Friday, June 30, 2006

"it's hard to change a leopard's spots"

The third time's charm as they say, so the third president of CMAW in a year (with no vote of the members) is Jan Noster. Jan is shown here in a photo from the 1999 Carpenter magazine where he was the UBCJA International's Organizer of the year for Alberta.
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Jan has had quite a career so far; below is a humerous excerpt from a recent Alberta LRB decision concerning Mr. Noster and the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters:
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Alberta LRB Decision November 28, 2005 GE-04860
[51]
Was their decision to deny him membership unreasonable? Put into context with the known histories of the parties, this is almost a rhetorical question. The Respondents had a legitimate concern he could have turned his talents against them in the same fashion he fought against CLAC. They had cause to be concerned he would attempt to sow dissatisfaction, perhaps leading to dissension, among the membership of Local 1325 and the Regional Council. They also had cause for concern that Mr. Noster would advocate for the separation of Local 1325 and the Regional Council from the International Union. After all, to coin another phrase used by Counsel for the Respondents, it's hard to change a leopard's spots.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well finally you have a president that is concerned about organizing and getting workers into a union.

It is ABOUT TIME.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. Isn't Jan on the payroll of the Provincial Council? What are we paying him to sign up in Edmonton for? Did we pay the $245 membership fee to the Edmonton Local on his behalf? Something smells fishy here.

Anonymous said...

You have no idea what you are talking about Jan Paid for this on his own,He was trying to a help a friend. This is just cheap shot Doc

one step forward to steps back said...

Dazed and Confused in British Columbia

From: one step forward to steps back
Date: 23 Jun 2006
Time: 15:35:04 -0400

Comments

The pungent smell of B.C. Big Budd smoke hung heavy in the air outside of the first convention to establish a constitution for the newly formed Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers CMAW. An unholy marriage between the B.C. provincial council and the Communication Energy and Paperwokers CEP. While gay marriage remains illegal in Canada unholy unions like CMAW and CLAC Christian Labour Association of Canada still operate above the law. Totally employer dominated and willing to give away whatever it takes to steal work from the Building Trades. Its truly a sad state for the rank n file carpenter in B.C. not unlike being strapped to a toboggan and pushed down a mountain in Whistler its the fastest race to the bottom anywhere in North America. The only hope for a carpenter in B.C. is in Alberta where he can hold his head high on the worst non-union/clac job where union carpenters work for full industrial rates and double time after 40hrs. Now these pigs from CMAW are on the same jobs in Alberta and work carpenters for no OT and airmiles thats right airmiles! This 10 billion dollar project has a 737 and a runway that can fly these guys in to fuck the locals and instead of OT they get a free plane ticket. That turned out not to be free, its considered taxable income at 28% income tax rate in Alberta except nobody was told until they filed there taxes and had to pay rather than get the usual $2500.00 - $3000.00 return. Now that the ink is dry and these contracts are in place we get to fight fake unions on top of the merit shop. In the name of democracy and anti international rhetoric this rump group has rapped its self in the flag of Canadian autonomy produced countless cartoons of McCarron and bent over for the CEP like a prison bitch. Only to have CEP come in and raid out CMAW work, go to Alberta and sign a CLAC contract, and appoint CEP cronies to the CMAW executive. After the first CMAW convention a couple weeks ago where the only two motions made and passed were to adjourn the convention and remove the executive. These doped up B.C. clacrs are even further behind than when they started.

Anonymous said...

Whoa............ sounds like you got some issues and they are not CEP/CMAW

Anonymous said...

Hey to long winded guy above it sounds like you would rather stick with the International. I dont know if you know this cause they dont tell you in the INTERNATIONAL CARPENTER MAG, But the International signed an agreement with SNC Lavalin 5-6 dollars per hour less than CMAW or Clac even.The Driver ageement sucks but it does not suck that bad.

Anonymous said...

So I checked out the Alberta LRB decision. Looks like Jan had 2 lawyers working for him. Who paid for them? Jan? I don't think so!

Anonymous said...

Jan told me a while back that it cost him $10,000+

Anonymous said...

