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Shame on Terry Nelson!

St. Louis Powercast Episode 4

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St Louis Powercast Episode 4

In this episode we interview IBEW members Tom Martin, Kevin Purcell, and Willi Stroh on their experiences with some of St. Louis' open-shop electrical contractors. We apologize for the poor audio quality and vow to do better in the future!

Past Birkel now IBEW

Hours with IBEW


Chris Hepler



Eddie Remick



Greg Borton



Dwight Lakin



Steve Houska



Jason Tolle



Mike Wasson



Rick Fleming



Willie Stroh



Josh Yates



Mike Clamors



Paul Gierer



Will Poindexter



Brian Persons



Jacob Myracle



Keenan Kirsch



Zach Wilber



Kevin Pursell



Tom Martin



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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 July 2019 16:45

Price versus CDC

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Carpenter delegate prevails in free speech case!

U.S. District Court Orders Carpenters' District Council (CDC) of Greater

St. Louis to Stop Infringing Free Speech Rights of Dissenting Members

CDC Prevented from Silencing Members Opposed to Union Raiding

ST. LOUIS -  A U.S. district court has confirmed a major victory to carpenters opposed to their union's effort to raid the work of other trades.  On March 17, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois issued an agreed-upon permanent injunction barring the Carpenters District Council (CDC) of Greater St. Louis & Vicinity from silencing the free speech rights of members.

The injunction stems from internal charges that the CDC filed last year against member Andrew Kevin Price for expressing opposition to the CDC's formation of a carpenters electrical division Local 57. Price, a dues paying member of CDC, openly opposed the formation of Local 57 by Terry Nelson, executive secretary/treasurer of the CDC.  In summer 2010, Price refused to remove an anti-Local 57 sticker on his personal vehicle. When he was then brought up on charges by the CDC, Price filed a lawsuit, alleging that the CDC's action violated the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA).  On Oct. 8, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. Reagan granted Price a preliminary injunction to prevent the CDC from infringing on his free speech rights.   Reagan made the injunction permanent in a ruling issued on March 17, 2011, on a joint motion of the parties. (see attachment detailing case number 3:10-cv-0741-MJR-PMF).

The permanent injunction prevents the CDC from filing charges against Price and retaliating against any CDC member for expressing opposition to Local 57.  The CDC is also to rescind previous disciplinary actions and reimburse fines against members for opposing Local 57.

In its October ruling, the court characterized Price as good carpenter and a loyal union member. He earnestly believes that the council should spend the union's money assisting carpenters, rather than electricians. Price believes that Nelson formed Local 57 to raid other unions (trying to capture electrical work that other unions historically did), and that this policy is detrimental to the future and long-term goals of the Carpenters' union.  Price also believes that Local 57 harms union solidarity and runs contra to the traditional notion of brotherhood.

More details on the case can be found HERE!

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2019 17:56

God Bless President Jimmie Williams

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Updated - Resolution 4 passes muster in Kansas City as Nelson tries to reaffiliate!

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

President Jimmie Williams Leads the fight...again!

IUPAT President Jimmie Williams foresight on Resolution 4 works to protect all union members in America and Canada. God bless President WIlliams!


What is Resolution 4?

Resolution #4 – Eligibility to Serve as a Building Trades State, Provincial or Local Council Officer

All State, Provincial and Local Building and Construction Trades Councils strictly adhere to the Department’s Constitution and Solidarity Charter program by requiring that all officers of State, Provincial and Local Building Trades Councils be members in good standing of a National or International Union affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Department or members in good standing of a Local Union or District Council that has a full Solidarity Charter.

Why is Resolution 4 important?

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America are not a member of the National Building and Construction Trades Department, but throughout the country many UBCJA members hold office in state Building and Construction Trades Councils. Resolution 4 seeks to ensure future officers will respect the Building and Construction Trades tradition of solidarity and respect regarding craft lines.

"If we would have listened to Jimmie Williams nine years ago when he began beating this drum about Doug McCarron and the UBC, we would not be in this mess today!"
SMWIA President Michael Sullivan

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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 July 2019 13:35

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"It's not about 'raiding'. I do not want to organize one carpenter who is part of the carpenters union. Not one."

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams during the AFL-CIO convention.