Rodriguez First Latino Executive Secretary-Treasurer/CEO in Union History

LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters (SWRCC) Delegates Elected Pete Rodriguez Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) and CEO in a special Friday night election, ushering in a new era of labor leadership in the South West. EST Rodriguez’s election makes him the leader of the largest regional council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) and the first Latino to win the top spot in SWRCC history. Frank Hawk was elected president and Sean Hartranft was elected vice-president. The change comes as the Union is poised to recruit tens of thousands of new members over the next decade to meet the bipartisan Infrastructure Act’s demand for skilled and trained workers.

EST Rodriguez first joined the union in 1996 on the recommendation of his father, and he specialized in heavy carpentry for highway bridges. Pete rose through the ranks of the SWRCC; from team coordinator with the carpenters/contractors cooperation committee, to local delegate, trustee, president and now EST.

“As the new Executive Secretary-Treasurer/CEO of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, I will focus on bringing new members into the union to meet the workforce needs of the future, while ensuring that ensuring our current members have the skills, education and support they need to succeed,” EST Rodriguez said. “From embracing technology, to preparing for new green jobs, to teaching mental toughness, our members will be prepared for the millions of infrastructure jobs to come to our region over the next decade.”

Along with President Hawk and Vice President Hartranft, EST Rodriguez will prioritize visiting job sites and union halls to listen to members’ concerns and present to them the platform of the new leadership. The platform includes initiatives that will allow the union to focus on creating strong union jobs, union wages and benefits for its members.

The first of these initiatives is to remove barriers to membership in Southwest Carpenters. This will be done by expanding pre-learning and awareness programs for veterans, as well as opening a new awareness center at South Los Angeles recruit local employees to work on new stadiums and Olympics-specific projects that will create community wealth in the region.

EST Rodriguez will also work to make the Union more accessible. With a focus on equity for all members, the leadership aims to install a Hispanic committee, an African American committee, and a Sisters in Fellowship committee in the 16 local chapters in the six states that the SWRCC represents: the south California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Coloradoand New Mexico.

The SWRCC represents nearly 60,000 union carpenters in six states. The union is committed to improving safety and standards for all skilled carpenters and to defending the rights of workers, their families and their communities. The SWRCC is proud to be affiliated with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

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SOURCE South West Regional Carpenters Council

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