This archive lists all resources related to recruitment, retention, compliance, enforcement, and diversity efforts within the construction trades. These documents can be browsed by title or searched by using your computer’s finder (Cntl F for PC or Command F for Mac).
- Advancing Equal Pay Enforcement More Effective and Transparent Procedures for Investigating Pay Discrimination
- All 5 of Greater Construction Sponsors
- American Association of University Women
- American Labor Studies Center
- Blue Ribbon Committee on Women in Apprenticeship
- Boston Building & Construction Trades Apprenticeship Directory
- Breaking Through Barriers
- Building Trades Apprentice Training in Massachusetts: An Analysis of Union and Non-Union Programs, 1997-2007. Anneta Argyres and Susan Moir. Labor Resource Center Publications, University of Massachusetts Boston. 2008.
- Chicago Women in the Trades
- The Construction Careers Handbook: How to Build Coalitions and Win Agreements That Create Career Pathways for Low Income People and Lift Up Construction Industry Jobs
- Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Interviews with Field Leaders
- Current EEO Regulations for Apprenticeship: 2015
- Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM): an agency within the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) that is responsible for integrated facilities management, major public building construction, and real estate services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Equal Pay
- Highlights of Women’s Earnings: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont . US Bureau of Labor Statistics. January 2014.
Hammering It Out
A film by Vivian Price
2000, 54 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W01708
“This spirited documentary spotlights the experience of women in the building trades, specifically those women involved in the Century Freeway Women’s Employment Project in Los Angeles. Framed by the story of a community-initiated lawsuit that resulted in hundreds of women getting trained to work on a billion-dollar freeway project, the film evolves into a primer on the feminist issues of equality, identity, and changing gender roles. Powerful testimonials by the women workers tell stories of the often unspoken gendered specifics of discrimination in the building trades: sexual harassment at the jobsite; negotiations about childcare and worker benefits; and the translation of affirmative action policy to the traditional practices of contractors and the historical conventions of the male worksite. The film demonstrates the importance of providing opportunity, embracing equity, and abandoning sexist traditions which deny talented women workers the right to support their families on a par equal with men. It also serves as a cautionary tale that warns that unless laws, policies, and conventions are changed, women workers may be forced out of their chosen professions, like the Rosie the Riveters, by bias and expediency.” Joseph Boles, Northern Arizona University
A film by Vivian Price
2006, 62 minutes, Color, DVD, Thai, Chinese, Tamil, Urdu, Japanese, Subtitled
Order No. W07911
Inspired by organizers at the Beijing Conference on Women in 1995, former construction worker Vivian Price spent years documenting the current and historical roles of women in the construction industry in Asia – discovering several startling facts. Capturing footage that shatters any stereotypes of delicate, submissive Asian women, Price discovers that women in many parts of Asia have been doing construction labor for centuries. But conversations with these women show that development and the resulting mechanization are pushing them out of the industry. Their stories disturb the notion of “progress” that many people hold and show how globalization, modernization, education and technology don’t always result in gender equality and the alleviation of poverty.
Celebrating a range of women workers – from a Japanese truck driver, to two young Pakistani women working on a construction site in Lahore, to a Taiwanese woman doing concrete work alongside her husband – this film deftly probes the connections in their experiences. In a segment exploring the history of the Samsui women in Singapore (Chinese women who were recruited as construction laborers in the 1920’s until they lost their jobs to mechanization in the 1970’s) unique archival footage and interviews with surviving Samsui offer an importation perspective on the historical and global scope of women workers’ struggles.
Two short films:
In My Own Words (1992) about the first African American Journeylevel electrician in Los Angeles International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Nesthey Crudup.
Second is Faces of Tradeswomen, short profiles of two plumbers and two electricians.
- How Are Women Served by the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs? Findings from Administrative Data
- The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- Illinois Tollway
- “Illinois Tollway Awards $40.1M for Six New Construction, Design Contracts.” Construction Equipment Guide. 7 Dec. 2013.
- Golani, Suresh. “Construction site workers injured in wall collapse.” The Free Press Journal. 8 Jan. 2014.
- Iron Workers
- Kramer, Elori. Iron Worker (video). Slate. March 2015.
- Mathematica Policy Research
- Maura Kelly
- Apprenticeship Needs Assessment in Heavy Highway Construction Workforce
- Building a More Diverse Skilled Workforce in the Highway Trades: Are Oregon’s Current Efforts Working?
