Apply to attend Tradeswomen Build Nations 2024

The Local 49 Executive Board will select up to 10 members to send to the 2024 Tradeswomen Build Nations conference, with expenses paid. The annual event, hosted by NABTU (North America’s Building Trades Unions), is Sept. 27-29 in New Orleans this year. To be considered for selection, you must fill out an application no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

What is it?

Tradeswomen Build Nations is the largest gathering of tradeswomen in the world and draws union tradeswomen and men from all the trades. It includes nationally recognized speakers, as well as breakout sessions about topics relevant to women in the trades and those who support them.

Who is eligible?

Anyone who is an active, dues-paying member in good standing of Local 49 may apply.

How do I apply?

To apply, you must fill out the online application available in MemberLink. In selecting applicants, the Executive Board will consider factors such as whether applicants have attended the conference in the past, geographic distribution, inclusion of apprentices and journey workers, why applicants want to attend, and more.


  • May 2 (4:30 p.m.): Application deadline
  • May 15: Announcement of selected members at General Membership Meeting in Minneapolis
  • May 17: Selected applicants notified by this date

The ‘fine print’

IF YOU ARE SELECTED: You will be responsible for registering for the event, booking your flight and hotel, covering conference-related expenses, paying applicable taxes, filling out an expense form and submitting receipts to Local 49. Local 49 will reimburse you for economy/main cabin airfare, three nights in a hotel, meals, transportation and parking. The local will also reimburse lost wages if you miss work to attend (reimbursements will be based on straight time, not overtime; taxes will not be withheld; you will receive a Form 1099 and be responsible for any applicable taxes). Local 49 will NOT reimburse for alcohol or entertainment. You must book your airfare and hotel by Monday, Aug. 12, 2024, and provide your airfare receipt and hotel confirmation to Local 49. You must submit receipts for all other eligible expenses within 31 days after the conference. Local 49 will promptly reimburse eligible expenses when it receives the required documentation.