The May edition of Alaska Economic Trends takes a look at non-traditional employment for both genders. The magazine reports that female participation in construction actually went down 7% in the last 10 years and that the gender wage-gap still holds steady. Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Commissioner Heidi Drygas explains in the magazine that “Understanding our changing economy is important…Economic changes can have profound impacts on wages, aggregate demand, and the health of our statewide economy.”
Efforts to bring the NBA back to Seattle fell short earlier this month when the City Council did not approve the conditional street vacation of Occidental Avenue South for the proposed arena project by a vote of 5-4. The five council members who voted ‘no’ happened to be all women.
May 1 marked the beginning of the 12th annual Construction Industry Safety Week, a week dedicated to construction workers and their efforts to promote safety on the job. Seattle-based Skanska used the week to announce a new safety initiative.
For 2016’s Construction Industry Safety Week, Skanska’s U.S. job sites will discuss ladder use during daily Toolbox Talks and participate in site-specific activities such as training sessions and project demonstrations to help promote safety, communication, and camaraderie.