PGTI 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 unique strategy for increasing women’s access to the construction trades is the PGTI Model: Integrating Supply and Demand.
Recently one of PGTI’s co-convenors, Liz Skidmore was interviewed for an article in BisNOw, a national real estate development journal. The article discusses progress PGTI and partners have made in the fight to recruit and retain womena nd people of color in the construction industry. It highlights the progress in construction apprentice programs in increasing both the number and the percent of female apprentices in Massachusetts. “Women in construction apprentice programs in Massachusetts leaped from 180 in 2012 (4.2% of all active apprentices) to 473 (6.9%) in 2016.”
PGTI’s work with the MA Gaming Commission and the UMass Building Authority are prime examples of public developers actually creating a diverse workforce for their construction projects. BisNow reported that the article was its top viewed piece the day it was posted, and continues to have very high readership (54,000 in the first four days). Read the full article here.
PGTI is a “multi-stakeholder collaboration.” In addition to the usual suspects working for equality and social justice (labor, community, and tradeswomen themselves), developers, general contractors and trade contractors join us every other month in the PGTI open meetings to explore strategies for crushing the barriers to women’s entry into the construction trades. A PGTI-moderated workshop at the 2nd Biennial New England Women’s Policy Conference , at UMass Boston on January 18, examined recent strategies for opening up good jobs in the construction trades for women, described the successes that have led to significant increases in women’s participation in the construction workforce and looked critically at the role of business in social change and the extent of the business sector’s commitment to radical alterations in business practices.
The workshop, “Getting Business on Board for Good Jobs for Women,” included panelists John Barros, Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston; Marcy Reed, CEO of National Grid; Brian Doherty, General Agent of the Metro Boston Building Trades Council; Labor Management Consultant Gail Kinney; and Sue Mailman, President of Coghlin Electrical Contractors. PGTI Co-convener Susan Moir moderated.
The workshop can be viewed here.
This tradeswoman’s life has been changed by the Los Angeles Building Trades and Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Project Labor Agreement/Construction Careers Policy (PLA/CCP). Among the strategies fro increasing women’s access to good jobs in construction in LA is the Women Build METRO LA Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camp. The North Hollywood Station West Entrance project had 8.9% women.
See below for upcoming job fairs. Register to meet local trade unions and find opportunities to enter apprenticeship– the first step to a career as a union tradeswomen. Registration is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WJRY66