During this year’s Black History Month, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters is highlighting some of the organizations’ notable African American employees who consistently provide leadership, elevate the trade and continue to strengthen workers’ rights.
Warren Brown, NRCC Local 491 Council Representative, works actively in the Baltimore area as a voice for his labor union. As a United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America member since 1998, Brown uses his voice to encourage members to get involved with their Union through attending local meetings and volunteering within the community. Brown is also a Council Delegate and a member of Local 491’s Executive Board. Prior to his work as a Union Carpenter, he worked as a Counselor at Job Corp.
Also within the NRCC, Brown sits on the Shades of the Trades Committee, which was created to actively diversify the Carpenters Union, while highlighting key diverse members and staff.
“You have to lead by example,” said Brown. “If you’re in a position to help by leading others, it’s a rewarding part of your career."
As a 20-year Union Carpenter, Brown feels that he has been steadfast through adversity, while reaching career pinnacles such as becoming promoted to a Council Representative in 2011. During his career, Brown reflects on Black History throughout the year, as a reminder of where he is today.
“Black History Month is a chance to review our heritage and dispel myths about who we are,” said Brown. “With perseverance, you can do anything you put your mind to.”