Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' Local 255 President Receives George E. Norcross Jr. Humanitarian Award
EDISON, NJ Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) Local 255 President and Council Representative, John Robinson, received the 22nd Annual George E. Norcross Jr. Humanitarian Award for outstanding community service, presented by the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO in Collingswood, New Jersey.
The award ceremony, a part of the 123rd Annual Peter J. McGuire Labor Day Observance, provided scholarships to students of labor union families in the Southern New Jersey area. Immediately following the scholarship presentations, event attendees visited the Arlington Cemetery in Pennsauken for a wreath laying ceremony at the Peter J. McGuire Memorial. New Jersey Congressmen Donald Norcross, New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy were among the dignitaries who attended the event.
Robinson, a 24-year member of Local 255 and the NRCC, feels honored to have received an award that is connected to the celebration of Peter J. McGuire. McGuire co-founded the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in 1881.
Aside from serving as a Council Representative within the NRCC, Robinson is also active in his community through his roles in Gloucester County as a school board representative and member of the County planning committee.
"Receiving the Humanitarian Award is one of the highest honors that I've received as a Union Carpenter and a member of the community," said Robinson. "Being in the Brotherhood is not only about being a Carpenter, but it is about advocating for important issues and being a voice within the community."