Women in Roofing
The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers is committed to increasing the number of women in our trade. Recruitment and retention of women in the roofing and waterproofing trade are vital to our union. Construction contractor affirmative action requirements increasingly require a larger share of women in our craft. More importantly, it is time to advance women’s opportunities in the trades.
Just 3% of the construction industry’s skilled workforce is female. Our society’s conception of gender roles is changing, but slowly with regard to construction occupations.
The good news is that women are becoming apprentices and journeyman roofers and waterproofers at a higher rate today than ever before. They are excelling in the craft in every way and are finding fulfilling careers in the Roofers Union.
If you are a woman interested in joining our union, contact the local union in your area or submit an online form here.
For more information on what it means to be a woman in a nontraditional trade, visit Chicago Women in Trades or Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.
Trades Women Build Nations conference
A small group of union tradeswomen in California started meeting annually in 2002, and from those meetings has evolved the largest tradeswomen conference in the country – Trades Women Build Nations.
The conference is now held in different locations throughout the U.S. and draws crowds of over 2,500 union tradeswomen and allies annually.
The conference lasts three days and features workshops, speakers, trade caucuses, social gatherings, and even political rallies.
Roofers International President Kinsey Robinson personally encourages all women in the Roofers Union to attend this conference. The International Office will sponsor the registration fees for up to two (2) women member attendees per local union.
For more information, visit nabtu.org/twbn.