6th Annual Women Build Nations conference, April 29-May 1

(by Harry Melander, President, MN Building & ConstructionTrades Council) The Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council encourage interested tradeswomen to attend the 6th National Conference for Women in the Trades, Women Build Nations, April 29-May 1, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel Conference Center. This national conference grew from the Women Building California conference, which started in 2002. Last year’s conference brought together over 1,000 tradeswomen and two days of educational workshops, union engagement, and leadership development.



Conference Brochure and Registration Form:

 The conference has several workshop tracks:

  • Just Coming In - For pre-apprentices and new apprentices
  • Staying Strong - Including women’s committees, mentoring, safety and health, dealing with sexual harassment, bullying and more.
  • Growing Leaders - Understanding how unions work, public speaking, parliamentary procedure. 
  • Policy Impacting Tradeswomen - PLAs, local and federal legislation
  • Career Ladders - In the union as a contractor or in higher education.
  • Nourishing Extras - Union history, writing, social media, fitness....and much more.

The goal of the workshops is to stay positive and look for solutions to problems women face in our industry.  Conference costs are low to enable as many women as possible to attend. The sponsoring organizations underwrite significant costs of this event. Early Bird Registration is $100 per person (with a $15 discount for members of NABTU-affiliated unions). This fee includes two continental breakfasts, two lunches and a reception. The union hotel rate is a low $129 per night; please see the link below for a conference brochure and registration form.

This conference inspires women to feel positive about their local unions and to advocate for union construction trades.  We strongly encourage local unions and councils to support our sisters and encourage attendance. 

In Support of Our Sisters and Solidarity,

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Harry Melander
Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council