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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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Priceless experiences: “Treasures that can not be bought.”

By Veronica Godinez, JourneyWoman Cement Mason out of OPCMIA Local 400 in Sacramento CA. Director of Northern California Joint Apprenticeship and Training.  Member of her union’s initiative to empower women members, Steel Edge Women of the OPCMIA. To say that … Continue reading

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The Tradeswomen have arrived at the Archana Women’s Centre in Kerala

November 4, 2019 Our first blog post is from San Francisco Electrician and Building Bridges organizer, Noreen Buckley. Noreen was also a member of the 2017 Tradeswomen Building Bridges Delegation. She writes: I made it safely to India – it … Continue reading

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The 2019 Tradeswomen Building Bridges Delegation to India arrives in Kerala on Nov. 2: Meet the Delegates

The 2019 Delegation is made of 12 women from the US and Canada and a researcher. They will be spending 5 days with the women of the Archana Women’s Centre and, the following weekend, with leaders and workers of KKNCT, … Continue reading

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Still Building Bridges: US Tradeswomen are returning to India

In November 2019, a delegation of tradeswomen from around the United States will be joining women construction workers in Kerala India for Building Bridges: The 2019 Tradeswomen’s Training Exchange. The trip will be led by Carpenter Amanda Johnson of New York … Continue reading

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How Marie Met Melody: Sisters in the Trades Making Global Connections

Kelly McClellen, IUOE 101 and member of HWIT- Heartland Women in the Trades, was a Delegate on the 2017 Building Bridges Tradeswomen’s trip to India. Kelly is a leader in making global connections with tradeswomen. At Women Build Nations 2017 … Continue reading

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What’s happening with Building Bridges with the women construction workers of India… and across the world?

It has been a long time between posts. Over the past year, I have been more focused on the work in the US of “crushing the barriers of women’s access to good jobs in the union construction trades.” We have more … Continue reading

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