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John Reimann

Hayward CA Carpenters Local 713

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Hayward CA Carpenters Local 713

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January99Level

www.carpentersunionbc.com [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


Redaktion - Viewpointonline

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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.


John Reimann, former ...

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John Reimann, former recording secretary, Carpenters Local 713


Redaktion | Pages

www.viewpointonline.net [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.


OWS | Politics in the Zeros

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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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