Monday, September 6, 2010

Delegates to the 40th Re-Elected the McCarron Team

Delegates to the 40th Re-Elected the McCarron Team

Brotherhood Stands Strong; McCarron Team Re-Elected.

Delegates to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ 40th General Convention re-elected General President Doug McCarron and his team of top union officers—and endorsed continuing a wide-ranging set of policies that have kept the union strong in a tough economy.

During the four-day convention in Las Vegas, Aug. 16–19, delegates also approved measures aimed at preparing the union to take advantage of opportunities that will arise when the business climate improves. “We are ready now, and we will be ready when this economy turns around,” the general president said in his keynote address. “While everyone is blaming someone else and trying to get back on their feet, we’ll be on the jobs, bags on, ready to work.”

By reshaping the union over the last 15 years to better reflect the needs of the modern construction industry, General President McCarron said, the union was better prepared to cope with the economic downturn than it otherwise would have been. “There is no question that this recession is beyond what anyone in this room has ever experienced. It’s an economy that our real enemies predict we can’t survive. But they’re wrong,” General President McCarron said. “We are in shape for the job ahead because of the work we’ve done restructuring our union, rebuilding our training programs, and reaching a new generation of members.”

As the convention closed, delegates gave a rousing sendoff to General President McCarron, who ran unopposed for his fourth five-year term, and his leadership team, which also ran without opposition.

For delegates and the half-million members they represent, the election displayed commitment to the policies of “The McCarron Team”: General Vice-President Doug Banes, General Secretary-Treasurer Andy Silins, and district vice presidents Frank Spencer (Eastern), Bobby Yeggy (Midwestern), Danny Maples (Southern), Mike Draper (Western), and Jim Smith (Canadian).

Other highlights of the convention included: A report on how the UBC reformed its members’ prescription drug program in a way that saved more than $400 million without cutting benefits, making union contractors more competitive. Hearing how Carpenter Politics, the union’s bipartisan political action strategy, prodded Congress to make needed infrastructure investment, helped preserve Davis-Bacon prevailing wage protections, and brought attention to employer payroll fraud, which hurts workers and raises the cost of doing business for legitimate contractors when employees are misclassified as independent contractors.

A stirring tribute to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who credited the Carpenters Union with turning the tide during his tough re-election campaign in 1994. Packing and sending 1,000 care packages for troops in harm’s way and recommitting to welcoming veterans into the union’s ranks through the Helmets to Hardhats program, which connects vets with job opportunities in the construction trades.

 Delegates on an ambitious five-year agenda for the union, including fighting employers that pay their workers wages below area standards, enhancing skills and union-building training, and promoting outreach to women and tribal members. Those efforts illustrated the convention theme of “Standing Strong,” an attitude that General President McCarron credited with helping the union prevail in the many economic and social crises that have arisen over its nearly 130-year history. “We are standing strong,” he said. “Standing strong, building tomorrow.”


  1. So Mr. Lezette are you posting this pro McCarron propaganda crap because you support McCarron and his corrupt team of scum bags. What point are you trying to make??Your position is confusing.

  2. Also. How about posting it in a format that allows us to fast forward through the video. I would like to look for the 370 morons but certainly do not want to listen to this babbling scum bag for the entire video to do so.

  3. Sorry Richard, Fast Forward is Not Possible On Vimeo, and Way to Big to Put On Youtube. I Can Send You a Copy On DVD If You Would Like It ! Just Let Me Know... You Got My Phone Number...

  4. the play button, when the video starts playing click the pause button and let the video load, should take a few minutes. You will be able to scroll through the video to any given point.

  5. Answer the question Charles. "are you posting this pro McCarron propaganda crap because you support McCarron and his corrupt team of scum bags."

  6. No Richard, I Do Not Support Mac and His Scumbags, If It Makes You Feel Any Better, Which It Probably Does Not... I Posted This Because It Is The General Convention Highlights. Something You Will Never See On Our Locals Website. I Hope I Can Get a Full DVD Copy Of The Whole Thing. There Are Many More Intresting Things to See at The Convention. But as You Know, The Rank and File Are Left In The Dark Again As Usual. Wow,Wow, Wow... I Neel Before The Richard D.

    Oh, And If I Were at The Convention, I Would Have Put The Yellow Shirt On "JUST TO PISS YOU OFF" !

  7. is john daly kicked out the piece of shit he is

  8. Chucky. As I told you on the phone a few days ago. When you post this McCarron suck ass crap without a disclaimer you give the impression your a McCarron suck ass. Others have asked you the same question. You posted this crap on Jawin with the heading UBC Yes!!!Its nice to know who are on the same page and who are McCarron scum bags wouldn't you say. Thanks for the clarification.
    Kneel before who.Me?? Stop groveling I cant get you a job or an audience with "The Pimp"

  9. Richard, As Far As UBC Yes!!!

    You Know Me Better Than That !

    That Post Would Have Read Something Like This,

    UBC Yes!!!

    "Charles Lezette UBC370"


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