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Thursday, September 6, 2012

For The Good Of The Order!

The following is a Cross-Post from an article titled For The Members . We do not know the author but we believe it to be important information for the activists among us. Also visit Robert's Rules Of Order for a more in depth understanding of how Parliamentary Proceedings (meetings) are conducted.

"You can't bring that motion up now" (B.S. You Can!)...

A few tips on local meetings for newly active members

The Minutes — If something important happened at the previous meeting, listen to the "reading of the minutes" of that meeting to make sure that they accurately recall what happened. If you think there has been a mistake, be sure to try to get it corrected.

Communications — Important mail comes in, some from other locals criticizing some aspect of the leadership’s handling of affairs. Be sure these are read under communications. It’s helpful to get your local to concur’ (support) where you think it’s an important issue. To do this, ask that the communication be "referred to new business" and under that part of the meeting, make a motion that your local ‘‘concur" in the communication and that a letter be sent in reply notifying the sender that you’ve done so.

Good of the Order — Under this order of business, you may get up and comment on any matter that you want to comment on. No motion can be made under this order of business.

New Business — this is where you make motions. If you want your local to send out a letter to other locals in the Regional Council, for instance, you should stand up under this order of business and say, "I move that this local send a letter on " to the other locals of the Regional Council. Sometimes it is helpful to write the letter in advance and include this as part of the motion. It also helps to arrange to have someone second your motion in advance. After the motion is made and seconded, then you or anybody else can speak on it.

The leadership of some locals claim that membership-voted expenses of over a set amount must be first recommended by the Executive Committee. This has been used to prevent the membership from voting to send out mailings critical of the upper leadership. Section 54 of the UBC constitution regulates the funds of the local unions. There is no such requirement in this section.

Its Your Union, don’t let them freeze you out of the process!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Call Your Delegates:
Tell Them How You Feel!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

The Changing Of The Guard
The Changing Of The Rule

A Vote for Full Mobility Will Not Stand!

The Steward Ad-Hoc Committee's
Answer To Full Mobility?
Wut Da Duce???

The argument is that companies will be driven out of New York City (NYC) if we continue to enforce the 50/50 Rule or the 67/33 Rule. To this we say "Poppy Cock!". There will always be those that build in NYC. Even in the worst of economies there is plenty of work out there albeit non-union. Surely the companies are not blaming this fact solely on the 50/50 Rule. The fact is that if one company crumbles, two more will arise from its ashes. Its the nature of the beast we call the Construction Industry. Do you really believe that companies will not build in NYC? This is the Labor Monster we know of as New York! Not going to happen Brothers and Sisters, simply not going to happen. People will continue to build here, they always have and they always will.

We urge those naysayers (Delegates & Representatives) within our Union who cry poverty on behalf of the Contractors while being charged with protecting the Rank and File's interest to negotiate our contracts with those who Full Mobility affects in mind, namely the folks on the OWL. The Rank and File are not as docile and un-informed as you think. Do not do us justice and suffer our wrath you will! Seek refuge with the contractors you've enriched. The members will have no use for you! Give-backs are not in vogue here in NYC. We will not stand for it! There will be NO QUARTER!  We will demand and receive a CHANGING OF THE GUARD!

Full Mobility / Kills Fully

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Congratulations To Our New EST

Mike Bilello

Remain corruption free and we will stand behind you!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

In Rememberance

The "Father" of Labor Day and of May Day, as well as the founder of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Peter J. McGuire was one of the most remarkable figures in the history of the American labor movement. McGuire probably did more than anyone else to convince skeptical, locally minded union activists around the country that a national labor federation was not only necessary but also possible. Without his tireless enthusiasm and practical example, the creation of the AFL and its survival through its early years are practically inconceivable.

Peter J. McGuire

Born in New York City into a poor Irish Catholic family, McGuire quit school at 11 to work when his father went off to fight in the Union Army. While working at odd jobs, McGuire attended the free night classes at Cooper Union, where he met Samuel Gompers and other young firebrands. Apprenticed to a piano maker in 1867 at the age of 15, McGuire was active in labor and radical circles, including the New York branch of the International Workingmen's Association.

