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    :: Saturday, May 28, 2005 ::

    United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America - Wikipedia
    The Carpenters were formerly, like most other craft unions coming out of the AFL, a union that allowed its locals substantial autonomy in bargaining and representing their members. That changed in the 1980s and 1990s, as the union began reorganizing its system of district councils to give more power to district councils, most of which were loyal to the administration of Douglas McCarron, while consolidating locals into a few. After a federal court of appeals first questioned, then approved the United States Department of Labor's failure to treat these councils as 'local unions' for purposes of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act's requirements governing local union elections, the Department has announced its intent to reconsider its existing regulations on this issue.
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