Labor In The News: Cement Masons 891's Mary Battle

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Labor In The News: Cement Masons 891's Mary Battle(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons 891 business manager Mary Battle is featured in last week's Washington Post story on how women still face barriers in construction trades. Women still face substantial barriers to entering the construction field and widespread harassment on job sites, according to a report from the National Women’s Law Center. Battle, the first woman to be elected to her post in union leadership in its 150-year history, is one of the women featured in the report. “They’ll harass and belittle you to try to make you quit. But we must stick with it, or else things won’t ever get better for women on the job,” Battle says in the law center’s report. “I have worked in cement masonry for more than 30 years, and we are still dealing with the problems we had back then.” 
photo by Saschane M. Stephenson/Union City


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