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Dear National Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues –

Chicago Women in Trades invites you to visit the 2016 Women Build Nations EVENTS and check out the exciting events happening before and during the conference – we look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

2016 Women Build Nations Conference Events

Coming to the 2016 Women Build Nations conference early?  Consider joining us for all or some of the WBN conference events. Chicago Women in Trades is excited to share our city with you!

Thursday, April 28 – Open House Reception

Chicago Women in Trades invites you to join us on Thursday, April 28th for an Open House Reception! Come tour our facility and training center from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.   Meet up with local tradeswomen, learn about Chicago Women in Trades’ history and programs and enjoy some tasty Chicago treats. The event is free but an RSVP is requested so we have enough munchies on hand!

Please RSVP online at:  CWIT WBN OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION to let us know we can expect you!  We are located at 2444 West 16th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60608 on the 3rd floor with elevator access.  Shuttle transportation will be available from the conference hotels.  Parking and entrance is in the rear parking lot.

Friday, April 29th  – Chicago and Women’s Labor History Tour

Please join us for an exciting and informative tour to learn more about Chicago’s rich Labor history and women’s participation in it!  The bus will depart from the conference hotels at 9:00 am and return at approximately 2:00 pm.

The cost of the tour is $20.00 per person and includes transportation to and from the conference hotels, a box lunch, and guided tour. On this tour we will visit the Haymarket Memorial, Hull House, the Stockyards, Steelworkers’ Park and Pullman with a focus on the contributions of women to the labor movement. The tour will be led by the Illinois Labor History Society.

Registration is required to guarantee a seat on the Labor History Tour. Please register for the event here 2016 WBN Labor History Tour .

Sunday, May 1st   – May Day Parade

Inspired by the American labor movement for a workers’ rights and a shorter workday, unionists around the world began celebrating May 1st or “May Day,” as an international workers’ holiday. Chicago has a long and proud history in observing American labor history and the work of those who fought for the movement and worker’s rights here in Chicago by hosting a parade to commemorate May Day.  Join us by marching in the May Day Parade alongside our union sisters and brothers, and other activists who honor this important day in our movement’s history.

Buses will be available at the conference hotels to transport conference participants to the parade and back to the hotels.  The event is free, but requires registration to reserve a seat on the bus.  Please reserve  your seat here:  2016 WBN May Day Parade .



April 29 – May 1, 2016 will mark a momentous occasion for tradeswomen worldwide when the Women Build Nations conference convenes in Chicago – the first time in its history that it will be held outside California. The annual tradeswomen convening, anchored for the last 15 years by the State Building Construction Trades Council of California, brings together tradeswomen from multiple construction crafts to build leadership skills, learn strategies for overcoming challenges and unite around common issues.

Chicago Women in Trades is proud to serve as the local host committee of the 2016 Women Build Nations Conference and to partner with the North American Building Trades Unions, along with other national, regional and local tradeswomen advocates and other allies, to co-host this truly inspirational conference.

Additional information regarding registration for the 2016 Women Build Nations conference will be announced in December of 2015.

In the meantime:

Download a Save the Date flyer for 2016 and share it with your sisters


visit: http://www.sbctc.org/ for newsletters, pictures and videos of previous years conferences.

If you are in the Chicago area and would like to get involved, contact jvellinga@cwit2.org

For other conference information, contact kkupcak@cwit2.org

Hope to see you in Chicago this spring!


2015 Women Building the Nation

Women Building the Nation Conference was held in Los Angeles, Ca May 1- 3, 2015.
In attendance were 1,070 tradeswomen and men from many states including, but not limited to, Alaska, California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, Massachusettes, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. There were tradeswomen from 5 provinces in Canada including Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec. And Ireland sent one hardy tradeswomen representative as well. Tradeswomen at the Conference represented over 18 major crafts unions. This was the largest Women Building Conference attendance ever surpassing last year’s attendance by 200 people. Additional to the primary conference Tradeswomen Inc. cohosts the Friday all day Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute and the Sunday afternoon Tradeswomen Policy Forum.




2014 Women Building California

In 2014, Women Building California and the Nation WBCN 2014 smashed all previous attendance records with over 875 attendees. There is much more to tell about the Conferences. Please see www.sbctc.org for some great pictures and reports.