What made you start your career in the trades?
I started in the construction trades determined to better the lives of my children. That decision has affected my life in extraordinary ways. Joining the union is what kept me pushing forward. I needed a career that made me feel capable, strong, financially independent and totally self-sufficient. I needed to be stimulated intellectually, and wanted flexibility in my job duties as well as physical mobility during my day. I found all of that in the Electrical Apprenticeship with NECA/IBEW Local 48 (National Electrical Contractors Association/International Brotherhood of Electrical...
For a company whose motto is “get dirty,” 2020 was a weird new world that saw us obsessively washing our hands. Tough times don’t end when the calendar flips, but we’re grateful to be able to reflect on them at all. We may be a little beat up, and in need of an actual hug, but we’re so damn lucky to be writing to you.
There is a quote that goes, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
In that spirit, we've compiled a list of groups working hard to promote equity, equality, and diversity in their industries, and how we can offer support.