|Carpenters are fighting for new union leadership|
By Daniel Massey
Rank-and-file carpenters have filed a motion in federal court seeking to freeze contract negotiations between their union and several contractor associations, arguing that no deals should be made until they have a chance to elect new union officers later this year.
The carpenters want to extend their currents agreements, which expire at the end of June, for a year, to give their internal political process a chance to play out.
“Members are upset with contract negotiations because we’re totally shut out of the process,” said John Musumeci, a 25-year carpenter, author of a blog about the union and one of the members who filed the court papers. “One of the things we’re asking is to freeze everything until we have the election in December and then negotiate the contract next year.”