McGuire was a notorious and effective agitator. In 1873, in the midst of a severe economic depression, a mass meeting of radicals and unionists at Cooper Union formed a Committee of Public Safety to press the local authorities to provide economic assistance to the unemployed. Though only 21 years old, McGuire was elected to serve on the committee, and he quickly become its best-known public spokesperson and chief negotiator. After the city refused to grant a permit for a protest parade, McGuire led a sit-in at the office of the police commissioner and secured permission to hold a mass meeting in Tompkins Square Park. But permission was withdrawn at the last minute, and squads of armed and mounted police attacked the gathering to disperse the crowd. Gompers remembered the police charge as "an orgy of brutality" that led to "a reign of terror" during which the New York police broke up even private gatherings called to protest the police's actions and to defend freedom of assembly.

Convinced of the futility of reformist measures, in May 1874 McGuire helped form the Social Democratic party (later the Socialist Labor party) and spent the next five years organizing chapters throughout New England, the West, the Southwest and the Midwest. Wherever he went, he urged workers to organize themselves, abolish the wage system and institute a universal system of cooperative production and distribution.

Moving to St. Louis, Mo., in 1877, McGuire helped win the Missouri legislature's support for one of the first Bureaus of Labor Statistics in the United States. Still in his 20s, McGuire was appointed deputy commissioner of the new bureau but resigned in 1879 to organize a union of carpenters. McGuire had come to see trade unions as indispensable to his socialist vision and to believe he should turn his energies to organizing and building a labor movement.

Within two years, McGuire had organized St. Louis carpenters thoroughly and won such impressive wage gains for them that it attracted the attention of carpenters everywhere. McGuire then issued a call for a national meeting of carpenters' unions in Chicago. The 1881 meeting resulted in the formation of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC). McGuire was elected UBC secretary, the organization's chief administrative officer. That same year, McGuire wrote the convention call for the national conference of labor unions that established the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (FOTLU), the organizational forerunner of the American Federation of Labor.

McGuire moved the headquarters of the UBC to New York in 1882, where he became involved in the eight-hour-day movement. At an 1882 meeting of the New York Central Labor Union, he introduced a resolution calling for workers to lead a "festive parade through the streets of the city" on the first Monday of September. More than 30,000 marchers participated in the event. In 1883, thousands again lined the parade route, and the New York group decided to urge other central labor bodies around the country to sponsor simultaneous celebrations the following year. Only a handful of cities joined the celebration in 1884, but in 1885 turnout again was broad and official support for the holiday followed. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to recognize the day. The U.S. Congress followed suit in 1894.

McGuire was also the founder of May Day, the international Labor Day. Congress had passed a largely ignored eight-hour law in 1868 that President Chester A. Arthur refused to enforce. McGuire, concluding the only way for workers to get an effective eight-hour law was to enforce it themselves, declared, "We want an enactment by the workingmen themselves that on a given day eight hours shall constitute a day's work, and they ought to enforce it themselves." In 1884, the UBC delegation to the FOTLU convention introduced a resolution establishing May 1, 1886, as the day on which the workers would institute the eight-hour day. Thousands of workers responded to the call and joined local unions in large numbers. When the day arrived, about 350,000 workers struck more than 11,000 establishments across the country. Unfortunately, a bomb thrown at an anarchist rally called in support of strikers at the McCormick works in Chicago created a backlash against the movement, much as had happened in the wake of the Tompkins Square police riot in New York 13 years earlier, and most of the gains won were erased. But the day itself became fixed in the institutional memory of the labor movement.

When the FOTLU reorganized as the American Federation of Labor in 1886, McGuire was elected the new federation's first secretary. In 1888, the AFL called for another national eight—hour strike by a single union-the UBC-to occur in 1890. McGuire directed the movement personally, hopping tirelessly from one strike point to the next. The strike resulted in one of the most impressive victories for trade union solidarity in the 19th century. More than 23,000 carpenters in 36 cities gained the eight-hour day, and some 32,000 more in 234 cities gained the nine-hour day.

To devote himself full-time to the Carpenters, McGuire resigned as secretary of the AFL in 1889, but he continued to work closely with Gompers as an AFL vice president. He built the UBC into the AFL's largest affiliate.

The Carpenters continued to expand throughout the 1890s until it was too much for any one man to administer. Increasingly, paid "business agents," an organizational innovation pioneered by the Carpenters, took over the work of running the union's locals, and they pressed for greater power at the national level. For years McGuire resisted their efforts, fearing they would lead the organization away from what he saw as one of its most important missions—to be a nursery of socialist ideals and industrial cooperation.

Ill health and alcoholism forced McGuire to resign from the AFL in 1900, and growing opposition to his leadership of the UBC led to his expulsion in 1902 on the basis of trumped-up embezzlement charges. McGuire died on Feb. 18, 1906, in Camden, N.J., where he is buried.

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