Friday, December 24, 2010

LRB rejects the UBCJ dodge and feint as so much shuck and jive

Read the LRB decision rejecting the UBCJ refusal to supply the modified collective agreement:
download the LRB decision as a pdf

and here is the LOU with Ski-Hi (letter of understanding) the UBCJ tried to hide during the raids on CMAW:
download the LOU as a pdf

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ledcor stops work for safety meetings

read article at Vancouver Sun

2 Ledcor sites fatalities in Vancouver

read article at Journal of Commerce:

Investigations are underway into the cause of two construction worker deaths at separate Ledcor construction sites in downtown Vancouver.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Change to Win elects Hansen, Hoffa as leaders

read article at Workday Minnesota: "Change To Win now includes SEIU, the Teamsters, UFCW and the United Farm Workers. The Laborers left it to rejoin the AFL-CIO on Oct. 1. UNITE HERE split and left several months ago. The Carpenters left a year ago and are unaffiliated with anybody."

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pot Growers Join Union - ABC News

video - ABC News
Bay area grow workers organized by Teamsters union

Thursday, September 09, 2010

AFL-CIO 9/11 Honor Roll of Union Victims

click for list by union: AFL-CIO Honor Roll of Union Victims
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Sean Canavan • Martin Coughlan • Matthew Diaz • Paul Gill • Mauricio Gonzalez • Maurice Kelly • Chris Kirby • Benjamin Millman • Joseph Mistruilli • Brian Monaghan • David Ortiz • Joseph Piskadlo • John Rizzo • Daniel Rosetti • David Ruddle • Stephen Russell • Erick Sanchez • Robert Vecario • Patrick Woods

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Asbestos flooding B.C. with a 'steady stream of death'

read the full article: Vancouver Sun, September 5, 2010
In Trail, B.C., United Steelworkers officials began noticing several years ago that many workers who had retired from the Teck (formerly Cominco) zinc and lead smelting plant were coming down with asbestos-caused diseases.

They called a town meeting. About 80 victims and family members showed up. At the next meeting, 130 came. Now, the union has identified nearly 100 victims, people who toiled in the smelter from the late '40s to late '70s.

"I've seen first-hand what some of these people go through, and their families go through, and their grandchildren, and it's just horrible," says United Steelworkers Local 480 president Doug Jones.

"Somewhere along the way somebody has to be accountable for that. Someone has to be responsible for the shortened lives that people live and the pain and suffering that all the families go through. It just doesn't seem fair."

Teck spokesman Richard Deane says the company spends up to $2 million a year removing asbestos from its plant. "Ever since the negative health effects of asbestos were known we've been working diligently to remove and deal with any trace of asbestos," Deane says, adding that the company's responsibility to sickened workers is covered by its contributions to WorkSafe.

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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Wobble the job! The Building Trades 2007 Wildcat in Alberta

read the full article: C.W.O.C. IWW
"This meant that the union hall and the union hierarchy were at least partially shut out. While officials attended some of the rallies and spoke to the crowd- mostly urging them to go back to work, the rallies and pickets were organized and carried out by rank-and-file workers. Calls to return to work were drowned out by heckles and chants of ‘general strike!’. Officials did not dare attend the pickets, not even to counsel a return to work, though, as we will see below, they handled this in a much more arms’ length manner.

“Dog shit and herring bones”

- Anonymous rank-and-file carpenter, in reply to his union’s executive request that he return to work.

Saturday Sept. 15th 2007."

Friday, September 03, 2010

Labour Day Commentary

read full article at: British Columbia Federation of Labour
The trade union movement today salutes the hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who toil to make the province work whether they are in a union or not.

We pledge to continue to build a labour movement and a province that fights for everyone, not just those fortunate to have the dignity a union provides them.

Happy Labour Day.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

AGC Union Contractors Exchange Views with Carpenters and Operating Engineers General Presidents at New England Regional Meeting

read full article at: AGC - The Associated General Contractors of America
McCarron maintained that work preservation efforts like subcontracting clause concessions and job targeting programs must be accompanied by "aggressive organizing of the subcrafts" to be successful. He referenced the Carpenters' drywall industry organizing drive as an example.

