Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Executive Board,
The Women Building the Nation conference is scheduled for October 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. A primary goal of this conference is to offer women in the trades the skills, resources and support to thrive in construction industry careers through to retirement. I am requesting the support of the Local to send tradeswomen and interested men to attend the conference this historic year.
This is the seventh year that the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), AFL-CIO, with support from several International unions, is sponsoring the conference that has grown out of the California Building and Construction Trades sponsored women’s conferences begun in 2002. More information about the conference, including the Conference Brochure with a registration form included is available at www.chicagowomenintrades2.org
For each of the past 6 years, hundreds of union crafts women from all over the country have convened at the conference. In 2016, there were over 1500 attendees. Union apprentices, new journeywomen, women in leadership and women ready to retire come to the conference to network, to share experiences, to mentor and to learn. Several Construction Trades International Presidents have attended the Conference. Politicians, union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators and tradeswomen facilitate more than 40 workshops and plenary sessions. Attendees to this conference build their leadership skills, union identity, mentoring connections and support networks as well as renew their enthusiasm and commitment to their unions and their careers.
We are asking the Local to ensure that the women of our Local are represented at this historic conference and that our union banner is prominent in the hall. Early registration to the conference is $____ per person and includes meals. Hotel accommodations are available at $____ per night (plus tax). $____ will provide (registration, accommodations, travel) for _____# attendees. This will be money well spent by the union.
Member, Local XXX