Saturday, November 04, 2006

CMAW brass could learn from USW:

Instead of blaming this blog for the International twisting Dave Coles' nose over the Pulp Fiction agreements in the Nov/Dec '06 issue of The Carpenter, the Divine Right could wake up to the fact that there is no official website, no hard copy newsletter since August (having terminated On the Level) no CMAW mail out since June 16th (and what a biased potboiler that was), and no internet presence to communicate with the members since the last update on June 28th.

The BC Carpenters Union had a court mandated convention in October, but the only obvious source of information on that seems to be this weblog or horrors! The Carpenter Mag!! What about the second injunction that resulted from the outcome of the convention? Nothing has been sent to the members on that either.

Furthermore, there is no other forum or vehicle for members to voice their questions, concerns and opinions and no information at all is exchanged except among the Top Dawgs as they circle and sniff. I have offered suggestions and extended invites to Jan "The Anointed" Nosterdamus on how to help further the interests of our union via the internet - even to making available a domain name (again - but that's another story eh Coles the Younger?) - I hope the Janster responds with more than the suggestion of possibly a mail-out before years' end and an adjective-laced directive to kill this blog.

Read the article below to see how the Steelworkers do it.
fraternally, dave livingston

USW: What Is Rapid Response
Grassroots: Rapid Response is the Steelworkers' nonpartisan grassroots education, communication, and action program that involves every member.

Communication: Rapid Response allows for almost instant personal communication with every USW member on any given subject.

Education: Rapid Response provides the necessary structure to inform every USW member about pending legislation concerning labor and work-related issues. All information identifies the issue, its effect on workers and their families, and the sponsors and supporters.  It also asks for a specific response.

Action: Rapid Response Action Calls provide USW members with a way to respond to the education provided. Rapid Response also provides the necessary structure to activate the USW membership to provide for real change in our ability to influence the legislative process. This system provides the necessary infrastructure to generate tremendous action on any given issue.

Change: Rapid Response provides the tools to generate necessary changes in the legislative process to ensure that labor survives and flourishes far into the future.

Opportunity: Finally, Rapid Response provides opportunity for all USW members to have a strong voice and an active part in the legislative activities that affect their daily lives. This program allows USW members to fight back on a daily basis on issues that affect them, their families, and their communities.


Anonymous said...

Comments by Jan Noster on Monday, September 16, 2002 at 17:12
Knowledge is power.
The BC Carpenters Union, as you may or may not be aware, (since you won't read it in the Carpenters Magazine)is still McCarron-free and fighting for the democratic rights of members to vote on who runs thier union.
There are only two opinions you can have on membership democracy. For or against. Those against, worry about such things as shutting message boards. The rest, have nothing to hide.
Fight the power. Jan
I smell skunk and its coming from the CLAC office, Jan must be interviewing for an agent job.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting and thought-provoking articles. I, for one, would really like to see a lot more open discussion on the current CMAW/BCPCC/CEP issues.

As Dave noted in his editorial, why has nothing been sent out about the extension of the injunction used to keep (democratically elected) new officers from assuming office? After all, it was members' hard-earned money that was used to finance this (another) trip to the courts in order to get the extension. Surely, at the very least, the members are owed an explanation? Or is it a secret?

Anonymous said...

The council faxed out the injunction weeks ago to the locals
ask your rep

Anonymous said...

Well, yes, I read the court order along with Pat's covering letter. What was lacking in the correspondence sent out to the Locals were the reasons that impelled the current executive to go to court again. At the October convention, the delegates -- representing the members of the union according to the BCPCC constitution -- were clearly looking for a change in leadership. By a large margin (almost 2 - 1) they voted in favour of new table officers. Surely this must be seen as an indicator that the majority of the members are dissatisfied with the current direction of the union. They would like to see change. While the legal order maintains the current status quo, it does nothing to address the members' growing bewilderment and disenchantment. And, of course, it does nothing to shed light on the union's current condition. Only honest communication from the executive can do that.

So, I would say that it is time for the executive to explain their actions. We live in an age that has the most powerful tools of communication ever known. Surely these tools should be used to bring the members right up to date with the current thinking of the executive. And in what direction they believe the union is going. Or is it a secret?