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BAC Women Participate in the First Virtual Women Build Nations Conference

2020 Issue 4
News in Brief

For those on the industry’s frontlines during the pandemic, the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) salutes them. In October 2020, NABTU welcomed over 1,300 participants at its first virtual International Tradeswomen Build Nations (TWBN) conference to inspire, empower and share experiences of tradeswomen around the world.

The conference included a virtual BAC Caucus, moderated by Local 1 NY member Leslie Houghton. Panelists included Liliana Calderon of Local 21 IL; Laurie Harris of Local 3 CA; Jackie Townsend of ADC 1 of IL; Angela Henderson of Local 1 WA/AK; Kristine Azzoli of Local 1 NY; and Jenna Lipinski of Local 1 SK.

Each shared their journey to becoming tradeswomen and answered questions about how to support each other in the trades and help our Union grow.

“Help communities to keep supply lines open, retrofitting factories, keep power on for hospitals, industries and homes, and quickly build new testing facilities, and hospital expansions,” says NABTU President Sean McGarvey. “You demonstrated how our model—building trades do whatever it takes—is really true. Because of you and your ability to deal with difficult situations, including sometimes educating men, on jobsites, on what respecting partnership is all about, we survive these catastrophes, and come out stronger on the other side.”

To view the recorded virtual conference, visit