I’m on the mailing list of NEW and received the below as an email celebrating Equal Pay Day and I wanted to share it as a reminder that there are in fact a lot of women working in construction!
For more than 30 years Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) has been chipping away at the wage gap by providing training for women in the skilled construction trades and access to union jobs that allow women to achieve economic independence and a secure future for themselves and their families.
Women working in the skilled trades earn two to three times more than women in traditional careers. Unionized jobs offer equal pay, family health benefits and pensions dramatically decreasing the disparity between men’s and women’s wages. The average starting wage for NEW graduates is $15 per hour. Wages increase by almost 50% within two years, and NEW graduates earn $40-$50 per hour after a four or five-year apprenticeship program.
Through its innovative training programs, NEW is helping to close the wage gap.