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It looked as if a night of dark intent 
Was coming, and not only a night, an age. 
Someone had better be prepared Jot rage. 
There would be more than ocean-water broken 
Before God's last Put out the Light was spoken. 

— From "Once by the Pacific" 
by Robert Frost 










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VOLUME 104 No. 1 JANUARY, 1984 


John S. Rogers, Editor 



Labor-Consumer Action Against Louisiana Pacific 2 

Labor-Business Group on Rebuilding Public Facilities PAI 4 

Labor's Endorsement of Mondale Al Goodfader 7 

Foxes in the Henhouse, No. 7: Poorly Protected Consumers 8 

Charles Nichols Retires as General Treasurer 10 

Regional Leadership Conference in Philadelphia 11 

Organizing Director Visits Puerto Rico 12 

Myths about Labor James Witt 15 

America Works' TV Series 17 

Jamison Door Company, Union for Many Years 18 

Operation Turnaround 28 


Washington Report 6 

Ottawa Report 14 

Local Union News 20 

Consumer Clipboard: Be Wise, Scrutinize! 25 

We Congratulate 27 

Apprenticeship and Training 30 

Plane Gossip 32 

Service to the Brotherhood 33 

In Memoriam 37 

What's New? 39 

President's Message Patrick J. Campbell 40 

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For 70 years Lime Kiln Lighthouse in 
the San Juan Islands has guided ships 
through Haro Strait, a restless body of 
water which separates Vancouver Island, 
British Columbia, from the rugged coast 
of Washington. Heavy-laden cargo ships 
moving south toward Victoria see the 
light off the port bow as they head into 
Juan de Fuca Strait and the Pacific Ocean. 

On dark winter nights the Lime Kiln 
Light is a guardian spirit for countless 
mariners and an inspiration for poets like 
Robert Frost, who in 1928 penned the 
lines reprinted on our January cover. 

Lime Kiln Lighthouse was recently 
repainted by the men of the U.S. Coast 
Guard's 13th District, and the light itself 
was refurbished for the long winter 
months. For several years, the light has 
been fully automated. 

Throughout most of our history, U.S. 
and Canadian lighthouses were manned. 
Countless stories are told of heroic men 
and women tending the lights on stormy 
nights. The actual fact is that, today, 
only 43 of America's 250 so-called "clas- 
sical lighthouse structures" have fulltime 
lighthouse keepers. 

Lime Kiln Lighthouse is now recog- 
nized by the U.S. Secretary of the In- 
terior as a potential National Historic 
Register property. If it should become 
an historic landmark, it will join scores 
of other lighthouses which have been 
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Brotherhood Launches Labor- 
Consumer Action Against 
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 


The United Brotherhood of Car- 
penters announced December 16 
that it has launched a national labor- 
consumer action campaign against 
the Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, 
the second largest in the lumber 
industry, and will continue the 
"don't buy" drive until the com- 
pany agrees to a fair contract with 
the union. 

The AFL-CIO Executive Coun- 
cil, at the request of the UBC, has 
voted to support our 750,000-mem- 
ber union's consumer boycott of all 
Louisiana- Pacific wood products. 
The AFL-CIO and its Union Label 
and Service Trades Department have 
begun to appeal to their nearly 
14,000,000 members and the gen- 
eral public, asking that they not buy 
L-P wood products. 

UBC President Patrick J. Camp- 
bell, in announcing the nationwide 
boycott, accused the giant wood 
products company of attempting to 
"take advantage of heavy unem- 
ployment in the western states." A 
strike by 1500 union members against 
L-P at nearly a score of west coast 
plants has been in effect since June 
24, 1983. 

In their circulars to the general 
public, the Lumber and Sawmill 
Workers deplore the "public be 
damned" attitude of the billion- 
dollar corporation. On several oc- 
casions, Louisiana Pacific has tried, 
without success, to obtain court 
injunctions to prevent their em- 
ployees from peacefully picketing 
the struck plants. 

Organized labor in California, Or- 
egon, Washington and Idaho — 
wherever the L-P plants are located 
on the west coast — is appealing for 
financial contributions, food, and 
clothing for the strikers and their 
families. Rallies have been held in 

many communities in support of 
Western Council LPIW members. 
"There is absolutely no eco- 
nomic justification for Louisiana- 
Pacific's refusal to pay decent wages 
to its employees," Campbell said. 
"L-P is carrying out a campaign of 

Notice to All 

Locals and 


To give impetus to the na- 
tional L-P boycott and to lend 
support to out-of-work West- 
ern Council LPIW members, 
General President Patrick 
Campbell has notified all local 
unions and councils to get be- 
hind the UBC and AFL-CIO 
consumer actions. Flyers are 
to be distributed at wood-prod- 
ucts retail outlets, and posters 
are to be posted so that UBC 
members will know what L-P 
products to avoid. 

economic coercion against our 
striking members and their families. 

"It is important to note," the 
UBC president said, "that other 
lumber companies, large and small, 
have signed reasonable collective 
bargaining agreements. In contrast, 
Louisiana-Pacific elected to break 
away from the industry's bargaining 
group, which has agreed, without 
strikes, to a settlement providing 
for no wage adjustment in 1983, a 
4% increase in 1984 and a 4Vi% 
increase in 1985. 

"Even this moderate solution, 
which took into consideration the 
employers' business recession 

problems of the past, was arbitrarily 
rejected by L-P." 

UBC President Campbell charged 
that L-P, a billion-dollar corpora- 
tion, "wanted still further sacrifices 
and concessions from its employ- 
ees. L-P broke with industry-wide 
bargaining, it broke the multiplant 
bargaining unit, and now it is trying 
to break the workers who built their 
company. I predict they will not 
succeed in this vicious plan." 

The Carpenter Union's call for a 
national boycott against a giant wood 
products and building supply com- 
pany is "unprecedented in the 102- 
year history of the union," Camp- 
bell pointed out, and "the action 
reflects the UBC's grave concern 
over L-P's total disdain for their 
employees' economic welfare. I 
would remind L-P management that 
the Carpenters do not lightly make 
a decision such as the call for not 
buying L-P wood products. What 
we have started we will keep up 
until our goal for a fair contract is 

"L-P management has commit- 
ted the corporate blunder of the 
year," Campbell said. 

"L-P has pushed the two largest 
wood products unions in the coun- 
try — the Carpenters and the Inter- 
national Wood workers of America, 
AFL-CIO — into calling a nation- 
wide consumer boycott at a time 
when L-P's competitors are work- 
ing at a nearly full capacity rate. 
Consumers may be assured that 
lumber, plywood, and other wood 
products made by fair-to-labor 
manufacturers are plentiful. The 
general public will not be adversely 
affected by our campaign against 

The massive labor "don't buy 
campaign" was started at the re- 


quest of the Carpenters' affiliate, 
the Western Council of Lumber, 
Production and Industrial Workers 
(LPIW). The strike which started 
last June resulted from L-P's in- 
sistence on cutting wages by up to 
10% for all new employees, freezing 
wage rates for all present employ- 
ees, mandatory overtime, changing 
the employees' health plan, and a 
contract expiring after only one year. 
The union, during the course of 
negotiations, showed it was willing 
to make concessions, including ac- 
ceptance of the one-year contract 
proposal and alterations in certain 
benefit programs sought by the 
company. But L-P not only rejected 
these conciliatory proposals but for 
the first time put on the table new 

demands for the abolition of addi- 
tional benefits and of union secu- 
rity-proposals which the UBC re- 
jected as "unacceptable." 

The strike is being led by James 
S. Bledsoe, executive secretary of 
the LPIW, which is headquartered 
in Portland, Ore. The International 
Woodworkers of America repre- 
sents striking workers in two plants, 
and the IWA joined the Carpenters 
in requesting AFL-CIO endorse- 
ment of the boycott proposal. 

L-P brand name wood products 

L-P Wolmanized; Cedartone; 
Waferboard; Fibrepine; Oro-Bord; 
Redex; Sidex; Ketchikan; Pabco; 
Xonolite; L-P-XC; L-P Forester; 
L-P Home Centers. 

Louisiana Pacific is the second largest 
producers of wood products in the United 
States. Companies much smaller than L-P 
have already signed the master industry 
agreement, and union employees are 



December 19, 1983 


Mr. Harry A. Merlo, Chairman 
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue 
Portland, Oregon 97204 

Dear Mr. Merlo: 

At the request of our affiliate, the Western Council 
of Lumber, Production and Industrial Workers, with 
whom your Company has a primary labor dispute at 
this time, I have authorized a national consumer 
boycott against the Louisiana-Pacific Corporation. 

I requested and received from the AFL-CIO Executive 
Council an endorsement of the boycott against the 
wood products of the Louisiana-Pacific Corporation. 

I am advised that the Union Label and Service Trades 
Department of the AFL-CIO sent to you a telegram 
prior to the institution of the boycott and urged you 
to come to terms with the Western Council of Lumber, 
Production and Industrial Workers before the cam- 
paign got under way. 

Naturally, considering the scope of your Company 
and the size of the AFL-CIO and of the United Broth- 
erhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, our 

campaign is only at the very earliest stage at this time. 
I have confidence in the system of collective bargain- 
ing in the United States and sincerely urge you to 
reach a fair collective bargaining agreement with our 
affiliates in the Northwest. 

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners 
of America has a presence in every major city in the 
United States and in an enormous number of villages 
and towns, from Puerto Rico to Alaska. Your Company 
is, I understand, widely established. Naturally, once a 
consumer campaign is undertaken, it will have a 
momentum of its own and in our experience, has long 
term effects on the sales of a business. For that 
reason, and because I know our affiliates in the 
Northwest have made conciliatory proposals to you, 
I continue to hope that an honorable collective bar- 
gaining agreement between you may be reached soon. 

In the interest of resolving this dispute, I would like 
to offer my assistance to the parties in whatever way 
I can be of help in reaching an agreement. 

Sincerely yours, 



:::'?■* : . 

JANUARY, 1984 


PA1 Staff Writer 

A group of top labor and business 
leaders has proposed that the nation 
spend an additional %'■) billion to $11 
billion a year to halt the well-publicized 
deterioration of its highways, bridges, 
drinking water, and wastewater treat- 
ment plants. 

Public investments in these basic fa- 
cilities "are of critical importance to 
public health and safety and to the 
national economy and its ability to pro- 
vide jobs," AFL-CIO President Lane 
Kirkland and Clifton C. Garvin, Jr., 
chairman of Exxon Corp., told a press 
briefing in Washington, D.C. 

Kirkland and Garvin are co-chairman 
of the Labor-Management Group, a 
private panel which meets informally 
to discuss major issues. Harvard pro- 
fessor John T. Dunlop, former Secre- 

Labor-Business Group Proposes 
Rebuilding Public Facilities 

'There is money to be saved by getting on the 

problem now. Otherwise, we will be in more 

trouble than we are in today, ' says 

management co-chairman Clifton Garvin. 

The nation's bridges, roads, water supply and waste treatment facilities are rapidly 
deteriorating and require immediate attention, the Labor-Management Group co-chaired 
by AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland and Exxon Corp. Chairman C. C. Garvin, Jr., left, 
told a Washington news conference. At right is panel coordinator John T. Dunlop, a 
former Sec. of Labor. 

tary of Labor, coordinates the group's 

. "Disasters are occurring every day" 
in isolated communities, Kirkland ob- 
served. He said the "possibility of greater 
disaster continues to hang over us." 

Kirkland recalled the collapse of the 
highway bridge in Connecticut which 
took several lives, and the water main 
break in New York City which dis- 
rupted the garment industry at a critical 

What better time to repair and replace 
public facilities, said Kirkland, then at 
a time of severe unemployment, idle 
resources and capacity, and with a 
problem of displaced workers of major 

The Kirland-Garvin group released a 
109-page report which reviewed the 
condition of public facilities and dis- 
cussed ways of financing their rebuild- 
ing, including fair and reasonable user 

A labor economist estimated that the 
rebuilding program could produce an 
estimated 400,000 to 500,000 fulltime 
jobs a year. The long-range program 
would be expected to go on for a dozen 
or more years. 

The group estimated that the nation 
is now spending about $28 billion a year 
on what is called the public infrastruc- 
ture. The proposed additional spending 


of up to $11 billion a year would be 
shouldered by local, state, or federal 
governmental units, depending on the 

Garvin said there is money to be 
saved "by getting on the problem now." 
Otherwise, he said, "we will be in more 
trouble then we are in today." 

The study, entitled "Rebuilding 
America's Vital Public Facilities," cited 
six broad trends as underlying today's 

• A coincidence of life cycles. Phys- 
ical facilities eventually wear out and 
several life cycles are ending concur- 
rently. These include the facilities re- 
lating to industrialization and urbani- 
zation between the late 1800s and 1930, 
the interstate highway system which 
has had heavy wear and tear since it 
was started in 1956, and other major 

projects now wearing out. 

• The population shifts from the 
Northeast and Midwest to the South 
and West, and from cities to suburbs. 

• High inflation and high interest 
rates, which have forced postponement 
of spending on public facilities. 

• A declining share of total resources 
spent on the infrastructure. 

• The federal emphasis on building 
projects like highways and not also 
maintaining them. 

• A shift in emphasis from public 
facilities to social spending in recent 
decades, though experts disagree on 
whether this is relevant to the issue. 

The Labor-Management Group also 
has issued studies on other matters, 
such as health care cost escalation, 
illegal immigration, and extension of 
jobless benefits. 

The labor members, besides Kirk- 
land, include AFL-CIO Secretary- 
Treasurer Thomas Donahue; retired 
Auto Workers President Douglas Fraser; 
Iron Workers President John Lyons; 
Steelworkers President Lloyd Mc- 
Bride; President Gerald McEntee of the 
State, County and Municipal Employ- 
ees; Communications Workers Presi- 
dent Glenn Watts; and Food and Com- 
mercial Workers President William H. 

Western Council Pursues Campaign 
Against Union Busters of Nord 

The E. A. Nord Co. of Everett, 
Wash., put a team of professional 
union busters into key management 
jobs and ended up with a long, costly 
strike that has demolished the rep- 
utation of a family firm that once- 
was noted for the manufacture of 
quality doors and for fair dealings 
with its workers. 

The few doors now being turned 
out are produced by untrained 
strikebreakers hired from the un- 
employment lines in western states. 
Only a handful of the nearly 700 
union members who struck last July 
14 have given in to company in- 
ducements to return to work. 

There has been strong community 
as well as trade union support for 
the strikers, members of Local 1054, 
part of the Western Council of the 
Lumber, Production & Industrial 
Workers, a division of the United 

The immediate cause of the strike 
was a company demand for large 
scale cuts in pay and benefits, cou- 
pled with a refusal to open its books 
to the union to demonstrate the need. 

As people in Everett see it, the 
problem dates to the replacement of 
executives who helped the late Eric 
Nord build the business from scratch 
with the new breed of management 
consultants hired by his grandson, 
who is now the company president. 

Heading the list is Fred Long, 
hired as the company's chief nego- 
tiator. Long founded and headed the 
West Coast Industrial Relations As- 
sociation (WCIRA), which has been 
the target of congressional hearings 
on the role of management consult- 

Evidence at the hearing included 
a transcript of a speech by Long 
assuring employers that they won't 
get into trouble for false statements 
at an NLRB hearing because "there's 
no such thing as perjury in a labor 
board proceeding." 

Long's response at the 1980 hear- 

ings by the House Subcommittee on 
Labor-Management Relations was 
that he really wasn't advising the 
employers to lie, but merely telling 
them what the facts were. 

An Alumnus of Long's operations, 
John Hermann, who branched off 
on his own to head American Ex- 
ecutives Services, Inc., was the first 
of the union-busting management 
consultants hired by Scott R. Nord, 
the grandson of the company's foun- 
der. Hermann, who is now a member 
of the firm's board of directors, was 
instrumental in the hiring of Darryl 
Springer, now the company's vice 
president and general manager, ac- 
cording to a story in the Everett 

With its union-busting strategy in 
hand, the company broke off from 
the settlement pattern in the wood 
products industry in the Pacific 
Northwest and demanded massive 
union concessions. These included. 
Local 1054 reported, wage reduc- 
tions up to 40%, elimination of bonus 
pay, dropping of four paid holidays, 
curtailment of pension and health- 
welfare benefits and a dismantling 
of the seniority system. 

The result was described by a 
Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter 
who came to Everett for a first-hand 
look at the strike. 

"Unionists are out 24 hours a day, 
walking the line in front of the mill 
that is one of the world's largest 
door manufacturers," the news- 
paper reported. 

Said one striker when asked why 
so many workers held out for so 
long, "If you can't fight for what 
you believe in, you might as well 
give up." 

Everett's Mayor William E. Moore 
said he had asked both the union 
and company "to sit down at a table 
with me here in City Hall" to try to 
negotiate a settlement. 

The union accepted but Nord's 
management refused, the mayor said. 

Union-busting is target of a rally called by the Snohomish County AFL-CIO. 

