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Women rise strong in the building trades

 Boilermakers and other union women flood downtown Minneapolis during a rally.

THE POWER OF women in the trades was palpable at the international Tradeswomen Build Nations conference in Minneapolis October 11-13. With over 2,800 women and industry leaders attending—including nearly 80 Boilermakers—the message was clear: Construction jobs aren’t just for men anymore. Women can do the same jobs men do, and they can excel and thrive while doing them.

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Women at Work caucus holds inaugural meeting

Women At Work™ participants launch the Boilermakers’ new women’s caucus.

GIVEN THE HIGH priority of supporting sisters in the union, and with an eye toward adding more women to the ranks, Boilermakers launched its new women’s caucus, tentatively called Women At Work™, at the Industrial Sector Operations conference. Nearly 40 ISO Boilermaker sisters and other women met to participate in discussions about the contributions, opportunities and obstacles impacting women in manufacturing and the building trades.

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Tradeswomen roar at Women Build Nations conference

IR Erica Stewart helps emcee the plenary sessions at Women Build Nations.

Over 50 Boilermakers attend eighth annual event

THEY’RE LOUD, THEY’RE proud, and they want their union brothers to know they’re capable on the job. That was the mantra of 52 Boilermakers along with 2,200 other skilled tradeswomen and union representatives who gathered for the 2018 Women Build Nations conference in Seattle October 12-14, sponsored by the North American Building Trades Unions.

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Union craft inspires art for Local 359 member

Hilary Peach travels out of Local 359 and often does confined space jobs in pulp mills. Here she welds tubes to a header. Photo courtesy of Gord Kappel.

Hilary Peach’s first poetry book out now

BOILERMAKERS AND ARTISTS have quite a bit in common says Hilary Peach, a Local 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) member who wields a welding torch as well as a pen. She finds that many artists acquire day jobs in the trades. As an artist who is skilled in several mediums, and as a Boilermaker, she understands why.

“Boilermakers are welders and mechanics, fabricators and riggers,” Peach says, noting that likewise, interdisciplinary artists master a variety of different art forms. That’s something that drew her to the union.

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A sister’s journey in the Brotherhood

Angie Holder is a 20-year member of Local 363 in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Mutual respect between the sexes is vital for success

WHEN ANGIE HOLDER started out as an apprentice 20 years ago at Local 363 (East St. Louis, Illinois), she understood that working in a male-dominated profession would have its challenges. But Holder notes that since her first day on the job, the rewards of working as a Boilermaker have outweighed any trials she’s faced.

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L-146’s Holroyd makes history as Alberta AIT chair

Alberta Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt congratulates L-146 member j’Amey Holroyd upon her appointment as AIT board chair.

She is first trade unionist and first woman to head the board

J’AMEY HOLROYD, A member of Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta) made history in May when she was named Chair of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Board.

It’s the first time in the board’s 71-year history that either a trade unionist or a woman has been appointed to the position.

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Building Trades will host Women Build Nations conference

Locals, other labor bodies urged to send members

THE SIXTH NATIONAL Women Build Unions Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Conference Center in Rosemont, Ill., April 29 – May 1.

The goal of the conference is to promote recruitment and advance women’s leadership in the construction industry and in the unions working in the industry.


My other life: Stefanie Hamilton, welder

Stefanie Hamilton pauses in front of a welding photo at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.

STEFANIE HAMILTON, OWNER of The Beach House, a home-based salon in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, says she needs nails in her life to keep her in touch with her feminine side. That’s because she spends most of her workweek inside boilers and on vessels. “As a member of the Boilermakers union, everything I do right now is oil- and gas-related,” says Hamilton, who has been welding professionally for about seven years.

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Delisle makes Boilermaker history

Nathalie Delisle

NATHALIE DELISLE, A member of Local 271 (Montreal, Quebec), raised the bar for women Boilermakers this summer by becoming the first female in North America to compete in a national Boilermaker apprentice competition.

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