Sisters began forming SIB committees prior to the first UBC Women’s Conference in 2002, and have always been actively engaged in building a better UBC in many ways. Here are just some of their endeavors:
- Working with the International Training Center and UBC Department of Education and Training to create programs in leadership development and mentoring.
- Working with numerous entities in the Department of Labor to address regulatory and enforcement issues to increase diversity in the trade.
- Developing a partnership with Helmets to Hardhats to assist women who are interested in working in construction after leaving the military.
- Helping pass an ordinance in a major U.S. city that created an online database showing compliance with city hiring goals for diversity in the trades.
- Participating in picketing against unscrupulous contractors that underpay carpenters and undercut area-standard wages and benefits.
- Building Habitat for Humanity women-built houses throughout the United States.
- Hosting regional carpenters women’s conferences.
- Using developers’ interest in workforce diversity to turn jobs union.
- Helping to educate industry leaders and contractors on the merits of meeting compliance goals for federally funded projects.