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Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Defendant
  • Founder
    Working Carpenters
  • Recording Secretary
    Carpenters
  • Expelled Member
    Carpenters
  • Recording Secretary
    Local 713
  • Member
    UBC Local Union 713
  • Recording Secretary
    UBC Local Union 713
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This article, written by John ...
polizeros.com, 16 Jan 2012 [cached]
This article, written by John Reimann of the San Francisco Bay area general membership branch of the I.W.W. illustrates just how out of touch the Wobblies are. This is, after all, a union that after over a century of organizing has approximately 2,000 dues paying members. Reimann specifically complains about the lack of worker participation in the port shutdowns on the West Coast and the need to "make a drive into the work places," something the Wobblies have been doing unsuccessfully for over a century.
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www.viewpointonline.net, 18 Dec 2011 [cached]
John Reimann
John Reimann is a retired carpenter and an expelled member of the Carpenters' Union in the United States. (He was expelled for leading rank and file struggles against the union bureaucracy.) He is a long-time socialist, who organized for a number of years in Mexico. He is presently a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.
SF Wildcat 1999 archive page
www.carpentersunionbc.com, 11 Sept 1999 [cached]
John Reimann
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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 union. 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.
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For more information, contact John Reimann at: Crpntrs713@aol.com
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John Reimann's appeal to convention
John Reimann crpntrs713@aol.com
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John Reimann
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John Reimann
The following resolution was passed by Local 713 last night (May 25):
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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. He is no longer a member.... He 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? Did John embezzle money from the Union? Did he scab on a strike? No, it was nothing like this. John 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. John 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.
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John Reimann
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JOHN REIMANN, a member of UBC Local Union 713, Defendant
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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. Mr. Reimann 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.
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The question before us is whether John Reimann led this work stoppage. If he did, then the charges against him in this matter are well founded and he should be expelled from this Union. He is charged with having violated UBC Constitution Section 51(A) (13), by
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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.
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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.
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Chief Snyder told him that Mr. Reimann had called regarding acquiring a permit for a demonstration at the site.
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who specifically identified Mr. Reimann as the leader of the strike. (Transcript 76-77).
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Mr. Reimann has raised certain defenses to his activities that are rejected by this panel. He 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.
Mr. Reimann 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.
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Mr. Reimann's actions were of his own making.
Mr. Reimann also asserts that his actions were protected under the United States Constitution. He 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 does not. 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. We disagree. 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 this effort. 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:
John Reimann be expelled from The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
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William Martin's testimony also ties Mr. Reimann's activities to that of the wildcat strike.
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(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)
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Mr. Reimann's statements at the hearing are an implausible mix of contradictory statements and assertions that make little sense in light of acknowledged events. He 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 by his 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.
Mr. Reimann's 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 wrote. This lapse in memory is not credible given the significance of events that transpired in this case. In his comments he 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. He 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
January99Level
www.carpentersunionbc.com, 1 Jan 2000 [cached]
Yet last month, a hand-picked UBC trial committee of two Americans and one Canadian ruled that John Reimann of Hayward CA Carpenters Local 713 should be drummed out of the organization because he led a short wildcat strike of union members centred around the San Francisco Airport project last May.
Reimann, charged by GEB member and McCarron supporter Mike Draper with not being "obedient to authority", was found guilty of encouraging members to express their dissatisfaction with an inferior four-year contract extension being rammed down their throats without a ratification vote.
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Reimann is accused of speaking to workers from the back of a pickup truck, helping organize picket lists and sites, applying for a city demonstration permit that was subsequently denied, and publishing "certain documents" on the internet (purported to be encouraging the strike). Denials by Reimann's witnesses were dismissed out of hand with no explanation.
But the most damning accusation may be that Reimann refused to name names to the trial committee. In a statement that could have been lifted directly from infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy, the committee said Reimann's "failure to provide this relevant information (about the group called Working Carpenters for a Stronger Union) weighs heavily against him in this matter.
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Reimann said he refused to name members because Mr. Draper would use the information to "get" other people.
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Reimann said he is the victim of a conspiracy by the General Office to stifle all debate about the "disastrous policies that are dragging our union down and down and down."
What the top leadership is trying to do, says Reimann, is turn our union into an employment agency. "They want to simply be the middle-man between us and the contractors and have control over the sale of our skills as carpenters," he said.
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BC Provincial Council president Len Embree told Reimann, "It is obvious to us in British Columbia that the memberships in both of our areas are involved in a struggle for the very basic membership democracy.
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A petition and donations and messages of support for Reimann are being organized by Working Carpenters for a Stronger Union at : PMB 258, 20885 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA, 94546-5015. Phone (510) 496-3458. Their newsletter can be viewed at: http://members.tripod.com/ubcvote/fallnews/fallnew01.htm or donations can be sent to the "Campaign to Defend John Reimann" PMB #421, 484 Lake Park Ave. Oakland, CA 94610.
Serious discontent in the union says Reimann When 200 guys spontaneously walk off the job against their own union there is serious discontent, charges Local 713 secretary John Reimann. He explained that the wildcat walkout at San Francisco airport in May was a direct result of a leadership dedicated to "keeping the contractors happy."
Speaking to carpenters at several meetings around British Columbia in November, Reimann asserted that the trend to signing Project Labour Agreements, especially without membership ratification, is turning the union into a mere employment agency. He claimed that all PLAs have non-union working on them.
"The best PLA is a strong and united membership," he declared. "We must organize the non-union from below and we can only get that with enthusiastic participation of our own members. He said we will not get membership participation in organizing if they feel the leadership "is selling them down the river. "The policy of keeping the contractors happy is not working and can never work," he avowed.
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John Reimann Local 713
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This fall, John Reimann, the Recording Secretary of Local 713, Hayward, California, met with BC Carpenters Union members to explain his experiences both with General President Doug McCarron and with the UBCJA.
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Reimann is one of a growing number of members who are fighting contract concessions in California through job-site actions such as July’s San Francisco Wildcat Strike. McCarron is presently attempting to expel Reimann from the union for his beliefs. (see Reimann on page 2) Reimann and his supporters have formed the Working Carpenters for a Better Union.
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The full text of John Reimann’s article can be found in Working Carpenter on the internet at: http://members.tripod.com/ubcvote/fallnews/fallnew01.htm
John Reimann, former ...
peopleofcolor.tumblr.com, 27 Sept 2012 [cached]
John Reimann, former recording secretary, Carpenters Local 713
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