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    :: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 ::

    Why is Labor's Notorious Autocrat A Coalition Partner of Stern’s SEIU? - LaborTalk By Harry Kelber
    McCarron runs the union like a corporation, claiming that centralized leadership (his) is more efficient and attractive to employers and would produce more jobs for working carpenters.

    Opposition to McCarron has grown. In British Columbia, angry carpenters voted to exit from the UBC to escape from his clutches. He is faced with numerous lawsuits challenging his denial of members' rights. But there was no broad movement at the convention to come close to unseating him as president.

    So why did the insurgents, representing themselves as reformers, invite McCarron to become one of the seven "partner" unions within the Change to Win Coalition? Is his ruthless, anti-democratic behavior acceptable to unions like the SEIU and UNITE-HERE, who have always prided themselves as being progressive organizations?

    What role are the Carpenters expected to play in the organizing strategy of the Coalition, since they have almost nothing in common with five of its member unions? Or will McCarron, the poster boy of Corporate Unionism, become a model for the other unions in the CTW?
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