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Shame on Terry Nelson!

Taking a stand in Albany!

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A UBC brother's integrity shines in this letter to the IBEW in Washington DC

Local 57 Facts applauds the chutzpah of Brother Richard Dorrough as he details his concerns over the current state of the UBC!


     I am a 22-year member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. What Douglas McCarron is doing to the IBEW is just the beginning and if not checked, threatens all of organized labor. We in the UBC do not support these actions and we do not support McCarron's destruction of unionism as we know it. We suffer under the yoke of McCarron every day.

The UBC in New York is infested with organized crime (see this link). McCarron and his district vice presidents have supported and kept in office common criminals. Of the nine recently indicted in N.Y., eight have confessed and are headed to jail. Twenty-seven union officers under McCarron are accused or suspected of criminal activity in N.Y. alone. The Empire Council of N.Y. has been recently seized in trusteeship for corruption. This is the reality of the UBC.

If you do not make a larger effort to expose and fight off McCarron and the UBC, this is the future that will be imposed by McCarron on all trades, including the IBEW. He just got five more years by removing, out-financing or silencing any opposition at the UBC Convention. This will only make him more aggressive. Many rank and file Carpenters do not even know about Local 57 and many refuse to believe it's true. The majority would not support such behavior.

The defeat of McCarron and his raiding will be a victory, not only to all of organized labor but can only help the rank and file Carpenter oppressed and fleeced by McCarron and his brand of unionism. Our funds have been raided for McCarron's personal use, our locals destroyed and our democratic rights gone. An educated Carpenter will not support McCarron's raids on your trade or any other. Timing is everything and the rank and file of the UBC are ready to revolt. No work, no health insurance, funds robbed and raided and families suffering, all due to McCarron's cutthroat unionism.

Let's hope the IBEW steps it up and joins with the other trades who will be next if McCarron and the UBC are not stopped.

Richard Dorrough
Albany, N.Y.


Local 57 Facts received this comment today through our DISQUS system:

Kenneth Little

Little Eorthe Farm (his URL)

It will be amazing if the AFL-CIO will act on resolution 70 passed in 2009. MAC keeps slapping building trades in the face. We just keep turning the other cheek, now he is kicking them in the ass. Will the IBEW start organizing Carpenters? It is possible if a hand was offered, many carpenters in a multitude of cities would help in this organizing drive. Many are concerned in the UBCJA about their personal retirement, it has stopped many members from saying anything at all. The fear that MAC wields over the local and regional councils, all approved by delegates, 85% BA's looking to feather their double pension. Business unionism has to die. Will the IBEW be the first to have real participation from a militant rank and file movement, a true solidarity movement?

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 18:20

Carpenters for Union Democracy

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Where were we - where are we?

     Brother Dorrough has a lot to say about McCarron and what is happening in UBC Local 370. My question is: What have we done to help them? What ARE we doing to help them? Is Resolution 70 the answer for union carpenters in our nation?  What if you learned that rank-and-file carpenters battled back and WON their democratic rights without intervention of the AFL-CIO or the NBCTD? That is exactly what happened more than 10 years ago when a strong group of union carpenters came together to form the Carpenters for Union Democracy. Where is our focus?  On Nelson? McCarron?  Brother Dorrough's thoughts may serve to validate our position with respect what is happening in St Louis, but perhaps we are overlooking the UBCJA's most vital resource - the union carpenter. Who holds the solutions to the problems that face the UBCJA? History has proven that the answer lies within the rank-and-file carpenters nationwide. Make no mistake, these men and women are proud of their craft and skills just as you and I are proud of our own and all of organized labor should step forward to empower them in their quest to reclaim their democratic rights. McCarron's slow restructuring of the UBCJA has provided a buffer zone that has insulated him from the rank-and-file members of the UBCJA. Over time this zone has widened through McCarrons systematic replacement of every tier of management below him. It is high time all of labor help empower rank-and-file carpenter members nationwide building on the foundations already laid by these proud men and women. The time has come to focus on them - not on their leadership.

Learn more about the history of their quest from the Association for Union Democracy


Mouse-over this image to learn how carpenters formed the group Carpenters for Union Democracy in 2000!

What happened to these men and women? Some regrouped to form the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers!

Trade unionists overcome McCarronism in Canada

and the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers is born!

Many visitors to Local 57 Facts may have seen the LIGHTS OUT MCCARRON video.  Defending themselves against McCarron’s efforts to restructure their councils and destroy their democratic rights these strong union brothers and sisters sent McCarron packing and formed the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers.  Who is the CMAW? Here is an excerpt from their website:

We are a diverse union of over 7000 members including carpenters, carpenter apprentices, lathers, millwrights, floorlayers, piledrivers, industrial workers and many other construction trades and school board employees. We are the largest union representing construction workers in British Columbia, Canada’s most westerly province.

