Friday, April 06, 2007

Carpenters nail $20M 6/49 prize
The group, members of the Carpenters Local 18 in Hamilton, were assigned to work for Tower Scaffold of Nanticoke. The crew will be back at the electrical generating station there this morning, Rawlings said.

'It's a big relief to know you can now financially control your destiny for the time you're on this earth anyway,' he said.


Anonymous said...

Brian Zdrilic from last convention
"some people are saying that i want to go back to the international", well thats not true.
Brian just went back to International

Anonymous said...

old news-they made the right move

Anonymous said...

won't be long before the carpenters go back either - remeber you heard that here 1st

Anonymous said...

Brain Z is leading to Millwrights to ruin, But Brian could never pick a winner,As far as going back to international why would anyone want to join a dead and dying undemoratic union, This more about Brian keeping his International pension while substituting his members pension with a RRSP.

Anonymous said...

Im confused wasnt brian president of cmaw for years

Anonymous said...

The poster boy of corporate unionism is Douglas McCarron, general president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

McCarron turned the union of 550,000 members virtually into his personal property by transferring the authority of its 2,200 locals to 55 regional councils, whose officers were handpicked by him and conform to his wishes.

McCarron runs the union like a corporation, claiming that centralized leadership (his) is more efficient and attractive to contractors and would produce more jobs for working carpenters.

Restructuring of the locals began in May 1997, when McCarron sent a letter to the union membership in which he said: "I have determined that it is in the best interest of the United Brotherhood and its members" to begin the process of wholesale mergers of local unions.

When local unions filed complaints with the Labor Departments in both the Clinton and Bush administrations, McCarron's actions were upheld, despite ample precedents that bodies like regional councils can't usurp the powers of local unions unless council officers are directly elected by union members.

McCarron can be ruthless against those who oppose his policies. When he expected resistance from a dissident local, his agents arrived without notice, backed by uniformed police officers or sheriff's deputies. The agents grabbed books and money and changed the locks behind them.

McCarron defended the abrupt seizures as necessary. "We¹re talking about carpenters' families being exploited," he said. "It's terrible out there. I don¹t believe we moved fast enough."

McCarron's mind-set is that of a corporate executive who happens to manage a union, rather than a company. He compares his visionary approach to that of Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric and an icon of American business. He refers to skilled union members as "a strong product."

McCarron, 53, cultivates friendships with the nation's major general contractors. Speaking to delegates at a National Erectors Association, he said: "You need to assign the work based on what makes sense. If there's a dispute, let the owner settle it. It's his money and his job."

His dream is to build a multi-corporation that would supply contractors with skilled labor from all of the 15 crafts. To train such a work force, McCarron decided to build a $22 million training center in Las Vegas, equipped with the latest construction technology, that would provide instruction in dozens of skills from laying carpets to constructing a roof to doing plumbing and electrical work.

With wall-to-wall skilled construction labor, McCarron figured he could cut favorable deals with major contractors and end up as a dominant force in the industry. However, his problem was that the leaders of the other 14 crafts were not about to surrender their personal fiefdoms without an all-out war.

McCarron, 6-feet-five-inches tall, with white hair and a beard, is an impressive personality, whose aggressive style has won him admiring friends and bitter enemies. He dropped out of high school to hang drywall in housing developments in California's San Fernando Valley. He was not yet 30 when he was elected to head his drywallers' local and become a member of the negotiating team of the Southern California Council of Carpenters.

McCarron's rise to the presidency of the national union was the result of a nasty internal fight and a fluke. McCarron backed the winner, Sigurd Lucassen, in the national election. In gratitude, Lucassen named Mccarron as his second vice president.

But the Labor Department declared the election was rigged and ordered a new election. Lucassen did not run. His number 2, Paschal McGuinness, had recently settled charges of labor racketeering in New York, so he was out. McCarron, the organization's third in line, was swept into office in 1995, unopposed.

To strengthen his shaky presidency, McCarron accelerated the process of merging local unions into regional councils, assigning some of the largest to his cronies whose loyalty to him was unquestioned. His younger brother, Michael, runs the Southwest region, which covers Arizona, Nevada and Southern California.

McCarron has won wide praise for declaring that the union spends half its budget on organizing and has hired 600 full-time organizers to recruit new members. The new organizers are given two weeks of intensive training at the Las Vegas center before being sent out to the field. McCarron says the union has gained 70,000 new members since he took office nine years ago, but there is no evidence that the union has grown, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Robert Gasperow, executive director of the Construction Labor Research Council, says that about 25% of building trades workers are union, but that carpenters as a craft are below the average. He says that the union missed its chances to expand during the construction boom years of the late 1990s. Referring to the carpenters, Gasperow says that "holding their own is probably the best they can hope for."

