Acting Local: Community Board Workshop

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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

NYC CWC Inaugural Elections

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

4:30pm-6:00pm 

Membership dues are $108 for journey level tradeswomen and $49 for apprentices. No one shall be turned away for inability to pay. 

We Doers: May Membership Meeting

We Doers: May

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 Meeting: P.P.E. for Women training

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. 
 

April PPE Training

 

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.

RSVP on our Facebook event page

March Meeting

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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. 

 

Stories of Persistence: A Celebration of Women's History Month

Stories of Persistence 3.8.18 Event

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!

 

RSVP here 

Facebook event page

January Newsletter

Tradeswomen on Front Lines of #CountMeIn Rallies Against Related's 'Open Sweat Shop' Hudson Yards Project

Every Thursday morning at 6am you can find hundreds of tradeunionists pacing the corner of 10th Avenue and 34th Street, demanding fair wages, working conditions and benefits for the workers at 50 & 55 Hudson Yards. Their dedication, particularly in this arctic, rainy, snowy weather, is an inspiration! Hundreds and thousands of tradeunionists have been there to demand better from these greedy developers.     Rallies continue to happen every week. Check the United NYC Building Trades facebook page for updates.

Every Thursday morning at 6am you can find hundreds of tradeunionists pacing the corner of 10th Avenue and 34th Street, demanding fair wages, working conditions and benefits for the workers at 50 & 55 Hudson Yards. Their dedication, particularly in this arctic, rainy, snowy weather, is an inspiration! Hundreds and thousands of tradeunionists have been there to demand better from these greedy developers. 

Rallies continue to happen every week. Check the United NYC Building Trades facebook page for updates.

NEW & Coalition Co-Host Movie Night January 29th @4pm @ NEW

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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:

Manhattan

Brooklyn

Bronx

Queens

Staten Island

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

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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. 

Join their mailing list to find out when they're breaking ground and looking for your trade.

 

Tools & Tiaras Starting NYC's First Construction Skills for Girls Summer Camp in 2018

 

Passion project of Judaline Cassidy and her dedicated instructors (Nkosa Barret pictured above) have been hosting hands-on workshops for girls and young women (ages 6-19) on topics ranging from carpentry, electrical, plumbing and auto mechanics since the Fall. In the summer, Tools & Tiaras will be launching it's first Construction Skills for Girls Summer Camp, a week-long intensive free for girls ages 6-19.     Get Involved: Volunteer to teach a workshop,  buy her fantastically-designed, American made swag ,  make a donation , or ask your local to support this organization. 

Passion project of Judaline Cassidy and her dedicated instructors (Nkosa Barret pictured above) have been hosting hands-on workshops for girls and young women (ages 6-19) on topics ranging from carpentry, electrical, plumbing and auto mechanics since the Fall. In the summer, Tools & Tiaras will be launching it's first Construction Skills for Girls Summer Camp, a week-long intensive free for girls ages 6-19. 

Get Involved: Volunteer to teach a workshop, buy her fantastically-designed, American made swagmake a donation, or ask your local to support this organization. 

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

The Coalition for Labor Union Women ( national website ) had it's most recent meeting January 18th at 6pm @  70 West 36th Street, 16th Fl, NY NY 10018.   The NYC chapter   CLUW needs tradeswomen!! CLUW gets a vote in the NYC Central Labor Council body, which informs policy about all trades in NYC, so having a tradeswoman's voice there can be critical to pressing our needs at a powerful leadership level. You must be a member in good standing of a union or other collective bargaining organization and be a national member of CLUW to join a  Local CLUW Chapter . The fee to join the national CLUW is $35 annually (or $15 for an unemployed worker.) Join CLUW, and let's find ways to link up with them. 

The Coalition for Labor Union Women (national website) had it's most recent meeting January 18th at 6pm @ 70 West 36th Street, 16th Fl, NY NY 10018. The NYC chapter  CLUW needs tradeswomen!! CLUW gets a vote in the NYC Central Labor Council body, which informs policy about all trades in NYC, so having a tradeswoman's voice there can be critical to pressing our needs at a powerful leadership level. You must be a member in good standing of a union or other collective bargaining organization and be a national member of CLUW to join a Local CLUW Chapter. The fee to join the national CLUW is $35 annually (or $15 for an unemployed worker.) Join CLUW, and let's find ways to link up with them. 

Women at Work: Labor Activism Film Festival at BAM in March

From Brooklyn Academy of Music's website:

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 nyccwc@gmail.com or call/text 917-409-6984 if you plan to attend so we can add your name to the security list. 

OSHA/EEOC Panel Event 9/18

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