In 2011, our founding partner, the Dorchester-Roxbury Labor Committee collected the lessons from their first workforce diversity organizing project on the construction of the Kroc Community Center in their report FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE
OUTREACH TO WOMEN
Be part of letting community women know about careers in the trades
- Ongoing efforts to reach out to women in the community who are interested in careers in the construction trades, or may never have thought this was an option for them, are led by our partner, BUILD A LIFE THAT WORKS. The website will help you get started in learning about the union building trades and you can register to learn more. At Tradeswomen Tuesdays, held around the state and online during Covid, women hear from and can ask question of women who have worked in the trades, some since last month and many for decades. For more information, contact Amy Courtney at 857-800-8881 or AmyNCTE@gmail.com.
- Our pre-apprenticeship partner, Building Pathways, Inc., provides a gateway for low-income area residents, particularly in underserved communities, to access family-sustaining careers in the construction industry through apprenticeship preparedness training and advocacy. Call 617-238-5292 for information on upcoming training and application requirements.
- Background on pre-apprenticeship can be found here: PRE-APPRENTICESHIP- PATHWAYS FOR WOMEN INTO HIGH-WAGE CAREERS A Guide for Community-Based Organizations and Workforce Providers
THE VALUE OF UNION TRAINING AND MEMBERSHIP
- Many community members and organizations are unfamiliar with unions and may have negative attitudes. For a more balanced approach to how union membership improves workers’ lives, but also improves communities, check out 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
CBO PARTNERSHIPS WITH REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP
- Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) are important partners in the movement to increase diversity in the construction trades and improve access to these good union jobs for women and people of color. The document, Recommendations to Encourage Registered Apprenticeship – Community-Based Organization Partnerships, has suggestions for establishing partnerships with Registered Apprenticeship programs.