Thursday, November 30, 2006

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters versus the Dept. of Labor

Blocking Carpenters move for more bureaucratic power - by Judith Schneider, Union Democracy Review #164
After a complaint by Jeff Fearon of Chicago Local 58 and other members, the U.S. Department of Labor rejected an effort by the union to make its council structure even more rigid and even less subject to challenge from the membership. The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters represents 47,000 members of 42 locals in 82 counties in three states. In May 2006, the department sued to void the July 2005 election of officers of the Chicago council. The key issue in dispute is a provision in the council's bylaws which requires all aspiring candidates to have previously served as council delegates for three successive years to be eligible to run for regional office. The department challenges this rule as unreasonable.

The suit also charged that not all council delegates had been elected by secret ballot. Apparently, if you were a regional officer when the delegate elections occurred, you were automatically declared a delegate from your local. The DOL sought new nominations and elections of all council delegates and all council officers.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

and this is worse than the new vision for bcpc/cmaw?

Anonymous said...

At least they had some form of elections at this regional council (even though they were unfair and potentially rigged). What do we get? BCPC elections overturned by a judge (TWICE!!) Worse yet, NO ELECTIONS AT ALL IN CMAW!!! Just some self appointed idiots who represent no dues-paying member and answer only to some CEP Big Whigs. HOOOEEY! Like I really want to be a part of a Union like that. NOT!!!

Anonymous said...

CMAW desperately needs an elected executive. The current (interim) executive was appointed, and judging by its actions, is not accountable to the membership. The membership needs to demand the new CMAW constitution. Every member has the right to read through it and then vote on it. Once a new constitution has been ratified by the entire membership, CMAW can hold its founding convention where a new executive can be democratically elected by the membership. Only then can CMAW move forward.

Anonymous said...

We got Jan Noster what more do you want God is God you don't get to vote for him either he is the almighty. All hail Jan, hallejulah