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Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters to Host First 'Leading the Way' Conference to Honor Women Pioneers in the Carpenter's Union

Mon April 09, 2018 - National Edition
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From April 13 to 15, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) will host the first-ever Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) “Leading the Way” Conference at the new, state-of-the-art Carpenters Training Center in Edison, New Jersey (75 Fieldcrest Avenue, Edison, NJ).

The event will be open to the media for interviews and tours of the Training Center on Friday, April 13th from 4-6 p.m. during the vendor showcase portion of the conference.

The three-day conference will bring together current and retired women carpenters, elected officials and local businesses/organizations and honor 14 Pioneer Sisters – female union carpenters who have spent more than 20 years on the job site paving the way for other aspiring tradeswomen.

During the three-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in educational workshops, panelist discussions, networking and solidarity with their fellow women carpenters.

Attendees will have the opportunity to go to workshops covering a range of topics including:

  • Organizing 101
  • Union Activism
  • Social Media Training
  • Becoming a Union Leader

“Our Sisters in the Brotherhood program has seen great success in the recruitment and retention of skilled women who make enormous contributions to our Union carpentry trade,” said Susan Schultz, chair of the Sisters in the Brotherhood program and NRCC Council Representative. “This weekend gives us the opportunity to host and recognize the Pioneer Sisters who have shaped our Union over the years for the better and have given other women the chance to do the same for future generations.”

The mission of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' Sisters in the Brotherhood program is to create a network of active, female union carpenters who promote the values of leadership, strength and unity within the labor movement. The valuable mentoring network provides the tools for NRCC Sisters to be confident and successful in a highly competitive industry. The NRCC is a firm advocate for involvement from Sisters in all levels of union leadership and activities. For more information on the Sisters program, visit

“This historic conference is a wonderful opportunity for our Sisters to network, learn from one another

and honor Pioneer Sisters who paved the way in the construction industry,” said John Ballantyne, NRCC executive secretary-treasurer. “The Pioneer Sisters being honored this weekend are true trailblazers. They have helped set the path for women to enter our trade and we thank them for their contributions to our Union carpentry trade. We hope that this conference provides a platform for tradeswomen to learn, network and grow professionally.”

Tune into our Facebook page ( over the weekend to see live streams of the event, including interviews with the Pioneer Sisters, workshops and other conference-happenings.

About the NRCC

The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) represents nearly 40,000 hardworking men and women in Delaware and New Jersey and portions of Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. NRCC is one of the largest trade unions on the East Coast. The NRCC equips professional men and women carpenters with the skills, training and quality workmanship that are demanded in today's construction industry. For more information on NRCC, please visit our website: & like us on social Facebook:; Twitter: @nrccarpenters; Instagram: @northeastcarpenters; LinkedIn:; and Snapchat: @nrccarpenters.

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