades Women Building Nations Conference
This will be the ninth national multi-craft, union-sponsored conference held in the U.S. The official conference sponsors are North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU). In addition, many international unions, industry suppliers and contractors are making donations to support the conference.
It is often difficult for women to work in the trades because they find they are the only woman (or one of a very few) women out on the jobsite. Being in a room with 2,000+ other tradeswomen who have a similar experience, is key to helping women break the isolation they may feel at work.
The conference has several workshop tracks: Just coming in—for pre-apprentices and new apprentices; Staying strong—including women’s committees, mentoring, safety and health, dealing with sexual harassment and bullying and more; Growing leaders—understanding how unions work, public speaking, parliamentary procedure; Policy impacting tradeswomen—PLAs, local and federal legislation; Career ladders—in the union as a contractor, higher education; and Nourishing Extras—union history, writing, social media, fitness….and much more. The goal of the workshops is to stay positive and look for solutions rather than griping about the present.