Tradeswomen Host Successful Networking Event

Cleveland Building Trades Tradeswomen Committee

An Oct. 18 networking event brought together more than 50 tradeswomen to encourage open discussion about the work they perform. 

The special event offered tradeswomen, who are members of various unions affiliated with the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, the opportunity to get together away from jobsites and get to know one another. 

Sponsored by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Tradeswomen Committee, this networking event was the first of hopefully many future gatherings for the region’s tradeswomen.

Doreen Cannon, President of Plumbers Local 55 and Chair of the Tradeswomen Committee, was pleased with the turnout and thanked Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski and area business managers from affiliated unions for their efforts to reach every tradeswoman and let them know about the group.

“Many of the Locals do not have a large number of women in their membership, so it is important to bring the women from every Cleveland Building Trades union together for support and comradery,” Cannon said.

This was the first of many events the Tradeswomen Committee plans to host or participate in the months ahead. 

Attendees discussed the need to promote the industry and opportunities available to women at the Oct. 30 Apprenticeship Fair, as well as organizing community volunteer opportunities for the Tradeswomen to perform together.

“There is a lot of interest from the tradeswomen to take part in a community project where we can put our trade skills to work,” Cannon said. “We hope to have something planned for this summer.”

The next event is planned for Nov. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Plumbers Local 55 Union Hall, which will be the Tradeswomen Christmas party and toy donation drive. Each tradeswomen who attends is asked to bring a new toy, as all toys collected will be donated to The Edna House. 

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