Monday, July 17, 2006

Old Guard - Glorious Failure



Don "AirMiles" MacNeil and Dave "ill Jong" Coles celebrate their Glorious Failure of saving pulp mills on the backs of the workers.

Meanwhile Josh Coles pens the following words in his "Great Leap" Report on Organizing for the BC Carpenters Convention that was - suprprise - cancelled:

Instead we need a major policy shift and massive structural changes directly focused on addressing union retention and union recruitment.

We do need to plant seeds for the future but, more importantly, we need fresh bodies, coming into and staying with our union.

Inform members of their Local Union's attrition rate, so as to blunt their opposition to drawing in new members.

Open doors further to non-union skilled workers who may not have "tickets" but can excel with non-union contractors.

In heavily non-union areas, pay a large bonus to a member (e.g.: $500) for recruiting a new skilled member who completes a year of membership.

Develop "industry poaching" techniques outside of construction. Focusing on skilled worker layoffs - such as in the pulp and paper industry, for example - brings in high quality skilled members.

The strategy of our union engaging non-union and CLAC contractors in meaningful and value-added relationships through top-down organizing is a concept being proven in BC and Alberta today. For the past six years we have reported to Convention that we should try this approach, and this past year we took the leap with JVD Mill Services and others.


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graphics and commentary by Doc Livingston, founding member CEP Canadian Freelance Union

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

not a new concept, but please tell me, how the race to the bottem, is going to beat clac. better work hours?

Anonymous said...

fresh bodies, not you!

Anonymous said...

really good another report telling us what we need to do, what about telling us what the hell you did in the last year josh.

Anonymous said...

Good one, between Josh and Jan we must have paid them $250,000.00 wages, benefits and expenses last year. how many new members did each of you sign?

Anonymous said...

how many new contrators did they organize?

Anonymous said...

new contrators? great I am going to take advice from a moron who cant spell contractors

Anonymous said...

ask them every chance you get how many companies were organized and how many man hours were recieved? ask them so they can't use a small spelling error to avoid the question. ask them at a meeting if they bother to show up, a simple question. HOW MANY COMPANIES DID YOU ORGANIZE?

Anonymous said...

yeah, how many new companys, contractors have they organized?

Josh said...

oops, Jan and I were out organizing contrators = my bad

Anonymous said...

you could'nt organize a piss up in a brewery.

Anonymous said...

so prince josh how many did you and jestor jan get name them... oh by the way driver does not count we already had them, 75k a year times two times five years.... hummmmm if only we could find a way to to make you both pay it back.... if you, jan and landslide smith think we broke from the states for this you all better wake up and smell your own ass