"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."
“I love being a Sheet Metal Worker. I love that it’s challenging both physically and mentally. I’m thankful for my apprenticeship program because I now have access to a rewarding and stable career that’s going to make sure that I can take care of myself and my family now and after I retire.”
Mikey not only has worked as a carpenter for 18 years, but she also runs a program called Girls @ Work that encourages young, inner city girls to build the skills for success in the work world, in construction or elsewhere.