Profile: Siobhan Mangal is an apprentice in the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association, Local 222 and an apprentice with the Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, Local 110. She describes the positive experiences with mentoring on the job and in the union, the support from other women at the jobsite and in the union locals, and her enthusiastic participation in Build Together. She speaks of her positive attitude on the job and her pride in her work and her achievements, particularly in relation to the physical challenges involved in her work. She gives detailed descriptions of the training and work in rope access and of the importance of health and safety training. Her strength is also shown in her assertive response to experiences of discrimination.
Keywords: Apprenticeship; Asbestos protection; Assertiveness; Benefit of union; Build Together; Camp life; Discrimination; Discrimination response; Fireproofing; First job; Insulators; Mentoring; Other women on job; Other women in union; Physical challenges on job; Positive attitude; Pride in work; Public reaction; RAP; Rope access; Safety training; Setting boundaries; Significant other in trades; Visible minority
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