Project Labor Agreements bring labor and community together for better jobs

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.

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Actively Seeking Women for Good Jobs in the Construction Trades

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


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Research finds that union construction workers get back $5.59 for every $1 paid in dues

And in unionized construction, there is no gender wage gap. Construction has always been a gateway to secure income and stability. It is way past time that women had these opportunities. The goal of the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues and other tradeswomen’s organizations across the country is #20percentby2020.

Read the announcement of the study here and the full study here.

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Tuesday, Aug 23: Tradeswomen & Allies Forum

Local tradeswomen & allies speak about their experiences and how to get 20% women in the trades by 2020 

You are cordially invited: Tuesday, August 23, 5:30 – 7pm
The Carpenters Center, 750 Dorchester Ave


  • Dominique Cave, 2nd Year Apprentice, Plumbers Local 12
  • Tyiesha Thompson, 4th Year Apprentice, Insulators Local 6
  • Kennell Broomstein, Jouneylevel Electrician, IBEW Local 103
  • Kim Hokanson, Journeylevel Carpenter, Local 275 & Field Super, New England Finish Systems
  • Maureen Kirkpatrick, Operations Manager, Turner Construction

Moderated by Dr. Susan Moir, UMass Boston Labor Resource Center & co-convener Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues (PGTI)

The event is co-sponsored by all our regional tradeswomen’s groups:

  • Plumbers Local 12 Women’s Committee
  • Painters District Council 35 Women in Action
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters Sisters in the Brotherhood
  • Massachusetts Tradeswomen’s Association (MTWA)
  • Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues (PGTI)
  • Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD)

Many thanks to the Building Trades leaders who are also co-sponsors:

  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Painters District Council 21  (Philadelphia area)
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Labor Management Cooperation Fund 
  • Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council
  • Pennsylvania Apprentice Coordinators Association
  • Massachusetts Building Trades Training Directors Association

The evening Forum will follow a day-long US Department of Labor meeting of national leaders on expanding apprenticeship  including best practices for increasing recruitment and retention of women.



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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.

Photo of Carla by Anna Kuperberg Photo of Carla by Anna Kuperberg

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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