JANUARY, 1984 



Corporate, trade association and rightwing politi- 
cal action committees outspent labor PACs by 
about 4-1 in the 1982 congressional elections, the 
Federal Election Commission recently reported. 

All told, PACs raised $199.5 million and spent 
$190.2 million during the 1981-82 election cycle, up 
by 45% from the 1980 elections, the FEC said. The 
FEC report covered 3,722 PACs. 

Contributions by PACs to candidates seeking 
Senate and House seats have skyrocketed in the 
past three election cycles. They totaled $34.1 mil- 
lion in 1977-78; $55.2 million in 1979-80; and 83.6 
million in 1981-82. 


On November 4 a federal appeals court approved 
an industry-requested stay on an emergency asbes- 
tos rule issued by the Occupational Safety and 
Health Administration. 

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New 
Orleans granted a stay of the new asbestos rule 
pending a hearing scheduled January 12. 

The stay had been sought by the Asbestos Infor- 
mation Association, which represents asbestos min- 
ing and manufacturing firms in the U.S. and Can- 

The AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades 
Dept. recently submitted to OSHA a proposed per- 
manent standard on asbestos that would limit expo- 
sure 0.1 f/cc, the limit urged by other unions. 


Supreme Court Justice Byron White recently lifted 
what one journalist called "the country's most ridic- 
ulous picketing ban" — an unspoken rule that 
barred pickets in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, 
which down through the years has upheld labor's 
right to picket anywhere. The Supreme Court's 
sidewalks are no different from any others, said 
Justice White. 


Private pension funds containing some $400 bil- 
lion could be invested in home mortgages under 
provisions of legislation introduced by two Oregon 
legislators — Senator Bob Packwood and Congress- 
man Ron Wyden — just before Congress adjourned 
for the holidays. 

Organized labor has already taken action in this 
area, investing union pension funds in many sec- 
tions of the country to provide housing for those in 


The National Association of Home Builders re- 
cently held an Economic Forecast Conference in 
the nation's capital, and conference panelists con- 
cluded that housing, which led the economic recov- 
ery last year, will slow down this year because of 
"less inventory rebuilding" and slower consumer 
spending due to high interest rates. The NAHB is in 
the midst of a campaign to alert the public to the 
"growing possiblity of a recession in late 1984 and 
early 1985 unless Congress and the Administration 
take action to reduce the federal deficit." 


Some Congressmen are still mulling over ways to 
finance the Social Security system so that it doesn't 
face future crises. So far they have sidestepped a 
question which corporation executives want side- 
stepped: namely, the income cutoff. Most Ameri- 
cans don't realize that the very wealthy, who won't 
need Social Security benefits, enjoy a cutoff point. 
Annual income above $37,800 isn't subject to So- 
cial Security tax. If incomes over that amount were 
taxed, there would be much less of a crisis facing 
American workers today. 


It's not difficult to fly a small airplane carrying 
illegal drugs across U.S. borders, land it on a re- 
mote field, and make a lot of money doing so. Even 
if pilots are caught and convicted of drug smug- 
gling, little can be done to keep them from flying 
again. The only penalty the FAA now imposes is a 
one-year suspension of the pilot's certificate and a 
$1,000 fine. 

Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas has introduced 
legislation to crack down on pilots and aircraft own- 
ers who engage in such traffic. His bill would im- 
pose $25,000 fines, five years imprisonment, and 
would revoke the pilot's license. 


A study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of ma- 
jor collective bargaining agreements shows that the 
number of labor-management contracts containing 
dues checkoff provisions has increased significantly 
over the past 25 years. Some 86% of major con- 
tracts surveyed contained dues checkoff clauses, 
up from 71% in a study made in 1958-59. 



and what it means 

by Al Goodfader 

AFL-CIO endorsement of the presi- 
dential candidacy of former Vice Pres- 
ident Walter F. Mondale gives direction 
to the trade union movement's deter- 
mination that working people have a 
full, unified, effective voice in the 1984 
presidential election. 

For the first time since 1 968, the AFL- 
CIO is taking an active role in the 
election of America's president from 
the very beginning of the nominating 
process. The enthusiastic, nearly unan- 
imous choice of Mondale by delegates 
at the 1983 AFL-CIO convention cli- 
maxed a months-long democratic proc- 
ess of selection. Through a variety of 
methods, affiliated unions surveyed their 
members, then directed the AFL-CIO 
to follow those members' wishes. The 
convention voted yes' on a recommen- 
dation made a few days earlier by the 
AFL-CIO General Board, when presi- 
dents of affiliated unions cast for Mon- 
dale more than 90% of the votes of the 
14.5 million members they represented. 

The endorsement action directs the 
AFL-CIO to work for Mondale's selec- 
tion as the presidential candidate of the 
Democratic Party. It reflects a convic- 
tion that American working people must 
take a direct hand in -the nominating 
process, to have the most effective 
leader possible guiding our own futures 
and that of our country. 

In its resolution of endorsement, the 
convention declared that Mondale, 
"through-out his career in public serv- 
ice, has fought for government policies 
based on fairness and social justice." 
That conclusion was based on a full, 
searching examination of the past rec- 
ords and present statements of all those 
seeking labor's endorsement, as pre- 
sented at trade union conventions and 
forums all over the country. Each can- 
didate was given an equal, fair chance 
to make his case. In endorsing Mondale, 
the affiliated unions of the AFL-CIO 
were by no means rejecting or repu- 
diating any of the other candidates, but 

selecting the one who is, in their judg- 
ment, the best of a strong field. 

Since he first took his seat as a U.S. 
senator in 1965, Walter Mondale has 
shared the concerns of organized labor 
on a wide variety of issues — a concern 
for social justice, for economic prog- 
ress, and for a federal government that 
lives up to its obligations to all of its 

He has stood with working people in 
efforts to make sure federal law protects 
their rights to organize and bargain 
collectively. He has worked to provide 
the federal programs needed to ensure 
full employment, from job training to 
fair foreign trade policy. 

He has been an outspoken and lead- 
ing advocate of civil rights and equal 
opportunity for women and minorities. 
He has been a compassionate champion 
of social programs to provide food, 
medical care, and housing for those in 
need. During his career, Mondale has 
been a consistent supporter of tax law 
reform, of consumer protection legis- 
lation, and of government attention to 
our educational system. 

Progress toward many of these goals 
has been halted or reversed by the 
Reagan Administration since the begin- 
ning of 1980. In addition, its economic 
policies tossed millions of working peo- 
ple out of jobs, or the opportunity to 
obtain them. 

To restore America's industrial 
strength and economic health, Mondale 
proposes national policies that would 
provide assistance in basic industries 
as well as new "high tech" endeavors. 
He advocates governmental policies that 
would assist in education and training 
of workers, encouragement of research 
and development activities, fostering of 
investment in productive endeavors, 
and in foreign trade reform. 

All of these issues will be important 
to working people in the coming months 
as they decide whom to vote for in the 
1984 election. 

An Open Letter 
to Our Mem >ers: 

Our unioi., responding to the clearly 
expressed feelings of our members, en- 
thusiastically joined in the recent AFL- 
CIO endorsement of Walter Mondale's 
candidacy for the Democratic presiden- 
tial nomination in 1984. 

That was the easy part. Now comes 
the hard part — working to help transform 
the endorsement into the nomination it- 
self. No activity our union is presently 
engaged in has a higher priority. Our 
objective is: Nomination first, election 
of Mondale to the Presidency in Novem- 
ber, 1984, and a nation whose economy 
provides jobs for our members and pro- 
grams that help create those jobs. We 
have all had enough of Ronald Reagan's 
economics of scarcity. 

You, the members of this union, are 
the ones who will determine whether or 
not we can help elect a true friend of our 
union and our families, Walter Mondale. 

We urge you to get involved in your 
state and community in the process that 
will move Mondale toward success in 
this nomination struggle — the delegate 
selection process. That is, the choice of 
persons — in many cases union members 
themselves — who will go to the Demo- 
cratic National Convention next July 
committed to Walter Mondale. 

In some states, this process will take 
place by way of precinct caucuses, county 
and state conventions. In other states, it 
will occur through a direct primary voting 
process, much like any statewide elec- 

In all states, we need your help. In all 
states you will be called upon by your 
state AFL-CIO, or local AFL-CIO, to 
lend a hand. 

It might be to attend a caucus. It might 
be to give some of your time on a tele- 
phone bank, calling other members. It 
might be to hand out literature, or to help 
with mailings. 

Whatever it is, we urge your cooper- 

Only with that cooperation will we 
succeed in the job of electing labor del- 
egates to the Democratic convention who 
are rock solid for Mondale. 

Only if we succeed, can Mondale suc- 
ceed. It is that clear-cut. 

This is an enormous challenge. The 
stakes are high, the Presidency itself. 

Our members, our families, our union 
need a friend in the White House. We 
and the nation have suffered enough 
under the job-killing, people-hurting pol- 
icies of the present administration. 

We can change it. . . . but only with 
your help. 

General President 

JANUARY, 1984 








"Warning: Reaganomics is harmful 
to consumers" — so details a booklet of 
that title, put out after Reagan's first 
year in office by the Washington, D.C., 
based National Consumers League, in 
collaboration with Congress Watch, 
Consumer Federation of America, Con- 
sumers Union, National Council of Sen- 
ior Citizens, and Public Voice For Food 
and Health Policy. 

One can only expect a group like that 
would know what they're talking about. 
The report "takes stock of regulations 
withdrawn, budget cuts made in pro- 
grams affecting consumers, the manner 
in which Americans have been treated 
in the process of government decision 
making, and most fundamentally, the 
cumulative effects of these government 
actions" — all to the cumulative loss of 
the consumer. 

And now a second report is out, one 
year later. . . "Warning: Reaganomics 
is still harmful to consumers." 

The present administration now has, 
in no indefinite terms, the distinction 
of breaking a chain of almost 100-years 
of consumer progress and a ten-year 
chain of Presidents actively supporting 
consumer rights. In 1962, President 
Kennedy issued a federal Consumer 
Bill of Rights that included the rights 
to safety, to be informed, to choose, 

and to be heard. Presidents Johnson, 
Nixon, Ford, and Carter all reaffirmed 
these rights, with President Ford adding 
the quintessential right to consumer 

Then along came President Reagan 
. . . and his merry band of Republicans, 
to take services away from the poorly 
protected consumer, and give more ad- 
vantages to already well protected cor- 

Eight days after taking office, Presi- 
dent Reagan ordered the immediate 
decontrol of crude oil, scheduled to be 
phased in over a ten-month period. The 
result of this action was a 7 to 10% 
gallon increase in the price of gasoline — 
with estimates of resulting costs to 
consumers, over the ten-month period, 
as high as $10 billion. 

The President's auto safety agency 
reduced the crash-resistance standard 
for car bumpers from 5 to 2.5 miles per 
hour. Although consumers overwhelm- 
ingly approved of the 5 m.p.h. standard, 
the change was projected to result in a 
$5 to $10 savings per car for the auto 
industry. However, a consumer who 
has an accident between these two 
speeds would be in for about $300 in 
repair costs. The ruling that mandated 
air bags in 1983 cars was also rescinded, 
as was the ruling to have "passive" 

seat belts (that automatically surround 
the passenger) in cars in 1982. Passive 
restraints would have saved an esti- 
mated 10,000 lives and 60,000 serious 
injuries annually. 

In a gaffe heard 'round the world, 
Reagan's USDA, while lowering nutri- 
tion standards for school lunches, at- 
tempted to define catsup and pickles as 
vegetables, and cake and pie crust as 

The Federal Trade Commission 
(FTC), created in 1 9 1 4 to curb deceptive 
and unfair business practices, refused 
to recall defective survival suits worn 
by seamen and oil rig workers in emer- 
gencies. FTC economists reasoned, ac- 
cording to the 1983 National Consumers 
League report, that the market would 
become self-correcting, once a few peo- 
ple drowned and their families sued the 
manufacturer. Economically speaking, 
a perfectly logical cost-effective solu- 
tion ... as simple as crinkling up paper 
dolls. (When Congressional oversight 
hearings revealed this reasoning, the 
manufacturer quickly ordered a recall 
of the survival suits.) 

The Food and Drug Administration, 
no doubt under pressure from a drug 
manufacturer or two, ignored evidence 
of dangerous side effects from the drug 
Oraflex — an anti-arthritic drug — and 



approved its use. The drug had to cause 
several deaths in England before it was 
withdrawn in the U.S. as unsafe for 

And these are just a few specific 
instances of the ravaging of consumer 
rights that have taken place since Rea- 
gan took office. More comprehensive 
moves of the current Administration 
include failing to implement a 1976 law 
requiring FDA to ensure that medical 
devices are safe and effective before 
being sold for public use; including no 
representatives of the elderly, disabled, 
or consumers in appointees to the 1982 
Social Security Advisory Council; im- 
posing weak and largely voluntary 
standards for infant formula which do 
not meet basic nutritional requirements ; 
supporting a bill to extend the patents 
of drug companies by seven years, 
consequently undermining competition 
from lower-priced, generic drugs; per- 
mitting products to be advertised as 
"natural" even when they contain ar- 
tificial ingredients; and reducing the 
budget of the National Institute of Al- 
cohol Abuse and Alcoholism from $173 
million in 1980 to $32 million in 1982. 

Take the track record of the 10-year 
Consumer Product Safety Commission 
(CPSC). In addition to its rulemaking 
and public information activities (this 
magazine's "Consumer Clipboard" has 
published product recall and safety re- 
leases on several occasions), the CPSC 
has initiated the recall of 182 million 
dangerous products from the market- 
place. Every year 33 million citizens 
are injured and 28,000 people die as a 
result of using dangerous and defective 
products. Despite CPSC's success in 
the area of consumer safety, this admin- 

istration has called CPSC "that silly 
little outfit." 

CPSC funding was reduced by one- 
third in 1982. More than half of the 
CPSC's regional offices had to be closed; 
150 employees were laid-off. For 1984, 
the administration proposed an addi- 
tional 20% cut, but was forced to back 
down — on the amount, not the action. 
Deregulation and appointments were 
the completing acts in the administra- 
tion's successful play to strangle the 
CPSC's effectiveness. 

"The Federal Trade 
Commission . . . refused 
to recall defective sur- 
vival suits worn by sea- 
man and oil rig workers 
in emergencies . . . FTC 
economists reasoned . . . 
that the market would be 
self -correcting, once a 
few people drowned and 
their families sued the 
manufacturer. " — Warning . 
Reagonomics is still harmful to 

To its credit, the Reagan Administra- 
tion has made a few encouraging moves: 

The FTC found Anacin manufactur- 
ers guilty of deceptive advertising — the 
product was touted as containing a 
special pain relieving ingredient which 
turned out to be just plain aspirin. 

The FTC proposed a rule, backed by 
the AFL-CIO, requiring itemized cost 
disclosure by funeral home directors. 

The Reagan Administration opposed 
a bill, with the support of the AFL- 

CIO, to exempt doctors, dentists, and 
other professionals from FTC j 
tion — the bill would have allowed such 
"professionals" to engage in price fix- 
ing, restrictive advertising, and fraud. 
But perhaps most telling of all is the 
Administration's drastic elimination of 
funding for consumer education pro- 
grams in every agency. 

— The FDA, in 1981, rescinded a 
proposed requirement that infor- 
mational inserts be provided for 
ten commonly used and abused 

— The Department of Energy ter- 
minated its principal consumer 
information publication, Energy 
Consumer. The publication cov- 
ered issues determined by com- 
munity need such as energy prob- 
lems of the elderly. 

— The National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration refused, in 
1982, to publish the Car Book, 
rating cars for reliability and safety 
and read by 1.7 million con- 

— The National Archives have been 
administered such a severe cut 
back in personnel, that there has 
been a 60% decline in the declas- 
sifying of old government infor- 

— The Bureau of Labor Statistics 
and the Census Bureau have re- 
ceived severe reductions in fund- 
ing for information gathering. 

— Over 2,000 government publica- 
tions have been eliminated. 

So let's watch for the official Admin- 
istration consumer stand . . . some- 
where along the lines of "What they 
don't know can't hurt them, right. . .?" 


Much has been written and spoken about the successes and 
failures of the Reagan Administration since the President took 
office in 1981. 

Among the three-quarters of a million members of our inter- 
national union are thousands who voted for Mr. Reagan in 
November, 1980, because they wanted a change. There are 
thousands more who have been out of work for months, as they 
wait hopefully but impatiently for the Reagan Administration to 
curb unemployment, bring down interest rates, and set a course 
for prosperity. 

Seldom has a President had such spiritual and popular, personal 
support, in spite of his administration's conservative, sometimes 
reactionary policies. 

We think it's time to take a hard look at what has happened 
in Washington, D.C. since Mr. Reagan took office. We find, in 
legislative activity and agency action, that the needs of the 
working population run second to the desires of the wealthy. 
We find, in short, foxes in the henhouses of government. 

