"I love being a female Operating Engineer because of the amount of self respect I’ve gained, the sisterhood/brotherhood, and and how fun it is!"
Chelsea Nichole Fenton
"I am very proud to be a union laborer. I love doing and learning something new everyday! The sisterhood and brotherhood that emulates from my local is amazing. I love that I can provide for my family and drive past jobs I've helped build with my own two hands and actually say I helped build that! These projects will be around long after I'm gone."
"I love being in the trades. Before joining the union, I felt that I could never do enough to truly help to take care of my family and prepare for the future. Now, I most certainly sleep easier at night knowing my benefits can help my family so much and that retirement will be so much easier to plan for."
"As an apprentice electrician, I get to do news and challenging things. Taking on a trade has made me stronger physically and more confident."
"My favorite part of being a tradeswomen is being able to be outside on daily basis working with my hands. In the long term, I get to see what myself and the people I work with have created throughout the city."
"Working in the union trades has taught me to be tough. As I steward, I get to fight for the guys. I have to put my foot down regarding certain issues, and still maintain a good rapport with the foreman and superintendents."