3262.0: Monday, November 13, 2000: 8:30 PM-10:00 PM

Tradeswomen Speak Out: New Directions for Health and Safety in Construction

Recent studies on health and safety for women in construction (the HASWIC studies) have identified specific hazards faced by tradeswomen and have explored obstacles to change, including the organization, structure and history of the industry. The inherent hazards of construction are magnified for women by social and historical attitudes toward women entering a traditionally male occupation and by a structure characterized by powerful disincentives to change. Women are the "last hired, first fired" and moved from job to job to evade the spirit of affirmative action. A deeply entrenched culture of exclusion and sexism permits threats, intimidation and substandard training of women. Tradeswomen are left isolated and vulnerable to physical danger and job insecurity. The qualities that allow women to survive under these conditions produce striking stories of individual triumphs over dangerous, even life-threatening, conditions. Panelists include members of the Boston Tradeswomen's Network and other experienced tradeswomen who have each been in their trades for over ten years. They are leaders in initiatives to help women enter and stay in the construction field and to make the industry healthier and safer for both women and men
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Presider(s):Susan Moir, MS
Organizer(s):Susan Moir
8:30 PMCurrent work to develop women's leadership in the unions
Faith Calhoun
8:45 PMHealth and safety and organizing women construction workers
Elizabeth Skidmore
9:00 PMSolutions to health and safety problems developed by the Boston-area HASWIC Research Circle
Laura Bilotas
9:15 PMStrategies for improving safety conditions and keeping women in the trades
Felicia Battley
9:30 PMTradeswomen's stories of health and safety from Susan Eisenberg's recent book, We'll Call You If We Need You
Susan Eisenberg
9:45 PMDiscussion
Sponsor:Occupational Health and Safety
Cosponsors:Environment; Labor Caucus; Socialist Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA