The Reckoning Trade Project (RTP) works toward creating safer and more equitable workplaces and increasing job retention in the trades by building support systems, hosting educational forums, and organizing social events for women, LGBTQ+, and other non-traditional tradesworkers.
Established by Morgan Mentzer, a queer woman and co-founder of the Lavender Rights Project with extensive experience as a mechanic, and M. Benitez, a queer PhD Candidate of color whose research focuses on non-traditional workers in blue-collar labor in addition to having a background in aerospace welding, the Reckoning Trade Project was born out of the consistent and industry-wide discrimination, harassment, and isolation experienced by women, LGBTQ+ folks, people of color, and other non-traditional tradesworkers.
RTP’s first major event, an LGBTQ+ Tradesworker Town Hall in Seattle, connected tradesworkers, employers, community organizations, and local change-makers through open dialogue and resource sharing. Passionate tradesworkers who wanted to organize more events like the Town Hall came forward and started meeting regularly, resulting in RTP’s monthly socials, the development of resources, and a workshop for the Women Build Nations national conference in 2018 — all created by and for non-traditional tradesworkers.
Visit our Calendar to learn more about organizing opportunities, socials, and other community-based events as the Reckoning Trade Project continues to grow its programming and reach across the state.