"For me, this struggle in the trade union movement has always been about personal relationships and personal trust. Trust that our reps have with our members. Trust that our members have with us. Trust that we have for each other. And if we don't have that, we don't have very much. And it's why we have survived to this point because we have that."
From the speech given by Brother Len Embree, at the 61st Annual BCPCC Convention, November 25, 2004
Brothers and Sisters,
Without trust our Union's survival is threatened. That is why we find it necessary to inform the membership we have come to the conclusion that by their actions, the leadership of our Union has shown us they can no longer be trusted.
Remember our vision of a strong and proud autonomous democratic Canadian Union (CMAW)? Remember how the CEP reached out to us in support in our struggle to break the shackles of the International? Well that was then and this is now.
Now there is another agenda afoot. An agenda driven by Dave Coles, Vice President CEP Western Region along with the resident officers of our Union. An agenda that is secret. An agenda created behind closed doors. An agenda that is undemocratic.
That agenda is a wholesale takeover of the BC Provincial Council of Carpenters by the CEP without the knowledge of some of the Executive Board and without the vote of the membership.
To illustrate just some of what has gone on recently, consider the following examples:
Rather than dealing with any of the problems they have created and working with the Executive Board to rectify them, the resident officers Embree and Haggarty have decided to circle the wagons to defend their actions. President Embree has refused to call Provincial Council Executive Board meetings even after the Executive Board directed him to hold meetings no less than once every 2 months. Secretary-Treasurer Haggarty has now decided to conduct Executive Board business through e-mail polls. The resident officers have postponed convention to avoid facing the delegates.
Brother and Sisters, it is time to expose the resident officers for mismanaging this Union. It is time to put honesty and integrity back into the leadership of our Union. It is time to rebuild trust. President Embree had one thing right - without trust we don't have much. Without trust our survival is threatened. Clearly President Embree isn't practicing what he preached, who are the victims? You - the Union!
Tony Heisterkamp - 1st Vice President, Provincial Council
Paul Nedelec - Vice President, Provincial Council
Steve Borho - President Local 1719
Brian Zdrilic - Executive Board Member, Provincial Council
Bob Eaton - Vice President, Provincial Council
Sandra Backer - Vice President, Provincial Council
George Jalava - Vice President, Provincial Council
John Colbourne - Executive Board Member, Provincial Council
Dave Sewell - President Local 2106
Jim Senior - Business Agent Local 1989
Dave (Doc) Livingston - Executive Board Member, Local 2300
Charlie Scaling - Executive Board Member, Provincial Council