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    :: Thursday, October 19, 2006 ::

    S. California Carpenters' Effort To Raid IUPAT Lathers Leads To Backlash - By Steve Zeltzer, LaborNet
    Hundreds of AFL-CIO building trades workers rallied against efforts of the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters UBC in Southern California to raid the painters' drywall finishing work.

    A biting flyer with cartoons was posted on the website of the State Building and Construction Trades, Council of California, AFL-CIO, entitled "You Deserve Better Than Being A Carpenter, Carpenter Leaders are SCABS!!!

    The flyer goes on to say that "Only the privileged few get higher pension benefits. Carpenter Apprentices pay 2 times the dues. Carpenters have no right to vote on Contracts! Carpenters have no right to vote on Agents.

    Ask a Lather what happens when you join the Carpenters - They cut their wages/Vacation and lost their pension!
    Carpenter's Raid Attempt Crushed - Details ...
    You Deserve Better - Flyer

    This mobilization by the State building trades is in response to a provocative effort of UBC President Doug MacCarron and his supporters to set up a massive training school in Las Vegas to train electricians, iron workers and painters who will compete at lower wages with other skilled crafts.
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