By Jewel Edwards
Leaders of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America July 19 placed the union’s southwest regional council under emergency supervision after finding that the council’s executive secretary-‐treasurer had been intimidating workers and other individuals and failing to adhere to collective bargaining agreements and UBC rules.
In a July 19 letter, UBC General Vice President Douglas Banes gave Mike Draper, vice president of the Western District affiliated with the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, authority to manage the council in light of reports that regional council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mike McCarron ran the organization in “a manner detrimental to the welfare and best interest of the Regional council.”
The regional council represents about 65,000 union carpenters in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Under the UBC constitution, emergency supervision of a regional council should be implemented when Carpenters’ leadership determines that immediate action by the UBC is needed to “protect and preserve the welfare and interest” of the union, its district councils, and locals.
Banes’s letter states that there were reported financial irregularities and malpractice as well as a failure “to assure the performance of collective bargaining agreements.”
According to the letter, Banes also obtained information showing that McCarron intentionally intimidated individuals, ran the regional council undemocratically, and withheld information from other council leaders.
In addition, Banes learned that McCarron was improperly spending the council’s assets and interfering with the operations of other organizations. Banes also stated in the letter that McCarron’s behavior is “erratic and unstable,” leading him to conclude that the executive secretary-treasurer is “unable to properly and lawfully perform your duties.”
As a result, the Carpenters authorized Draper to hire, fire, and give direction to the district council’s service providers and vendors, manage and monitor the council’s assets, enforce the CBAs, and appoint additional council supervisors and assistants.
Banes said that a hearing will be conducted at a later date to determine whether UBC supervision over the regional council should continue.
Mike McCarron, who is the brother of UBC General President Douglas McCarron, has served as executive secretary-treasurer of the regional council for more than 10 years, a council representative told BNA.
The representative told BNA that the regional council views the emergency supervision as an internal matter, therefore the council will not comment on UBC’s decision.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
By Jewel Edwards