Mid-America Sisterhood of Carpenters

The Mid-America Sisterhood of Carpenters is a proud affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America’s Sisters in the Brotherhood. Every day, thousands of women play a critical role in making the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America the best union in North America. Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) supports female members by providing assistance in obtaining craft training and leadership skills; by being advocates on women issues; and by mentoring new members and even potential members.

SIB conferences offer opportunities to network and participate in workshops that expose women to UBC history and develop skills to become more active within the union. SIB events, meetings, and resources, both local and online, offer substantive support for women members in every Council.  SIB encourages women to participate in training, develop their skills and job performance, and value productivity and leadership. With those efforts, today’s Sisters in the Brotherhood is building a better trade and a stronger, more effective UBC.

Some members of the Sisterhood of Carpenters were featured in a recent video produced by F.H. Paschen, a signatory contractor, with the Chicago Women in Trades about the misconceptions about women working in the building trades. Those featured in the video include: Tamera Guilinger, Journeyman, Local 58; Vanessa Nino, Journeyman Local 54; Katie McGowan, Journeyman, Local 272; Lisa Guzman, Apprentice, Local 58 and Angela Mendoza, Apprentice, Local 10.

“Never take no for an answer and never let anyone tell you that you can’t because you always can.”

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