In 2001, McCarron decided unilaterally to disaffiliate from the AFL-CIO in disputes over the federation's poor organizing record and the carpenters' delinquency in dues payments. Many rank-and-file carpenters around the country decried the move, noting that it would aggravate problems with the other construction crafts. There were rumors that McCarron's breakaway from the AFL-CIO was part of a plan to create a separate building trades organization that he would control.

McCarron saw it as smart politics to develop a friendly relationship with President George Bush, inviting him to Labor Day picnics and union headquarters and, in return, getting to ride with the president on Air Force One. He has supported the White House on a number of issues, including the expansion of oil drilling in Alaska.

McCarron was one of several national union leaders who profited from an insiders' stock trading scheme while serving as director of the union owned Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO). With the scandal going before a grand jury and investigations by several government agencies, McCarron reluctantly decided to return about $300,000 of his ill-gotten profits.

Opposition to McCarrons dictatorial control of the union has grown. In British Columbia, angry carpenters voted to exit from the UBC to escape from his clutches. He is faced with numerous lawsuits challenging his denial of members' rights. But there is as yet no broad movement to unseat him and win the union back for its members.

Barring a nuclear holocaust, McCarron will get another five-year lease to run the union in his anti-democratic, corporate style, when he is reelected at the Brotherhood's 2005 convention.

Anonymous said...

Brian, I read my letter with your 180 degree spin apologizing for cozying up to the international.
Do you think the members don't have memories?
You really must think we are stupid sheep.
We wanted a Canadian Union and this is what you deliver?
You've endangered my pension and my sons.
You where useless as a tradesman, as a rep you are a fucking disaster.
Move over Len Werden you've been replaced in the members minds as the most useless piece of shit in the world.

Anonymous said...

To bad the lotto winners were'nt local 1995 members,they could of used in for there PENSION!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Im confused wasnt brian president of cmaw for years

7/4/07 10:43 PM

I am confused hasn't CMAW been around less than a year?

Anonymous said...

No CMAW has been around since the Spring/Summer of 2004. Brian Zdrilic was CMAW's first President (and the BEST one I might add)until Dave Coles conspired with Len Embree to chop his head off because Brian questioned their back room deal making with the CEP.

Anonymous said...

Get off the pipe Bro's, your all Coles ho's.

Anonymous said...

Since we are copy and pasting posts from the past here are a few more:

Anonymous said...
The crumbling of Dave Cole's power equation

By A. Vendetta

Dave Cole's power equation is based upon two main components: resources and strategy. The resource side of the equation is based on his control over the C.E.P's funds. In past years this income has been of the order of millions, a good portion of which has been utilized by Coles to build a corporate style union against what he calls "the empire," the Building Trades.

The strategy component has been largely provided by three main advisers: Phil Hochstein independent contractors czar and mentor who convinced him to run for president and was the brain behind the manipulations of the past few years that actually converted a democratic Provincial Council of Carpenters into an authoritarian state; Josh Coles, his main political operator, who over the years has kept the rank n file essentially fragmented; and Russel J. Horner, Catalyst president and chief executive officer who has guided him along the path to convert our contracts into toilet paper and transform the greedy Dave Coles into the current leader of the whore like union camp in Canada.

The equation started looking like it was working well, with both components on the rise. Since his electoral victory in October 2006 Coles has gone into a ruling mode beyond simple strategic action, into the realms of what some authors such as anonymous, from CMAW web log call "instrumental action." Whereas strategic action in politics is the ability to persuade or the ability to manipulate others to do what you want, instrumental action is the imposition of your will by sheer brute force, treating people like if they were cattle. The style of Dave Coles has started to look closer to that of Kim Jong Il or George Bush.

To the casual, superficial observer of the C.E.P situation, it would seem that Dave Coles is now reaching the peak of his power. The monetary resource base at his disposal has allowed him to buy the loyalty of much of the provincial council's top brass, practically all of the top members of the local 1995 top bureaucracy guarantying their cooperation allowing him to sell out the members to the more important group of local owners and industrialists. It has also allowed him to shower millions of dollars in concessions on multi national oil companies extracting Canadian resources to supply the U.S. It has made it possible for him to believe he can justify his shamelessness. It has also allowed him the means to engage in a policy of handouts to contractors that has given many unemployed brothers the sensation that he is the man who will end their problems when, in fact, he is only adding to their problems by reinforcing their dependence on a paternalistic state that might not be able to continue lowering its standards down the road sometime soon.

In contrast to his human resource-based disadvantages his political strategies had been, until recently, extremely successful, as dictated by mentors like Hochstein. He had been able to project himself as a defender of autonomy. He had been able to support initial political triumphs and contribute to Noster and Dekker electoral victories in B.C. and Alberta. All in all he looked unstoppable.

In the last year, however, his power equation has been weakening significantly. This is becoming evident, not only inside the union but also the house of labour. Two factors account for this: one, the increasing financial disarray of his regime that is leading to a rapid deterioration of the union's social situation, and, the other, the loss of the International boogey-man.

