(audio) “I’m living proof that we can do this…”
That’s Rochelle Ramsey-Walker, an apprentice in the Painters union and a member of the advisory group for the Women in Apprenticeship and Non Traditional Occupations, or WANTO. The group last week held its third meeting for women in the skilled trades, organized by the Metro Washington Council’s Community Service Agency.
“These women come from different facets of the construction trades and strategize about building community, supporting apprenticeships programs and each other in the struggle for gender equity,” said Emma Brennan, WANTO Technical Assistant Project Manager.
Here’s Rochelle, speaking about her experiences in the trades: (audio)
"This program is just the beginning of more great things to come,” said Brian Courtien, Training Director of the Finishing Trades Institute of Maryland, Virginia and DC, where the meeting was held.
On today’s labor calendar, Stand With Wells Fargo Workers at 8:45am this morning at the U.S. Capitol at the U.S. House Triangle, which is located in the grassy triangle on the House side of the Capitol's East Front;
details on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1912, the "Bread and Roses" textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts ended when the American Woolen Company agreed to most of the strikers’ demands; other textile companies quickly followed suit.
Today’s labor quote is by Lane Kirkland, president of the AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995, who was born in Camden, South Carolina on this date in 1922. Lane Kirkland, who said:
“Unions can no more live without democracy than a fish without water.”
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