This is the seventh of a series of articles in which we tell you 
what is happening in some of our federal agencies today, since 
Mr. Reagan took office. — John S. Rogers. Editor 

JANUARY, 1984 

Charles Nichols retires as General Treasurer 

After 33 years as a fulltime elected or appointed official at the 
local union, district council, state council and International levels 

Charles E. Nichols has announced 
his retirement as general treasurer of 
the United Brotherhood of Carpenters 
and Joiners, AFL-CIO. effective De- 
cember 31. 1983. 

Nichols retires after almost 40 years 
of service to the United Brotherhood. 
He joined Local 2035. Crystal Bay. 
Nev., in June, 19-+6. He later moved 
on to Local 1484, now Local 1109, 
Visalia, Calif. He served as secretary 
of Local 1484, secretary-treasurer of 
Tulare and Vicinity District Council of 
Carpenters, business manager of Tu- 
lare-Kings Counties Building Trades 
Council, president of Tulare-Kings 
Counties Central Labor Council, vice 
president of the California State Build- 
ing Trades Council, and executive board 
member of the California State Council 
of Carpenters. 

Appointed a general representative 
by General President Maurice Hutche- 
son in 1956, Nichols was assigned to 
organize Hawaii. He started with 126 
members, and organized the local into 
the largest local in the Brotherhood, 
with an excess of 9,000 members. 

In 1960, Nichols was assigned to the 
Building Trades Department to handle 

jurisdictional problems in Alaska in- 
volving the early warning system near 
the Bering Strait. After a year, his 
territory was increased to California, 
Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, 
and Hawaii. 

In 1966, Nichols was appointed to fill 
the position of general executive board 
member for the 8th District left vacant 
by the sudden death of Board Member 
Patrick Hogan. Upon retirement of 
General Treasurer Peter Terzick, Ni- 
chols was appointed General Treasurer 
and Director of Political Activities. 

Of the many accomplishments in Ni- 
chols outstanding career, one historic 
achievement was the negotiating of the 
historic Off Shore Oil Platform Agree- 
ment covering the jurisdiction from the 
Mexican border to the Bering Straits in 
Alaska. This agreement has been in 
effect for almost twenty years and has 
supplied millions of dollars in construc- 
tion for piledrivers. 

Nichols also lead the drive for lumber 
and sawmill workers legislation, result- 
ing in the Redwood Employment Pro- 
tection Act, which gave people full pay, 
fringe benefits, and retraining if they 
were laid-off from jobs as the result of 

commercial land being legislated to wil- 
derness land. Workers have received 
over 100 million dollars in benefits due 
to this legislation. 

Other honors bestowed on Nichols 
are the Bent Nail Award in California, 
the highest award presented to a mem- 
ber of the Brotherhood for outstanding 
service; and being assigned to represent 
AFL-CIO President George Meany at 
the International Labor Organization in 
Geneva, Switzerland, and the Irish Trade 
Congress in Kilinary, Ireland. Nichols 
also leaves behind a great string of 
successes in political action. 

In service to his country, Nichols 
served in the 29th Infantry Division in 
World War II, where he received four 
Battle Stars, two Arrowhead Landings, 
and the Soldiers Medal. 

Nichols stated in his retirement letter 
that he has been proud to have been a 
member of a great team which will carry 
on the tradition for which we believe. 
His future "business" card states: Re- 
tired to golf, fishing, hunting and other 
goods things in life that the labor move- 
ment, and especially the Brotherhood 
of Carpenters, has made possible. 



The officers at the rostrum; from left: Campbell, Lucassen, Ochocki, Rogers, and Nichols. 

T--c^r- ,, pr 

Final 1983 Leadership Conference 
Sets Pace for Northeast and Midwest 

Unemployment and open-shop movement 
major concerns of Brotherhood leaders 

UBC leaders in the Northeastern 
United States and the Middle West 
assembled in Philadelphia, Pa. , Novem- 
ber 14-18, for the fourth and final 1983 
leadership conference. 

The Philadelphia sessions were the 
largest in the conference series, with 
608 delegates attending. 

As in the earlier conferences at St. 
Louis, Mo.; Portland, Ore.; and To- 
ronto, Ont., a wide range of subjects 
was covered by the General Officers 
and staff members who addressed del- 
egates. General President Patrick 
Campbell continued to emphasize that 
the basic purposes of trade unionism — 

organizing and collective bargaining — 
must be foremost in the minds of local 
union leaders, if they are to overcome 
the problems of 1984 and the years 
beyond. As with other speakers, he 
called for strong political action in 1984, 
and he underscored the need for con- 
tinued craft training and trade-union 

The growth in the non-union, "open- 
shop," movement received attention, 
as Organizing Director James Parker 
and his staff discussed "Operation 
Turnaround," the Brotherhood's plan 
for combating the so-called "right to 
work" threat to trade unionism. 

Photographs in the right hand column from the top: I. District Board Members George 
Walish, Joseph Lia, and John Pruitt confer. 2. Diane Chudzinska of the Philadelphia 
District Council office registers Delegates Marie Springman, Local 23, Williamsport, Pa., 
and Phyllis Virginia, Local 732, Rochester, N. Y. 3, 4 and 5. Delegates from many sections 
of the country assembled for the conference . 

JANUARY, 1984 


Puerto Rican Members 
Talk Turnaround' 
With Organizing 
Director Parker 

Miembros Puertorriquenos conver- 
san sobre "Operation Reviraje" con 
el Director de Organization, Parker. 

Director of Organizing James 
Parker, above, standing left, 
speaks to local union mem- 
bers during a recent visit to 
Puerto Rico. Standing right 
and translating is General 
Representative Al Rodriguez. 

Members of all three 
Puerto Rico locals — Local 
2745, Santruce; Local 2775: 
Ponce, and Local 3251 , San 
Juan — and family members 
attended the meeting. 

El Director de Organization, 
James Parker, de pie a mano 
izquierda, se dirige a una 
asamblea de miembros, du- 
rante su reciente visila a 
Puerto Rico. De pie a la 
derecha Rep. General, Al 

Miembros de las Ires 
Uniones Locales — 2745, 2775 
y 3251 y sus familiares en 
una reunion. El Director de 
Organizacion Parker y los or- 
ganizadores del Consejo del 
Distrito observan al fondo. 

The United Brotherhood's Director of Organization James 
Parker met recently with leaders of the Puerto Rico District 
Council, with members of the three local unions on the 
island, and with officials of the commonwealth in an effort 
to promote Operation Turnaround, the UBC's campaign 
to create more work for union contractors and UBC 

Parker told district council organizers assembled in San 
Juan that Operation Turnaround must get special attention 
among the 1 1 general contractors of Puerto Rico who 
employ a large number of the Brotherhood's construction 
members. Among the firms working with UBC members 
in the commonwealth are Bird Construction, Desarrollos 
Metropolitanos, Rexach Construction, Rodriguez y del 
Valle, and Triangle Engineering Corporation. 

Parker was accompanied on his visit to Puerto Rico by 

General Representative Al Rodriguez, who served as a 
translator in meetings with various groups there. 

Arrangements for the visit were handled by District 
Council President Manuel Colon. There were press con- 
ferences with reporters of all the leading newspapers and 
broadcasting stations. A highlight of the trip was Parker's 
meeting with the Hon. Miguel Hernandez Agosto, president 
of the Puerto Rico Senate in his offices at the capitol in 
Old San Juan. Parker was accompanied on this visit by 
leaders of the district council. 

On another occasion, the members of the three local 
unions in Puerto Rico — Local 2745, Santurce: Local 2775, 
Ponce; and Local 3251, San Juan — gathered for a mass 
meeting at which the UBC organizing director outlined 
plans for Operation Turnaround on the island. 

Parker stressed the importance of the 16-month-old 

Director Parker, seated center, addresses a press conference on the sub- 
jects of organizing and Operation Turnaround, and contract negotiation. 
Present at the conference were Tony Rolddn, Channel 6 TV; Jorge Rivera 
Nieves, Channel 2 TV; Sonia Rosario, Channel 7 TV; Mima Miranda, 
Puerto Rico District Council Welfare Plan, Nicolas Delgado; Manuel Co- 
lon, Puerto Rico District Council president; and General Representative Al 



El Director Parker, sentado al centro, sostiene una conferencia de prensa 
relacionada con los temas de Organizacion, negociacion de contratos y 
"Operacion Reviraje." Participantes en dicha conferencia: Tony Rolddn del 
canal 6 de TV; Jorge Rivera Nieves, canal 2 de TV; Sonia Rosario, canal 7 
de TV; Mirna Miranda, Plan de Bienestar del Consejo del Distrito, Nicolas 
Delgado, Manuel Colon, Presidente del Consejo del Distrito de Puerto Rico 
y el Rep. General Al Rodriguez. 



"Construction Labor-Management Cooperation Productiv- 
ity Program" as a way to combat the growth of the open 
shop, or non-union construction industry. He indicated 
that the current recession in the construction industry is 
making it difficult for skilled union workers to maintain 
their wage standards and working conditions, and that the 
union must work closely with union contractors in bidding 
for the work available. 

He noted the difficulties in maintaining a union shop in 
the construction industry because of the transient nature 
of the work. Very often a construction job is finished 
before workers are able to negotiate a union contract with 
the contractor. The United Brotherhood is currently push- 
ing for an amendment to the National Labor Relations Act 
which will speed the election procedures of the National 
Labor Relations Board in this area. General Treasurer 
Charles Nichols recently presented testimony on the subject 
to a Congressional subcommittee, which has gained wide 
attention in the American labor movement. 

Parker and district council leaders described a recent 
organizing setback in Puerto Rico which showed the 

A petition of the union to represent construction workers 
employed by a subcontractor involved in remodeling the 
Llorens Torres Public Housing Project was turned down 
October 14 by the National Labor Relations Board. Parker 
acknowledged in a news conference that the NLRB decision 
was technically correct. But he said the law that the board 
administers is weighted against efforts to organize construc- 
tion workers, because employers can maintain that they 
hire their help on a temporary basis, from project to project. 

Work on Phase III of the remodeling project began on 
August 6, the NLRB noted in its decision, and was already 
ahead of schedule when a hearing was held on the union's 
petition on September 21. The union said 28 out of about 
57 workers for the subcontractor had signed cards request- 
ing the union as their bargaining agent before the union 
filed to represent them on August 31. 

By September 14, the NLRB said, the work was a month 
and a half ahead of schedule and a spokesman for the 
general contractor said that pace would complete the project 
well before its February 7 deadline. 

"Upon completion of Phase III of the project, the 
employer will have concluded its contractual obligation 
and have no further work for its employees in said project," 
the NLRB said in its dismissal order of the union's request. 

Parker said the Santurce case is only one of the most 
recent of hundreds of cases involving organizing setbacks. 
He said the General Treasurer recently told the House 
Labor Committee that many of the cases involve virtually 
permanent pools of workers whom the law allows employ- 
ers to hire on a temporary basis. 

The UBC leader received a warm reception among 
members of the three local unions of the Puerto Rico 
District Council. He returned to the General Offices in 
Washington, D.C., with a special gift for General President 
Patrick J. Campbell — a unique table lamp, handcrafted on 
the island. The General President has been invited to visit 
the commonwealth, and he plans to do so, in the company 
of Parker, sometime this month. 

Meeting with Puerto Rico organizers from left: Roberto A . 
Cruz, Rafael de Jesiis, Luis Albion Islanding), Pascual Ramos, 
General Rep Rodriguez, Director Parker, DC President Colon, 
Victor Rivera, and Victor Rodriguez. 

Reunion con los organizadores en Puerto Rico a la izquierda: 
Roberto A. Cruz, Rafael de Jesiis, Luis Albion (de pie). Pascual 
Ramos, Rep. General Al Rodriguez, Director Parker, Presi- 
dente del Consejo del Distrito Colon, Victor Rivera y Victor 

Visiting the Hon. Miguel Hernandez Agosto, president of the 
Puerto Ricon Senate, in his offices in the Capitolio, Old San 
Juan, are, from left: Director Parker, Representative Rodriguez, 
Organizer de Jesiis, District Council President Colon, Senator 
Agosto, Organizer Cruz, and Rodriguez. 

Visita al Honorable Presidente del Senado de Puerto Rico, 
Miguel Hernandez Agosto en el capitolio en la zona del viejo 
San Juan de izq. a derecha: Director Parker. Rodriguez de 
Jesus, M. Colon, Senador Hernandez Agosto, Org. Cruz y Rod- 
riguez ■ 

Director of Organizing Parker, center, returns to the General 
Office in Washington, D.C., to present a gift to General Presi- 
dent Pat Campbell from members in Puerto Rico. First Vice 
Presidenl Sig Lucassen looks on. 

El Director de Organization Parker de regreso a la sede en 
Washington, D.C., le presente al Presidente General, Pat Camp- 
bell, un obsequio enviado por los miembros de Puerto Rico. El 
Primer Vice-Presidente, Sig Lucassen observa el evento. 

JANUARY, 1984 




About 4,000 people, mostly unemployed con- 
struction workers, turned out to line the steps of the 
Alberta Legislature in protest of recently introduced 
legislation that would allow the province's large con- 
struction companies to create non-unionized subsi- 
diaries to compete for a diminishing share of a 
recession-ravaged industry. 

After 20 minutes of brisk, lunch-hour speeches, 
the crowd was invited to disperse quietly, which 
they did. The mood was perhaps best summed up 
by blunt-spoken Sam Lee, executive-director of the 
Alberts Construction Trades Council: "We didn't 
have to shut down jobs to come here and we didn't 
have to act in an irresponsible manner. We came 
here as we are — the citizens of this province, the 
builders of this province." 

Tibor Bardos, chairman of the Alberta Construc- 
tion Association, described as "complete nonsense" 
claims raised that "this legislation means the end of 
the world for Alberta unions." 

"It will merely allow contractors to operate union 
as well as non-union," said Bardos. "And I am sure 
there will always be union construction." 

The Alberta Labor Minister Leslie Young's argu- 
ment is that nonunionized firms are paying 50 to 
70% less than unionized firms, grabbing 80% of the 
few available tenders, and threatening to undermine 
the stability of large Alberta construction firms by 
opening the door to cheaper out-of-province com- 

Union leaders contend that this is the first law 
eroding the construction union's long-standing, if 
unspoken, privilege of supplying labor for industrial 
and institutional projects and could have significant 
counter-effects on residential construction in Alberta 
which has traditionally been non-unionized. 


Employers are free to exaggerate and lie to dis- 
suade workers from joining unions but any sugges- 
tion that jobs could be lost would violate provincial 
labor laws, the Ontario Labor Relations Board has 

Employers opposing unions are free to express 

that opposition, to comment about wages and bene- 
fits and, within limits, "to exaggerate and mislead," 
the board said, because those activities are pro- 
tected by the free speech provisions of the Ontario 
Labor Relations Act. 

But it warned that an employer "who raises the 
spectre of a loss of jobs incurs a significant risk of 
running afoul of the law." 

The comments were made in a decision disallow- 
ing a petition by employees of Vogue Brassiere Inc. 
in Cambridge, Ont., in opposition to an application 
by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union 
for certification. 


The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is 
urging the federal government to amend the Can- 
ada Labor Act and repeal the federal Fair Wages 
and Hours of Labor Act to improve the competitive 
situation of unionized contractors. 

"The high cost of manpower in the unionized 
sector, combined with limited markets for construc- 
tion, has placed the traditional union construction 
firm in an uncompetitive position," CCA president 
Bob Nuth said in a recent statement. 

"Unless amendments are made, many union con- 
tractors across Canada foresee the demise of their 
companies," he added. 

CCA officials urged Labor Minister Andre Ouellet, 
in a recent meeting, to amend Part 5 of the Canada 
Labor Code to allow unionized contractors to bid as 
nonunion companies, when necessary, to compete 
in the marketplace. 

Nuth pointed out that despite "almost continuous 
efforts" during 1983, management and labor have 
been unsuccessful in reducing the over-all cost of 
unionized construction. 

"We object to labor conditions being stipulated for 
government projects with little recognition of the 
realities of the marketplace," Nuth said. 


The federal government of Canada will not let 
electronic cottage industries harm women or the 
family, says Judy Erola, Minister Responsible for 
the Status of Women. 

At the Canada Tomorrow conference, Monica 
Townson, a consultant, described an incident where 
a large corporation considered installing computer 
terminals in the homes of its 9,000 clerical workers. 

Erola replied that government and industry "must 
be extremely careful about any electronic cottage 
industry evolving. Such a situation would result in a 
woman having one eye on the terminal and one 
eye on the kids with no benefits to either. This 
would be unacceptable." 

"Women have a lot of reason to be apprehensive 
about technological change," Erola said, because of 
job dislocation and retraining. Other concerns in- 
clude the impact of more families with two wage 
earners which requires Government to re-examine 
its tax credits. 



It is time to dispel 
those lingering myths 
about the purpose 
and function 
of labor unions 

By James Burt 

Abraham Lincoln once said that la- 
bor came before capital and was 
the most important — anything could be 
accomplished by labor, but capital with- 
out labor could accomplish nothing. 

