Careers in the skilled construction trades offer debt-free opportunities for high-paying jobs with benefits. Oregon Tradeswomen was founded in recognition of this critical pathway out of poverty for women from our inception in 1989. We prioritize and focus our programming and services for women, Black, Indigenous and other People of Color, (BIPOC) who remain under-represented in high-wage, high-skilled careers in the skilled construction trades.
Oregon Tradeswomen is active in a number of coalitions and oversight committees related to workforce development, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We also offer technical assistance to industry partners, including employers, unions, and apprenticeship programs seeking to develop and implement equitable recruitment and retention policies.
Our advocacy of sound public policy at the local, state, and national levels helps ensure access, equity, and opportunity for women in nontraditional occupations.
Action Clinic: Help tradeswomen in your state get their share of infrastructure jobs
Thursday May 26, 2022
4:00 pm Pacific
Register in advance for this meeting
The $1.2 Trillion federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has workforce goals for women and people of color. Most states don’t have a great track record of enforcing the goals, but your local advocacy can push your state to ensure women have access to these good jobs.
This free 90-minute clinic offers an overview of the Infrastructure Act and Executive Order 11246 which sets the workforce goals. The clinic will provide tips and templates for communicating public officials, so you can be prepared to advocate for jobs and respectful workplaces for tradeswomen.
- Connie Ashbrook, Co-Chair of the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen’s Issues
- Skidmore, Business Representative / Organizer, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters
- Martha Valadez, Organizer with Jobs with Justice
Lauri Rollings and Nicolle Farup discuss the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) report “A Future Worth Building: What Tradeswomen Say about the Change They Need in the Construction Industry.” Lauri and Nicolle are joined by Oregon Tradeswomen’s Executive Director, Kelly Kupcak, andWorkforce Equity and Technical Assistance Director, Tiffany Thompson, who discuss the RISE Up model offering solutions to the challenges the report identifies.