Photographs of Local 79 female Shop Stewards were featured prominently in a recent Associated Press article on women in the construction trades. The comprehensive article looks at the number of women in the construction trades, some of the issues that face women as they pursue a career in construction, and the efforts made by groups such as Non-Traditional Employment for Women and apprenticeship programs such as Local 79's to increase the percentage of women in the building trades. The article drew heavily from a recent study entitled "Women in Construction: Still Breaking Ground."
On April 1st, 2014, Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska was voted onto the Board of Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW). Founded in 1978, NEW, whose mission is to prepare women for skilled, unionized jobs in the trades, serves women from all five boroughs in New York City. Local 79 has many proud graduates of NEW who have gone on to complete the apprenticeship program and are, according to Local 79 Apprenticeship Coordinator Timmy Warrington, "consistently some of the best Laborers." Although women represent around 3% of the construction industry nationwide, 15% of the graduates of Local 79's apprenticeship program are women. "We are proud to see [...]