Clarence Darrow, the great legal mind 
who gained fame while defending those 
who were too poor to pay his fees, said: 

"With all their faults, trade unions 
have done more for humanity than any 
other organization of men that ever 
existed. They have done more for de- 
cency, for honesty, for education, for 
the betterment of the race, for the 
developing of character in men, than 
any other association of men." 

Labor led the way to free public 
education, a ban on child labor, a ban 
on sex discrimination in employment, 
a shorter work week and a shorter work 
day, and most of the other conditions 
that we regard today as humane treat- 
ment of workers — and none of which 
any of us would willingly give up. 

It's a pity that school texts have 
eliminated such symbols of the past as 
the sign on the employer's wall saying, 
"If you don't come in Sunday, don't 
come back Monday." It was once seen 
on many walls. Our young people should 
be exposed to some labor history. 

It seems to me that a greater knowl- 
edge of unions and their function in our 
society and a greater awareness of union 
members as citizens, friends, and neigh- 
bors would contribute to making North 
America a better place to live. 

There are a lot of myths about unions. 
Let me dispel some of them. 

James Burt, the author, has been editor 
of the Memphis AFL-CIO Labor Council's 
Memphis Union News for 17 years. He is 
a member of The Press-Scimitar's Board 
of Contributors. This is a group of 
concerned citizens who have been writing 
on topics of their choice throughout the 

1. Members are ordered out on strike 
by union bosses. 

Not so. Unions are democratic or- 
ganizations. Their members vote on 
strikes, usually by secret ballot and 
usually after getting permission to vote 
on the matter from their national or 
international union. Union leaders do 
what their members want them to do, 
or they don't remain "bosses." 

2. Unions are wealthy. 

Yes and no. Most international unions 
have pension funds, involving millions 
of dollars. They also have defense funds, 
strike funds if you prefer. These are 
not so large that they cannot be ex- 
hausted in just months, leaving the 
union to borrow money or abandon the 
strike. Strikes do cost money, lots of 
it. No union strikes in preference to a 
reasonable settlement, because they 
know that nobody wins a strike. The 
only redeeming feature is that it may 
make the next one unnecessary. 

At the local level (meaning union 
locals anywhere) unions operate on a 
hand-to-mouth basis, wondering if each 
month's dues collections will pay its 
normal operating expenses. When a 
controversy arises over anti-labor leg- 
islation, or there are appeals to the 
public by a struck employer, the central 
labor council and the local union seldom 
have enough money to pay for adver- 
tising to answer their critics. They have 
no way to present their side. 

3. Wage increases cause inflation. 

Some economists say that, as do 
many self-anointed pundits. A growing 
number of economists say wage in- 
creases have virtually no effect on in- 
flation, are the result rather than the 
cause. Certainly inflation has kept 
workers struggling to catch up and each 

year sees more persons falling below 
the poverty income level. 

4. American workers just don't pro- 

That is easy to disprove, and easy to 
document the proof. American workers 
are still the most productive in the 
world, producing an average of $29,615 
worth of goods and services in 1982. 
Comparable Japanese production was 
$21,511, only 73% of what Americans 

Business groups are quick to blame 
American workers for the shortcomings 
of management. If in a 10-year period 
wages double, they think they should 
get a 100% increase in productivity, 
inflation be damned. When prices dou- 
ble, it doesn't mean the productivity 
has been halved. 

Productivity is increasing faster in 
other nations, but that is largely the 
result of management techniques. La- 
bor has little or no control over product 
design, materials used, and production 
methods. Japanese management brought 
a 595% increase in worker productivity 
since 1950. What was American man- 
agement doing in that period, besides 
complaining about their workers? 

5. Labor unions are corrupt. 

Lots of people think so, but consider 
this: Unions, businesses and associa- 
tions have to bond their major officers 
in order to cover any losses due to 
illegal or negligent conduct. And those 
organizations have to pay a premium 
for this insurance. So the amount that 
bonding companies have to pay out, as 
compared with premiums collected, is 
a pretty good indicator of the true 
situation. The Surety Association of 
America's figures indicate that labor 
unions are among the lowest-risk or- 
ganizations in society — better than gov- 
ernment and much better than business. 

JANUARY, 1984 

6. Unions are losing more elections. 

1 he headlines seem to sa\ dial, and 
make one think the deeline is dramatic. 
But when you look at the figures for 
elections involving unorganized work- 
ers, the percentage remains almost con- 
stant. In three recent years, the number 
of elections won declined less than I 
percent — statistically irrelevant. At the 
same time, the number of workers or- 
ganized each year remained fairly con- 

7. Labor's strength is declining. 

Another myth. Of course, unemploy- 
ment has cut into membership some- 
what, but membership and population 
figures of the last several years indicate 
that 32.5% of the organizable workers 
in the U.S. are members of labor unions 
or associations of employees— 20.2 mil- 
lion for unions, 22.8 million including 

8. Unions aren't interested in any- 
thing but collecting dues. 

Well, certainly that is a major con- 
sideration. Without the dues, they 
couldn't function. But on the other hand 
unions are forever urging their members 
to buy U.S. savings bonds, give blood, 
donate food and clothing to disaster 
victims, attend classes that will teach 
them how to help those less fortunate 
than themselves, to volunteer work of 
all sorts, and register to vote. 

9. Workers belong to unions only be- 
cause they have to. 

The vast majority of union members 
belong because they believe in the trade 
union movement, and they wish every- 
one did. The National Right to Work 
Committee is 80 years old and never in 
that span has "right to work" been a 
workers' movement. No one should be 
under any illusion that the movement 
has ever done anything for workers. 

If all the rugged individualists ("free- 
loaders") who refuse to abide by union 
rules were to join, union dues would 
be lower, wages would be higher. Yet 
unions are required to represent non- 
members in a bargaining unit just as if 
they were members. That is galling to 
unionists — to them it is tantamount to 
a situation where Republicans could 
refuse to pay taxes when the Democrats 
are in the White House, and vice versa. 

If you believe workers would fare as 
well without unions, that enlightened, 
generous employers would maintain a 
safe, healthful environment without 
coercion from laws and union contracts, 
you just don't believe the lessons of 
history. Unions exist for one reason 
only — they are needed. When the need 
vanishes, unions will too. 


... a readers theater packet ready 
for presentation in your area 

The United Brotherhood's century of 
struggle to obtain a better way of life for 
its members is vividly portrayed in a 
"readers theater" play, "Builders of the 
Nation" . . . which you and your fellow 
UBC members can stage in your area 
"on a shoestring." 

The readers theater script is ideal for 
production by a local community college, 
a little theater, or even by a local union 
in its own meeting hall. The play requires 
only a small stage three reader-actors, 
three stools, microphones, a slide pro- 
jector and screen, plus, of course, some 
local talent. 

"Builders of the Nation" tells the his- 
tory of the woodworking craft from co- 
lonial days through the founding of the 
Brotherhood in 1881 and on up to World 
War I. the Great Depression, and to the 
present day. Written by the noted play- 

wright, Arnold Sundgaard, the readers 
theater play is adapted from the more 
elaborately staged "Knock on Wood," 
a play presented in Chicago in 1981 during 
the centennial convention of the Broth- 

The General Office now has available 
a complete packet of supplies for pro- 
ducing "Builders of the Nation" in your 
community. The price for the packet is 
only $50. It contains five scripts, a set of 
41 35mm slides, music scores, a tape 
cassette with appropriate music, and a 
set of three posters to promote the show- 

For more information or to order a 
packet for your local union, contact the 
General Secretary, United Brotherhood 
of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 
101 Constitution Ave, N.W., Washing- 
ton, D.C. 20001. 

Three posters in the packet have space to promote the show. 



'America Works' TV Series Begins 
New 36-Station Run This Month 

CLIC Checkoffs 
Continue to Grow 

On location outside Lewis Bay Convales- 
cent Home in Hyannis, Mass., the crew 
for "America Works," the AFL-CIO's 
public affairs television program, inter- 
views members of Service Employees Lo- 
cal 767 protesting the facility' s refusal to 
accept Medicaid patients. The broadcast, 
covering union concerns over health insur- 
ance costs, will air this month. From left 
are "America Works" host Marie Torre, 
SEW Assistant Education Director Lynn 
Goldfarb, and Local 767 President Bill 

"America Works," the AFL-CIO's weekly 
public affairs television program, kicks off 
its second season this month. 

The first four new programs in the series, 
which appears on commercial television, will 
examine the involvement of union members 
in helping to solve critical problems in health, 
hunger, energy costs, and education. 

"America Works" is produced by the 
Labor Institute of Public Affairs, the AFL- 
CIO's television production arm. 

LIPA Director Larry Kirkman said the 
new package of weekly, half-hour programs 
will be seen on television stations that reach 
over half of all TV viewers in the country. 

In its eight-week first season, which began 
last July, "America Works" was seen on 36 
stations in an "ad-hoc" network, Kirkman 
said. This season, LIPA offered the program 
to every commercial station in the top 100 
TV markets and is negotiating dates and 
times with them. A full schedule of all the 
stations that will be carrying the program in 
its winter run appears below. 

"AMERICA WORKS" — January 1984 Schedule 






Date & Time 





Sun/1 1:00 am 





Sat/8:00 am 





Sat/9: 30 am 





Sat/2:00 pm 





Sat/8: 30 pm 





Sat/1 2:00 pm 





Sat/9: 00 am 





Sat/9: 30 am 





Sun/1 1:30 pm 





Sat/5: 30 pm 

Grand Rapids 




Sat/9: 30 pm 





Sat/10:00 pm 





Sat/7:00 am 





Sun/9:30 pm 

Los Angeles 




Sat/7: 30 am 









Sat/9:00 pm 









Sun/12:30 pm 





Sat/8: 30 am 





Sun/4: 30 pm 

New York 




Sat/8: 00 am 





Sat/10:30 pm 





Sun/10:00 am 





Sat/7: 30 am 





Sat/9:30 am 





Sat/8:00 am 





Sun/10:00 am 





Fri/1 1:30 pm 





Sat/10:30 pm 





Sun/9:00 am 

St. Louis 




Sat/7: 30 am 

San Francisco 




Sat/4:00 pm 





Sun/3 :00 pm 





Sun/9:00 pm 





Sat/10:00 pm 

• Tentative 

t Key: A = ABC, C = CBS, N = NBC, I = Independent. 

William H albert, secretary treasurer and 
business manager of the Baltimore Coun- 
cil, left, turns over CLIC checks to Gen- 
eral Treasurer and CLIC Director Charles 
Nichols. Baltimore Council President Ken- 
neth Wade looks on. 

Members of the Baltimore, Md., District 
Council have amended the regulations of 
their vacation fund to permit checkoff de- 
ductions for CLIC, the Carpenters Legisla- 
tive Improvement Committee. Almost 500 
members have enrolled in the CLIC plan. 
Out of every 250 going into the fund for 
signed-up members, H goes to CLIC and 
H to the Council's political action commit- 

Several other local unions and councils 
are currently operating checkoffs from va- 
cation funds to assist the UBC's big political 
action program of 1984. Among them are 
Locals 964, 66, and 323 of New York; Local 
210, Connecticut, and the New Mexico and 
Wyoming District Councils. 

Public Officials, 
Tell Us About It 

Many members of the United Brotherhood 
are serving their local communities on school 
boards, special committees and commis- 
sions. Some are mayors and council mem- 

If you're serving your community, tell us 
about it. Write: General Secretary John 
Rogers, 101 Constitution Ave., N. W., 
Washington, D.C. 20001 

Organizer Briefed 

Richard E. Blalock. an organizer for Lo- 
cal 1098, Baton Rouge, La., right above, 
completed a two-week Building Trades 
training course, last month, at the George 
Meany Labor Studies Center near Wash- 
ington, D.C. He visited the UBC General 
Office and discussed Operation Turn- 
around with UBC Organizing Director 
James Parker, left. 

JANUARY, 1984 


Three generations of Jamisons recognize the advantages of working with the UBC. 

The Alaskan Pipeline, ABC Televi- 
sion, and Safeway grocery stores all 
owe some credit to Jamison Door Com- 
pany for their operating success. The 
Jamison Co., a United Brotherhood 
shop in Hagerstown, Md., since 1917, 
supplied doors for the pumping stations 
(to keep the cold out) in Alaska, sound 
reduction doors on a rush order to ABC 
studios for a new soap opera, and "ba- 
nana-room" cold storage doors to Safe- 

The Jamison Door Co. supplies 
"swinging, sliding, and overhead, man- 
ual or power-operated" doors for many 
other uses, including jet and car engine 
testing, virology laboratories, and pol- 
lution-control complexes: and all with 
the help of Hagerstown Local 340. 

The company was started in 1906 by 
the current president's grandfather, J.V. 
Jamison. A Brotherhood shop for over 
65 years, Jamison Door Co. has one of 
the oldest continuous contracts with 
the UBC anywhere on the continent. 
In fact, the Jamison Door Co. is dis- 
tinctive in many ways. The company 
was the first manufacturing company in 
Maryland to go with a union; is cur- 
rently the largest and oldest builder of 
cold storage and sound reduction doors 
in the country, and is one of the few 
companies that can fill orders requiring 
several types of doors, rather than pro- 
ducing just one particular type. 

Doors originally produced at the plant 
were all wood, but production methods, 
and results, have gone through a lot of 
changes since the company's early days. 

In fact, current President J. V. Jamison 
III attributes the company's continued 
success to being able to "swing with 
the times and keep up with the demand 
of customers. " The company still builds 
some wood doors — from West Coast 
douglas fir and East Coast pine — but it 
now manufactures also a wide variety 
of galvanized steel doors, and some 
plastic doors in a separate, smaller 

Assembled by approximately 130 UBC 
members, the company manufactures 
from 3,000 to 4,000 doors a year. As- 
semblers use a variety of specialized 
skills — from installing color coated ca- 
bles to preparing fiberglass molds — to 
put together Jamison's quality product. 
As set forth in the Jamison sound re- 
duction door brochure, "... Jamison 
has assembled a highly skilled staff of 
engineering, factory and field person- 
nel. Our knowledge of gasketing, seal- 
ing, power operation, hardware, panel 
construction, barrier materials, and the 
complexities of interrelated operating 
parameters ... in a wide range of door 
sizes and models ... is unsurpassed." 

And a high level of expertise is needed, 
for, while early doors were basically all 
stock built, virtually every door that 
goes out of the Jamison shop now is 
custom built. Prices range from $150 to 
$150,000, with door sizes up to a tre- 
mendous 25' x 25'. 

One of the strengths of the company 
is its emphasis on testing and experi- 
mentation. One experimental room 
contains a freezer-cooler combination 

harboring temperatures up to -60° F; 
while other workers monitor equipment 
that opens and closes sliding metal 
doors — about 2 million times a year, 24 
hours a day — to test the life of door 
operation components. Electrical tests 
are often run within an hour of the door 
being shipped out of the building. The 
result: Jamison doors are now doing 
their job throughout the world — from 
England to China, Australia to Paki- 
stan — and upholding the quality that 
has come to be synonymous with the 
union label. 

William Souders welds internal structure 
of a sound reduction door. 

Top of page: — the Jamison Door Co. offi- 
cers; foreground — patterned linoleum en- 
trance to office; right— from left, Roy 
Long. Tony Dattilio, Donald Anderson, 
and Donald Wilhide move an Electroglide 
door to the crating department. 



Ralph McSherry, 
left, finishes a Ja- 
molite cooler frame 
in the plastics 
plant; putting the 
union label on a 
door before crat- 
ing, right, are John 
Palmer, left, and 
Business Repre- 
sentative Kenneth 
Wade, right. 

John Martin, above, cuts door stifi 
feners in special machine room. 

Polishing a mold for a molded plastic door, from 
left, are James Thomas, Melvin Henderson, Ray- 
mond Lockley, and Wayne Moser. 

Below left, Wayne Moser 
sprays Gelcoat in a 8' x 
12'6" mold for a Jamiglide 
door; Earl Clever, below 
right, cuts glass mat for a 
Jamotuf door. 

Roger Whitmore sprays primer 
on internal structure of a sound 
reduction door. 

Raymond Moats, above, builds 
framework for a plyfoam door 
under a plaque showing honored 
members of the Jamison Thirty 
Year Club. 

JANUARY, 1984 


local union heius 

Oregon Local Marks Centennial With Play, 
Exhibit, Panel of Experts On Current Issues 

Members of Carpenters Local 247. Port- 
land, Ore., have been told that the economic 
scene is starting to brighten and that drastic 
changes in their work roles are coming. 

These assessments were made during a 
portion of a program celebrating the local's 
1 00th anniversary which was held at the 
Carpenters Hall on North Lombard Street 
in Portland. The predictions were delivered 
as a panel of experts reviewed the past, 
present, and future of the trade. 

The program also saw a 50-year member 
honored and the presentation of a one-act 
play originally produced for the centennial 
celebration of the United Brotherhood in 

The readers-theater play. "Builders of the 
Nation," was presented by Bill Tate, head 
of the performing arts department at Portland 
State University; Kate Boettcher-Tate. a 
playwright and an actress of the Oregon 
Shakespeare Festival in Ashland; and Bob 
Topping, a Local 247 member who is a 
graduate of Portland State, where he was a 
student of Tate. 

