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20 Percent NOW: In MA, growth of six union apprenticeship programs exceeds 20%

 Apprenticeship Program WomenQ4  2018 WomenQ4  2019 Percent increase Roofers Local 33 9 16 77.7% Pipefitters Local 537 10 16 60% Elevator Constructors Local 41 2 3 50% Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 14 19 35.7% Boston Electricians Local 103 85 … Continue reading

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Leading the Nation: 9.22% women in union apprenticeship programs

The latest data is in and 9.22% of union trade apprentices in Massachusetts are now women. This means Massachusetts has the highest percentage of women in union apprenticeships than anywhere in the US. This is despite the national US average … Continue reading

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Gender equity in the construction workforce: A proven framework for crushing the barriers

As we have said at every PGTI meeting for 11 years, there is no silver bullet to crushing the barriers to women’s access to good jobs in the trades and to reaching the goal of 20% by 2020. But there are … Continue reading

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2018 Apprentice Data: 26.45% increase in women apprentices in MA union JATCs

The Division of Apprentice Standards’ 2018 year-end numbers for Registered Apprentices demonstrated the increase in women apprentices in joint union programs that the industry has been feeling in the field. Over 100 women built the MGM Casino in Springfield. Over … Continue reading

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Women First! Gender diversity in the construction workforce increases racial diversity

Beginning in 1983, Boston’s Resident Jobs Policy (BRJP) required workforce diversity targets on all public construction projects and any private construction in the city over 100,000 sq. feet. The original targets were 10% women’s work hours, 40% “minority” hours and … Continue reading

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