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