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March 27, 2018

Iron Worker International President Hailed for His Work on Paid Maternity Leave for Members

Iron Worker International President Hailed for His Work on Paid Maternity Leave for Members

Iron Workers International General President Eric Dean, who got his start as an apprentice and journeyman with Iron Workers Local 63, was named one of the Top 25 Newsmakers for 2017 by Engineering News-Record, for his role in establishing a groundbreaking paid maternity leave program.

The program is the first of its kind in the building trades and provides qualified pregnant ironworkers up to six months of paid leave and up to six weeks postpartum.

The tragic story of an ironworker woman who had miscarried due to physically demanding work during pregnancy inspired Eric Dean to work with the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust, IMPACT, Contractor Co-Chair and CEO of Ben Hur Construction Bill Brown to introduce a paid maternity leave program.

“When Eric Dean heard the ironworker woman’s story at the Women Build Nations conference, he took immediate action not only to keep the ironworker women safe during pregnancy, but also to give them time after birth to take care of their babies,” says IW General Organizer Safety/Diversity Vicki O’Leary.

The IW leadership hopes the program will not only keep ironworker women safe but also improve retention. It’s an adjunct to the IMPACT Off-theJob Accident program, which provides financial support for ironworkers while recovering from an injury that occurred off the jobsite.

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