- Evaluation of the Potential for Adapting the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program for the Construction Trades in Oregon
- Evaluation of the Effect of Supportive Services on the Success of Apprentices in a Highway Trade
- Still Building a More Diverse Workforce in the Highway Trades: 2016 Evaluation of the ODOT/BOLI Highway Construction Workforce Development Program
- National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
- Block Kids Program: introduces children in grades 1 – 6 to the construction industry.
- A National Report Card on Women in Firefighting. Institute for Women and Work, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), Cornell University. New York, NY, April 2008.
- National Tradeswomen’s Conference 2015 – Slideshow
- New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
- Risks Facing Women in Construction. Nov. 2013.
- New Zealand, Women and the Canterbury Rebuild.
- Building back better: Utilising women’s labour in the Canterbury recovery A research report by Research First for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Ministry of Women’s Affairs, August 2013, New Zealand.
- Getting it done: Utilising women’s skills in the workforce. Lessons from the Canterbury rebuild. A case study by the Ministry for Women, August 2015, New Zealand.
- 5 TIPS: New Zealand’s Strategic Lessons
- Quick Facts on Nontraditional Occupations for Women. US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau. April 2009.
- Pre-Apprenticeship: Pathways for Women into High-Wage Careers
- Pregnancy Discrimination Laws, Breastfeeding and Leave Rights (interactive map)
Project Labor Agreements (PLA)
- Integrated Science Complex (ISC), UMass – Boston– removed from public domain by DCAMM
- General Academic Building 1 (GAB1), UMass – Boston
- Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute, UMass – Boston
- Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation (UCRR), UMass – Boston
- Recommendations to Encourage Registered Apprenticeship – Community-Based Organization Partnerships. Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, Education and Workforce Partnership Workgroup, and Under-Represented Populations Workgroup. 2013.
- Risks Facing Women in Construction. New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. Nov. 2013.
- Single Mother Poverty Rates Remain Exceptionally High Even When Food Stamps and Earned Income Credits are Counted
- Yes We Can! Women in Engineering Science & Technology: “Yes We Can is a brilliant new free activity book and website for young children from WEST (Women in Engineering, Science and Technology). It shows some of the jobs in engineering, science, technology and construction that anyone can do, using illustrations of real-live Sheffield tradeswomen including Laura the Handywoman, Kay the Plumber and Mandy the Electrician.”
- The Competitive Advantage: A Business Case for Hiring Women in the Skilled Trades and Technical Professions
- Tools of the Trade: A Resource Guide for Women Entering or in the Trades in Massachusetts
- Trade HERizons, Women’s Network PEI: a project designed to increase the number of women in non-traditional trades and technology occupations on PEI.
- TC Media. “Trade HERizons put Charlottetown woman on new career path.” Journal Pioneer. 8 Jan. 2014.
- UMass Boston Project Labor Agreement (PLA)
- Under-representation by gender and rice in Apprenticeships: Research Summary. Union Learn. London, Trades Union Congress: Dec. 2013.
- University of Masachusetts Amherst’s Labor Relations and Research Center
- University of Massachusetts Boston’s Labor Resource Center
- University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Labor Education Program
- Unfinished Business: Building Equality for Women in the Construction Trades
- University of Massachusetts Building Authority Report to the UMass Board of Trustees, June 2009
- Utah Women in the Trades
- Women’s Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making A Difference. a report that Lois Gray wrote for the Berger Marks Foundation.
- Women into Construction Project, Be Onsite: a project that places women in all areas of construction from manual trades to graduate construction professions and offers women various short construction courses, CSCS training/testing, and apprenticeship opportunities on sites across London.
- Women’s Economic Security Act: a Minnesota law that requires state contractors to report on pay equity within their workforce, expands unpaid family leave and paid sick leave for employees, and establishes protections for pregnant workers in need of reasonable workplace accommodations.
- Women in Male-Dominated Industries: A Toolkit of Strategies. Australian Human Rights Commission. 2013.
- Women’s Network PEI: Women’s Network supports unemployed and underemployed women explore, prepare for, obtain and maintain employment in the trades and industrial technology fields.
- The Workforce Investment Act Adult Program: How Women Fare
- Women Workers and Unions. John Schmitt and Nicole Woo. Center for Economic and Policy Research. December 2013.