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 fo sound public policy at the local, state, and national levels helps ensure access, equity, and opportunity for women in nontraditional occupations.


Action Alert: Open Until Thursday July 22, 2021

Opportunity to submit public comments in support of President Biden’s Executive Order, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”.

Oregon Tradeswomen urges you to submit your public comments. Let the U.S. Department of Transportation know what works and what doesn’t to remove barriers to opportunities and provide benefits for people of color and other underserved groups, including women and people with disabilities, in transportation, construction, and infrastructure careers.

The public comment period is open until Thursday, July 22nd . It’s important for public officials hear from us and this is an important opportunity to let the U.S. Department of Transportation hear directly from tradesworkers on how to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion!

Here are some suggested talking points. Remember to include that you are a tradesworker, or ally, advocate or champion and why you care about equity, diversity and inclusion!

  • Mandate that state Departments of Transportation utilize the full ½ of 1% funding through the OJT-Support Services program to increase opportunities for women, people of color and minority and women-owned firms
  • Support and expand quality pre-apprenticeship training programs such as those operated by Oregon Tradeswomen and other nonprofits
  • Provide funding to include stipends for low-income, unemployed, and under-employed jobseekers enrolled in pre-apprenticeship training
  • Encourage more collaboration between state Departments of Transportation, Registered Apprenticeship, Community College and Workforce Development systems to increase career pathway opportunities for women and people of color
  • Include robust workforce hiring goals on public transportation projects for women and people of color and have transparent, public reporting
  • Require jobsites to implement respectful workplace training and programs such as RISE Up to decrease harassment and increase retention
  • Provide funding to implement a statewide Ombuds office to monitor jobsite conditions and provide support to correct them
  • Include funding to increase support to low-income communities and Tribal Employment Rights Offices
  • Provide funding for jobsites to have a workforce equity liaison and support community engagement and oversight

For additional talking points, please download the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues (TWTF) Infrastructure Equity Recommendations.

Thank you for your support and advocacy, and thank you for your commitment to access, equity and opportunity for women and BIPOC.


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