Every day we stand up for workers – both union and non-union -- in many occupations. We have offices in every region of BC and our officials are elected by members “off the tools” from some of BC’s largest industries including construction, the public sector, forestry and manufacturing. We fight for workplace justice every day. Join us.

Impressive? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Here is an excerpt from their website declaring their union’s position on the value of democracy in their organization and calling out all those who attempt to raid organized workers!

Raiding information

Some unions don’t act like unions at all

  • They don’t protect the interests of their members.
  • They don’t come to your aid when you need help.
  • Their agreements with employers protect the boss’s rights, not member rights
  • They tell their employers one thing, then tell their members something else.

The annual raiding period is coming, and you will be hearing from some of these unions.  It could be the International Carpenters who go by the name BC regional Council of Carpenters.  It could be their cousins, who go by the name CAST.  It could be the painters union.

The facts:

CMAW is an independent Canadian union
In 2007 BC’s carpenters broke away from the international union and shifted all of the certifications to CMAW.  We represent more than 90 per cent of the union carpenters currently working in BC, and we also represent many hundreds of construction workers in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  CMAW is strong, and getting stronger.

Nobody in the USA is going to tell us what to do
These other building trades unions all get their marching orders from their international in Washington or Las Vegas.  The International Carpenters even signs national contracts without giving local members a vote.  That’s just not right.

CMAW is affiliated with CEP
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union is also an independent Canadian union with 150,000 members, including 12,000 in BC.  Through that affiliation we gain work opportunities all across Western Canada for our members.

CMAW doesn’t raid other unions.
As a strong member of CMAW, you know that we don’t raid other unions for members.  More than 80 per cent of construction workers in British Columbia work non-union, and that is where we concentrate all of our organizing efforts.  It makes absolutely no sense to raid other unions to gain members, but these other organizations continue to do it.

Unions of Convenience
Some of these unions, including the BC Regional Council of Carpenters promise contractors “complete freedom to sub-contract work”.  How does that benefit their members on the job?

How about an agreement that says, “ … may, by mutual agreement, in writing, amend or delete any terms or conditions of this agreement …” Why have an agreement at all if it can be swept away without a vote of the members?

How about wording that says:  “There shall be no formal or informal defined jurisdiction with respect to which employees in which employment classifications perform what portion of the work.” Does that mean that anyone with a hammer is a carpenter and anyone with pliers is an electrician?  Yessir!

Don’t buy their line.

  • They’ll tell you their wages are better.  Not true.
  • They’ll say their benefits are better.  Not true.
  • They’ll say you’ll have more control. Not true.
  • They’ll say you’ll have more work.  Not true.
  • They’ll say you’ll have more training opportunities.  Not true.

They won’t tell you the following:

  • Their local unions are under the thumb of their leaders in Washington, DC
  • Their international officers can overturn decisions of your locally elected officers.
  • Their pension contributions go to Washington, DC through their Toronto office.
  • Their officers get gold-plated pensions.
  • They can cancel your strike vote and send you back to the job.
  • They can set aside elections of officers in your local union.
  • They can put your local union under trusteeship – take control of your union.
  • They take control of your strike fund, not your local officers.
  • They sign agreements that have no ‘local hire’ provisions – no jobs for members from the community
  • They decide whether you get strike benefits or not.
  • They sign agreements that allow all your work to be subcontracted out.
  • They do not believe in locally elected, democratically run local trade unions.

With CMAW you have:

  • The highest wages in the country.
  • The best benefit package available, with a fully funded pension controlled by your trustees.
  • A growing union which represents 90 per cent of the unionized carpenters in BC
  • A strong work picture in Western Canada, beyond the Olympics.
  • A union supported and controlled locally by you, the member.
  • A union which is in total control of its own finances and its own decisions.
  • A union which provides $500 scholarships to its carpenter apprentices

Don’t be conned.
Stay with the union that gives you strength and power.
That’s CMAW.

Support CMAW. It’s our Union.  CMAW looks after what’s best for us.

Here is a partial list of the Local Unions they represent – notice their original charter date from the UBC and their new CMAW charter date! These union members refused to accept the McCarron restructuring and as a result of their action they have preserved their beloved local unions!

