The Wall Street Journal's Anne Kadet profiled Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), a Jobs to Build On partner
organization, and the organization's work supporting women who want to join the unionized building trades.
If you spot a female construction worker on a union site in New York City, you can assume three things. Yes,
she’s probably a tough cookie. And she’s likely earning far more than her blue-collar sisters in occupations traditionally held by women. Third? She likely got her start at a little-known workforce training program housed in a former firehouse on a quiet Manhattan
NEW recruits and trains about 225 women a year to enter apprentice programs offered by the city’s construction unions. The unions recently increased the portion of apprentice slots reserved for woman from
10% to 15%, and most are filled by NEW graduates.