Steel Edge Women Spotlights

April 16, 2019
Sheri Keller

Sheri Keller

Sheri Keller has been a Cement Mason for 33 years and joined when she was 20 years old to work for her fathers’ company in August of 1982. Sheri was the second woman to join Local 528, Seattle.
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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    • Chicago Women in Trades –
      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)
      41957 North Ridge, Unit 2, Elyria, Ohio 44035, W: 216-861-6500
    • Local 528 Steel Edge Women
    • Missouri Women in the Trades
      8300 Manchester Road, Brentwood, MO 63144, W: 314-963-3200 | W-fax: 314-963-3286
    • National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) –
      PO Box 369, Cochranville, PA 19330, W: 610-593-8038 | W-fax: 610-593-7283
    • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) –
      327 Adams St., Fort Worth, TX 76104, W: 817-877-5551 | W-fax: 817-877-0324
    • Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) –
      243 W. 20th St., New York, NY 10011, W: 212-627-6252 | W-fax: 626-486-2293
    • Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. –
      3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., #101, Portland, OR 97212, W: 503-335-8200 | W-fax: 503-249-0445
    • Pennsylvania Women Work –
      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 Construction
    • Tradeswomen, Inc.
      1433 Webster Street, Oakland, CA 94612, W: 510-891-8773 | W-fax: 510-891-8775
    • Vermont Works for Women –
      32A Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski, VT 05404, W: 802-655-8900 | W-fax: 802-655-8922
    • Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER)
      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 –

    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!



    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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