Dear friends,

From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, Massachusetts is leading the nation on gender and inclusion on our job sites.

I’m thrilled to share that the Massachusetts Building Trades Council (MassBTC), the Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues (PGTI), Building Pathways, and Massachusetts Girls in Trades were recently honored with the prestigious Mark H. Ayers Community Achievement Award by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU).  

From left: MassBTC President Frank Callahan, Mary Vogel of Building Pathways, Maryanne Ham of Massachusetts Girls in Trades, and Susan Moir of PGTI with their awards.

Here’s a video featuring our successful efforts:

The facts speak for themselves:

• In Massachusetts, the percentage of women in union apprenticeship programs is almost triple the national average of women in the construction workforce.

• 95% of all women apprentices in Massachusetts are enrolled in Union Sponsored Apprenticeship Programs. 

• Union contracts guarantee equal pay and benefits for equal work. 

Massachusetts building trades unions aren’t just creating great, life-changing careers. Every day, we’re diversifying the building trades and breaking down barriers to good jobs for all.



Frank Callahan
President, Massachusetts Building Trades Council

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