At our January Membership Meeting, Community Board member and 25 year carpenter Tammy Rivera taught us the value of community boards for tradespeople: have a powerful influence over the kind of construction projects and conditions for workers in your neighborhood, while growing your public speaking skills, getting comfortable with local politicians and politics, and being a change maker your union. If you’re interested in applying to your community board, go here to find a link to your borough’s application. And when you apply, Tweet us up! @NYCCWC
“In July, following our election process (as outlined in our Bylaws), we elected 10 members to our Executive Board.”
NYC Coalition for Women in Construction members and new members can join us on Monday, July 9th, for our first-ever elections, held at:
Consortium for Worker Education
275 Seventh Avenue, 18th FL
New York, NY 10011
Membership dues are $108 for journey level tradeswomen and $49 for apprentices. No one shall be turned away for inability to pay.
Inagural Elections for Executive Board in June
Preparations are being made to hold the CWC's first elections for Executive Board members at the June 11th, 2018 Membership Meeting. Since its inception, the CWC has been guided by a panel of tradeswomen and longstanding allies who have pressed forward the creation of its bylaws, establishment of official record-keeping, and organization of meetings, training events, expert speakers, and assistance with sending over 100 women to the Women Build Nations Conference in 2017.
An elected Executive Board will further cement the foundation of the organization and lead to fundraising opportunities and expansion of trainings and leadership development opportunities for NYC tradeswomen. Articles 3 & 4 of the proposed NYCCWC Bylaws cover the Officer positions available.
If you're not already a member, you can join at the upcoming meeting or fill out a Membership Form.
April 9th 4:30-6:00 at NYCOSH
50 Broadway, 28th FL
Ever wish you had PPE made for your frame?
Unfortunately, "standard" sizes are made for 'average male' body frames: 5' 10" height and a corresponding bone structure, and most foremen order PPE for their average worker- more than likely a larger person than you.
Come learn about smaller-fit PPE from NYCOSH Industrial Hygienist Marina Jabsky.
At this training, you can expect to:
*learn the importance of close-fitting PPE
*have PPE for women's bodies available for us to try on
*review the legal requirements of employers to provide these items (& bathroom access)
*be provided with PPE supply lists to give to your foremen to encourage them to do the right thing
Kids are welcome to attend with their mother. No refreshments will be served, but kitchen amenities are available to heat up your own food or water for tea.
In lieu of our regularly scheduled monthly meeting, this month we hosted a Women's History Month Celebration event: Stories of Persistence on March 8th.
We will resume our monthly meetings on April 9th (second Monday of the month). Stay tuned for meeting location and scheduled training.
The theme of 2018's Women's History Month is "persistence in the face of all forms of discrimination against women." To honor everyday heroes who've persisted in the workplace, the NYC Coalition for Women in Construction, Nontraditional Employment for Women, and LaGuardia Community College are celebrating the women and national pivotal moments that shifted the landscape for America’s working women.
***Learn powerful storytelling tips from experts and be inspired by influential women with compelling stories to tell.
***Speakers announced soon!
***Leave your own story of persistence on an art installation.
***Brief presentations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the NYC Human Rights Commission.
Catered reception begins at 4.
Door prizes sponsored by Timberland Pro & Moxie and Moss!
We're also having a training on the new New York state Paid Family Leave benefit, which applies to all construction workers with new babies, sick family members, or medical leave for veterans and military personnel.
Text 917-409-6984 to RSVP for the
location of the meeting
Tradeswomen on Front Lines of #CountMeIn Rallies Against Related's 'Open Sweat Shop' Hudson Yards Project
NEW & Coalition Co-Host Movie Night January 29th @4pm @ NEW
NEW's January social meet-up is happening on January 29th- with a special screening of the documentary The Coal Minority (30 mins), about coal mining women. Hot-chocolate and popcorn served. Bring a sister with you. Check's NEW's facebook page for more details as they become available.
Community Boards Need More Tradeswomen!
Brooklyn Community Board applications are due Feb 15th. Follow the links below to learn when your community board application period opens and ends:
Find out which Community Board you live in and here's a peek at what a Manhattan Community Board Committee Meeting agenda looks like, if you're curious. And you thought Coalition meetings were a slog!
