On Tuesday, Oct. 17, John Reimann
and Carpenters Local 713 will be filing a court action to seek reversal of Brother Reimann's expulsion from his
The expulsion was carried out by the International leadership due to Reimann's role in the 2,000 member carpenter wildcat strike and other actions to protest a rotten contract that was forced down their throats.
This occurred in the spring of 1999, and Reimann
was expelled in February of this year.
For more information, contact John Reimann
John Reimann's appeal to convention
John Reimann firstname.lastname@example.org
The following resolution was passed by Local 713 last night (May 25):
CARPENTERS STRIKE LEADER, JOHN REIMANN
, EXPELLED FROM THE CARPENTERS UNION FOR FIGHTING FOR THE MEMBERSHIP
"This is to advise you that the UBC
(Carpenters Union) has expelled John Reimann
from membership in the UBC
is no longer a member....
is not entitled for membership in the UBC
or any of its affiliates.
With these words, a lawyer for the Carpenters Union, acting on behalf of the national leadership, notifies the locals that John Reimann, former Recording Secretary of Local 713 (Hayward CA) is expelled for LIFE from the carpenters Union.
Why has the national leadership done this?
embezzle money from the Union?
scab on a strike?
No, it was nothing like this.
was expelled for fighting for the membership!!
In May of last year, some 2,000 Northern California carpenters went on a wildcat strike against a contractor-friendly contract that their leadership was shoving down their throats.
In this, they were joined by 3000 other building trades workers.
played a leading role in this wildcat strike and was elected the chair of "Working Carpenters for a Stronger Union", which was central to the entire struggle.
JOHN REIMANN, a member of UBC Local Union 713, Defendant
Pursuant to the authority vested in this trial panel and consistent with the Constitution of the United Brotherhood
of Carpenters and the applicable laws, this panel has heard evidence and received arguments regarding the charge that John Reimann
should be removed as a member of this union.
We issue this opinion and order based upon the hearing held in San Francisco, California on October 20, 1999 and a transcript that was received by the trial panel Chairman on or about November 5, 1999.
is charged with leading a wildcat strike at the San Francisco airport in May, 1999.
It is for this action that these charges are brought against him.
From the outset, it must be noted that the opinion of this panel is limited to evidence presented to it at the hearing.
Further we find that all due process has been afforded to Mr. Reimann
in this matter.
In accordance with 29 USC
& 411(a)(5)(1994), he
was properly served with written notice, given reasonable time to prepare a defense; and afforded a full and fair hearing.
The question before us is whether John Reimann
led this work stoppage.
did, then the charges against him in this matter are well founded and he
should be expelled from this Union.
is charged with having violated UBC Constitution Section 51(A) (13), by
In this case we find that Mr. Reimann
actively led and encouraged the wildcat strike at the San Francisco Airport
in May, 1999.
We base this conclusion on the evidence that was presented at hearing, specifically, the verbal evidence of Rigoberto Laguardia, Duke White, William Gary Martin and that of Mr. Reimann
himself and numerous documents which will be discussed further.
During this period, Mr. Reimann
was by Mr. Laguardia's observation, on the back of a pickup truck with a bull horn directing these activities.
Chief Snyder told him that Mr. Reimann
had called regarding acquiring a permit for a demonstration at the site.
who specifically identified Mr. Reimann
as the leader of the strike. (Transcript 76-77).
has raised certain defenses to his
activities that are rejected by this panel.
states that, "I do not believe that it's possible to get a fair trial under section 14 (d).
(Transcript page 13) The reason for this assertion is not stated specifically.
We conclude as noted earlier that all procedures required by 29 USC
&411(a)(5)(1994) were followed and that procedural due process has been afforded.
has also asserted that the writings that have appeared on the Internet in his
name are "part and parcel of that conspiracy.
(Transcript page 124, lines 16-17) The conspiracy that Mr. Reimann
alleges apparently, in his view, starts with Mr. Draper.
actions were of his
also asserts that his
actions were protected under the United States Constitution.
cites the 14th Amendment. (Transcript page 153) The panel notes that 29 USC
&411(a)(5)(1994) is consistent with the Federal Constitution and thus that Mr. Reimann's
actions are not constitutionally protected.
Further, that all process rights devised by the 14th Amendment due process right have been adhered to.
Finally, Mr. Reimann's
argument is confusing in that he
believes that the 14th Amendment abolishes slavery, it
What the 13th Amendment abolition of slavery has to do with this matter is beyond the panel's collective wisdom.
Finally, Mr. Reimann
's witnesses present a picture of Mr. Reimann not leading the strike and calling people off the job.
The fact that a number people did not hear or see Mr. Reimann
orchestrate the wildcat strike does not mean that he
didn't do it, in light of a number of witnesses (noted above) who testified credibly and who did see him lead
Under the circumstance the best evidence on this matter is those who saw the activity, not those who did not.
For the reasons noted above, it is the unanimous Order of the Trial Panel in this matter that:
be expelled from The United Brotherhood
of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
William Martin's testimony also ties Mr. Reimann's
activities to that of the wildcat strike.
(Transcript page 98) In fact, Mr. Martin was asked to speak to the crowd and that Mr. Reimann
took the bull horn from Mr. Martin's hand when Martin was trying to reason with the crowd. (Transcript 99)
statements at the hearing are an implausible mix of contradictory statements and assertions that make little sense in light of acknowledged events.
admits to have "urged other people to carry that message to other members of our union as far and wide as possible" (Transcript page 120) and that, "if the members on those job sites chose who walk off in order to help carry that message further, that was their choice.
(Transcript page 120) Clearly, Mr. Reimann
own words, encouraged people to carry the "message" foreseeing that this was resulting in the "walk-off".
This is the very action that he
is being charged with in this matter.
comments with respect to documents entered into evidence arealso instructive, while he
questions how certain documents got on the Internet. (he states, "I categorically deny that I posted any of them on to the Internet") (Transcript page 123) He
never denies authorship of the articles.
What is significant about these documents is not how they got on the Internet, but rather if they reflect the writings of Mr. Reimann
On the latter issue, all Reimann has to say is that he
can't recall if they were documents that he
This lapse in memory is not credible given the significance of events that transpired in this case.
freely acknowledges that he
has a "long history of fighting against these disastrous policies that are dragging our union down and down and down.
(Transcript page 123) and yet he
cannot remember what he
wrote during the period of and around such a significant event as a wildcat strike.
Mr. Reimarn's assertion that he
doesn't recall what he
wrote is incredible to this panel.
Mr. Reimann states that he
was the Chairman of the group called "Working Carpenters for a Stronger Union.
notes that he
was elected to that position. (Transcript page 129) The role of this group in the planning and organizaton of this wildcat strike is difficult to ascertain. (See Reimann's statement in Transcript page 121, lines 8-16) This is partly due to the failure of Mr. Reimann
to provide information about the group during testimony.
His rational was that Mr. Draper would use the information to "get" other people. (Transcript page 132) Frankly, we believe that