United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local #74 was founded in 1919. Currently we have approximately 332 members that join the ranks of over 22,000 members nationwide. The geographical areas under our jurisdiction are Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Orleans and Genesee counties in New York State.
Women in Roofing
The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers is dedicated to increasing the number of women in the roofing and waterproofing trade. The recruitment and retention of women in our union are important, and affirmative action requirements for construction contractors now demand a larger share of women in our craft. The construction industry's skilled workforce is only 3% female, and while society's perception of gender roles is changing, it is happening slowly in construction occupations. Nevertheless, women are joining our union as apprentices and journeyman roofers and waterproofers at a higher rate than ever before and are excelling in the craft. If you are a woman interested in joining our union, you can contact the local union in your area or submit an online form.
In 2002, a small group of union tradeswomen in California began holding annual meetings, which eventually became the largest tradeswomen conference in the United States, known as Trades Women Build Nations. The conference now takes place in various locations across the country and attracts over 2,500 union tradeswomen and allies every year. The conference spans three days and includes workshops, speakers, trade caucuses, social gatherings, and political rallies. Kinsey Robinson, the President of Roofers International, personally urges all women in the Roofers Union to attend this conference, and the International Office will cover the registration fees for up to two female member attendees per local union. For further information, you can visit nabtu.org/twbn.