Topic of the panel discussion was "Or- 
ganized Labor, New Technologies and Hu- 
man Beings." 

Panelists were David Johnson, associate 
professor of history at Portland State Uni- 
versity, who discussed the past, including 
the origins of the local; Ray Broughton, 
chief economist and vice president at First 
Interstate Bank of Oregon, who discussed 
the present; and Mark Furman, Carpenters 
task force representative, who discussed the 

Craig Wollner, project director of the 
Local 247 Centennial celebration and visiting 
professor of history at Willamette University 
in Salem, served as moderator. 

It was Broughton who made the prediction 
of an economic upturn. "You face a new 
economic era at the beginning of your second 
century of service." he commented. 

The banker made his prediction in light of 
increasing evidence of containment of infla- 

After good years of economic growth from 
the end of World War II to 1964, he noted, 
there was a shift to an era of inflation from 
1965 through 1979 caused by accelerating 
levels of federal spending. 

During this period, he said, the national 
income rose 400% while non-defense spend- 
ing rose 8409r and defense spending 200%. 
A large percentage of this spending was 
financed by borrowing and by tax bracket 
creep which allowed the federal government 
to make a slight profit from inflation. 

The end result was a lot of buying and the 
eventual rise in prices and an invasion of 
foreign products. The fight against inflation 
started on Oct. 6. 1979, with the adoption 
of a new operation procedure by the Federal 

Reserve which restricted money supply 

The results of this action are now begin- 
ning to be felt. Broughton reported, with an 
inflation rate now of 2 to 3%. 

He said that economic recovery means a 
potential new era for unions and manage- 
ment. He foresees an eventual return to a 
demand for quality in construction and ex- 
pects to see more union representation on 
corporate boards. 

Broughton foresees the blending of crafts- 
manship with new technology and "the pos- 
sible return to construction as an art form." 

He said that unions and management will 
have to get together in the adoption of new 
technologies which will mean an increase in 
productivity but also new jobs. 

He said that unions in the building trades 
have a favorable advantage because of pres- 
ent high productive rates. 

'a \ 

Illinois State Elects 

The Illinois Slate Council of Carpenters 
recently held ill 54th annual convention. 
Area members met in Chicago to attend to 
annual convention business and to vote for 
state council president and secretary- 
treasurer. President Don Gorman of Mar- 
ion, above left, was re-elected; the new 
secretary-treasurer, above right, is Dick 
Ladzinski of Local 195, Pern. Ladzinski 
replaces Jack Zeilinga, who recently re- 

Panelists for a special program commemo- 
rating the 100th birthday of Carpenters 
Local 247 included, from left, Craig Woll- 
ner, visiting professor of history at Willa- 
mette University in Salem; David Johnson, 
associate professor of history at Portland 
State University; and Mark Furman, Car- 
penters task force representative. Ray 
Broughton, chief economist and vice presi- 
dent of First Interstate Bank of Oregon, 
also participated. 

"Builders of the Nation," a one-act play 
originally produced for the United Broth- 
erhood's centennial celebration in 1981 , 
was presented at Carpenters Local 247' s 
birthday parly at Carpenters Hall in Port- 
land, Ore., by (from left) Bob Topping, 
Karen Boettcher-Tate and Bill Tate. Top- 
ping, former student of Tate at Portland 
State University, is a Local 247 member. 
(For more information about ' 'Builders of 
the Nation" see Page 16.) 

Among those present at 100th birthday 
celebration for Carpenters Local 247 were, 
from left. Leo Larsen, local's financial 
secretary; Nick Hansen, 61-year member; 
and Ed Olsen, former president of Carpen- 
ters Local 583, predecessor of 247 — Oregon 
Labor Press photos. 

Cakes for the parly celebrating the 100th 
anniversary of Carpenters Local 247 are 
displayed by Mrs. George Edwards, wife 
of the centennial committee chairman, and 
Mrs. Leo Larsen, wife of the local's finan- 
cial secretary. Cakes were creation of 
Leo's daughter, Gwen. 



Union carpenters, mostly members of Local 108, Springfield, Mass., pose in front of the 
recently completed "Cyclone," one of the largest roller coasters in the world. 

Labor and Management Work Together 
to Make 'Cyclone Roller Coaster' a Reality 

Over 100 union carpenters, the vast ma- 
jority being members of Carpenters Local 
108, Springfield, Mass., constructed the 
"Cyclone" in record time. 

The unemployment rate in the area was 
at a low point until union carpenters went 
to work at Riverside Park, located at Aga- 
wam, Mass., for Frontier Construction, to 
build the "Cyclone," — one of the largest 
roller coasters in the world. 

Over one million feet of lumber was used. 
The "Cyclone" is 1 12 feet high at its highest 

The project was started with non-union 
help; but non-union carpenters were unable 
to complete correct construction of the "Cy- 
clone" and would not be able to meet the 
deadline for completion. 

Business Representative Donald C. Shea 
and Assistant Business Representative Carl 
L. Bathelt of Carpenters Local 108 assured 
the contractor. Frontier Construction, that 
they could man the job and have it completed 
on time, with union carpenters. 

Union carpenters were employed, and the 
"Cyclone" opened right on schedule. 

Craft Skills Shown 
At Minnesota Fair 

Union construction workers' skills were 
recently demonstrated, first hand, for the 
public at the Minnesota AFL-CIO's House 
of Labor at the Minnesota State Fair in St. 
Paul. Area Building Trades councils and the 
Twin Cities Carpenters District Council 

sponsored the making of "saw horses" as 
prizes for the several drawings conducted 
daily at the booth. Also on display were 
exhibits by the Boy Scouts of America, the 
Girl Scout Council, the Inner City Youth 
League, the Courage Center, the Interna- 
tional Institute, the Salvation Army, and 
several other agencies that provide social 
service to union members and their families 
in the area. 

At the Minnesota State 
Fair are, from left, Jerry 
Beedle, Local 7 business rep; 
Bernard Brommer. Minnesota 
AFL-CIO executive vice pres- 
ident; Dan W. Gustafson. 
Minnesota AFL-CIO secre- 
tary-treasurer; David K. Roe, 
Minnesota AFL-CIO presi- 
dent; and Paul Ashner, Local 
7 apprentice. 

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P.O. Box G Ocean Springs, Miss. 39564 

Several readers have written us asking 
for reproductions of the 1915 Carpenter 
cover, like the one shown above and suita- 
ble for framing. The reproduction is now 
available in dark blue on white, tan, gol- 
denrod. green, salmon, cherry, or yellow. 
Readers may obtain such reproductions at 
8V2" x ll'/i" dimensions by sending 50e in 
coin to: General Secretary John S. Rogers, 
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and 
Joiners of America, 101 Constitution Ave., 
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. Indicate 
color preferred. 

Shown above, left, are three generations of Local 149 Carpenters— from left, Franz 
Kirstein Sr., Franz Kirstein Jr., and Franz Kirstein 111. Above right is the executive 
committee of Local 149, front row, from left, are John Centofanti Jr., recording secre- 
tary; Frank Cristello, trustee and district council delegate; Victor Rolanli. vice president; 
Franz Kirstein III, conductor; and Franz Kirstein Jr., trustee. Standing, from left, are 
Jim Romine, warden; Garry Playford, president and district council delegate; Bob Bucci, 
business representative and district council delegate; Pat Toich. treasurer; and Phil 
Goodrich, financial secretary. 

Tarrytown Local Marks 10 Years of Merger 

On September 17, 1983, Local 149, Tarry- 
town. N . Y. . celebrated the tenth anniversary 
of its charter. Local 149 was chartered in 
1973 when the former Local 447 (Ossining), 
895 (Tarrytown), 1115 (Pleasantville), and 
1420 (Hastings) merged to form the "Tappan 
Zee Local," named after the N.Y. State 

Parkersburg Paper 
Salutes 899 Retiree 

The Parkersburg News in West Virginia 
apparently finds Chester E. Gates' biograph- 
ical data interesting — in fact, interesting 
enough to do a three-column feature on the 
83-year old Brotherhood member. 

Gates has been a member of Local 899 
for 64 years, joining when he was 17 years 
old, and has held office for 50 of those years 
of membership. He retired in 1975 — at the 
age of 75 — from a career of bridge building, 
hotel additions, and remodeling, but contin- 
ues making gift and novelty items in his 
home shop. 

And although Gates sees the advent of 
electric tools as a good thing — they're prac- 
tical for many jobs — this octagenarian finish 
carpenter still stands by the hand saw, pla- 
ner, and other hand tools for fine work. 

Retiree Works Exhibit 

'on l^abi-: 






Al Ballantine, a retired Local 168 member, 
shows a few of the several union items 
displayed and distributed at the AFL-CIO 
Tri-County Labor Council of Eastern Kan- 
sas booth at the Wyandotte County Fair. 

Thruway bridge spanning the Hudson River 
at Tarrytown. The nickname is significant 
since it was this project, in the mid 50s, 
which brought together members of the four 
locals, working side by side, to create a 
togetherness that culminated in the 1973 
merger of the three unions. 

C-VOC at Local 108 

Carpenters Local 108, Springfield, Mass., 
recently formed a Construction Volunteer 
Organizing Committee. Committee mem- 
bers, above, Simon James, William Lim- 
oges, Business Representative, Carl Bath- 
elt, and Robert Davis recently met with 
Task Force Organizer Stephen Flynn to 
formulate a program. 

The Carpenter magazine has a few re- 
maining copies of a brief but inspiring es- 
say by Former Editor and General Treas- 
urer Peter J. Terzick entitled, "What Is 
Brotherhood?" The words — which have 
since appeared in other publications and 
have been broadcast — are printed on a 
stiff 9-inch by 12-inch poster board and 
are suitable for framing. Individual mem- 
bers or local unions may obtain copies 
free of charge by writing to: Editor, 
Carpenter, 101 Constitution Ave., N.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20001 . . . until the sup- 
ply is exhausted. 




Two State Councils 
Hold Joint Meeting 

On Saturday, October 22, the state coun- 
cils of West Virginia and Maryland/Delaware 
held a joint meeting in Oakland, Md., to 
discuss probiems of mutual interest and 
Operation Turnaround, which the Interna- 
tional is implementing throughout the broth- 
erhood. The program was co-chaired by 
President Johnny Harris of the West Virginia 
State Council and by President Kenneth 
Wade of the Maryland/Delaware State Coun- 

The speakers for the meeting were Senator 
John Bambacus of the First Senatorial Dis- 
trict of the State of Maryland; Richard Rolls, 
president of the Western Maryland Contrac- 
tors Association; Steve Barger, assistant to 
the UBC director of organizing; and Joel 
Smith, attorney of the law firm of Abato and 
Abato, Baltimore, Md. 

Business managers and agents of each 
area reported on the work situation of their 
respective areas. A film entitled "Last 
Chance" was shown to the delegates. 

More than 80 delegates attended this first 
joint meeting of the West Virginia and Mary- 
land/Delaware State Councils, and it was 
the consensus that the meeting was a very 
beneficial and productive venture and should 
be repeated in the future. 

Among those present at the meeting were 
International Representatives Bob Mergner, 
Leo Decker, and Lewis Pugh. 

Labor History Marker 

Above Left: Maryland State Senator John 
Bambacus recently co-sponsored a job 
training bill, which is a three-way effort by 
labor, management, and government to al- 
leviate unemployment. 

Above Right: Richard Rolls, president of 
the Western Maryland Contractors Assn., 
stressed the importance of joint labor- 
management efforts to revive union con- 
struction and negotiate project agree- 

Above Left: Steve Barger, assistant direc- 
tor of organizing for the UBC, gave an in- 
depth report on Operation Turnaround. 

Above Right: Joel Smith, Maryland at- 
torney, stressed the importance of listen- 
ing to the problems of members as well as 
the problems of union contractors. 

Ohio AFL-CIO President Milan Marsh, 
right, recently key noted the dedication of a 
historical marker denoting the site of the 
founding convention of the American Fed- 
eration of Labor in Columbus, Ohio, in 
1886. Joining in the ceremony was Gary 
Ness, director of the Ohio Historical Soci- 
ety which has erected several markers rec- 
ognizing organized labor in Ohio as part 
of its labor history project. Marsh is also 
secretary of the Ohio State Council of 

100th Birthday 

On August 31, 1983, Brother L. D. 
McMorris, a long-time member of Local 
1098, Baton Rouge, La., celebrated his 
100th birthday. The officers, members, and 
secretaries of Local 1098 presented to 
Brother McMorris a gold hammer plaque 
with the inscription "A member of Car- 
penters Local 1098 . . . to L. D. McMorris 
. . . a long time member in good standing 
to commemorate his 100th birthday August 
31, 1883," and a birthday cake marking 
his 100th birthday. Many of his grandchil- 
dren and great grandchildren were present 
for the occasion. Pictured above, from 
left, are: Johnny Hodges, business repre- 
sentative, Local 1098, Birthday Honoree 
McMorris; and E. J. Ardoin, financial sec- 
retary, Local 1098. 

Industrial Steward 
Seminar in Tacoma 

Local Unions 1689 and 470 of Tacoma, 
Wash., recently conducted a basic indus- 
trial shop steward training seminar. Pacific 
Northwest District Council of Industrial 
Workers Executive Secretary, Ronald Aa- 
sen, assisted Representative Roy Parent in 
presenting the program. 

Attending from Local 470 were Harlan 
Steele, Andrew Davis, and William Maz- 
zoncini. From Local 1689 came Glenn 
Wagner, Gary Stoner, Frank Snapp, Pa- 
trick McKay, and Mike Smith. 

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C-VOC Committees, District 5 

Nautical, Union-Made Floats 

Two local unions in District 5 have established Construc- 
tion Volunteer Organizing Committees (C-VOC), according to 
Task Force Organizer Mike Shotland, and committee mem- 
bers are at work. Local 1 176 of Fargo, N.D., and Local 87 
of St. Paid, Minn., announce the following volunteers: 

ST. PAUL, MINN.— (standing left to right) Larry 
Blacklcdgc, Karl Bozicebich, Darryl Fume, Al Moore, 
Richard Heller, John Flores, Carlo Cocchiarello, Jerry Beedle 
Roger Curtis, Frank Searles, Jolm Sielaff. (Sitting left to right) 
Vergel Wasson, Louie Greengard, Julie Searles. (Not shown: 
Russ Sunquist, Joe Kicsling, Randy Bjenkness, Dennis 
Clancy, Jim Evenson, Pat McNaughton, Eugene Trepaniar, 
Cleo Searles, Pat Callahan, Brian Beedle, Bill Omara, Metric 
Giles, Armen Tufenk, John Conway and Don Classen — Twin 
Cities District Council President). 

UNION MADE — VFW floats in New York arc union-made. 
At least the ones built by Art Clark, Local 255, Blooming- 
burg, N.Y., are. Above is a destroyer float built by Clark 
for the 1982 New York State VFW Convention. Below 
the aircraft carrier float was built for the 1983 New York 
State VFW Convention, where it took first place. 

FARGO, N.D (from left to right) Wayne Smith, Curtis 

Jorschumb, Denver Sayler, Beryl Lonski, Karen Brown, Jason 
Dutenhafer, Tim Rahn, Jolm Scott, David Gaydos, Gary 
Jorgenson, Ray Such, Norman Shirley, James Bcckstrom, 
Steve Sayler, Dennis Streifel. (Not shown: Don Miller, Robert 
Swenson, Jackie Michlovic, David Brown, Philip Rausch, 
Richard Strege). 

Solidarity Day III in Oklahoma 

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA— The Oklahoma State Council of 
Carpenters and its affiliates marched in style on Labor Day. 
Leading the parade in Oklahoma City were members of Local 
1096, bearing the UBC union label. 

WALKING THE LINE— On the picket line at shipyard 
facilities in Portland, Ore., are members of 11 local unions 
affiliated with the city's Metal Trades Council. Yards from 
San Francisco to Washington State have been shut down for 
two weeks by the strike of some 10,000 workers after negotia- 
tions between the Pacific Coast District Metal Trades Council 
and nine shipbuilding and repair companies broke off over 
management demands for slashes in wages and benefits. 




by Constance Minnett 
Attorney for the Screen Actors Guild 

Cartoons by Harry Kane from "Your Mon- 
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tional Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. 



In April of 1983, an information paper was 
published by the United States Senate's 
Special Committee on Aging regarding con- 
sumer fraud. Although senior citizens are 
more frequently defrauded than the younger 
population, the victims of fraud fall into all 
age categories. For your protection, the 
following is a list of common frauds to 
beware of and avoid, summarized from that 

1. Medical Frauds 

These frauds generally take the form of 
miracle cures and medical aids which are 
unnecessary, don't work, or in the worse 
case, are physically harmful. Unproven rem- 
edies promising relief which are not sup- 
ported by scientific evidence include cures 
for baldness, miracle diets, wrinkle reducers, 
cure-alls, sex aids, aging inhibitors, and 
various pain relievers. 

