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 with a focus on LGBTQ+,BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) and other non-traditional tradesworkers.
Everyone deserves the right to work in a safe environment and to earn the wages and benefits needed to sustain themselves and their family. Every person deserves to be protected from danger or the risk of injury in every area of their life—including and especially the workplace. And when harm inevitably occurs, they deserve the access, opportunities, and resources to heal. We deserve policies and a culture that respect the inherent dignity and equality of every human being across the full spectrum of queer identity.
The fight for fair and just labor practices is centuries old, and the work we do only serves to further the queer, civil rights, and labor movements that led to today. However, those with money and power want to keep things exactly the way they are. The policies and power structures that shape so much of our daily lives were built and are maintained based on the exclusion of marginalized people—including and especially queer and trans folks. Queer and trans folks—especially Black, Indigenous and people of color—face disproportionate harassment, discrimination, death threats and more in every aspect of life; the work place being one of them. The precarity of queer and trans folks’ lives is furthered by the fact that opportunities for education and job placement in the trades are never made possible.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
RTP trains, educates, and retains non-traditional tradesworkers from a community-based framework that addresses intersections of oppression from a legal systemic and historical approach with a focus on queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people, especially queer and trans people of color.