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    :: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 ::

    Hijacking of Local 93 - Ottawa Carpenters for a Democratic Union
    In July of 2005, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 93 (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) was taken over by three former employees of Local 93.

    The Ottawa Carpenters for a Democratic Union (OCDU) is formed
    The Beginning
    The Ottawa Carpenters for a Democratic Union (OCDU) was established in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1997 by a small group of members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local Union 93, as a direct result of and in an attempt to counter a major restructuring initiative within the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America (UBCJA).

    At the time all UBCJA Local Unions across North America were being forced to merge into “Councils”. Although some Local Unions were supportive of the “new direction” or restructuring initiative being led by UBCJA General President Douglas McCarron the majority of members were in opposition.
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    OCDU fully supports its sisters and brothers in British Columbia, Canada. It was not an easy battle for them – yet it was a democratic one – and one that they won on behalf of not only UBCJA members but on behalf of working people around the world.
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