Inefficient, outdated work rules are another hindrance to union contractor competitiveness, said one chapter executive. Project labor agreements - which often include inefficient work rules - exacerbate the problem in the area, he said. Also, out-of-towners often receive "sweetheart deals." He suggested an "experiment" of suspending the work rules for a year. McCarron said he thought that this was a good idea to try on a pilot project basis.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kootenay partners forge ahead with $900-million power project

read full article at VancouverSun
Columbia Basin Trust, Fortis to expand generating capacity on Waneta Dam

By Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun August 27, 2010

The Columbia Basin Trust intends to complete its mandate to develop hydroelectric facilities with a $900-million expansion of generating capacity on the Waneta Dam south of Trail, the trust and its construction partner, Fortis Inc., announced Thursday.

The expansion involves building an additional 335-megawatt generating station on the Waneta Dam on the Pend d'Oreille River, just south of Trail. It is expected to take a little more than four years to build, would provide employment for 400 construction workers and inject some $200 million in direct wages into the region.

"In terms of jobs and benefits to workers and people who live in the region, it's fairly big news," Victor Jmaeff, Columbia Power's vice-president of sales and development, said in an interview.

Jmaeff said the project adds a side benefit in wringing additional electricity from water that has already been sequestered by an existing dam.

"It is a project that will generate clean power in that it's being built on an existing dam and power plant and doesn't involve any additional dam construction," Jmaeff said.

The Waneta expansion is one of three potential hydroelectric developments, along with facilities at the Arrow Lakes and Brilliant dams, that the Columbia Basin Trust was endowed with when the provincial government created the trust in 1994 as a vehicle to mitigate damage caused in the region by damming of the Columbia River system in the early 1960s.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Laborers to rejoin AFL-CIO

read article at peoplesworld: "The Laborers' departure from CTW will leave only the Service Employees, the Farm Workers, United Food and Commercial Workers and the Teamsters in the smaller union group. Unite Here rejoined the AFL-CIO last year - except for 100,000 members who split off to join SEIU - and the Carpenters disaffiliated almost two years ago."

Sunday, August 08, 2010

CMAW Registered Pension Plan Booklet

A new booklet describing details of the CMAW/CEP Construction Registered Pension Plan is now available. A full PDF version of the booklet is available for viewing by clicking here

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gerry Lacasse plaque placed in Robson

Gerry's stone was designed by Darlene Schultz and carved by Jeremiah Benbow

Gerry with a "G" is what he always used to say to the hole watch as we headed into one tank or another. I spent a good part of my career being partnered up with one of the finest carpenters I've ever met. Being on the road and away from your family isn't always easy, but having a good friend with you makes it a lot more bearable. I helped bury my friend on his birthday and Murray and I spent the extra time making sure everything was measured and level just as he would have wanted. Gerry may not be with us anymore but he will never be forgotten. He was a proud Canadian and a proud union member. He always wanted what was best for all members.

Even though he has been gone going on two years there isn't a week that I don't think of him. Most times I smile, some times I shed a tear. We should all endeavor to take care of each other on and off the job. My fondest memory was dismantling a scaffold in a really dirty tank and singing "Oh lonesome me" together then arguing about who wrote the song. He was right. Rest in Peace my brother and I hope we can make you proud.

John Voykin

Monday, July 12, 2010

Company in demo gone wrong broke rules: Report
One wall of the building collapsed onto the street, narrowly missing a car and pedestrian. An excavator then brought down a second wall, which buckled and half spilled out onto the street, knocking down a streetlight.

Nobody was injured, but the incident was captured on video and posted to YouTube.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

60,000 more to die of asbestos

read full article: Britain / Home - Morning Star
The HSE has estimated that one in 10 carpenters born in the 1940s with more than 10 years of work in the industry will die of mesothelioma.

Despite Britain finally banning the use of asbestos in 2000, global trade in the carcinogen remains strong.

Before the ban, 60 per cent of asbestos in Britain came from Canada. Much of the trade has now moved to the developing world.

In recent years countries such as Angola, Argentina, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Thailand have all recorded increased use of asbestos products.

