Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Hosts Successful “Leading the Way” Conference Honoring Women Pioneers in the Carpenter’s Union

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EDISON, N.J., April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This past weekend, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) hosted 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 three-day conference, which took place Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, brought together current and retired women carpenters, elected officials and local businesses/organizations to 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.

Among those who were honored were:

Over the course of the three-day conference, attendees had the opportunity to engage in educational workshops, panelist discussions, networking and solidarity with their fellow women carpenters.

Attendees had the opportunity to go to a variety of workshops covering a range of topics including:

“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 past weekend was a wonderful event and I’m so proud to have recognized 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, please visit our website at:

“This historic conference was 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 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 provided a platform for tradeswomen to learn, network and grow professionally.”

Visit the NRCC Facebook page ()  to view pictures and videos of the conference, including interviews with the Pioneer Sisters, workshops and other conference-happenings.

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: Instagram: ; LinkedIn: and Snapchat: @nrccarpenters

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Globe Newswire: 18:00 GMT Monday 16th April 2018

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