Meet Jeannette Bradshaw

IBEW Local 58 Registrar “You need to have a skill no one can take away.”  Jeannette Bradshaw, IBEW Local 58 Registar speaks with us about her journey in the trade which started in the field and expanded to important work for Local 58 with elected officials and policy makers.  #WICWeek HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE TRADE? Jeannette first applied in 1999 after her dad suggested she go into the trades.  She did not pass the math requirements on the test, even though she was an honors student in high school where she went to a college prep high school. In January 2001, she applied again, in February she took her test, in April she had her interview. During this waiting period she was really getting burned out working in retail and quit her retail job the first week in June, and on June 26th she got the call from IBEW!! She made it into the program! 2. WAS THERE SOMEONE WHO INFLUENCED YOU IN THE TRADE?  Jeannette’s mom and dad were both influential. Her dad was a carpenter by trade, and her mom worked for Mobile Oil for the corporate owned stations, where she trained franchise Mobile gas stations. Her father told her, “You need to have a skill no one can take away.”  These words of wisdom have stuck with her ever since. Her grandfather was also in the union and was a home builder.  3. WHAT SHE DID BEFORE THE TRADE, SCHOOL?  Jeannette was a retail manager while attending Wayne State University for one year. She wanted to be a geologist, but she knew school was just...

Meet Grace Trudell

IBEW Local 58 – Business Agent “It doesn’t matter what background you come from – all are welcome in the Trades.”  Grace Trudell, IBEW Local 58 Business Agent speaks with us about her experiences in the trade and all the possibilities there are for women to succeed in the Electrical Industry including becoming the first-ever female Agent at Local 58.  #WICWeek HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE TRADE? My brother-in-law, who is a union mason said he would help me do some things around the house.  Together we redid my driveway and carpentry work on the garage. I always helped him with projects around the house and learned. I love working with my hands. One day my brother-in-law brought over a booklet about the trades and the union. He wanted me to go into masonry.  I looked at all the trades and programs, all the qualifications, including which ones got paid the most and said I know I can do this and became an electrician. 2. WHAT SHE DID BEFORE THE TRADE, SCHOOL? I was a youth counselor and went to college to get my Business Administration Degree.  At age 28, I decided I needed a change from being a youth counselor and the opportunity presented itself when my brother-in-law gave me the information booklet on the Trades and how to sign up and I just “took a chance.”3. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU’VE WORKED? I will never forget my very first job was on a January 5th in the middle of winter. Freezing cold out. I was assigned to the MGM Grand temporary Casino and was...

Meet Leryn Nida

Detroit EITC Apprentice HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE TRADE?  I worked in the maintenance department at Lake St. Clair Metro Park about a year out of High School. Loved doing everything with my hands. My boss started giving me little jobs related to the trades, fixing things, changing light bulbs, etc. I worked at the park for 10 years and over time was given more and more responsibility in this area.  My boss taught me, pushed me and really motivated me. He was a big influence. 2. WHAT SHE DID BEFORE THE APPRENTICESHIP?  I went to Macomb Community College where I was striving for my engineering degree in Applied Science. I wanted to go into Aerospace Engineering. While in college, I also took a small desk job working for a company in this field. I didn’t like it because I wasn’t doing anything really physical.  At the same time, I was in college I was also still working at the Metro Park. My sister-in-law’s dad suggested I apply for IBEW because I missed the hands on.   I applied and was called a year-and-a half later. 3. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?  I love all the on-the-job training I get and how willing everyone is to teach. It’s like a big family atmosphere and everyone works together. I love the physical labor and I’ve made some wonderful connections. 4. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU’VE WORKED?  I started working in the dorms at Wayne State University, then to West Bloomfield Schools, Life Science Building in the Medical Community area at Wayne State, Detroit Diesel laying fiber...