2. Home Repair and Improvement 

Phony home repairmen may appear at 
your house posing as city officials or claiming 
to have been referred by a neighbor down 
the street. They note some fundamental flaw 
in the house that needs immediate repair. 
Sometimes they promise bargain rates, take 
a large down payment, and disappear. Some- 
times they begin a job without consent and 
demand payment for the work done. 

3. Bunco Schemes 

Three of the most common: 

A. The Pigeon drop. 

The victim is approached by strangers 
who claim to have found a large bag con- 
taining cash. The victim is convinced to put 
up good faith money to share in the find and 
to put the good faith money in a parcel for 
safekeeping. The victim is then distracted 
and the parcel is switched. 

B. The bank examiner. 

The con poses as a bank official and asks 
the victim to aid either in the investigation 
of an employee suspected of defrauding the 
bank or in the investigation of the accuracy 
of the victim's bank statements. The con 
convinces the victim to withdraw large sums 
and turn them over to the con for safekeeping 
during the investigation. 

C. The phony official. 

The con poses as a phony official and tells 
the victim that repair work is needed or 
additional insurance coverage is necessary. 

4. Insurance Frauds 

Medigap policies, designed to cover the 
gaps in medicare coverage, often don't pro- 
vide any meaningful additional coverage. 

Stacking is a technique whereby the victim 
is convinced that buying additional medical 
or property insurance policies will provide 
greater coverage, which is generally not the 

case, or the victim is sold more pi i 
are needed. 

Rolling over is the practice of getting the 
insured to replace his or her existing policy 
with a better one, a more expensive one, 
and often an unnecessary one. 

There can be deliberate misrepresentation 
of the policy's coverage. Or, the fraudulent 
agent can switch the policy for another one 
providing different coverage at different pre- 

Finally, the con can cleansheet, which 
means forge the victim's signature on a new 

5. Social Frauds 

These range from solicitations of funds 
for legitimate sounding bogus charities to 
solicited initiation fees for phony computer 
dating services and social clubs. 

6. Housing and Land Frauds 

There are numerous types of such frauds. 
Land purchased unseen often is swampland 
or desert. A vacation home may have no 
utility connection. A time-sharing resort may 
have sold more time than was available. 
Land represented as mineral rich or oil 
producing may have no such attributes. A 
down payment may be taken, the con seller 
disappear, and the victim discover that the 
con did not own the property in question. 

7. Nursing Home Frauds 

Seniors or those paying for their care are 
conned by paying unnecessary fees that are 
either covered by Medicaid or covered by 
the nursing home's per diem rate. Also, 
recently seniors have been persuaded to sign 
over all of their assets to a "lifecare" facility 
with the promise that they will be taken care 
of for the rest of their life. When the facility 
changes ownership or goes out of business, 
the senior is left with no home, no care, and 
no assets. 

8. Automobile Frauds 

Various cons exist: packing, which means 
raising the price of the new car to offer a 
big trade in on the consumer's used car; 
highballing, which is quoting a lower price 
until the deal is signed; macing, which is 
when the seller is given a down payment or 
no-good check for a car and then the buyer 
takes the car, skips town, and fails to pay 
the balance; unnecessary repair work; mis- 
representation of the car's history or per- 
formance; and substituting a similar car with 
problems or less equipment for the car pur- 

9. Funeral Frauds 

Common abuses are: 

1. Implying that there is a legal require- 
ment for embalming — which is not the case 
in most states unless the deceased is to be 
transported by plane, train, or bus: 

2. Unauthorized delivery by the hospital 
or nursing home to a funeral parlor where- 
upon the parlor refuses to release the body 
until payment is made for "services ren- 

JANUARY, 1984 


3. A funeral home quotes a low priee tor 
services, raising the price later and refuses 
to release the remains to any other facility; 

4. Inflation of funeral costs. 

Some specific abuses discovered by the 
Committee included customers being told 
Stale law required purchase of a cemetery 
plot even though the deceased was to be 
cremated and charging for embalming al- 
though the deceased was to be cremated. 

10. Appliance and TV Repair Schemes 

These include overcharging for services, 
charging for repairs not performed and parts 
not used, performing unnecessary repairs, 
or failing to perform repairs until the war- 
ranty expires. 

11. Chain Letter Fraud 

The victim is induced to send money 
through the mail on the promise that he or 
she will make money by others being brought 
into the chain. Generally, the chain collapses 
quickly and only the initial fraud operators 
make the money. 

12. Advertising Schemes 

There are various misleading techniques 
to guard against: 

A. Advertising a "sale item" which is 
actually a product at its regular or a higher 

B. Making false claims about the type of 
material used to make the product (for ex- 
ample, something marked wool being a syn- 
thetic blend, something marked as gold being 
either metallic or merely gold plated). 

C. Making confusing statements regard- 
ing the product which, if not examined 
carefully, cause the consumer to believe the 
product is not an imitation (such as "Now 
you too can have a watch that glitters like 
gold," "The brilliancy of a diamond," "The 
appearance of real wood," "The texture of 
fine leather," "The softness of mink," etc.), 
which statements are not in and of them- 
selves illegal. 

13. Lawsuit Frauds 

This scheme is often targeted at the el- 
derly. The perpetrator of the fraud files a 
lawsuit against a customer to collect pay- 
ments for goods or services not provided. 
The lawsuit is not actually served on the 
defendant, although a friend of the perpe- 
trator signs an affidavit declaring that such 
service occurred. The defendant naturally 
does not appear in court, and a judgment is 
entered against the victim. The elderly fall 
prey most easily because courts will tend to 
believe that the person really did receive the 
Summons and forgot about it. If this happens 
to you, seek immediate legal advice. 

14. Patent Frauds 

The victim is informed that his invention 
is important and should be patented, and 
costly fees are exacted for this service. The 
actual cost to patent is minimal. The same 
type of scheme can be applied to the pro- 
curement of copyrights. 

Study of Diver 
Health Hazards 

What are the long-term effects of ex- 
posure to the hazards of commercial 
diving'.' Most divers know that diving 
may be hazardous to your health. But 
very few studies have been done to show 
the long-term effects of diving on the 
human body. How does diving affect the 
bones, the nervous system, hearing? Do 
divers who dive deeper or have been 
diving long have more medical problems? 
The UBC Department of Occupational 
Safety and Health, on a grant from OSHA 
and NIOSH (The National Institute for 
Occupational Safety and Health), has 
begun a study to answer some of these 

About 100 divers will be given com- 
prehensive physical and neurobehavioral 
examinations. The results will be ana- 
lyzed and compared with diving histories. 
The examinations will be given in four 
cities. Last month they were given in 
New York City at Montifiore Occupa- 
tional Medicine Clinic. Future exams will 
be given January 2-6 in Seattle, Wash., 
and in January or February in New Or- 
leans, La., and Santa Barbara, Calif. If 
you are a diving member and have not 
already volunteered and would like to be 
included in the study, contact Joseph L. 
Durst Jr., Director of Occupational Safety 
and Health at the UBC General Office. 

Donald Dryden, Local 454, Philadel- 
phia, Pa., lakes a neuro-hehavorial lest 
as pari of the UBC's program to deter- 
mine long-term hazards of commercial 
diving. Test examiner Cheryl Long- 
street, of the University of Pittsburgh, 
administers the peg-hoard test. 

Ed D'Amico, Philadelphia Local 454, 
involved in a pulmonary-function test. 
An individual is tested for lung power 
by blowing into a tube, and consulting 
the results registered on the survey spi- 
rometer graph. 

15. Vanity Publishing Schemes 

This scheme is used in connection with 
books and music. The victim pays a large 
amount of money to have his or her work 
printed, the scheme operator implying that 
the victim will be provided with national 
advertising and marketing of the product. 
The promise is never worded in a way which 
can be legally enforced. The victim is left 
with the printed work, which no reviewer 
will consider because of its publishing source. 

Points to Remember 

The following are suggestions offered to 
prevent your becoming a victim of fraud: 

1. Before entering into a major transac- 
tion, check with officials such as the police, 
consumer offices, and the Better Business 
Bureau for information regarding the seller. 

2. Compare prices for goods and services 
before purchasing them. 

3. Do not enter into any agreement until 
you understand every word and your obli- 
gations thereunder. 

4. Use extreme caution when dealing with 
someone who appears at your door offering 
goods or services. Check them out with the 
above-mentioned officials. 

5. Do not allow repairmen or sales rep- 
resentatives to enter your house until they 
have provided you with identification which 
can be verified. Many robbers, rapists, and 
other criminals gain entry posing as repair- 
men, salesmen, insurance agents, or offi- 

6. Use extreme caution when conducting 
business over the telephone if you have not 
initiated the contact. 

7. Never pay for services until they have 
been fully performed. 

8. Assume that an offer which promises 
great wealth for minimal effort involves 

9. When possible, deal with local, well- 
established firms. 

If you are victimized, notify the police, 
consumer offices, and the Better Business 
Bureau immediately. Save all of the evidence 
regarding the matter. If you paid by check, 
stop payment immediately. Do not let em- 
barrassment prevent you from informing 
authorities and warning others so that they 
do not fall into the same trap. D 

* Reprinted with permission from the Screen Actor 
News, official publication of the Screen Actors 



we concRnfumTE 

. . . those members of our Brotherhood who, in recent weeks, have been named 
or elected to public offices, have won awards, or who have, in other ways "stood 
out from the crowd." This month, our editorial hat is off to the following: 

Working on the park shelter for Carpenters Local 772 are, from left, Don Bailey, Larry 
Cook, and Gary Mnlhollancl. Other members helping with the project were Richard 
Goddard, Ton Roling, Don Hansen, and Randy Perry. 


Solidarity Day III on Labor Day, 1983. 
has come and gone, but in Clinton. Iowa, 
the Carpenters left a reminder of the day 
behind. As part of the day's activities, 10 
members of Clinton Local 772 put 120 man 
hours in to build a permanent shelter in 
Riverfront Park. The shelter, located near 

the Boat Club and the planned Senior Citi- 
zens walking course, was donated to the 
Clinton Board of Park Commissioners. 

Also joining in the festivities was Mill- 
wright Local 2158, Moline. III. The annual 
Labor Day celebration was organized by the 
Clinton Labor Congress. 


Charles H. Revord, Local 260, was re- 
cently named Labor Man of the Year by the 
Berkshire, Mass., Central Labor Council. 

Revord has been a member of the Pitts- 
field, Mass.. local for 31 years, serving II 
years in his present position of business 
representative. Revord is also financial sec- 
retary of the local. 

Revord serves as secretary-treasurer of 
the Berkshire County Carpenters Apprentice 
Program and a trustee of the Massachusetts 
Carpenter Training Program. He is a member 
of the advisory board of the Taconic Vo- 
cational Training Program and a director of 
the Berkshire Central Labor Credit Union. 
He is also a director of the Pittsfield YMCA 
and the Berkshire Community Action Coun- 

He holds certificates in leadership training 
from the George Meany Labor Studies Cen- 
ter in Silver Spring, Md., in labor affairs 
from the University of Massachusetts, and 
in labor organizing from the AFL-CIO Build- 
ing Trades Department. 

The United Brotherhood has played a 
major role in the growth and development 
of the American Parkinson Disease Assn. 
The UBC was represented at recent cere- 
monies at the U.S. Capitol by John Pesso- 
lano of New York, when Congressman 
Morris Udall of Arizona presented re- 
search grants on behalf of APDA. 

In the picture, Udall, himself a victim of 
Parkinson's Disease, with the grantees — 
Dr. John Kessler of the Albert Einstein 
School of Medicine, Dr. James Bennett of 
the University of Virginia Medical Center. 


Gerald Aydelott and Dan P. Raj 
agent and financial secretary respecti 
of Local 973, Texas City, 'Vex., were ex- 
periencing Hooding and damage in their own 
homes, but when Hurricane Alicia hit full 
force, both men worked all day Saturday 
and Sunday to locate members to go to 
work. The two men worked for several hours 
in a building with wet floors, no air condi- 
tioning, and poor telephone service. Mem- 
bers were so impressed with the service of 
the two men, they decided at the next 
meeting to request recognition of their deed 
in CARPENTER magazine. 


The three scholarship winners of Carpen- 
ters Local 162, San Mateo, Calif., were 
recently awarded Scholarship Certificates at 
a Local 162 meeting. The scholarships are 
made available to children of local members 
through a special scholarship fund main- 
tained by the local. 

The winners were James H. Arthur III. 
the son of James Arthur Jr.. Caroline An- 
dren, daughter of Roy Andren; and Lisbeth 
Nielsen, daugher of Nils Nielsen. 

Jim, whose father and uncle both com- 
pleted apprenticeship training with Local 
162, will be attending Cal-Poly at San Luis 
Obispo. He plans to major in Construction 
Engineering. He has worked under permit 
as a summer apprentice and plans to do so 
again, whenever his school work permits. 

Caroline will be majoring in business court 
reporting at Canada College, while Lisbeth 
will be going to Chico State University 
majoring in public communications with an 
option in graphics. 

From left: Arthur, Andren, Nielsen 


Patricia Bowe, daughter of Robert Bowe. 
a member of Local 1921. Hempstead. N.Y., 
and Eriks Purins. son of Janis Purins. a 
retired member of Local 1093. Glen Cove, 
N.Y.. are the winners of the Second Annual 
Albert Lamberti Scholarship Award con- 
ferred by the Nassau County District Council 
of Carpenters. The scholarship for each of 
the winners totals $2,000 over a four-year 
period. Bowe will be attending the State 
University of New York at Stony Brook; 
Purins will be attending Rensselaer Poly- 
technic Institute. 

JANUARY, 1984 



As it moves into 1984, the United Brotherhood is accel- 
erating its Operation Turnaround program to combat the 
open-shop movement. The present task force of 17 organizers 
assigned to all 10 districts of North America is now working 
closely with Assistant Organizing Director Steve Burger in a 

concentrated campaign to increase job opportunities for 
thousands of skilled construction craftsmen still unemployed. 
The Operation Turnaround teams shown on these pages are 
only 16 of scores of special units working to turn the 
construction economy around. 


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Turnaround in Wisconsin 

Task Force Representatives Walter Barnett and Jerry Jahnke 
met with the executive committees of local unions affiliated with 
the Fox River Valley District Council of Wisconsin recently to 
exchange information and views on Operation Turnaround in their 
area. Plans were formulated for an aggressive program in 1984. 
Participants included: 

/. LOCAL 955, APPLETON— Front row, Leon Loose, Bus. Rep. 
John H. Lauer. Jr.. Wayne Bahlke. Ray Miranda. Back row, 
George Schroeder, Joseph Bushman, James Colter, Paul Van- 
denbogvard, Norman Perry. 

2. LOCAL 1146, GREEN BAY— Bus. Rep. James Moore, Don 
Verheyden, DC Pres. Richard Vilmer, Mick DeVillers, Bill No- 
wak, Leon Hein, Ted Ahlers, Frank Schmechel, Howard 

3. DISTRICT COUNCIL— Al Eichhorst, on floor; Seated, John 
Lauer. Paul Vandenbogard. Gary Leider. Ted Ahlers. Tom Ben- 
son, Tom Kroening. Standing. Don Martzahl, Dan Larson, Bus. 
Mgr. Ron Koop, Jim Colter, Mick DeVillers, Leon Loose, DC 
Pres. Richard Vilmer, Quentin Clark, Howard Matuszak, Frank 
Schmechel, Elmer Hardrath. Richard Debruin. Chuck Millard, 
and Rick Barber. 

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4. LOCAL 2244, LITTLE CHUTE— Kevin Coleman, Jerome Ger- 
rits, and Robert Igl. 

5. LOCALS 3134, OSHKOSH, and LOCAL 3203, SHAWANO— 

Bob Stoehr, Terry Schultz, Robert Simpson, Grace Coonen, 
Tom Kroening, and Richard DeBruin. 

6. LOCAL 1364, NEW LONDON— Verlyn Ferg, Don Martzahl. 
Rick Barber, Chuck Millard. 

7. LOCAL 849, MANITOWOC— Gaiy Leider. Tom Hale, Emil 
Roth, Elmer Hardrath, Jim Dier, and Al Eichhorst. 

8. LOCAL 252, OSHKOSH— Bus. Mgr. Ron Kopp, Jack Has- 
kamp, Franz Gaertner, Russell Carpenter, Gene Rohan, Quen- 
tin Clark, Gary Ruhl. 



Colorado Takes to the Field 

Operation Turnaround is underway throughout the State of 
Colorado, according to Robert Shrimpton, task force representa- 
tive for the 5th District. At least seven local unions in the state 
are active in the program. Leaders are shown above: 

/. LOCAL 510, BERTHOUD— Seated, Clay Montgomery, Lee 
Nickerson, and Gary Knapp. Standing, Hal Wiseman, Jim Wal- 
lace, Mike Kelley, Len Gilbert, and Terry Lynch. 

2. LOCAL 55, DENVER— Kneeling, Don Elder and John Patter- 
son. Standing, Paul Perry, Larry Vincent, Jim Billinger, Leon 
Wright, Billy Joe McFarlane, Phil Stoole, Lewis Funk, Alan 
Barber, and Les Prickett. 

