Monday, March 26, 2007

Carpenters Union using email and txt-ing to mobilize members

read full text at Politics and Technology
Why text messaging? Because they're on the job site - where cell phones are king, not laptops.

With cell phones now as ubiquitous as hammers on carpenters' tool belts, the union has used text messaging to bring campaign captains together for meetings. As negotiations progress, the union might use text-messaging to send out updates, ask for input on specific contract proposals, and notify members about job-site rallies.

And of course, a key strategic goal is reaching younger members - who haven't experienced this before:

'It will be about the money when it comes down to the contract,' he said, 'but we have to address the fundamentals.'

That's particularly true for the younger members, who don't feel the same kinds of bonds to the union that their parents and grandparents did, Franklin said.

'In the carpenter's union, and in the building trades in general, young members are a minority,' Franklin said.

About two-thirds of the Northwest Carpenters' members are 45 and older. Nationally, the average age of construction workers is in the mid-50s, according to a survey last year by Chicago-based outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc."

Thursday, March 22, 2007

LIUNA head dismisses CCWU certification

click to read full text at Daily Commercial News
With 39 days to go before the end of construction trades Open Season, there is mixed reaction to the Ontario Labour Relations Board decision granting status to the breakaway Canadian Construction Workers Union.

Predictably, Labourers’ International Union of North American Canadian general manager Joseph Mancinelli wasn’t generous with his praise – understandable given the long running battle between himself and the rebel Local 183 which ended when former business manager Tony Dionisio and his loyalist executive were ousted last summer.

Ontario Labour Relations Board okays new construction union

click to read full text at Journal of Commerce
The Ontario Labour Relations Board has conferred status as a union to the breakaway Canadian Construction Workers Union led by Tony Dionisio.

It sets the stage for an intense six weeks of recruiting, raiding, cajoling and persuading, not to mention a head-to-head confrontation with Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 183, Dionisio├é’s former bailiwick.

“I’m thrilled,” said Dionisio, who was ousted as the business manager of Local 183 after a long battle last year. “This is just the beginning. We plan to go forward from today and build a union.”

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Resistance is not futile, it is necessary

click for full text by Jan Noster - CMAW - Latest News
'Right now, we are rebuilding this union. We're rebuilding because we let it go for the better part of two decades. We're rebuilding because if we don't we're going to be back on the street, competing carpenter against carpenters for who will work cheapest and under the worst conditions.'

UBCJA General President Douglas J. McCarron, from 'Editorial' page 4, The Carpenter Magazine, September 1998

It was these words that I cautiously believed in 1998 when I was serving the UBCJA as its Alberta Director of Organizing in Edmonton.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

B.C union repeats call for special prosecutor to deal with forestry deaths

click for full text by Jeremy Hainsworth, Canadian Press
The United Steelworkers union is repeating calls for a special prosecutor to be appointed to look into what it calls criminally caused forestry industry deaths in B.C.

The call comes days after WorkSafe B.C. levied a $297,000 fine against Weyerhaeuser Canada in connection with the 2004 sawmill death of Lyle Hewer.

Union spokesman Steve Hunt says such a prosecutor is needed under Bill C-45 - also known as the Westray Act after the 1992 Nova Scotia Westray mine explosion that killed 26 miners.

The bill holds employers criminally responsible for negligence which leads to workplace deaths.

Worksafe B.C. says mill management ignored safety concerns and condoned a culture where "complacency in the face of danger became the norm."

The union has sent a letter to Premier Gordon Campbell and Attorney General Wally Oppal saying the need for a prosecutor is urgent.

Friday, March 16, 2007

YouTube - AFSCME

AFSCME organizing video - YouTube
(language!)
"This is a rare gem. This was a PSA that the voice-over person decided to record an "alternate" version of for fun. This comes from the archives of a local tv station. You won't find this anywhere."

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

LRB: CMAW application dismissed

LRB decision opens as a PDF
BRITISH COLUMBIA LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD
COLUMBIA HYDRO CONSTRUCTORS LTD.
(the “CHC”)
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ALLIED HYDRO COUNCIL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, UNITED ASSOCIATION OF JOURNEYMEN AND APPRENTICES OF THE PLUMBING AND PIPEFITTING INDUSTRY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, LOCAL NO. 170, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRIDGE, STRUCTURAL, ORNAMENTAL AND REINFORCING IRON WORKERS, LOCAL NO. 97, OPERATIVE PLASTERERS’ AND CEMENT MASONS’ INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES AND
CANADA, LOCAL NO. 919, SHEET METAL WORKERS’ INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION, LOCAL NO. 280 AND UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CARPENTERS AND JOINERS OF AMERICA, FLOORLAYERS’ LOCAL NO. 1541
(the “AHC”, “Local 170”, “Local 97”, “Local 919”, “Local 280” and “Local 1541”, respectively)
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CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE AND ALLIED WORKERS BARGAINING COUNCIL, LOCAL 2300
(“CMAW”)

CONCLUSION
For the reason given above I find that the reasoning in CAE and SFU governs CMAW’s application and precludes its success. Accordingly, CMAW’s application is dismissed.
LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD

Monday, March 12, 2007

The crumbling of Dave Cole's power equation

full text posted on wholeblogXport
(posted on previous letter as a comment on "CEP/CLAC Attack and International Amnesty", http://cmaw.blogspot.com/2007/03/cepclac-attack-and-international.html 10/3/07 5:43 PM)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

CEP/CLAC Attack and International Amnesty

UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CARPENTERS AND JOINERS OF AMERICA
James E. Smith
Vice President, Canada

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Our wages are under attack in the construction sector!

  • In British Columbia, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union (CEP) have signed low wage agreements covering five pulp and paper mills.

  • In the Alberta tar sands, the CEP is signing sweetheart deals adopting CLAC's collective agreement that undercuts our standard agreement rates and opens the door to temporary foreign workers.

  • The CEP has announced that it intends to enter the construction market across the country and that means undercutting our wages nation-wide. (They have signed a cooperation agreement with the FTQ in Quebec.)

  • This calls for an immediate and decisive response!

  • All construction members are put on notice that they are not to work for companies signed to CEP/CLAC.

  • If you assist CEP/CLAC in undercutting our wages and benefits, you will be held liable. Names of those working CEP/CLAC will be sent by the Canadian Office to your home Local. You may be required to appear before the executive and membership to account for your actions.

  • If you are currently working under a CEP/CLAC agreement, advise your union representative immediately to qualify for an amnesty.

  • Remember that your good wages, benefits, reciprocity and mobility, for which you have fought long and hard, are at risk. Unite in our fight to retain them.

  • Thank you for your cooperation in this important battle. If you have any questions, please raise them with your regional council.

    In solidarity,
    James E. Smith
    Vice-President -- Canada
    5799 Yonge Street - Suite #807 - Willowdale, Ontario, Canada M2M 3V3 - Phone (416)2258885 - Fax: (416)2255390

    this is the result...

    this is the result of searching Google images for coles cep clac:

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