Local 27 (St. Louis) Boilermaker Stephanie Ecker is the latest woman to be named a Tradeswoman Hero by North America’s Building Trades Union. Each month, the program honors four journeymen or apprentices who go above and beyond in their trades.
Ecker is part of a family legacy of journeyman Boilermakers, that includes her grandfather, father, brother, uncles and two cousins. She worked became an apprentice in 2014 after having worked on permit for five years, and she graduated to journeyperson in 2019.
“She’s a tradeswoman who steps up when others step back,” said Great Lakes Boilermakers Apprenticeship Program administrative assistant Wanda Conroy in Ecker’s nomination. “She volunteers to help out with classes…and basically she volunteers for anything the local needs. She’s also committed to continuous improvement. It seems like she is always at the local working to improve her welding on her own time.”
The Tradeswomen Heroes program was created in a joint effort between NABTU’s Tradeswomen’s Committee and Apprenticeship and Training Committee to spotlight the dedicated tradeswomen within NABTU’s affiliate unions.