CMAW – United and Strong
Open letter to the membership
Over the past few weeks there has been a power struggle within the BC Provincial Council of Carpenters. The Council is the last remnant of our ties to the International and was set to close so that your Canadian union CMAW could take its place. A founding convention for CMAW was scheduled for June 7th in Vancouver.
On that day, a rump group from some local unions representing a minority of the membership but having a majority of delegates in the room, adjourned the convention before it got going and re-convened on their own as the Provincial Council two days later. They are now claiming to have fired Provincial Council President Len Embree and Secretary Treasurer Pat Haggarty, even though these duly elected leaders have about a year left on their 3-year term.
This group does not say they represent CMAW – they only make claims on the Provincial Council. This illegal coup d’état of the Provincial Council does not affect CMAW or its operations and both the BCPCC and CMAW elected leadership are confident this internal scrimmage will not affect representation for our more than 5000 CMAW members and their pension and benefit plans.
Some people want power, while we want progress. It is time for us to go forward with our fight for Canadian autonomy not turn back to the past. CMAW and the BC Provincial Council belong to the members, not to a group of some 50 dissidents, none of whom are from Local 1995, our largest Local Union.
We will keep you updated.
PS: Click here for the letter this group sent telling employers they are now in charge. Click here for our response.
blog note: both links open as pdf downloads