A financial mess

The financial problems leading to a rapid deterioration of social conditions inside are the result of the massive and uncontrolled spending of Dave Coles, combined with a drop in market share and less money coming into the union due to inferior collective agreements. With the mill closures that have cost many C.E.P members there careers Dave Coles was establishing commitments to supply workers to the Alberta oil patch that far exceeded his inventory. His objective of leading a C.E.P crusade against the Building Trades has proven to be extremely costly. He is said to have spent one million dollars in trying, unsuccessfully, to undermine construction collective agreements in B.C. and Alberta. However, what he was attempting to do by means of his money he destroyed with his mouth, when he gave a speech against the building trades that amused delegates in public while convincing them in private that he was a vulgar and unreliable clown. He has already spent a million and is planning to spend more, in order to protect his authoritarian regime from a rank n file "vote." He is giving away our money in an effort to gain the contractors and owners loyalty in his fight against the Building Trades. In an effort to keep the bosses happy, he is cutting important funds, traditionally funded by the employer from the contracts, to pump into massive schemes of handouts to Catylst and Driver, a strategy that is reinforcing the corporate greed of these beggars but is not solving the deep seated, structural problems of unemployment and ignorance in the members. As he does this, the Alberta state oil company CNRL is receiving inadequate workforce and is losing its capacity to stay on schedule. As a result CNRL is bound to provide less money to the Coles regime in the future. In parallel, due to his handouts inside and outside B.C., he is establishing a framework of increasing social expectations and political expectations that no union leader can fulfill in the longer term.

At this moment there are serious problems being created for workers by the C.E.P shortages in contract terms are obvious as he has increased executive control over our union and established unrealistic contract concessions. Inflation is running at 1.3% for the year. At the same time, unemployment and inflation rates are the largest for C.E.P members. In the national scene, the Eastern Provinces are starting to feel that Coles is mostly talk, as he is lagging in his promises to supply employers with a cheap workforce while Westerners, like Horner and CNRL, impatiently get in line to ask the rewards for their "loyalty."

The results are inevitable. The 2007 C.E.P budget shows a pronounced fiscal deficit, the same as last year’s. This gap can only be closed through a large volume of market share for less, just like the Wal-Mart model. Accordingly, Catylst and others are currently in the market for jumbo concessions. Coles is allowing the company to become the most important and loudest voice in the room. Corporations love nothing better than to keep on juicing a union, leading to its financial collapse.

As strategy falters there is less money and more mistakes are made

As Coles makes faulty strategic decisions and as they have negative economic and social results he is under increasing pressure to keep making flawed strategic choices. This is becoming a vicious circle, leading to further deterioration of his power equation. As concessions and unemployment increase, support and market share declines, as his sources of income become less abundant, he feels obliged to take drastic, unpopular measures such as adopting Clac agreements in B.C. and Alberta a measure conceptually retarded taken as an emergency step to increase income. By trying to control not only maintenance but also the industrial and construction sectors, he is costing everyone immense amounts of money and is acquiring a very heavy burden of managerial responsibility, something that he clearly does not possess.

A fragile outlook

Unnecessary partnerships, alignment with CLAC, an alliance with the FTQ to supply a workforce; acquisition of offices ; welfare program for officers; the request for injunctions leading to Cole's unlimited re-election as president; disregard for the rank n files needs, rendering the rank n files power useless; the fiscal problems; the collapse of C.E.P reputation; the explosive increase of concessions; the growing impatience of Cole's political clients such as Driver and Catlyst the corporate poor; internal rumblings inside CMAW; the paralysis of commercial inactivity; the highest unemployment rates in construction; the proliferation of popular protests all over the net, all of these factors speak of an increasingly weak Dave Cole's power equation.

It is not improbable, therefore, that a change of regime in B.C. could take place in the not too distant future.

10/3/07 5:42 PM

Anonymous said...
The change of regime in B.C is not going to happen fast enough.

12/3/07 2:02 PM

Anonymous said...
No name for the CMAW newsletter yet? How about "The Latest News From The Lackeys"?

13/3/07 2:06 PM

Anonymous said...
do you really think that Randy Smith and those dirt bags at local 1995 care about you carpenters are you brain dead they raped your pension fund and local to the point of extintion along with the drywallers now the painters local 38 is after the drywallers that prick coles and his daddy pulled off the biggeast rippoff in history the stole the carpenters local 1995 off Maccron and the men it belongs to.and the carpenters are standing around scratching their nuts wondering what went wrong. You had a chance to elect someone that would have fought for the men but you wrote him off as a loud mouth he would have had the police fraud investigation squad involved and your pension would have been covered by insurance but you wanted the trash well quit whining.

28/3/07 8:06 PM

Anonymous said...

CMAW is a House of Cards... Watch it fall