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Duane Moore named National Director of Respect Our Crafts

-Respect Our Crafts is a cooperative effort by all the Building Trades member unions to help restore the rights of rank-and-file carpenters and bring them back, "into the fold!" Without them we are weaker and it is important that we help them overcome the influences that have eroded their rights under Douglas McCarron. Now is the time for all of our carpenter brothers and sisters to stand with Carpenters Independent Local #1 and with solidarity help restore union carpenters back to their rightful place in labor's storied history! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO VISIT DUANE MOORE'S BLOG TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS NEW MOVEMENT BY CARPENTERS INDEPENDENT LOCAL #1

The following is reprinted with permission from the former RespectOurCrafts.com, now archived:

(Duane served an inside apprenticeship and graduated as an Inside Journeyman Wireman in 1980 and is a 33 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  Duane has been involved in organizing since 1987 and has been on the International staff as an Organizer since 2005.)

As National Director of Respect Our Crafts, it is my responsibility to coordinate, assist and advise those Building  and Construction Trades Department Affiliates who are under attack by the leadership of the UBC.

I do not consider the UBC a Trade Union, and neither should you.  They are no more a trade union than the ABC, Associated Builders and Contractors.  The UBC has gone from a reputable labor organization, which represented their rank and file and was a main stay of the Building Trades, to an association representing corporate America at the expense of their membership and all Building Trades Unions.  The UBC is leading the race to the bottom.

There is never a good time for unions to be at odds with each other. However, we did not pick this fight.  From coast to coast and everywhere in between, for over the last ten years the Carpenters, under Doug McCarron’s leadership, have been raiding work from other construction trade unions.  Not only are they attempting to expand their scope of work by attacking individual craft unions, they are signing wall-to-wall agreements throughout the country,  and appearing in front of governing bodies and customers speaking out against PLA’s, that help their members and well as all the Building Trades. Enough is enough.

Through the Respect Our Crafts website, we will attempt to keep the rank and file members of the Building Trades Unions informed along with customers and users.  Only by organizing, and not cannibalising, will the Union Construction Industry grow stronger.

Strength In Unity.
Duane Moore

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"This is a very, very important development,"said Herman Benson, long time executive director of the New York-based Association for Union Democracy. "Ever since the UBC left the AFL-CIO and joined the Change to Win coalition it was implicit that they had a long-term strategy of becoming a general construction union that would take on all the trades," he said. "This is the first indication I've seen that they will take on the IBEW, which is probably one of the strongest of construction unions. One of the most sacred things for the IBEW is the hiring hall. In effect, the Carpenters are offering employers a sweetheart deal to break into the electrical field and offering non-union contractors a union contract to use as a barrier against the IBEW."

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