CAST wages on the RAV line
$30.80/hr 12% hp time and a half saturday double time sunday and holidays

Pulp fiction wages
$31.25/ hr 12% hp straight time saturday first 8 sunday straight time first 8

Anonymous said...

yeah real great neither of them have a pension plan!

Anonymous said...

there is no double time in the cast agreement and no 30.80.per hour, and no 12% and no union

Anonymous said...

you may want to do a background check on this new president-

can you say criminal record

from a little bird from alberta

Anonymous said...

Jan does not have a criminal record

Anonymous said...

All the prison inmates claim innocence

Anonymous said...

I met Jan when he first moved to BC, he has never tried to hide or conceal his past.
If lyou are who I think you are, maybe he thought his past was none of your business.

Anonymous said...

thats all we need is crook looking after other money oh my god what have we done now? randy you did not tell use he had a record

Anonymous said...

So fucking what,how phony.
He paid any debt to society owed and came out better off for the experience

Anonymous said...

i thought that you had to be bonded to hold any office how do you get bonding when you have a record?

Anonymous said...

get ready for a wholesale gift by Len, Pat, Randy, Bill, to CMAW/CEP of Provincial Council assets (STRIKE FUND ETC)and local unions. Those that don't comply loose everything

Anonymous said...

what are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

jan is a fucking douche bag an excellent representation of exactly what the membership deserves. why do you think he got relesed early after his armed robbery conviction? hes a fucking rat and a prison bitch. bawaghaghaghaghaha#!$#!!. watch your back motherfucker

Anonymous said...

tell jan that to his face coward.

Anonymous said...

jan will show you who the bitch is

Anonymous said...

This thread is stupid, step away from the keyboard.

Anonymous said...

hey the driver agreement cant be that bad Jim senior the local 1989 rep says its great and is working for Island scaffold at elk falls as we speak

Anonymous said...

Jim says the CEP is great and wants to join 470

Anonymous said...

yeah lets try to change the subject, is noster a con or not, if he is how the hell does he get a job as organizer, by the way what has he organized in the last couple of years?
you know what the say if you can't organize -
sellout to another union

Anonymous said...

i dont understand first jim sr says the driver agreement is a sellout then he goes to work there while he still the b.a then he says its great is this guy a flake or what?

Anonymous said...

hey a little bird told me George Jalava is on his way out ding dong the witch is dead

d@ve said...

it seems some of you have forgotten the oath you took upon joining the carpenters union: to be charitable in judgement of my brother and sister members.

just because high-priced suits like Coles and McCarron trample on the rights of members there is no need for us to act like agents of the international - unless the comments posted here that denegrate others and are unsigned are indeed posted by a dastardly few who are syphlitic agents of the International. hard to tell, but it is possilbe to keep a civil discourse going without the slings and arrows.

try it, it might mean the difference between having no forum for discussion or having a censored one. i do not want to be seen as part of the problem by deleting comments or posts; get a grip guys; the solution is getting rid of the Coles and McCarrons that have ursurped the great unions which we built and which they profit from - not slamming each other - i have a lot of respect for Jim and Jan for instance, and none for Coles and Cash, which is why I sign my name when I satirize those tyrants and parasites. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Oh hi Tweety!!
Why don't you humour me some more!!
FYI- a male witch is a wiccan!!

That's your lesson for the day.

Yours truly,
The Wicked Wiccan of the North.
George

KEN said...

GEORGE,,,
HOW DARE YOU TRY TO CLAIM THAT YOUR THE WICCAN OF THE NORTH,,, I'VE BEEN A DRUID MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE AND IF ANYONE CAN CLAIM THE TITLE IT IS I.
BESIDES WHOEVER HEARD OF A DRUID FROM FINLAND.
PLUS IF YOU LOOK AT A MAP, I LIVE FURTHER NORTH THAN YOU AND NORTH DOESN'T EVEN START UNTIL THE 54TH PARALEL. THE ONLY TITLE POSSIBLY AVAILABLE TO YOU IS THE WICKED WICCAN OF CENTRAL BC AND EVEN THEN I WOULD HAVE TO CHECK WITH THE COVEN TO SEE IF THE TITLE IS AVAILABLE AT THE PRESENT TIME.

Anonymous said...

Jan is a low life.