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Latino Ministers and Pastors Hold Social Justice Forum with Senator Robert Menendez at new Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice Training Facility

May 7, 2018 – Edison, New Jersey –  On Saturday, May 5th, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) welcomed Senator Robert Menendez and more than 100 Hispanic ministers and pastors from the Latino Pastors and Ministers Coalition of New Jersey for a discussion on social justice in New Jersey communities and the career opportunities available for local people in the Carpenters Union.

The event was held at the new, state-of-the-art NRCC Apprentice Training Center at 75 Fieldcrest Avenue in Edison from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

During the event, Senator Menendez lead a discussion with religious leadership about: the state of affairs in Washington, DC as it relates to Latinos in the State of New Jersey; encouraging the faith-based community to come together to form strong coalitions to fight for social justice; and ways that the State’s religious leaders can partner with the Carpenters and other trade organizations to recruit more women and minorities for trade careers.

“At the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, we believe that we are one Union with many faces and our Local Unions should be made up of local people,” said Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Ballantyne. “Over the course of the last few years, we have made great strides in increasing the number of minorities and women in our trade.  On a daily basis, all of our representatives are tasked with reaching out to our local communities to raise awareness for the good wages, healthcare and retirement benefits that a career as a Union carpenter can provide to local individuals. We’ve also hosted events like this one and have been involved in many local projects, parades, rallies and other events to improve the communities that our members live and work in, to be part of the social discussion and to bring a diverse subset of local people into our Union.”

In 2017, the NRCC launched the "Shades of the Trades" committee. This committee meets regularly to increase the recruitment and retention of women and minorities in our Union. It is tasked with: developing solutions to increase the number of women and minorities in our trade; engaging in community involvement/coalition building; reshaping the Union’s public image to show our commitment to all working people; and getting involved to show communities that our Union represents them and people who live there.

For more information about the NRCC Shades of the Trades committee, please visit our website: http://www.northeastcarpenters.org/shades_of_the_trades


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: northeastcarpenters.org & like us on social Facebook: facebook.com/NortheastRegionalCouncilofCarpenters; Twitter: @nrccarpenters; Instagram: @northeastcarpenters; LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/northeastcarpenters; and Snapchat: @nrccarpenters



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