At the 2010 Women’s Conference, Carpenters In Action spread the word
The air fairly sizzled with excitement as 46 members from various NCCRC locals joined about 350 other members from around the country at the third Sisters in the Brotherhood Conference from June 17–20.
As they registered at the Las Vegas International Training Center, some members commented that they’d never been around so many other women in the trades. Apprentices, Journeylevel members and staff all came together to support and encourage each other.
“It was interesting and inspiring to talk to groups of women from all over the US and Canada,” said Sylvia Ledezma, a delegate from Carpenters Local 152. “We were proud to take part in this conference and be recognized by the UBC.”
Members from California agreed that everyone had a story to tell. Some were humorous, some gut-wrenching, but all were personal and empowering.
The theme of the conference, “Breaking New Ground,” reflected the accomplishments of many women there—and certainly the sisters from Northern California. Active members of the Carpenters In Action (CIA) spoke about their involvement with the Organizing Department, and how membership activism is turning work in Northern California. “Organize or Die” is not just a catchy line, they told the crowd, it’s our obligation to the carpenters who came before us and carpenters in the future.
Word of the CIA spread rapidly through the conference, and soon women from all over were clamoring for information about this arm of our organization. The women from Northern California were proud to be part of a regional council with an active Organizing Department that both educates the rank and file and supports membership involvement.