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Shame on Terry Nelson!

St Louis Powercast (Ep 3)

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 St Louis Powercast Episode 3

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

President Jimmie Williams


Please read Local 57 Facts article GOD BLESS PRESIDENT JIMMIE WILLIAMS 

Also referenced in this episode ILLINOIS BUSINESS JOURNAL - ORTBALS CHOOSES SIDE

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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 July 2019 16:40
 

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We invite all visitors to participate in our online discussion regarding this dire situation in St Louis! Please register to recieve the Local 57 Facts newsletter to be notified when our new member forum goes live here!!!

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I am a union carpenter and have been going on 20 years. NOT ALL carpenters believe the leadership is right. Not all union carpenters are snakes. I've got union brothers that are iron workers, electricians, sheet metal workers and strong union members of other trades. The rank-and-file carpenters have had their rights stripped from them for years. I hope to see the day that solidarity is back in the labor movement. We are stronger standing together.

I need your help to unite my brothers to fight this anti-labor movement of local 57.

Carpenters Local 638 member

Andrew Kevin Price

On 28 Nov 2010 at 07:12 pm by Andrew kevin Price

 


That is easy to say to organize and attend a meeting with Nelson, but most of the carpenters seem to fear speaking up. I, Andrew Kevin Price, have even lost "so called" friends over standing up for all the carpenters and our rights. Many agree but wont speak up.

In our Local alone there is nearly 500 members and not even 20 show up to our monthly meetings. How do we rally the brothers to stand together and take our union back??

If you believe in the union and the labor trade brotherhood contact me and lets unite to make the trades stronger. Would love to chat with other carpenters or members of other trades.

On 28 Nov 2010 at 05:46 pm by Andrew kevin Price


The key is how do we get our Union Brothers to show up to a union meeting and stand up. Many believe Nelson and his crew are WRONG, but fear repercussions so they say and do - nothing. All us that want to take our union back need to band together and figure out how to get more members to attend meetings and stand up for their rights......
Andrew Kevin Price Local 638
On 23 Nov 2010 at 10:01 pm by Andrew kevin Price
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 18:29
 

A "heads-up" on wage standards

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A "heads-up" re: area wage standards! 

     Our website is stacked with factual documentation regarding Terry Nelson's attack on the area standard wage rate for electricians in St Louis, so it never occurred to us that visitors to our site may not understand these standards until we received the following communication (the following was edited for spelling and punctuation only and appears here in its entirety):

Substandard wages?

Can you define the definition of substandard wages? I'm confused because this website keeps saying local 57 workers make substandard wages, when in fact they bring more home per hour than Local 1 workers do. The only difference in pay is about $6.50 an hour in fringe benefit's. Please do explain. when you want to bash on a group of hard working men and women at least get your facts right.
thanks,
(name withheld)
Brother of local 57 electrical workers

As is the policy at Local 57 Facts, we formulated a response and then just before replying we decided to post our response here:

Hello (name withheld),

     Thanks for contacting Local 57 Facts. Your communication has alerted the Administrators of Local 57 Facts to the general public's lack of knowledge regarding the area wide wage and fringe standards, as described by law, and how these standards are established on the local, state and federal levels. The area wide standard is a combination of the total wage and fringe package earned by a specific trade. The highest amount of reported hours paid at the highest wage and fringe package establishes the area wide standards.

     We understand the need for a job, but at the same time it is a shame that people are willing to earn substandard wage and fringe package for specific work performed. These actions break down the economic conditions for the entire region and all workers. Therefore, Local 57 Facts has decided to formulate an informational campaign designed to educate uninformed Local 57 Facts visitors seeking information on these standards.

     Be sure to register on Local 57 Facts and subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when this article is published. By taking this approach we hope to inform you and others so you better understand the protection offered by these established standards be it directly or by proxy (as your brother's misinformed case). Please understand that our informational campaign is directed in defense of attacks on these established standards propagated by the Carpenters' District Council and is in no way directed at the employees of companies that pay below the area wide standards. We invite you, your brother, and anyone else who seeks the facts to continue to participate in the dialogue created by this discussion.

Kind Regards

Administrator

Local 57 Facts

We laughed when Nelson referred to these higher wage standards as "overhead" in an article published in the St Louis CDC's magazine - surely nobody was buying it...right? Well, this gentleman is!! Stay tuned for a course on area wide wage and fringe standards.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 July 2019 13:32
 


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Newsflash

"This is a very, very important development,"said Herman Benson, long time executive director of the New York-based Association for Union Democracy. "Ever since the UBC left the AFL-CIO and joined the Change to Win coalition it was implicit that they had a long-term strategy of becoming a general construction union that would take on all the trades," he said. "This is the first indication I've seen that they will take on the IBEW, which is probably one of the strongest of construction unions. One of the most sacred things for the IBEW is the hiring hall. In effect, the Carpenters are offering employers a sweetheart deal to break into the electrical field and offering non-union contractors a union contract to use as a barrier against the IBEW."

Carpenters Offer a Deal to Electrical Contractors
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