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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!

Reprinted from THE ELECTRICAL WORKER ONLINE

     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.

UPDATE:

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  

Newsflash

"We firmly believe that the energies of the Building and Construction Trades unions should first be directed to organizing the craft workers in the markets they used to represent, before they divert their members hard-earned dues in efforts reach out to workers they lack the knowledge to represent and the skills or resources to train."

Statement of United Brotherhood of Carpenters General President Douglas J. McCarron in response to AFL-CIO Resolution 70 - Hey Dougie, practice what you preach!