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    :: Friday, February 17, 2006 ::

    Six Building Trades unions to form new organization - ILCA Online
    The National Construction Alliance, which will launch March 1, will represent about 2 million workers, O'Sullivan said. The organization will incorporate four key reforms that were rejected by the national Building Trades, he said:

    1. Weighted voting, based on per capita membership, giving unions that have more members more influence in decisionmaking.

    2. Changes in the methods for resolving jurisdictional disputes among the trades.

    3. Streamlined budget and more effective use of staff.

    4. Executive director to head the organization - instead of an elected president - to 'take the politics out of running' the alliance.

    Unhappy Laborers and Operating Engineers Bolt Building Trades - McGraw-Hill Construction | ENR
    BCTD Secretary-Treasurer Sean McGarvey says the department had agreed to three of the four alliance demands before the union pullout but rejected its call to restructure the department and replace its top leadership. 'I respect both of these unions, but this was the wrong decision,' he says.
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