Push the Envelope, Judaline Cassidy
Judaline Cassidy was the first woman admitted to her union. Now, she talks about her continual work to push the envelope as one of the few women with leadership roles in her Union.
- Plumber's Local Union Number One, we have 6,000 members and we have about 69 women. I knew that I wanted a change for women and minorities, so I wanted to change it, so I had to run. I ran for office six or seven times, for different offices. I finally became the first woman on the Examining Board in my union. And the only woman in the room, so I'm in the room with only the guys. And I still try to push the envelope of, we need a Woman Committee. We need Sexual Harassment Training on the job. So we, as a union, let's take a inventory. Let's see what we're doing right and what we're doing wrong. You know what, the numbers really hasn't changed. Let's be intentional. Let's give women opportunity. Let's give them the positions if they deserve it. I'm not just saying, "Give us stuff" because they should just give women, but they deserve it, these women who have been in the business, they work hard, and they deserve the opportunity. But we need to let the men start saying, "Let's be intentional. "Let's be intentional."