Monthly Archives: November 2019

“Travel Light.  Live Light.  Be the Light. Spread Light.”

Amanda Kay Johnson, 3rd Year Carpenter Apprentice, Local 157 Carpenters Union NYC It seemed that everywhere I went in India that the theme of light followed me around.  (I later learned from my time here that light and the concept … Continue reading

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Meeting with the Construction Union Leadership of Kerala

DELEGATION LEADERS MEET INDIAN OFFICIALS After leaving Archana Women’s Centre, the Building Bridges Delegation returned to the city of Kochi (കേരളം) for two days of meetings with the leadership and members of the the Kerala Kettida Nirmana Thozhilali Congress (KKNTC). … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Archana Women’s Centre…for now

On Friday, November 8, the tradeswomen of North America and the women of Archana said goodbye after a week of discussions, site visits, media events, meetings with government and academic dignitaries and getting to know each other. More on the … Continue reading

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Visiting Archana Electricians and Plumbers at Work

By Katy Rhodes, Electrician, British Columbia In Kerala, the Archana Women’s Centre puts women through a 3 month program but often has trouble recruiting women because of their traditional views of women’s work. You can imagine that if the women … Continue reading

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A monument to a monumental event: Women of Archana and Women of North America come together for gender and economic equality in the trades

By Noreen Buckley, Electrician, San Francisco Jayasree P. K. designed and built this symbol of women’s power to honor the great work that was achieved by the Building Bridges Delegation and Archana Women Center this past week. This statue marks … Continue reading

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FOCUS ON SAFETY

On Wednesday, the North American Tradeswomen and the Women of Archana discussed safety on the job in construction. Below is a summary of that discussion. In an effort to keep the issue at the top of our joint international agenda, … Continue reading

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There is more than one way to move construction materials

The women of Building Bridges shared the following photos that may be of particular interest to Operating Engineers.  

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The Work of the AWC Masons

By Jenna Lipinski, Canadian Bricklayer On Nov, 4 2019, a group of us visited a Mason Jobsite in Kottayam, Kerala. Members of our group included myself, Jenna Lipinski (Bricklayer, Canada), Jan Jenson (Retired Ironworker/Photo Journalist, US) and Chantal Krcmar (PhD … Continue reading

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Hospitality Beyond Compare

By Antoinette “Ant” Yap, Millwright from Vancouver, British Columbia I honestly had no idea what I was in for when starting this trip. In preparation for my trip I did my research, spoke to as many friends as possible who … Continue reading

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Carpenters Visit Carpenters

By Cassandra Klewicki, Carpenters Local 290 Today I had the privilege of visiting Archana’s Carpentry Unit with two other delegates from the trade. It was an amazing experience. First we met Chandran, who is part of the Vishwakarma (Carpenter) caste … Continue reading

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