TROSE— Front row, Virgil L. Koppes, Paul Kern, L. D. Huff, 

and Dan Kearris. Back row, Lee Morris, Orlan Dove, Wilbur A. 
Drumm, Vernon Baxter, and Glenn Shepherd. 

4. LOCAL 1396, LAKEWOOD— Front row, William Snider III, 
Curtis Hanson, Clarence Zinsli, and Vic Raley. Back row, Eric 
Falkenthal. David Finely, Dale Cox, Lloyd Gardalen, Don Hen- 
drix, Lloyd Newsom, James McFarland, Richard VanHorn, 
Gail Dins and Jack Dalman. 

5. LOCAL 2249, DENVER— Seated, Forrest W. Crouse, Wiley C. 
Roark, Frank Komaczi, Jr., Raymond Updike, John G. Webb. 
Standing, Eugene Morrow, Albert Neill, Glenn Hopwood. Floyd 
Hitchcock, Phyllis Beer Berti, Donald Fenstemaker, Alfred An- 

6. LOCAL 1583, ENGLEWOOD—Paul Skizurski, Rick Burton, 
Guy McDaniel, Paul Diana. Keith Cushing, Doug Lynes, Nor- 
bert Nolde, Cecil Hughes, Steve Liverance, Reuben Chavey, 
Gary Favero, Charles Schmucker. 

Texas Joins the Turnaround Action 


and management 
leaders assembled 
for a Turnaround 
confab include 
UBC Asst. Orga- 
nizing Dir. Steve 
Barger, Task Force 
Rep. Bud Sharp, 
Vernon Gooden, 
Merlin Breaux, and 
Art Chaskin. 


In an OT strategy 
session at left are 
Task Force Rep. 
Ronald Angell, DC 
Pres. Jerold Sau- 
ter. DC Sec. Treas. 
Paul Dobson, and 
Gen. Rep, G. A. 
(Pete) McNeil. 

JANUARY, 1984 


Construction Recession Affects Contest; 
Board Cancels International Competition 

The Brotherhood's General Executive 
Board has determined that the UBC will no 
longer support the annual International Car- 
pentry Apprenticeship Contest. 

This was "the bottom line" in a memo- 
randum sent by General President Patrick 
J. Campbell. November 28. to all local unions, 
district, state, and provincial councils, and 
joint apprenticeship and training commit- 

Campbell pointed to the mounting cost of 
the contest week to the General Office, the 
affiliate locals, the various councils, and the 
affiliated training programs which sponsor 
contestants and send attendees other than 
contestants to the contest city. Campbell 
noted that the expenses for the local, state, 
and provincial contests are also increasing, 
to the detriment of local training programs. 

"Area trust funds are suffering a severe 
diminishment in revenue." Campbell re- 
ported. "Due to the depression in the con- 
struction industry, programs are cutting staff, 
suspending training for periods of time, and 
making other, severe slashes in the training 
effort. Affiliate local unions, district, state, 
and provincial councils are suffering a gross 
loss of income due to a drop in membership 
and the subsequent drop in fees, dues, etc., 
and cannot afford to dissipate their funds on 
any unproductive undertaking." 

The memorandum noted that the inter- 
national apprenticeship contest was estab- 
lished during a period of prosperity in the 
construction industry and was for some 
years an event which promoted a more 
general interest in apprenticeship training. 

"In earlier years those who attended the 
contest on local, district council, or joint 
trust fund expenses were principally those 
who had a great interest in apprenticeship 
training and came for the specific purpose 

of learning how to improve their own pro- 
grams by watching the competition and ex- 
changing and sharing information," the 
memorandum noted. Attendance at the con- 
test by many outside the training activity 
has increased substantially during the 17 
years that the contest has been conducted. 

Campbell pointed out that the annual con- 
test has called the attention of the mass 
media to the four-year apprenticeship train- 
ing program, but he commented that "in 
recent years, the government has done 
everything possible ... to either undermine 
or destroy apprenticeship training. This you 
will find in any of the articles you read where 
they are asking for helpers, unqualified me- 
chanics, half-way journeymen, etc." 

Although the General Executive Board 
has dropped its support of the international 
contest, it still permits local unions or dis- 
trict, state, or provincial councils to continue 
local and area contests, "if they can be 
properly funded." 

In closing, General President Campbell 

"Training funds can now be addressed to 
that purpose for which they were originally 
negotiated, which was to provide for the 
signatory contractors any training required 
for our membership: journeyman training, 
apprenticeship training, and pre-apprentice- 
ship training. By turning our time, energy, 
and funds to this training endeavor, we shall 
better serve the nation, the industry and the 
productive work force that is the backbone 
of both. 

"We are assured that the affiliate bodies 
will concur with us in our determination that 
the funds of affiliate bodies and funds ne- 
gotiated for training and held by joint trust 
funds should be spent judiciously and solely 
for the purpose of training." 

UBC 'Skills' Film 
Has Many Showings 

The United Brotherhood's 16mm educa- 
tional film, "Skills to Build America," con- 
tinues to be highly popular with schools and 
colleges across North America. 

Produced three years ago, primarily at the 
1980 International Carpentry Apprenticeship 
Contest at Cleveland, O., the movie has an 
opening and closing with the noted actor, 
E.G. Marshall. 

"The film is in heavy demand," the dis- 
tributor. Modern Talking Picture Service of 
Washington, D.C., stated in its recent quar- 
terly report. "We could not accomodate 60 
requests this month." 

The firm is circulating 75 copies of the 
movie through its distributionships. 

Since the film first went into distribution 
a little more than two years ago. there have 
been 6.020 bookings and 10,182 showings, 
with 1,945 bookings scheduled through next 
March. During the past year, public schools, 
vocational schools, and colleges in 37 states 
have ordered the film. It is estimated that 
260.529 persons have viewed the film since 
it first went on public view. Of this total, 
146,693 saw the film since January, 1983. 
Many UBC training schools have shown the 
movie to their apprentices. 

Basically, the movie shows its audience 
the various skills performed by carpenters, 
millwrights, and cabinetmakers, and empha- 
sizes the importance of the four-year training 
program for apprentices. 

Groundbreaking for 
Training Center 

Massachusetts carpenters recently held a 
groundbreaking ceremony for their new 
training center at Millburg, Mass. Attend- 
ants are pictured above, from left: Trustee 
Win. Sullivan. General Executive Board 
Member Joseph Lia, Trustee Norman 
Vokes, Trustee Robert Dickinson, Massa- 
chusetts AFL-CIO President Arthur Os- 
born. Trustee Charles Revord, Massachu- 
setts Secrelaiy of Labor Paul Eustace, 
Trustee Wm. Holland, Trustee Barney 
Walsh, Trustee Robert Bryant, Trustee 
Thomas Gunning, Trustee Wm. Mc- 
Pherson, Trustee Norman Roy, Trustee 
Michael Molinari. and Trustee Joseph 



Arizona Apprentices New Journeypersons in Jacksonville 
on Two Projects 

Arizona carpenter apprentices are busy 
donating their skills to help members of their 

Instructor Earl Dethrow and apprentices 
donated labor to help renovate the recently 
acquired home-office building of Esperanca, 
a non-profit organization that administers 
health projects in Brazil and Bolivia. The 
inner structure of the building was almost 
completely redone, in time for a December 
open house. 

Another project apprentices were in- 
volved in, along with members of 1 1 other 
craft unions, was enlarging the living facili- 
ties of a paralyzed youth, living in Mesa, 
Ariz. Jason Swinehart, 12, has been com- 
pletely paralyzed from the neck down since 
age 5, when he rode his bicycle in front of 
a car. After four years in the hospital, Jason 
went to live with his grandparents where he 
had a 10' x 10' room for a bedroom and all 
his medical equipment, including a respirator 
he has to use at night. His grandparents felt 
they needed more room for him, but couldn't 
afford an addition. 

A social worker who had worked with 
Jason mentioned the problem to a member 
of the Ironworkers, who contacted the Ar- 
izona JATC. The result was a 14' x 26' 
addition on the Rogers home for Jason, from 
donated supplies and labor. 

• JLA4 § Ji 

Completing carpenter apprentices of the North Florida Carpenters Joint Apprentice- 
ship Committee, above, front row, from left, are David Gilbert, Daniel O'Connell, 
Robert O'Connell, Kenneth Tapley, Barbara King, Milton Smith, Richard VanHorn, 
Clayton Hunsberger, and Walter Bramlitt. 

Second row, from left, are H. E. Morris, U.B.C.; Andres Dann Sr., State Council of 
Carpenters; Committeemen John Sea, Donald Hand, Trent Collins; Millwright Instructor 
Barry Moore; Committeemen Earl Huff, William Mims, James McClellan; completing 
apprentices Steven Sobczak, Kenneth White; and Apprenticeship Director, Louis E. 

Third row, from left, are completing apprentices Thomas Allen, Kenneth Cavender, 
Timothy Allen, Carpenter Instructor; Ray M. Nappier; Completing apprentices Ronald 
Harvey, Donald Nabors, Alvin Wynn Jr., Richard Phillips, and John Arnold. 

Construction Workers 
Backed on Picketing 

Construction workers should have the 
same right of peaceful picketing as workers 
in other industries, the AFL-CIO affirmed 
at its recent convention in Florida. 

A convention resolution noted the long 
campaign to get Congress to reverse the 
Supreme Court decision that barred pick- 
eting at construction sites used by more then 
one contractor or subcontractor. The "situs 
picketing" bill that labor has supported to 
restore picketing rights passed Congress in 
1975 but was killed by a veto from President 

The legislation is still needed and should 
be enacted, the AFL-CIO urged. 

Completing millwright apprentices of the North Florida Carpenters Joint Apprentice- 
ship Committee, front row, from left, are George Flanders, Charles Padgett, Michael 
Duke, James Kemp, and Thomas Daly. 

Back row, from left, are H. E. Morris, U.B.C.; Louis E. Toth, apprenticeship director; 
Andrew E. Dann Sr., State Council of Carpenters; Committeemen John Sea, Donald 
Hand, Trent Collins; Millwright Instructor Barry Moore; Committeemen Earl Huff, 
William Mims, and James McClellan. 

Rockford Grads At Banquet 

The Rockford, III., Area Carpenters JATC recently held a 
completion banquet attended by graduating apprentices, mem- 
bers of the JATC, the executive board of Local 792, the North- 
ern Illinois Building Contractors Association, and a representa- 
tive of the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. The first 
woman carpenter to go through the program, Susan Kyle, was 
awarded her journeyman's certificate. 

Above left, seated, are new journeymen James Campbell, 
Michael Davidson, William Whalen, Jeff Kuehne, and Mike 
Renstrom. Standing, from left, are Local 792 President Bill 
Buckler, JATC Chairman Bob Boyle, Local 792 Financial Secre- 
tary and JATC Secretary Leroy Anderson, and Completing 
Apprentices Susan Kyle and Dennis Nord. 

JANUARY, 1984 





AVE. NW, WASH., D.C. 20001 




WIFE: "I wonder if my husband 

will love me when my hair is grey?" 

FRIEND: "Why not?" He's loved 

you through three shades already." 

— Asa Clouse 

Local 19, Detroit, Mich. 



Female elevator operator on car 
alone with a Marine: "Going up . . . 
going up! . . . anybody else going 
up? . . . Please, will somebody else 
go up?" 



First Fraternity Man: "There's a 
woman peddler at the door." 

Second Fraternity Man: "Tell him 
we got plenty." 



"If you refuse me I shall die." 

She refused him. 

Sixty years later he died. 


Mi tYpust is on her vacation, 
Moi trpist's awau fpr a week, 

Me trpudt us in her vacation 

Wgile these dabd keys pley hude 

and seej. 


Bren Buck, bting bzck, 

Oy, brung becj mub Onnie to me 

ti me; 

Ba&ng b4xp, be-ng bicz' 

Oh, brong brsk m- belnio — Imx. . 
dabit- dabit-dabit-dabit - - x**?*!l 



Mary had a little swing; 
It wasn't hard to find. 
Everywhere that Mary went 
The swing was right behind. 



"Wait'll you see the big bass I 
caught!" exulted the happy angler. 
"It's a beauty. But, honey, although 
the fishing trip was fun, I really 
missed you. I'm so glad to be back. 
I'm just not happy when I'm away 
from you, sweetheart." 

"I'm not cleaning it," announced 
his wife. 


There was a farmer named 

Who said to his wife with a 

"With taxes too high, 
We can't afford pie. 
We'll eat scraps that belong to 
the houn'!" 

— Rosalie Carpenter 

wife of Robert Carpenter 
Local 60, Indianapolis, Ind. 


One university football team is going 
to try out the three-squad system this 
year. One will play offense. The second 
will play defense. And the third squad 
will attend class. 



An attractive young woman was 
sitting alone at the bar. 

"Excuse me, but may I buy you 
a drink?" asked the young man. 

"To a motel! !" she exclaimed in 
a loud voice. 

"No, no," sputtered the young 
man. "You misunderstood. I just 
asked if I could buy you a drink." 

"You're asking me to drive you 
to a motel?" she screamed ex- 

Completely bewildered, the 
young man withdrew to a corner 
of the room. Everybody stared at 
him indignantly. 

A little later, the young woman 
came to his table. 

"I'm sorry to have created a 
scene," she said, "but I am a 
psychology student studying human 
behavior in unexpected situa- 
tions . . ." 

The young man looked at her a 
moment and shouted, for everyone 
to hear, "What? ! ! A hundred 
dollars! !" 

— Jim McKeag 
Chesley, Ont. 



"If you stay overnight at my 
house, you'll have to make your 
own bed," the carpenter said. 

"I don't mind," the millwright 

"Here's a hammer and saw," the 
carpenter said. "There's some lum- 
ber in the back yard." 






Oroville, Calif.— Picture No. 2 


Members with 25-65 years of service to the 
Brotherhood were recently honored by Local 
1240. Special honors went to 86-year-old Eli 
Hartman, who received a 65-year pin, and 
98-year-old Clifford Simmons, who received a 
40-year pin. 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year members, from 
left: Earl Haedt, Don Oswalt, Richard Wakefield, 
and John Skripek. 

Picture No. 2 shows 30-year members, trom 
left: Paul Spicker and Sheridan Brinker. 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, 
seated, from left: Niel Nielson, George Reeves, 
and Albo Koski. 

Standing, from left: Graver Self, Dallis 
Castleman, Walter Badham, and Jim Stockton. 

Picture No. 4 shows 40-year member Clifford 
Simmons, center, with Hoyle Hashins, Golden 
Empire DC, left, and J. 0. Wrangham, Local 
1240 financial secretary, right. 

Picture No. 5 shows 40-year members, 

Oroville, Calif.— Picture No. 3 

II . M 

Oroville, Calif. — Picture No. 1 

seated, from left: Oscar Huffman, William 
Hook, and Clifford Simmons. 

Standing, from left: Melvin Smith, Vern 
Morrow, William Dodd, and Don Larison. 

Picture No. 6 shows 45-year-member Tony 

Picture No. 7 shows 65-year-member Eli 

Oroville, Calif. — Picture No. 4 


Members of Local 1778 with 25 to 40 years 
of service to the Brotherhood recently received 
pins, conferred by President Willie G. Cooper. 

Pictured are, from left: President Cooper, 

25-year member Melvin Langford, Financial 
Secretary and Business Rep and 30-year 
member F. R. Snow, 30-year member E. W. 
Langford, 40-year member G. M. Hipp, and 
40-year member J. W. Shaffer. 

Oroville, Calif.— Picture No. 5 




Oroville, Calif- 
Picture No. 6 

Oroville, Calif.- 
Picture No. 7 

JANUARY, 1984 


Local 764 recently conferred service pins on 
working and retired members in two separate 
presentations, awarding pins to over 200 
members. Special recognition was given to 60- 
year member D. H. "Red" Daniels, retired, 
who was conductor for 17 years, elected 
recording secretary twice, and an attendant of 
several state council conventions and six 
International Brotherhood conventions. 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year members, 
retired, from left: Carey Lesle, Dallas Alam, and 
Denzel Bell, being presented with pins by 
Business Manager M. H. Tipton. 

Shreveport, La. — Picture No. 1 

Shreveport, La. — Picture No. 2 

Shreveport. La. — Picture No. 3 

Picture No. 2 shows 30-year members, 
retired, from left: Willia Sirman, Egbert Wise, 
and Floyd Clark, 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, 
retired, seated, from left: Hugh Hodge, Jehu 
Miller, Joe Worshum. Oscar Robinson, James 
Willis, W. D. Bradley. W. L. McGaugh, and 
C. E. Gowan. 

Standing, from left: Joe Moore, E. P. Norris, 
E. A. Dennis, Alvin Peevy, H. L. Voss, Leonard 
Dunham, E. L. Drummond, W. G. Liles, 
Chester Yarberry, W. D. Thrash, John Hawkins, 
and B. B. Burge. 

