Steel Edge Women of the OPCMIA

Steel Edge Women Spotlights

March 14, 2019
Veronica Godinez

Veronica Godinez

My Grandfather learned the trade and my Grandmother got the Contractor’s license. They were a small outfit where I began as their driver, labor, and finisher during weekends and summers. Watching my Grandparents was inspiring because I felt that I could do what they did. It was hard work and even more so because I was the owner’s granddaughter. After my Grandparents retired and trying the college thing, I joined the Union.
The proud women of OPCMIA have a steel edge, and they are among the best, toughest, most skilled craftspeople anywhere in the world.

General President Daniel E. Stepano

Steel Edge Women of the OPCMIA

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Resources

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  • Chicago Women in Trades – https://cwit.org
    2444 W. 16th St., #3E, Chicago, IL 60608, W: 312-942-1444 | W-fax: 312-942-1599
  • empowHER – Building Trades Women’s Group whose goals would be to reach out to gain members, answer questions about how to achieve leadership and upward mobility in the industry, be visible within the community to make people know we are here and show that they can follow this path as well.  Find us on Facebook right now as we aren’t on a website quite yet.  Regular meetings third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council, 5941 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53213
  • HHW Ohio (formerly Hard Hatted Women) https://www.hhwohio.org
    41957 North Ridge, Unit 2, Elyria, Ohio 44035, W: 216-861-6500
  • Local 528 Steel Edge Womenhttps://www.opcmia528.org/528women
  • Missouri Women in the Tradeshttp://www.missouriwomenintrades.org
    8300 Manchester Road, Brentwood, MO 63144, W: 314-963-3200 | W-fax: 314-963-3286
  • National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) – http://www.napequity.org
    PO Box 369, Cochranville, PA 19330, W: 610-593-8038 | W-fax: 610-593-7283
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) – http://www.nawic.org
    327 Adams St., Fort Worth, TX 76104, W: 817-877-5551 | W-fax: 817-877-0324
  • Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) – http://www.new-nyc.org
    243 W. 20th St., New York, NY 10011, W: 212-627-6252 | W-fax: 626-486-2293
  • Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. – http://www.tradeswomen.net
    3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., #101, Portland, OR 97212, W: 503-335-8200 | W-fax: 503-249-0445
  • Pennsylvania Women Work – http://pawomenwork.org
    411 Seventh Ave., #925, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, W: 412-281-9270 | W-fax: 412-281-9279
  • State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, Women in Constructionhttp://www.sbctc.org/doc.asp?id=310
  • Tradeswomen, Inc.http://www.tradeswomen.org
    1433 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612, W: 510-891-8773 | W-fax: 510-891-8775
  • Vermont Works for Women – http://www.vtworksforwomen.org
    32A Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski, VT 05404, W: 802-655-8900 | W-fax: 802-655-8922
  • Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER)http://www.winterwomen.org
    3655 S. Grand Ave., #210, Los Angeles, CA 90007, W: 213-749-3970 | W-fax: 213-749-3918

From Roses to Rivets Documentary Film Project

Celebrates women’s contributions to the work force past and present – http://www.fromrosestorivets.com

PBS Documentary features women in Iron Workers #377 in SF.

Women Can Do Conference

This is a great short piece and very real! She is doing post tensioning work.

Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW)

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

From Fences and Locks to Jobs and Paychecks

What to Do if You’re Expecting

If you’re a Steel-Edge Woman and you become pregnant, there are a number of questions you may have about your rights on the job and the need to protect your health. The answers will vary, depending on the terms of your collective bargaining agreement, your specific craft, and applicable state and local laws. But here is a broad guide to help connect you with resources and information we hope you will find useful, with special thanks to OPCMIA Steel-Edge Women Chair Kilah Engelke, Business Agent for Local 599 Area 558. Kilah just gave birth to her first child, Marleigh Jade. Congratulations!

Please know that the OPCMIA and your Local Union stand ready to help if you encounter any problems. We have got your back!

PROTECTING YOUR SAFETY AND HEALTH WHILE PREGNANT

YOUR RIGHT TO MATERNITY LEAVE

If you are pregnant or raising a newborn child and have further questions about your rights and protections, please contact your Local’s Business Manager. The OPCMIA is a family-friendly union and you have a right to a career that allows you to work in our crafts while raising your family.

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