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Shame on Terry Nelson!

Respect Our Crafts

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Duane Moore named National Director of Respect Our Crafts

-Respect Our Crafts is a cooperative effort by all the Building Trades member unions to help restore the rights of rank-and-file carpenters and bring them back, "into the fold!" Without them we are weaker and it is important that we help them overcome the influences that have eroded their rights under Douglas McCarron. Now is the time for all of our carpenter brothers and sisters to stand with Carpenters Independent Local #1 and with solidarity help restore union carpenters back to their rightful place in labor's storied history! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO VISIT DUANE MOORE'S BLOG TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS NEW MOVEMENT BY CARPENTERS INDEPENDENT LOCAL #1

The following is reprinted with permission from the former RespectOurCrafts.com, now archived:

(Duane served an inside apprenticeship and graduated as an Inside Journeyman Wireman in 1980 and is a 33 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  Duane has been involved in organizing since 1987 and has been on the International staff as an Organizer since 2005.)

As National Director of Respect Our Crafts, it is my responsibility to coordinate, assist and advise those Building  and Construction Trades Department Affiliates who are under attack by the leadership of the UBC.

I do not consider the UBC a Trade Union, and neither should you.  They are no more a trade union than the ABC, Associated Builders and Contractors.  The UBC has gone from a reputable labor organization, which represented their rank and file and was a main stay of the Building Trades, to an association representing corporate America at the expense of their membership and all Building Trades Unions.  The UBC is leading the race to the bottom.

There is never a good time for unions to be at odds with each other. However, we did not pick this fight.  From coast to coast and everywhere in between, for over the last ten years the Carpenters, under Doug McCarron’s leadership, have been raiding work from other construction trade unions.  Not only are they attempting to expand their scope of work by attacking individual craft unions, they are signing wall-to-wall agreements throughout the country,  and appearing in front of governing bodies and customers speaking out against PLA’s, that help their members and well as all the Building Trades. Enough is enough.

Through the Respect Our Crafts website, we will attempt to keep the rank and file members of the Building Trades Unions informed along with customers and users.  Only by organizing, and not cannibalising, will the Union Construction Industry grow stronger.

Strength In Unity.
Duane Moore

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2019 18:00

Carpenters Local Union #1

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Carpenters Independent Local Union #1

   Brothers and sisters, with the help of organizers from the AFL-CIO union carpenters in Albany have stepped up and chartered, Carpenters Independent Local Union #1! Their goal of restoring democratic rights to their rank-and-file brothers and sisters is the most worthy cause labor has witnesses in the last fifty years. We will all benefit from their success and we should do all in our power to support them!  Please visit their site and show them your support at http://carpentersindependent.com.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 18:08

AGC Bulletin on CDC contract changes

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St. Louis Carpenters District Council & Associated General Contractors

open CBA early. Eliminate, modify language.

The following is a portion of the AGC bulletin describing the upcoming changes to the carpenters CBA.

AGC Labor Bulletin

Amendment to Carpenter Agreement; NMA changes effective 1-1-2012; finalized FASB requirements; NLRB posting requirements as of 1-31-2012; BIM Conceptual Estimating

AGC and Carpenters approve an Amendment to 2008-2013 agreement AGC's Carpenter Labor Committee was approached by the Carpenters District Council (CDC) to take a look at the 2008 to 2013 Carpenter Agreement and make suggestions for revisions to the agreement. After a meeting of the Carpenter Labor Committee and meetings with the CDC, an amendment was drafted and approved effective as of October 1, 2011. The following are the changes to the 2008 to 2013 Carpenter Agreement:

The following sections were deleted from the agreement: - Section 5.14 - Eliminates Smokestack premiums. - Section 5.15 - Eliminates Layout pay. - Section 7.02 - Leaves lunch time and quit time to contractor. - Section 7.06 – Eliminates need to request permit to work overtime on weekend. - Section 7.18 - Eliminates table saw assistance.

The following sections were modified from the agreement: - Section 7.10 - Eliminates reference to heating stove and forms documenting tools. - Section 7.14 - Vacation to be a mutual agreement between employee and Employer. - Section 7.15 Del- etes money for stilts and Employer pay for saw sharpening. - Section 7.17  - Allows Employer to decide when a Welder or Burner assistant is needed. - Section 10.02  De-letes reference to Building Trades Council of St. Louis for pickets. - Section 11.02 - Eliminates established practice and refers to contractor assignment.

AGC applauds the CDC for being proactive in making contract changes in the middle of a collective bargaining agreement.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 18:10

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"We have no intention on intruding on the carpenters' jurisdiction nor do we intend to foment any dispute between our two organizations over jurisdictional agreements."

IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Stephen Schoemehl in a letter to the CDC's Nelson