February 22 was a big day in political action for the Southeastern Carpenters Regional Council, as they logged two "firsts" in outreach to elected officials.
First, a great group of members from Locals 225, 256 and 283 gathered at the Georgia state capitol in Atlanta, for the first ever "Carpenters in Action" day. Members met one-on-one with state legislators to talk about issues important to working families, especially carpenters.
Meanwhile, back at the offices and training center of Local 225, also in Atlanta, the Atlanta City Council borrowed the facility to hold its own retreat/workshop. During their break, they toured the Training Center and saw, firsthand, the level of training that goes into creating a union carpenter.
"Educating our elected officials about the excellent return on investment that is possible when the construction industry partners with union contractors is a primary goal of our political efforts," said Tom Jenkins, executive secretary-treasurer of the SECRC. "We appreciate the time our legislators gave to us at the Capitol, and we are honored to have hosted City Council for their workshop. We look forward to more productive days like this to further advocate for our members."
Congratulations to the members, staff, and training department for collaborating on a highly successful political action day - on two fronts on the same day! Way to go, all!