PGTI Logo 6.29.15PGTI is a regional collaboration of construction industry stakeholders, including tradeswomen, building trades unions, contractors, government representatives, community organizations and researchers. We have met bi-monthly since 2008 to crush the persistent policy failure to open up good jobs in the construction trades to women.

Our three-pronged approach to increase women’s participation in construction careers includes: recruitment, retention, and compliance and enforcement.

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Carla Jean Johnson Presente

A tribute to Carla Johnson, carpenter, from Molly Martin, her friend, a tradeswoman and chronicler of women working in construction.

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I was delighted to be asked to eulogize Carla at a memorial for her at the Bayview Opera House on July 23, which would have been her 57th birthday. The Opera House is just now reopening after a restoration which Carla, as head of the Mayor’s Office on Disability, had a big part in. Her office provided vital funding for disability access, and now wheelchair users can enter through the front door. Here’s what I said about Carla.

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Carla Johnson was my bestie. I loved her. I introduced her to her wife Anna. Carla and I worked together as building inspectors through the 90s; we worked on each other’s old houses for decades (of course we had permits for everything). Together we negotiated the prejudices we faced as women in the building trades. There were many. Still are.

From the time she made her…

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Women Build Nations 2016

April 29 – May 1, 2016 will mark a momentous occasion for tradeswomen worldwide when the 2016 Women Build Nations conference convenes in Chicago.  For more information, visit the Chicago Women in the Trades website.

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