May 2018 Newsletter
A Letter From The Chair
Shari Carlozzi, National Sales Manager, Roofing Division, Hapco Inc. & NWIR Chair
I recently opened a roofing industry magazine on the subject of the #MeToo movement, and while I wasn’t surprised to see an article on the subject that has rocked the nation, I was both surprised and disappointed to see the tone of this particular article: showing a faceless woman, hiding behind a “#MeToo” sign as its focal point over a two-page spread.
As a woman in the roofing industry, I was instantly compelled with a sense of angst, to investigate the true nature of this article. Could it really be as bad as it seemed at first glance? Yes. And what’s worse, the article referred to the movement as“so-called” MeToo movement….not real. It is very real, and while I understand the purpose of the #MeToo movement, let me remind you that National Women in Roofing was developed years before anyone mentioned #MeToo. While we understand their purpose, our NWIR mission is to empower women and recruit them into our industry, we are not merely an extension of #MeToo.
As I continued reading I became more and more shocked at how one-sided this article really was and how uninformed the author (an attorney) was on the subject. The gist of the article was to promote legal support for the health of your company in order to understand, protect and prepare your company from the legal complications of workplace harassment claims. Those intentions were good, but like most news articles, the broad context is usually found on page 1, with the fine details appearing somewhere on page 5, where the average reader will never finish.
The author of the article asserts that too many men have immediately and unfairly lost their jobs due to the viral effects of the #MeToo movement. I disagree! HR departments are designed to keep records of misconduct for the protection of the company, especially against any counter suits for unreasonable termination. Therefore, if an individual was seemingly fired instantly as the article asserts, you can bet that this was NOT the first incident. Discrimination in the workplace is very real, and for those companies who have abused their authority at the expense of their employees, the #MeToo movement is their wake-up call.
My point is this: Filing a discrimination case is not some flight of a fancied fabrication. The author took broad swipe at a very real and valid movement and trivialized it. My father always told me if you think something is wrong, the onus is on you to figure it out and try to make it right. So I did a little research of my own: Did you know that filing process of a sexual harassment claims is so detail-oriented with multiple and specific time constraints with reporting deadlines for the plaintiff, that only 5% of federal workplace discrimination claim suits go to trial with only 2% of those cases ending in favor of the plaintiff? WHO would subject themselves to such an effort with the odds stacked so heavily against them if it wasn’t real? This too is a wake-up call for our legal system.
While this “author” was promoting their services to help business owners to protect their vulnerabilities as a result of the #MeToo movement, I think this article may be a little late in its revelation of corporate health & safety. If a company hasn’t developed a policy on the social health of its workforce, then it is at risk. The health of a company goes far beyond fall protection, substance abuse or fiscal accounting health. We should all do our homework on what is best for the health and safety of our companies and our employees.
It is OUR responsibility to have these checks and balances in place when our companies/organizations are being developed and expanded as we grow. We are all working together to promote the roofing industry as a safe and reputable career option and we need to express it from the inside, out.
At NWIR, our Education Committee has been tackling this issue trying to figure out the best way to present it and discuss it in the roofing industry in a way that brings more clarity and better understanding on all sides. Stay tuned to see what’s next.
Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers and those who take care of us all…at home, at work and in our industry.
You can make a difference! Make it count. – Shari
It’s time to update your profile. We are working toward an interactive directory on the NWIR website and it’s important that you make sure your information is correct. We’d also like you to add your company website and your LinkedIn address. Here’s how to update: Head over to your email inbox and find any message from National Women in Roofing (the sender email address is email@example.com). Scroll all the way to the very bottom of the newsletter (beneath the sponsor logos) and you’ll see a link to “Update Profile” – you don’t need to re-enter any information that hasn’t changed, but please do add your company website address and your personal LinkedIn address.
Jennifer Keegan, GAF & NWIR Education Committee
Information coming soon on the next webinar in our series!
Cynthia Lang, SRS Distribution Inc. & NWIR Councils Committee
For information on these and other Councils and Council events, please visit the Councils pages on the website.
