GP McCarron placed the union’s southwest regional council under emergency supervision after allegedly finding that little brother Mike (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.”
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.”
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, and has launched a website in response to the charges.
Mike wrote, "As you may have heard, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters was placed under supervision by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, on July 22, 2013."
"I am in shock over this and other actions that the General President has taken against me and the Regional Council. These actions have nothing to do with the Brotherhood or the Council. The unfortunate truth behind these actions is a dispute between brothers that has bled into the Brotherhood."
"I hope you will stand with me during these difficult times. I am sincerely grateful for your trust and support."