Carpenters, Led By â€œChainsawâ€ McCarron,
Out To Destroy PLAs, Massacre Wages and Benefits
You might remember, a few years back, hearing about a business executive, Al Dunlap, who earned the nickname â€œChainsaw Alâ€ for his pattern of repeatedly taking over companies, slashing thousands of jobs, systematically consolidating power and paying himself huge bonuses, leaving the company in shambles, and then moving on to his next victims.
The Securities and Exchange Commission finally busted him for fraud for exaggerating earnings to shareholders, and banned him from ever running a business again. But the damage was done. Heâ€™d already severed thousands of people from their jobs and pocketed countless millions for himself.
Chainsaw Al may be out of business, but now Chainsaw McCarron (Doug McCarron, General President of the Carpentersâ€™ Union) runs amok among us. Chainsaw McCarron and his cohorts have long been enemies of the working men and women in the Building Trades, but in recent months, during state proceedings to start construction on solar power plants, theyâ€™ve intensified the attacks.
For years, the Carpentersâ€™ leaders have taken anti-worker actions, by aligning themselves with anti-worker politicians like George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger, by earning media ridicule for hiring homeless people to walk picket lines for rock-bottom wages and no benefits, by seeking approval to build power projects for poverty wages and no benefits, and by urging legislators to eliminate fair labor practices from the design-build process.
Now, Chainsaw McCarron and the Carpenters are attacking CURE (a coalition of Boilermakers, IBEW and UA), that has secured more than 40 PLAâ€™s on power plants and solar installations during the last 10 years, raising union market share to over 98 percent. CUREâ€™s PLAs have protected all crafts, including carpenters.
In a transparent attempt to snatch more than the Carpentersâ€™ fair share of good jobs away from Building Trades workers, McCarron wrote the Energy Commission, telling it to be â€œextra cautiousâ€ of labor groups who espouse environmental values, when it considers a pending solar project near Blythe.
Then, at the Commission hearing, the Carpenters brought their chainsaws out in force, falsely testifying that CURE is a â€œscamâ€ and a â€œshell,â€ that CURE has â€œquestionable motivesâ€ and a â€œthinly veiled agenda.â€
They actually made these quotes:
â€œLet the market, let these developers, let these companies that are building this help us build this future and tell us the best way to build it. Let's not impose or shoehorn a workforce on them that makes no sense, for two reasons: First of all, it's costly, very costly. Many of them may not end up building these projects when they realize the cost of their labor agreements.â€
â€œIf the builder of this project would have went out and signed a Project Labor Agreement with the building trades, I doubt that you would even be having this hearingâ€¦.. It's a scam, it's a shell that they put up in terms of trying to beat one of these utility companies or other contractors into signing Project Labor Agreements instead of letting the market take its place.â€
â€œMove off of all of the things you've heard from the CURE group about this environmental issue or that environmental issue.â€
â€œYou can send that message. Let the industry know, Come in here. You're welcome.â€
When these guys say those things, they are talking about slashing your construction jobs and your wages. They are trying to destroy, overnight, wages for thousands of construction workers, like you, that took a generation of fighting to secure.
Why are they doing this? For the same reason Chainsaw Al Dunlap ravaged all those companies he took over. In this case, it is Chainsaw Doug McCarronâ€™s insatiable lust for personal power that is putting CUREâ€™s future successes, and thousands of good construction jobs, at risk.
Maybe we should expect greedy corporate CEOâ€™s to wreck working peopleâ€™s lives and jobs for profit.
But what kind of labor leaders seek to enrich themselves by destroying good jobs for working people?