The MN Council will be hosting a kickoff event (open to members and non-members) on May 8, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Legacy Restoration, 14000 25th Avenue NE, Plymouth, MN 55447. Enjoy snacks + networking opportunities, learn about NWiR and join in on discussions surrounding the MN Council to discover how you can get involved locally! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NWIR New Jersey
The NJ Council is partnering with GAF to host an event on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m at GAF World Headquarters, 1 Campus Dr, Parsippany – Troy Hills, NJ 07054. The program features a presentation by GAF, speed networking, a discussion on the importance of your personal brand and setting council goals for 2018.
Space is limited, please RSVP by May 4.
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NWIR New Mexico
Girls can do it, too! NWiR-NM members will be volunteering at the Women Build Week with Habitat for Humanity in Santa Fe May 9-12, 2018. More volunteers are welcome!
NWiR-NM members will demonstrate how to apply a TPO roof system at Girls, Inc. of Santa Fe with girls age 9-12 years old on May 11, 2018. The following week NWiR-NM members will volunteer to complete a roof maintenance on one section of a modified bitumen roof at the Girls, Inc. of Santa Fe building before their new TPO roof is applied on an adjacent section.
Sponsors are still needed, email email@example.com.
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The Oregon Council meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:15pm except July, August and December. Upcoming meetings and events include:
- May 8 – 5:15 pm-Council Meeting hosted by Malarkey Roofing
- May 18 – 19 – Oregon Tradeswomen Career Fair – Contact Kendall for details.
- June 12 – 5:15 p.m. – Council Meeting hosted by Matrix Roofing
- September – TBD – 1-year anniversary party! Sponsored by Roofline Supply/SRS
- September – TBD – 3 project houses with Habitat for Humanity
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NWIR South Florida
Rock and Bowl was a success! Please join us at our next event on May 10th at Susie Del Pinos office, 125 NW 22nd St., Pompano Beach 33069 at 6:30 p.m.. Topic for the panel will be “How Do You Do It … Finding The Balance Between Work and Life.”
Please email/text/call Tamara Chase at 954-401-7680 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or with any questions.
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Our next TN Council meeting will be May 16, 2018 at 11:30 AM at Thistle Farms Cafe, 5122 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209
Thistle Farms is part of a social enterprise, which heals, empowers, and employs women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. One of the employees/graduates will be speaking to us about her story. Not only do they have a full-service restaurant, but they have a store with bath and body products, accessories, and candles that impact the women they empower. Make sure to stop in the store while you are there!
Roof Doctors will be providing lunch. Please RSVP here.
The Tennessee Council has new leadership! Past Chair Michelle Boykin, Rackley Roofing welcomes the new TN Council Chair, Lesley Link, Roof Doctors.
Upcoming national/regional events with NWIR are as follows.
These conventions are a great opportunity to network and gain education, as well as to stay up to date on the newest technical information about roofing and related industries.
Air Barrier Association meeting May 8-9 in Salt Lake City (Meet & Greet on Tuesday, May 8 from 5-5:45pm)
WSRCA Convention June in Las Vegas June 10-12
(Mentoring & Networking Reception June 10 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. and booth #159 at trade show)
FRSA Convention June 27-29
(Mentoring & Networking Reception June 27 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.and booth #118 at trade show)
SAVE THE DATE: NWIR Day on February 9 in conjunction with the IRE in Nashville, Tenn.
Details coming in August, but go ahead and book your hotel now! Check out details on the event.
Upcoming industry events
National Safety Stand-Down Week is May 7 – 11
If you are participating, be sure to post your photos on social media and tag NWIR so we can share. Learn how you can participate.
National Roofing Week is June 3 – 9, 2018NWIR is a sponsor of National Roofing Week. The goal of this week is to increase awareness across the U.S. about the significance of roofs to every home and business and share the good deeds of the industry. Learn more
Safe + Sound Week is August 13 – 19, 2018
Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. Learn how to participate and sign up for updates.