Solidarity Action ALERT
Join the Women's Building supporters in speaking out in support for formerly incarcerated women. From our allies at the Women's Building: "Hope House, a transitional home in the Bronx for women coming home from incarceration, is facing opposition that prevents the project from opening its doors. Founded and run by formerly incarcerated women, Hope House embodies so many of the values The Women's Building stands for--sisterhood, healing, transformation, and love. Local residents have raised objections to the project, but at an upcoming Community Board meeting there will be an opportunity for allies to speak up and share their support."
Speaking of the Women's Building...
If you don't know about it, haven't joined the mailing list to find out when they're ready to hire tradeswomen, or told at least three tradeswomen about it, you're missing out on a great opportunity! They've all but finished their State Street project (and succeeded at having 35%+ tradeswomen on it!!! Coalition members Scout and T worked together on it!) and are moving on to rehabilitate and renovate the former Bayview Correctional Facility for Women (19th Street & the West Side Highway) in 2018.
Tools & Tiaras Starting NYC's First Construction Skills for Girls Summer Camp in 2018
Paid Family Leave is Here for Construction Workers
Family Leave Law has arrived for New York State workers. The law guarantees workers time off to bond with a new child (including adopted and foster children); care for a seriously ill family member (child, parent, parent-in-law, spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, or grandparent); or address certain military family needs. If you’re employed outside the government in New York State, either full-time or part-time, you’re probably covered under the law, regardless of how many people work for your employer. The law applies regardless of immigration or citizenship status. In 2018, you will be able to take up to eight weeks of family leave. Each year after that, the number of weeks available will be increased. In 2018, you will receive half (50%) of your average weekly pay, up to about $650 per week. Each year after that, you’ll be eligible to receive a greater percentage of your pay while on leave. If you’ve worked for your employer for at least six months, you can start receiving benefits on January 1, 2018. Otherwise, you may start receiving benefits six months after your start date. If you work less than 20 hours per week, you may need to work for slightly longer (175 days) to qualify.
We'll have someone come to a Coalition Topic Meeting in the next few months to answer questions and talk about this new benefit. In the meantime, it comes out as a payroll tax so your employer will be responsible for collecting the tax. Go here to learn about using these benefits.
CLUW Holding Elections in March
Women at Work: Labor Activism Film Festival at BAM in March
MAR 2—8 Women at Work: Labor Activism Women at Work: Labor Activism is the first part a new series exploring the complex subject of women’s work from a variety of perspectives. This inaugural installment focuses specifically on cinematic portrayals of women’s pioneering roles in labor movements through history. It includes bracing documentaries of front-line action in Madeline Anderson’s short film I Am Somebody (1969) and Barbara Kopple’s Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976), galvanizing portraits of influential women like Union Maids (Klein, Mogulescu, Reichert, 1976), and classic dramas inspired by pioneering real-life figures with Mike Nichols Silkwood (1983) and Sally Field’s Oscar-winner Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979). The series also includes Sally Potter’s The Gold Diggers (1983), Herbert Biberman’s Salt of the Earth screening with A Crime to Fit the Punishment (Mack & Moss, 1982) about the political atmosphere surrounding the production of Salt of the Earth, and the documentaries The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (Field, 1980) and With Babies and Banners: Story of the Women’s Emergency Brigade (Gray, 1979). Closing the series is a new 35mm restoration of Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames (1983).
Coming up in February
Our next meeting is February 12th at 4:30pm.
We're working on adopting bylaws and an organizational structure. Election of Officer positions held in June. Stay tuned to the website for committee information and officer positions.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 917-409-6984 if you plan to attend so we can add your name to the security list.
Join us at the Women's Building Block Party!
The Women's Building (and, notably, Gary LaBarbara of the NYC BCTC) is committed to staffing 40% tradeswomen in this construction project! You can sign up to work on the project through the Women's Building website.
Bring yours kids out to show them how their mom is building NYC!
The NYC Coalition for Women in Construction is hosting a panel presentation of representatives from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA).
OSHA will present information about standards for sanitary conditions in the workplace, personal protective equipment, and information that may be helpful regarding pregnancy accommodations.
EEOC will discuss harassment on the job and discrimination.
They will both cover how to make complaints, and would like to hear questions from the audience about issues you care about, as they would like to prepare future presentations that might be of use for the coalition.
RSVP is mandatory by Tuesday, September 12th. If you think you might go, please RSVP by that date.
Details and Registration to RSVP at our EventBrite page.