On Thursday construction union Ucatt staged a demonstration against Canada's continued exportation of asbestos at the country's embassy in London.

Ucatt leader Alan Ritchie said: "It is disgraceful that Canada continues to wilfully produce and export a deadly substance.

"It is essential that nationally and internationally unions and other sympathetic groups increase the pressure on Canada to end this lethal trade once and for all."

Sunday, June 27, 2010

B.C.'s injuries on the job: 15,000 lost years since 2007

read full article by Stephen Hume, VancouverSun
"Statistics Canada compiles injury reports from provincial agencies. Work-SafeBC records reported job-related injuries for this province.

Their records show that since statistics on workplace injuries began to be collected in 1928, the casualty count for B.C. workers on the job exceeds the total number of Canadian military and civilian casualties in every war we've ever fought by a ratio of more than 14 to one.

In B.C. alone, more than five million on-the-job injuries have been reported, more than two million of them over the past decade.

Since 2002, Canada has lost almost 150 soldiers in Afghanistan. In the same period, B.C. has lost 1,506 workers killed on the job."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tarsands Jobsite with mixed union and non union labour. What fun!

interpret the full article at what i see weblog:

"The electricians (union, IBEW 424) are doing great, capillary bunch of people, perfect safety record, excellent work environment, great condition and careful with good cleanup etc.

However LEDCOR is out to this place too (crane operation and pilings) and as a big non unanimity labour supplier, they shine like always. They have nearly killed a collection of people by toppling a crane. Not only did it be on the point down, it snapped and whipped back and forth, nearly destroying formulary of devotion trailers containing people.

We also have had a bad rash of franciscan friar incidents on site lately such as hand injuries, falls, a coupling small fires (!!!!) and other industrial related inattentiveness type of accidents.

As a eventuate Imperial Oil (the main owner) and ThyssenKrupp (the prime contractor) regard ordered us to stand down. The last 2 days we be delivered of sat in our lunch trailers basically thinking about what we’ve been doing like naughty kids.

Its a common procedure that has been shown to improve performer safety and end long chains of minor incidents that always serve to major injuries or deaths.

The carpenters can’t seem to preserve from falling and hurting themselves, the non union contractors cant assistance but blow stuff up and knock over cranes, and our electricians are basically going nuts sitting around."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Manitobans ignored in Hydro project: union

CBC News - But the United Brotherhood of Carpenters said the consortium has been hiring most of its workers from Quebec and Newfoundland.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Kamloops Convention - the last 7 pages from the CMAW Constitution and Bylaws Adopted April 24, 2007 Amended June 2, 2009

click "read more" to see all 7 scanned pages

Monday, May 03, 2010

BCFed (and CLC) letter of disaffiliation with UBCJA

Letters: UBCJA quits CLC and Victoria 1598 turfed from BCFed - download the pdf

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kamloops convention photos

new CMAW officers assemble

Pat administers the oath

say cheese

the torch is passed...

and Mike takes the mic

in honour of Secretaries Week: Joyce, Erin and Kim

Pat will keep an eye on our business for a while yet

Thursday, April 22, 2010

CMAW 3rd Convention

Kamloops BC, April 20 - 22, 2010

Jan Noster, CMAW, elected President
Mike Fenton, CEP 470, elected Secretary-Treasurer
Bob Eaton, Shipbuilders 506, elected 1st Vice President

Guest speakers: Dave Coles - CEP, Joe Mulhall - Canadian Union of Skilled Workers (CUSW), Jim Britton - CEP Western Region

April 21 banquet: announcement by Pat Haggarty that the last separation payment has been made to the UBCJA. President Emeritus Len Embree was in attendance. Original unedited film footage from July 7, 1999 at Local 513 "Lights Out McCarron" movie shown.

Retirements honoured: Don Pengilly, John Colburne, Tony Heisterkamp, Pat Haggarty and George Jalava.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Labour president trying to shame Olympic sponsor

CTV British Columbia: "The BC Federation of Labour is trying to shame a major Olympics sponsor into paying its staff higher wages.

Federation President Jim Sinclair says McDonald's is paying new employees as little at $6.35 an hour under B.C.'s training wage, which is less than the province's eight dollar minimum wage.

