About Construction Tales: Volume I: A Woman’s Journey To Become An Electrician:
Construction Tales takes you on a real journey of what it is like to step foot onto a male-dominated, dirt crusted construction site as a young woman. You will see what it was like to become an apprentice electrician in New York almost 27 years ago. My co-workers are the last warriors of the “wild west” construction industry who shoot from the hip. Middle aged, grey haired co-workers, like Chester, say and act exactly what is on their mind. The filter on their mouth is missing and the content is explicit and outrageous. Many of them believe that the jobsite is their domain to do exactly what pleases them. Anything from drinking beer or smoking weed to catcalling women walking past the jobsite is their duty to fulfill. If you mess up, you and everyone around you will be the first ones to know the error of your ways. If you have a little meat on your bones, the boys will remind you that you are either favorable on the eyes or in need of your mouth being stapled shut. Despite the raw dialogue on any given day, I learned my trade from these skilled craftsmen. I also learned, over time, how to develop a thick skin and produce rapid fire retorts to any smart ass shot fired my way.
Buy the book, and follow the author on social media:
Leslie is a union journeywoman electrician by trade who now works as a site safety manager within the five boroughs of New York City. Leslie has worked within the construction industry for the past 29 years. Leslie first started her apprenticeship as an active member of the U.S. Navy Seabees. Leslie earned an MBA with honors at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Additionally, she also earned her CHST, ASP, and CSP safety credentials. She has two sons, Tom and Johnny and lives in Bayside, New York. Tom followed his mother into the business and has almost completed his apprenticeship as an electrician. Leslie enjoys spending quality time with her sons such as, taking road trips and visiting haunted houses throughout New England. She also enjoys traveling, home renovations, painting, beach time, camping, and spending time writing on her #ConstructionTales blog/website.