Carpenters Local Unit 1995
Vancouver-Lower Mainland-Fraser Valley-Whistler
Carpenters Union charter: June 1, 1995;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

Marine and Shipbuilders Local 506
Carpenters Union Charter: November 1, 1948;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

Construction Local Unit 1081
Carpenters Union charter: 1953;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

Construction Local Unit 1237
also School Board Local Unit 1237
Carpenters Union charter: 1951;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

Construction Local Unit 1346

Carpenters Union charter: November 9, 1942;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004  

Construction Local Unit 1719

Carpenters Union charter: May 16, 1947;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

Construction Local Unit 1735
Prince Rupert
Carpenters Union charter: 1909;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

CMAW Shopworkers’ Local Unit 1928 (Display Workers)
Carpenters Union charter: February 20, 1950;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

Construction Local Unit 1998
Carpenters Union charter: August 10, 1945;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

School Board Local Unit 2106
Carpenters Union charter: 1985;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

School Board Local Unit 2423
Carpenters Union charter: circa 1973;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004

Shopworkers Local Unit 2511
Carpenters Union charter: August 30, 1966;
CMAW Charter July 1, 2004

School Board Employees Local Union 2545
Carpenters Union charter: February 1, 1967;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004  

Construction Local Unit 2300
Carpenters Union charter: January 6, 1954;
CMAW charter: July 1, 2004


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Last Updated on Sunday, 23 January 2011 12:08

President Trumka on the tragedy in Arizona

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President Rich Trumka on the tragedy in Arizona

Dear Brothers and sisters ,

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of Saturday's shooting in Arizona. We mourn the dead and pray for  a speedy and full recovery for those who were injured. It is especially heartbreaking that this brutal attack took place while Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was meeting with her constituents. Coming together to discuss, peacefully debate and learn from one another is what our democracy is all about.

This tragedy serves as a terrible reminder to all of our political and civic leaders about the need to end the use of appeals to violence in our political rhetoric. We must find ways to passionately debate and even disagree with each other without using words that can give unstable individuals an incitement to engage in violent acts.

Over the past couple of years, violence in political dialogue has gotten out of control. We do not know why the shooter targeted Rep. Giffords, or if he was influenced directly or indirectly by the outrageous rhetoric that's become all too common in our politics.

Here's what we do know: Threats against members of Congress surged more than 300 percent in 2010, according to Politico.com. As Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik, who is investigating this terrible tragedy, notes:

When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.

Too much vitriolic, hate-filled rhetoric that we hear on radio and television has demonized public servants and candidates as enemies and has made them sound less than human. In the short run, it may inspire passions and votes. But in the long run, it's toxic to the survival of rational discussion in our democracy. And it's not worthy of our great nation.

Before Saturday's brutal attack, Rep. Giffords had been targeted. Windows were smashed at her district office last March, just a few hours after the House vote on health care reform. At a town hall event in August 2009, a man attending the event dropped the handgun he had been hiding under his arm.

When things heat up like this, our leaders have a responsibility to come together, denounce the violence on the fringes of our politics and do whatever we can to tone things down and bring back respectful debate. When there's talk of target lists illustrated by gun sights, when there's talk of Second Amendment remedies for political problems, when vitriol has gone as far as it did in the recent election season, it must be condemned as dangerous and unacceptable by leaders and citizens across the political spectrum.

As Rep. Giffords said after the vandalism of her office, we all as Democrats, Republicans and other leaders have a responsibility to reject appeals to violence wherever they occur in our politics.

She was right. It's up to all of us.

Today, working people have every right to be angry. Our economy has betrayed them. But all of us must work to keep that anger from turning into hatred, to keep it from turning us against one another and to channel it in a positive direction toward change rather than toward hatred and violence.

I hope that from this tragedy, all of our leaders and media learn that we must find ways to debate passionately with each other without using words that can give unstable individuals an excuse to engage in violent acts. We should be passionate, and even partisan but it's important our words be peaceful and we recognize each other's humanity.

I've always believed America works because many people contribute many ideas and that's good, even when I flat-out disagree with some of them. But all people must come to the table in good faith. Those of us in the public eye have a special responsibility not to employ violent rhetoric, because it can have dire consequences. As leaders and activists, we have the responsibility to weigh our words carefully and to foster respect and understanding, not violence.

In solidarity,

Richard L. Trumka
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 18:24

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"Because they told me I could give them my money, I could pay my per capita tax and I could come to their meetings, but I couldn't vote. I said,-...'Scuse me?"

Nelson responds to the Post Dispatch journalist Repps Hudson's question as to why the St Louis Carpenters District Council are not in the AFL-CIO. Hey Nelson, now you know how your rank-and-file carpenters feel!