Sinclair says McDonald's can find hundreds of millions of dollars to sponsor the Olympics but it pays less than the lowest minimum wage in Canada.

He's urging the company to honour the hard work of its employees by paying starting workers a minimum of 10 dollars an hour."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CMAW Loses Members on Vancouver Island

CEP Union: From the UBCJ Local 1598 website

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners
Local 1598, Victoria, British Columbia
Telephone: 250-383-8116

November 2009 Industrial Scaffold Services Ltd.

We are happy to report that the BC Regional Council of Carpenters was successful in our raid application for ISSL. ISSL was certified with Communication, Energy, Paperworkers Local 470. As a result of our organizing activities, CMAW also applied for certification to raid CEP 470 even though CMAW and CEP formed a joint bargaining council and CMAW is affiliated to the CEP. A majority of ISSL employees voted to change their representation to the BC Regional Council of Carpenters. We welcome the ISSL employees into our union.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Carpenters local in Sault forced to merge with Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins

read full article at The Sault Star - Ontario, CA
Local 446 was established in 1917 and was one of the longest-serving locals in the province. But it fell "well below the standards of a viable local union as of March, 2009," stated the board.

The international's decision to merge Local 446 with Local 2486 to ensure the viability and sustainability of the enlarged local is "not only fair and reasonable, but is fully justified. . . . It is consistent with the (international's) plan to revitalize itself."

Clement is still not convinced. "Apparently the international's constitution carries far more weight than the wishes of the membership," said Clement of the board decision, Local 446's last avenue of appeal.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Construction Workers Killed on The Job

CEP Union:
"How come CEP or CEP Constructions Arm have not made a comment about what has happened to the construction workers that were killed in Ontario."

Department of Justice Press Release

Federal Bureau of Investigation - The Detroit Division:
"Joseph Roxlyn Jewett, of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty to giving a kickback to the former leader of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters (“MRCC”), United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. The former union boss had engineered the use of Jewett’s company as a consultant on a deal involving the construction of a casino that was funded by the Carpenters Pension Trust Fund."

Friday, January 08, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Highrise scaffolding concerns halted work for months

read full article at the Toronto Star
Provincial records show the ministry gave Metron three more orders on Dec. 17 to ensure the swing stage was finally safe for workers.
One order was to ensure that every part of the project be outfitted "to support or resist all loads and forces to which it is likely to be subjected without exceeding the allowable unit stress for each material used." Another was to "provide guardrails to work platform being used for access to swing stage near the parking garages."
Until those orders were completed, the ministry stated, "no productive work can be carried out from the swing stage."
Later on Dec. 17, a ministry inspector returned to the site for a reinspection of compliance.
"Compliance achieved, stop work order lifted," a report concluded.
On Dec. 29, five days after the accident, the ministry issued a series of future orders, including a demand for copies of all contracts related to the work site and an outline of Metron's health and safety policy, records for "fall protection training of workers" and a list of all workers on site at the time of the deaths.
Meanwhile, Dilshod Mamurov, 21, the lone survivor of the accident, remained heavily medicated in Sunnybrook Hospital and unaware on Wednesday of the deaths of his co-workers.
Mamurov suffered broken legs and a shattered spine in the fall.
He has no family in Canada and still doesn't know that a friend from Uzbekistan was killed, said Bakhtier Shakhnazarov, a member of the local Uzbek community.
Michael Yorke, president of Carpenters' Union Local 27, said he's convinced the men wouldn't have died had proper workplace protocols been observed at the Kipling site, just south of Steeles Ave. W.
"We believe that this was a preventable accident," Yorke said. "None of the workers were tied down with a lifeline."
Labour Minister Peter Fonseca wasn't available for comment on Wednesday, after Sid Ryan, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, called for a criminal probe into the construction accident.
Ryan called on the province to stop "carnage in the workplace," noting that the Criminal Code allows for charges to be laid when there is evidence of negligence causing death or harm to workers.

Monday, January 04, 2010

more funnies from Alberta

have seen this video before, but this post has new text and is on a pension site: B.C. CMAW C.E.P. just like CLAC