During this year’s Black History Month, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters is highlighting notable African American carpenters who stand out among their fellow Union Brothers and Sisters through volunteering and making a difference within their local communities. Cynthia is one of the five African American carpenters from NRCC who will receive the NRCC “Spirit of Service” award for her community service and volunteer efforts. The award will be presented to her at a ceremony on February 24th at the Trenton Masonic Temple.
When she was eight years old, Cynthia Mills, a 35-year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, sat on her father’s shoulders and watched Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the Washington Mall. Forty years later, her job as a Union carpenter led her back to the same place on the Washington Mall where she helped to build the platform for President Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration.
February 22, 2018 – Edison, NJ – On Saturday, five African American carpenters from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) will receive the “Spirit of Service” award for their service and volunteer efforts in the community. The union carpenters will accept the award from the NRCC during a ceremony held at the Trenton Masonic Temple in Trenton, New Jersey on February 24 at 11 a.m.
The event will recognize one carpenter from each state within NRCC’s jurisdiction – New Jersey, Delaware Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania – for their dedication to bettering the local communities they live and work in. At the conclusion of the Spirit of Service Awards event, event attendees will visit the special exhibit at the Old Barracks Museum, honoring the role of African Americans in times of war.
February 22, 2018 – Buffalo/Rochester, NY – Over the next two weeks, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) plans to host six information sessions to educate Buffalo/Rochester area women on how they can start a career as a well-paid Union Carpenter through the Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
Information sessions will take place on the following dates and times:
- February 22, 5 p.m. – Buffalo Urban League, 15 Genesee Street
- February 23, 10 a.m. – Buffalo Employment and Training Center, 77 Goodell Street
- February 27, 9 a.m. – True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry Street
- February 26, 10 a.m. – Urban League of Rochester, 265 North Clinton Ave.
- February 28, 9 a.m. – Rochester Works, 255 N. Goodman Street
- March 1, 4 p.m. – Rochester Training Center, 21 Jetview Drive
During this year’s Black History Month, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters is highlighting notable African American carpenters who stand out among their fellow Union Brothers and Sisters through volunteering and making a difference within their local communities.
Curtis Michael Banks, a 36-year-old Maryland resident and carpenter for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters’ (NRCC) Local 173 in Delaware, joined the union five years ago because he wanted a career that offered him the chance to give back and an opportunity for professional growth. After landing his first job on the non-union side of labor, Curtis was recommended by his employer to the NRCC.