Monday, December 19, 2011

Doug McCarron: You Do Your Work - We'll Do Ours!

Local Union No. 3, IBEW - Official Website:
In a tough economy, all the building trades need to pull together to protect our work and turn more projects into union jobs.
But that’s not the way it is in St. Louis.

The head of the Carpenters District Council in that town, Terry Nelson, with the support of UBC General President Doug McCarron, is wasting time and money attacking the IBEW and stealing its work.
While nonunion carpenters are working and UBC members sit on the bench, WHY is Nelson spending his members’ dues signing sweetheart deals with nonunion electrical contractors and lowering wage and benefit standards set by St. Louis IBEW Local 1 over generations?
And now they are going after IBEW union contractors. So we ask: Where will McCarron try to pull this next? Which other trades will be next in line for raiding?

In this town, we respect each other’s jurisdiction—for the Carpenters
and everybody—and resolve our disputes in a way that makes sense.
We don’t go for sweetheart deals and company unions.
Shame on Doug McCarron.
We ask ALL good trades men and women, especially Carpenters: Tell Doug McCarron to do his job and focus on his work, not everybody else’s.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Amalgamated Carpenters Union and IUPAT "meet and greet"

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This is to advise you that the Amalgamated Carpenters and Joiners Union (“Amalgamated”), in conjunction with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (“IUPAT”), are having a “meet and greet” gathering on December 20, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Leonard’s, 555 Northern Boulevard, Great Neck, NY 11021-5103, to officially announce the formation of an affiliation agreement with IUPAT and a Charter from the AFL-CIO, and impending membership with the Building and Construction Trades Department, Washington, DC. IUPAT General President Jim Williams will also be in attendance on the 20th.

Friday, December 16, 2011

CAW working on biggest union merger ever

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Two of the country’s most prominent unions are quietly holding merger talks in what could become the biggest consolidation in Canadian labour history.

In a response to harder times for organized labour in a tough economy, leaders of the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union revealed Thursday that discussions have started and will probably accelerate during the next few months.

“There’s a lot of work left to do,” said CAW president Ken Lewenza. “We’re moving along but we’re still at a preliminary stage and far off from a deal.”

Labour watchers say a new union between the CAW, which represents about 200,000 workers, and CEP, which has about 125,000 members, would mark the biggest single merger in the history of the labour movement here. The CAW and CEP are already among the 10 biggest unions in Canada.