Building careers & relationships

Friday, February 22, 2019

They build nations. They build solidarity. They build relationships. And they build the future.

By Corry Anderson-Fennell
BCBT Communications Director

They build nations. They build solidarity. They build relationships. And they build the future.

Members of Build TogetHER made their mark on this year’s Women Build Nations conference in Seattle, WA Oct. 12 to 14.

They delivered a well-attended workshop on Building a Movement, participated in their union caucuses, marched in the annual banner parade in downtown Seattle and joined workers from Unite Here! Local 8 in a solidarity rally outside the Westin Hotel.

“Women Build Nations is always the must-attend event of the year for tradeswomen and this conference was no different,” said Build TogetHER BC co-chair Julia Ballantyne. “It was an opportunity to catch up with the friends we’ve already made, meet new friends and share our resources and ideas so that collectively we can help support and advance women in the trades.

“It was also a chance to let every single woman there know that she isn’t alone; there is a giant group of women and our allies supporting her.

”Presented by UA Local 516’s Ballantyne, LiUNA Local 1611’s Sarina Hanschke, IBEW 213’s Katy Rhodes and BC Regional Council of Carpenters’ Julie Sawatsky, the Build TogetHER workshop covered much of the committee’s work over the past four years since inception, from union and community involvement to government relations, research projects and leadership training.

Build TogetHER is grateful for the support of all the unions who sent members to the convention and also to LNG Canada for sponsoring bus transportation between Tsawwassen and Seattle.

Insulators 118 names first woman VP

Ashley Duncan is blazing a trail!

Duncan has been named vice-president of the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Local 118. She is the Insulators’ first female VP in Canada.

“It’s an honour to be in a position to advocate for our workers,” said Duncan, who is also secretary-treasurer of Build TogetHER.

Duncan is a staunch proponent of the retention and advancement of women in the trades. In addition to her role with Build TogetHER, she is on the governance committee of the BC Centre for Women in the Trades. She is also the sustainability co-ordinator and organizing committee representative for Local 118.

“The skilled trades offer amazing careers, but like in any sector, workers need advocates, and my passion is using my voice on behalf of our members,” added Duncan,who just returned from the BC Building Trades’ federal lobby in Ottawa.

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