UA Local 179 in Saskatchewan was featured in the December 2012 issue of the UA Journal. The feature includes an article, Women In The Trades – Two Local 179 Perspectives, featuring Local 179’s Toni-Marie Abell and Monique Wills.
Toni-Marie, a top-notch welder, is an advocate for women in the trades and explains to the UA Journal what being a member of the UA has meant for her and her family. With a young daughter at home, she is very thankful for the kind of life she is able to provide. Her ambition is to become a Quality Control inspector.
Monique Wills, a First Nations member and forth-year plumber/pipefitter apprentice, is also a mother of two. Having begun her career working for a non-union plumbing and heating contractor, she was not aware of the UA until she was introduced through a UA signatory contractor. She now feels she has a real career, with stability for her and her family.