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TRADESWOMEN ORGANIZED FOR OUTREACH, LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT (T.O.O.L.S.)

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OTI’s membership driven, TOOLS program fosters leadership and activism skills for tradeswomen and empowers them to advocate for quality, safe, and equitable workplaces and communities.

Visit the Tradeswomen Social Hour page for information about our monthly events.

Advocacy Initiatives

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. helps support its members and allies through organized campaigns aimed at promoting fair and equitable hiring practices, and ensuring a healthy and positive workplace environment for tradeswomen.

Respectful Workplaces

A new pilot program will seek to improve apprenticeship retention rates among women and people of color in the highway construction trades.

With funding from from the Federal Highway Administration through the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Workforce Development program, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. will develop a program to increase apprenticeship retention rates among women and people of color by improving workplace culture. Funding for program comes

The project will target managers, supervisors, foremen, journey workers, and apprentices to increase on-the-job-site awareness of the expectations of respectful workplaces through improved communication and behavior change.  In addition, project leaders will develop training for bystander intervention and other avenues for addressing disrespectful or discriminatory treatment on the job.

OTI’s project partners include:

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Community Benefits Agreement

OTI pushed for inclusion of journey level tradeswomen in contract language. A historic partnership between the Carpenters, Operating Engineers, Building Trades, Pre-Apprenticeship Programs and Community-Based Organizations. The agreement reflects a respect for community expertise.

Components of the MAWE CBA

Training Fund

Workforce Diversity Goals

Oversight Committee

Learn more about the CBA.

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National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues

OTI serves on the Steering Committee for the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues (TWTF). In this role we help provide staffing for leadership committees, provide input on national policy work, and assist in planning the annual Women Build Nations conference.

The National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues is a coalition of tradeswomen organizations, tradeswomen, and industry partners that strive to achieve access, opportunity, and equity for women in blue-collar careers.  

More information: http://www.tradeswomentaskforce.org/#!/

Tradeswomen Leadership Institute

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. will not hold the Tradeswomen Leadership Institute in 2016. A dedicated team of volunteers are in the process of evaluating the event and working to create a stronger leadership development component. Please expect TLI to return in the Fall of 2017.

Other Leadership Training

LERC AFL-CIO Summer School
July 29-31, 2016
Global Scholars Hall, University of Oregon Campus in Eugene, OR

Throughout the LERC AFL-CIO Summer School weekend, participants meet to share insights and ideas in educational core courses & workshops and small group discussions. There are lots of opportunities to connect with union members from around the state.

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