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Shame on Terry Nelson!

The Florida Intiative

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A grassroots movement in Florida

     Three UBC members from Florida, Carl Barnes, Wayne Harley, and Doug MacCartney, launched a grassroots movement designed to restore the democratic rights of rank-and-file carpenters nationwide. Their website, Members for Democracy, details how they plan to accomplish their goal while working within the restrictive political structure of the UBC. Their hope is palpable. Here is a small snippet from their site:

"Every move our Regional Council makes to divide our trade into specialties; To divide our members into specialists; To dilute our voice in our union or to adulterate our by-laws - we bring onto the floor of our meeting hall. Every action the staff of the regional council makes to deny or hide information from our members - we reveal to the members and file charges against the offending party. It's vital to the health of our union that information pertaining to the employment conditions of our members be available to every member for discussion and response. Also, it is  to our advantage to bring these topics to discussion and reveal the scabby cronies of the EST "hiding in" and "spying on" your local (union). Those that are willing to sell out their brothers and sisters for their own personal gain will reveal their self serving greedy ways to your brothers and sisters - they deserve the contempt of all in our union."

Douglas MacCartney, Members for Democracy

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 18:14

Forgotten Carpenters

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Dying to be a carpenter

by David Correia

"In the years since McCarron has consolidated his control of the union while he and his corporate crowd have grown richer and richer. Meanwhile unemployed carpenters in Las Vegas are shooting themselves in the head. "Every time I turned around," said the local union secretary "somebody was coming into my office to say that someone just popped themselves in the head with a 9 mm or some other thing," such is life and death in Douglas McCarron's carpenters union.

Union carpenters in Las Vegas are struggling in McCarrons home local of Las Vegas as detailed by David Correia, Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico:


More McCarronism in Oregon!


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 18:19

St Louis News Breaker Vol. 1 No. 3

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St Louis News Breaker Vol. 1 No. 3

Download the latest issue of the St Louis News Breaker to learn the latest news regarding the St Louis CDC's attempt to undercut area wage standards.




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"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
St Louis Construction News and Real Estate Nov-Dec 2007