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About susanmoir2015

Researcher, feminist, labor activist.

Edwina Patterson, Laborer from Minnesota, shares her thoughts on safety in India and the US

So, as I walk down the street while in India I see a ton of construction but I don’t see much PPE (personal protective equipment). All I can think about is every time an inspector says where’s your hard hat, … Continue reading

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Janet Butler, India Delegate, gives her thoughts on the trip

Janet is the owner of Federal Concrete, Inc., a union concrete construction company that is signatory to the New England Carpenters, Laborers and Ironworkers. Janet represented union contractors on the trip (and in many other venues in Massachusetts!). Below are … Continue reading

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Operating Engineer Kelly McClellen on demonetization of India’s currency

Late on November 8, 2016, the Indian government announced the “demonetisation” its currency. What did that mean? When the people of India woke up the next morning, the bills in their wallets, tucked in their sarrees, stashed under their mattresses, … Continue reading

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Tradeswomen and advocates protest the Trump inauguration at the Taj Mahal

STRICTLY MY OPINIONS!   –Susan January 21, 2017 We were 15 citizens of the United States out of the country on the day that a dangerous and hateful person would become President. We never planned for this to happen. We … Continue reading

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Our visit to a construction naka: We meet women construction workers

On our last day in Noida, the staff of VV Giri arranged a bus and a translator to take us to a naka, a village intersection where construction day laborers wait to be hired by contractors. This system is familiar to … Continue reading

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Building Bridges 2017: The International Tradeswomen’s Conference in India

On January 17-20, the Delegation was hosted by the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute in Noida, India. We stayed in the very comfortable Institute dorms and were provided with wonderful meals by the Institute staff. On Wednesday and Thursday, the … Continue reading

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A tradeswoman’s refection on traffic, caste and housing

From Operating Engineer Holly Brown “Nothing prepared me for what I would see in India. The amount of people is mind blowing. It seems like anything goes when in it comes to the road in Delhi. You have your normal … Continue reading

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India is tough

Kelly McClellen is an Operating Engineer from I.U.O.E. Local 101 in Kansas and Missouri and a member of Heartland Women in Trades. She shared her thoughts early in our trip: “Have you ever been a part of something way bigger … Continue reading

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Operating Engineer and Northern California Apprentice Coordinator Holly Brown on visiting a Sikh Temple

Going to the Sikh Temple was amazing. The first thing people do is take off their shoes and wash their feet and hands before entering. When you enter the main temple you walk clock wise around the room. The most amazing … Continue reading

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Dee Soza, California Electrician, shares her thoughts

It is eight days into our Tradeswomen Delegation, and every moment of everyday has been filled with colorful sights, bustling sounds, at times to the point of needing earplugs, and unexpected emotions. Dr. Susan Moir has done a tremendous job … Continue reading

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