Rodney Hickey, Council representative of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council’s (CSCRC) Local 1266 and Local 14, retired recently after 35 years of dedicated service.
Being a union carpenter is in the Hickey blood, with his great grandfather, grandfather, father, uncles and brother all a part of the brotherhood. However, joining the union wasn’t necessarily an expected family tradition.
“While the union has been a blessing for my family with all the benefits it has provided – I saw it as a great career opportunity, because of the access to training for whatever you want to do,” said Hickey. “I like to tell anyone thinking about joining that the union can open the door for you – then it’s up to you what you do with it.”
And following his own advice, he made the most of his career as early as high school, where he learned the carpentry craft from information by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) International Training Center (ITC). His first job came as working for a roofing contractor.