Salena Durrell

Tradeswomen Advocate in Stockton, CA

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My Union Journey

Salena Durrell, a dedicated and determined (not to mention highly energetic and passionate) individual, has had a remarkable journey in the construction industry. Starting out in a cold storage warehouse packing Starbucks food packages. Salena made the bold decision to pursue a career in construction after attending the SJCOE Construction Technology program. Through hard work and perseverance, Salena eventually joined the Carpenters Union Local 152 and later the Elevators Union Local 8, where she worked on various projects and proved herself as a skilled Tradeswoman.

Despite facing challenges and a mental health scare, Ms. Durrell, made the courageous decision to leave the trade and transition into advocacy and outreach work with Tradeswomen Inc. and the San Joaquin Building Trades, where she fought for the rights of women in construction and lobbied for important legislation benefiting union workers.

In 2024, Salena Durrell, found her home calling in the Boilermakers union, drawn to their family-oriented atmosphere and commitment to supporting women in the trade. With a wealth of experience and a passion for advocacy, Salena is determined to continue making a positive impact in the construction industry and supporting women in all trades.

My Affiliations and Work History

  • Carpenters Union 2016-2018
  • Elevators Union 2018-2019
  • Tradeswomen Inc. 2019-2024
  • San Joaquin Building Trades (MC3 Coordinator) 2021-2023
  • AGC- Build California Ambassador 2020- present
  • Coalition of Black Trades Unionist (CBTU) 2023-present
  • Boilermakers Local 549 - Member since February 2024
  • Tradeswomen Advocate 24/7 since 2016
  • North Valle Labor Federatio (NVLF) Delegate for San Joaquin County via the CBTU

My Interests

  • Advocacy
  • Networking
  • outdoors/ camping,fishing,hiking etc.
  • food- love to eat! and explore new restaurants
  • politics & legislation
  • Music! I'm a little bit of country, hip hop and rock n' roll!
You are a "champion for working class Women" Thank you for helping promote the trades and thank you for the Boilermaker recognition. You are the change that has come!
Randy Thomas Business Manager/ Secretary Treasurer Boilermakers Local 549
Selena has a positive attitude, team player and a go getter. I’m impressed with her work ethics based on my dealing with her and the contractor’s feedback.
Brian Thomas Labor Relations Specialist Workforce & Economic Program Serv
I think Salena has an amazing story, her journey in the industry and passion for promoting a career in the trades to the NextGen is truly admirable.
Abigail Palomares Build California Manager AGC of California
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