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Women in Metals & Manufacturing: FREE Career Training for Women


Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (OTI) is launching our Women in Metals & Manufacturing program for women interested in pursuing careers in the manufacturing industry.

Entry level wages range $10-$16 an hour, depending on education and experience.
OTI’s training is offered at no cost to interested participants!

“Try It Day”

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
8:00 am – Noon
Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark Street
Gresham, OR 97030

Intensive Training

September 29 – October 2 and October 6 – 7
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Mt. Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark Street
Gresham, OR 97030


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Special thanks to Bank of America and Mt. Hood Community College for their support of OTI’s Women in Metals & Manufacturing program!


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Donor Spotlight: Victoria K. by Dennise M. Kowalczyk

I reached out to Victoria when she renewed her sustaining membership because I saw this comment on her donation:

“My daughter, Vanessa, is a recent graduate of the Pathways program. She was given a great opportunity to learn a trade and is looking forward to an apprenticeship in iron working. OTI provides a career opportunity to women that might not otherwise be possible. I saw her develop improved self-confidence and teamwork with her cohorts.”

Victoria and Vanessa

The above photo was taken at Vanessa’s graduation celebration that I also had the opportunity to attend.  It was my first experience in participating in Oregon Tradeswomen’s celebration of our training program participant’s success in graduating from our Trade and Apprenticeship Career Class.  The event included stories, laughter, tears, and promises of established friendships.

Victoria began investing in OTI when her daughter, Vanessa, began investing in her own, new career path as a TAC Class student.  When the session was over, Victoria renewed her support so OTI can prepare even more women in their pursuit of a living wage career as a tradeswoman and Vanessa gave back by donating a computer so OTI can help find those women work.

Join Victoria, Vanessa and all the supporters of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. by making a donation today to ensure a bright future for women in the Portland area. It takes all of us to support these women as they embark on this new journey of independence. With your gift, you are helping women earn a living that will allow them to build a life for themselves and their loved ones. Women who not only live here, but fulfill their dreams like Vanessa did in finding a career that she loves and in which she thrives.

Thank you!
Dennise M. Kowalczyk – Development Director

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Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order


During the past several decades, labor advocates have worked hard to enact policies and laws protecting workers – especially with contractors receiving federal money. Each of these victories was an excellent reason to celebrate, however, we now know that despite the passage of these laws, they have not been enforced for these federal contractors. In order to rectify this situation, President Obama recently signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.

We need to take action to ensure that this Order is upheld! We need comments submitted to the Department of Labor by August 26. Because this process is complicated, OTI is collecting comments which we will submit as a group. Please send your comments to us before 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 25!

The executive order is backed by unions and will ultimately protect all workers by setting compliance standards and practices for laws that already exist. Currently, the federal government is awarding contracts to contractors who are known to have violated labor laws – and this practice needs to end. Violating contractors have received over $81 billion in contracts, despite violating labor laws more than 1,800 times.

“Today, President Obama took a stand for American workers by signing an executive order that will promote fairer and safer workplaces for employees of government contractors. While many federal contractors already play by the rules and try to treat their workers fairly, thousands of hard-working Americans end up being denied the pay they deserve, or being exposed to health and safety risks, because some contractors insist on cutting corners in the name of profits.” – Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworker Union

We are encouraging tradeswomen to submit their comments, to make their voices heard in support of government actions that improve the lives of working people, deliver superior construction projects to the public, and ensure that contractors have a fair playing field.

While the executive order extensively covers many aspects of labor law, we are highlighting just a few:

  • Paycheck transparency – specifically showing hourly rates used to calculate payments so that workers can more easily identify when wage theft is happening
  • Strengthens protections against discrimination by not allowing contractors to force mediation as the primary solution to discrimination complaints
  • Requiring contractors to reveal labor law violations when bidding for contracts
  • Strengthening collective bargaining

Your comments will be most effective when you highlight your own personal experience in the industry. The National Women’s Law Center and the AFL-CIO Building Trades are encouraging comments specifically demonstrating the importance of the paycheck transparency and any evidence folks have about how law abiding contractors perform better on projects.


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