Picture No. 4 shows 40-year members, 
retired, seated, from left: George Malone, B. E. 
Poole, J. L. Hood, Harold Mitchell. Rex Beard, 
John Erikson. and J. L. Hathaway. 

Standing, from left: Johnnie Johnson, N. 0. 
Williams, Johnnie Vellemarette, C. R. Shinn, 
J. T. Roach. Morgan Schaffer, with Business 
Manager Tipton. 

Picture No. 5 shows 45-year members, 
retired, from left: C. R. Gilbert, George 
Mauldin, Otto Cook, and A. J. Carlisle. 

Picture No. 6 shows retired member D. H. 
"Red" Daniel, 60-years, left; with 60-year 
member W. D. Thomas, and Business Manager 

Picture No. 7 shows 25-year working 
members, from left: Albert Weiman, Charles 
Phillips, Vince Liberto, and Charles Norwood. 

Picture No. 8 shows 30-year working 
members, seated from left: Fred Moreau, Paul 
Humphrey, Adair Cason, Jack Brown, and 
James Gable. 

Standing, from left: Wayne Ponder, Thomas 
Williams, Fred Powell, BO. Wilson, Jake 

Shreveport, La. — Picture No. 4 

Shelton, Leroy Adams, and Casper Carter. 

Picture No. 9 shows 35-year working 
members, seated, from left: James Partain, 
Harold Roge, John Russell, A. J. Hooper, 
Randolph Johnson, Dean Harberts, Elrjridge 
Bartley, and Ferdinaro Aucoin. 

Standing, from left: Howard Taylor, Orland 
Dunlap Jr., Devance Walden, Marion Wright, 
Wilbert Okes, Woodrow White, Kenneth Long, 
Jessie Pugh, Paul Kirkland, and R. E. Pilcher. 

Picture No. 10 shows 40-year members Joe 
Norman, right, receiving pin from Business 
Manager Tipton. In background, from left, are 
Financial Secretary Don Carson, Asst. Business 
Rep James Bell, President David North, and 
Recording Secretary Martie Thompson. 

Retired members receiving pins but not 
available for photos are as follows: 
25-year members, Cecil Daly, J. R. Wallace, 
William W. Hammack, R. C. Simpson and Billy 
Hughes: 30-year members, Ralph D. Brasher, 
Graver Bright, Warner Bucklew, Charles 
Guilliams, Emmett Sheek, D. H. Wooley, James 
White, Archie Ammons, W. T. Whiddon and 
Robert Harrington; 35-year members, Edgar J. 
Adams, Dugan Bamburg, J. W. Botzong, 
Joseph Braud, Emmitt Brown. Marion Bryan, 
Aaron Burnett, Charles J. Cone, Willie Dison, 
Oscar Duschel, Arbie Gatzke, Marlin Jackson, 
L. J. Juneau, Jack Kyson, Lawrence Lester, 
Macy Longmo, Robert McLaney, E. P. Mitchell, 
Henry Nadrchal, A. L. Nelson, Leon Page. 0. 
D. Pettway, Harry Pittman, Hoy Ray Self, Jack 
Seward, B. H. Sharp, Carl Shoeberlein, Harvey 
Smith, Vernon Webster, James Willis, Leroy 
Jones, C. B. McEachern, Fleet Bailey and Wiley 
Cardin; 40-year members, J. H. Aldridge, Ben 

Ayers, John E. Bryan, Theo Carey, Doyle G. 
Crow. 0. P. Crow, Charles Elkins, W. Carlton 
Gentry, P. W. Girod, T. E. Green, Sebron L. 
Grice, S. J. Guillot, B. F. Heathman, C. J. 
Hoggard, James Hooper, W. L. Hughes, Carl 
Humphrey, Willie Hunter, W. B. Jarman, T. P. 
Overton, Larry Ponder, T. F. Reaves, L. T. 
Roach, Jr. Jackson Ross, J. C. Slaughter, Paul 
Soilce, Jr., C. C. Tarpley, Paul Turner, L. G. 
Watson and B. 0. Weldon; 45-year members, 
Adolph Berry, Jack Bethea, J. B. Bolt, F. D. 
Glover, Kelly Gray, Thomas Harrison, C. D. 
Searcy, Ervin Sipes, L. R. Meizel, Twiller 
Bailey, T. H. Call, E. L. Green and Robert, 
Edwards; 50-year members, J. S. Primos, W. 
R. Hunt, and 0. D. Logan; 55-year members 
W. E. Edwards, T. E. Owens, and Louis 
Primos; and 65-year member John E. Bevis. 

Working members receiving pins but not 
available for photos are as follows: 

25-year members James L. Bell, James 
Brazel, Arvie Brown, L. A. Brown, Donald W. 
Carson, James J. Coile, Keith Greening, Donald 
King, Kenneth Lewing, James Morris and 
Benny Walker; 30-year members, Don Russell, 
Woodrow Solice, Jr., Joseph Williams, Lloyd 
Batten, Randle N. Brown, William R. Cason, 
Jr., L. G. Deloach, James W. Dickey, Bruce 
Hopkins and Ray H. Page; 35-year members 
Sherrill Boulware, Doyle J. Carlisle, Joe T. 
Carter. LeRoy Edwards, Buford Greening, Paul 
Kirkland. Joseph McMenis, James Moffett, Glen 
Ponder, Hershell Reaves, F. A. Rodgers, Jr., 
Stephen Sipes and James Woodard; 40-year 
member Edward Hill; and 45-year member 
Clarence C. Henry. 

Shreveport, La. — Picture No. 5 

Shreveport, La. — Picture No. 6 

Shreveport, La. — Picture No. 7 


Shreveport, La.- 
Picture No. 8 

Shreveport, La.- 
Picture No. 9 

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Shreveport, La. — 
Picture No. 10 

Coeur d'Alene, 
Ida.— Picture No. 2 


Local 1691 recently held a service pin awards 
banquet which also commemorated the 80th 
anniversary of the founding of the local. 

Picture No. 1 shows 55-year member Jack 
Marshall, left, receiving a pin from President 
Vern Fitzgerald. Marshall's father, John, was a 
charter member of Local 1691 . 

Picture No. 2 shows seated, from left: Jack 
Marshall, 55 years; Hector Munn, 45-years; and 
40-year members Vic Verier, Cliff Spellman, 
Phil Shcierman, Vernon Perry, Arthur Olson, 
and E. A. Moore. 

Second row, from left: 40-year members 
Edwain Knudson, John Jessick, Clint Hartz, 
Arnold Guy, and George Eachon. 

Not present to receive their pins were 
40-year members Walter Becklund, Olah 
Bratlie, Harold Fields, Syver Moen, Fred 
Ritzheimer, Heber Straley; 45-year members 
George Gehrke and Robert Johnson, and 55- 
year member James McLean. 

Coeur d'Alene, Ida. — Picture No. 1 

A kiss can save a life 

When you kiss your child, you give 
and receive love. But your kiss could 
also be a test for cystic fibrosis, an 
inherited respiratory and digestive dis- 
ease. An excessively salty taste to the 
skin is one symptom of cystic fibrosis. 
Call your doctor or local Cystic Fibrosis 
Foundation Chapter for more inforrma- 
tion. Early diagnosis and treatment can 
be the key to better quality of life for 
CF children. 

Meantime, kiss your baby. It's a good 
idea, anyway. 


New official Brotherhood emblem bat- 
tery-powered, quartz watch for women. 
Made by Helbros, this attractive timepiece 
has yellow-gold finish, shock-resistant 
movement, an accuracy rating of 99.99%, 
and a written one-year guarantee. 

$ 52 


Attend your local union 
meetings regularly. Be an 
active member of the UBC. 

JANUARY, 1984 



Local 184 recently held its annual award 
banquet for 1983, conferring pins on members 
of 25 and 40 years of service, and special long- 
standing member of 50 years, 90-year-old 
Maurice Lyman, who has attended every 
awards banquet since he turned 50. 

Picture No. 1 shows twenty-five year 
members, officers, and guests, front row, from 
left: Harry Burtoft, Chester H. Laws, A. R. 
Barton. Earl Phillip Morgan, In/in Hirsch, and 
Otto Behunin. 

Second row, from left: S. L. DiBella, Lou 
Heath, Marvin Davis. Orville Abbott, Lloyd 
Jacklin, and Glenn Riddle. 

Third row, from left: L. Jack Graham, 
William VanHorssen, George W. Payne, Joseph 
J. Chiazzese, and Calvert S. Wagner. 

Back row, from left: Glen R. Golden, Richard 
A. Hales, and William R. Hirschi. 

Picture No. 2 shows forty-year members, 
front row, from left: Wallis P. Rosenlof, Jasper 
Graf, Joseph F. Russell, 50-year member 
Maurice Lyman, Ernald Christiansen, and 
Walter Cropper. 

Second row, from left: Edgar Kelley, C. 
Victor Dover, B. W. Balls, John Mudrock Jr, 
Hyrum L. Bond, R. R. Gallagher, and Weldon 
A. Freeman. 

Third row, from left: Marvin Allen, Heber 
Bohn, John E. Bonner, Leon Streeper, Adolph 
Case, Dale Streeper, Ronald Jorgensen, Elmer 
Moore, and J. Fred Meadows. 

Back Row, from left: Wilford Schulze, Everett 
Robertson, Delbert Thompson, Owen Ellis, 
Oscar Levine, Andrew Tucker, Delbert Swan, 
and Alvin Fors. 

Salt Lake City, Utah— Picture No. 1 

Salt Lake City, Utah— Picture No. 2 



Portland, Ore. 


George Hahn, left, in the accompanying picture, 
receives a 50-year pin at Carpenters Local 247 
from Marv Hall. Hahn was executive secretary 
of the Oregon District Council of Carpenters 
from 1959 to 1965. Hall presently occupies the 
state post. 

It's important to us to list the names 
of members receiving honors with the 
proper spellings and designations. With 
this in mind, please send us type- 
written information on pin presenta- 
tions whenever possible, and when 
this is not possible, please print the 
information. As we know from ex- 
perience, script is very difficult to 


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The following list of 667 deceased members and spouses 

sents a total of $1,138,726.33 death claims paid 

1983; (s) following name in listing indicates spouse of member: 

Local Union. City 

1 Chicago, IL — Stanley J- Soha. 

6 Hudson County, NJ — John G. Rocca, Sr., John J. 

7 Minneapolis, MN — George Anderson, Helen D. 
Hanson (s). John A. Carlson, John D. Firehammer. 
Richard Dunham, Walter F. Gunderson. 

8 Philadelphia, PA— Edward B. Glackin. 

10 Chicago, IL — Paul Pavilonis. 

11 Clevealnd, OH — Frank Sulc, Joe Dopira, John L. 

13 Chicago, IL — Leroy Anderson, Robert F. Koch, 

Walter Richardson, Wilbur E. Young. 
15 Hackensack, NJ — Albert J. Nelson, Garry Devries. 

17 Bronx, NY — Angelo Morsut. 

18 Hamilton, Ont., CAN— Robert Hume. 

20 New York, NY— Waiter White, Willard Wright. 

22 San Francisco, CA — Alfred Lancaster, Alois Schlar- 
mann, Phillip Miller, William D. Holster. 

23 Williamsport, PA— Ralph W. King. 

24 Central, CT— Bertha Morin (s). 

26 East Detroit, MI— Marie R. Friesen (s). 

27 Toronto, Ont., CAN— Dan Galecki. 

30 New London, CT — Felix J. Keenan. Heinz Hensel. 

31 Trenton, NJ — Kenneth Applegate. 

33 Boston, MA — Carol A. Rudzinski (s). 

34 Oakland, CA— Alford Helms, Harriet H. House (s), 
Thomas N. Moran. 

35 San Rafael, CA — George Phipps, Grace Estelle Ham- 
low (s), Ruby M. Hughes (s), Walter Bluhm. 

36 Oakland, CA — Anna Laura Hotzel (s), Armand L. 
Brodeur. Thomas L. Carroll. 

40 Boston, MA — Alfred Feroli, Bemice L. Felix (s), 

Richard J. Butts. 
42 San Francisco, CA — Charles D. Tex Johnson, Walfred 

44 Champaign Urba. IL — Howard Allen, Wendell G. 

47 St. Louis, MO— Walter A. Klorer, Wilhelm Sorg. 
50 Knoxville, TN — Delmas V. Richardson, Dosha Brown 

(s), John M. Mahan, Willa B. Crawford (s). William 

E. Stephens Sr. 

54 Chicago, II — Christ Malovan. 

55 Denver, CO — Marion L. Lanthrip. 

58 Chicago, II, — Carl Gustav Benson, Emily Markus 
(s), John Bake, Lawrence J. Fernstrom. 

60 Indianapolis, IN— Charles M. Alford, Phyllis A. 
Gwaltney (s), Wilbur M. Lemaster. 

61 Kansas City, MO— Floyd R. Bryant. Oliver Abbott, 
Ralph A. Spencer, Roy Snyder. 

62 Chicago, IL — Betty J. Cook (s), Martin Paulsen, 
Mary E. Blakesley (s), William L. Sorich. 

67 Boston, MA — John L. Fitzgerald, Margaret Kilroy 

74 Chattanooga, TN — Eugene Sliger, William A. Uren. 
80 Chicago, IL— Albert Anderson, Robert Olson. 
85 Rochester, NY — Angelo F. Coppini, Carl J. Mathis 

Jr., Cora Pearl Washburn (s), Donald Gracey, James 

S. Swan, Leulla F. Humphrey (s), William Malcolm 

87 St. Paul, MN — Bennie Swanson, Irvin Schneller, 

Raymond Speiser. 

90 Evansville, IN— Carl Haller. 

91 Racine, WI— Lucille White (s). 

94 Providence, RI— Albert Rocchio. John E. Potter. 
Joseph A. Delfino. 

98 Spokane, WA — Abraham J. Minor. Steve J. Duns- 

101 Baltimore, MD — Dorothy Eleanor Arnold (s). 

102 Oakland, CA— Charles M. Curtis, Ronald L. Geisler. 

104 Dayton, OH— Hollie Williams. 

105 Cleveland, OH— Charles E. Perts, Fred Hartman. 
Peter Omalley. 

106 Des Moines, IA — Elmer Herron, Harry Strosnider, 
Margaret Marie Carter (s). 

107 Worcester, MA— Marshall Carter. 
109 Sheffield, AL— Carl Meier 

111 Lawrence, MA — James E. Spalke. 

116 Bay City, Ml — Erwin G. Breginski, Harry W. Boeing, 
James R. Whalen, Jean J. Lapan (s). 

117 Albany, NY — Joseph F. Paul. Lawrence J. Whelan. 

131 Seattle, WA— Haakon Ness. 

132 Washington, DC— Robert Burnette, Sidney L. Gib- 

133 Terre Haute, IN — Oliver C. Coordes, Robert Stokes. 

141 Chicago, IL— John Jacobsen. Patrick J. Hanrahan. 

142 Pittsburgh, PA— Anna R. Wikman (s). John Mar- 

144 Macon, GA— Burdick Whitehurst. 

153 Helena, MT — James A. Casper, William E. McLane. 

162 San Mateo, CA — Annabelle Draga (s), Eugene Ar- 

rillaga, Sophia Maria Pas (s). 
171 Youngstown, OH — Eugene D. Podolsky. 
174 Joliet, IL— Bette L. Harrell (s). 

181 Chicago, II, — Genevieve Oenes (s). 

182 Cleveland, OH — Andrew F, Rezin, Cart Mayer, 
Charles W. Belt, Edward G. Schoenbaum, Frans 
Gustav Bergstrom. Robert Louis Olson. William F. 

183 Peoria, II — George A. Webber 

184 Salt Lake City, UT— Carl D. Asbury, Waid Nielson. 

185 St. Louis, MO— William J. Kopff. 

189 Quincy, II, — Mildred Irene Garner (s). 
194 East Bay, CA— Phillip E. Sanders 
198 Dallas, TX— Benjamin H. Bennett, Charles Porter 
Henderson, Thomas W. Henning Jr. 

Local Union, City 

200 Columbus, OH — Alice F. Thomas (s), Forrest Coon, 

Hollis James, Robert L. Wood. 
206 Newcastle, PA— Doris Heim (s). 

210 Stamford, CT— Arnold Tlasky. 

211 Pittsburgh, PA — Charles A. Glaser, John Eicher. 
213 Houston, TX— Alfred L. Branch. Dudley M. Irbin, 

Herbert Stokes. 
225 Atlanta, GA — Clarence Jodie Veitch, Geneva Corine 

Johnson (s), Joseph Benjamin Matthews, Troy Day- 
ton Duncan. 
235 Riverside, CA — Jay Glover, Lillian Mae Star Hefley 

(s), William E. Murphy. 
241 Moline, IL — Russell F. Gauker. 
247 Portland, OR — Charles E. Clevenger, James F. Smith, 

Sherry Anza Driskel! (s). 
254 Cleveland, OH — Josephine A. Saber (s), Norman J. 

257 New York, NY — Felix Kusman. 
259 Jackson. TN— Ira Holley. 

262 San Jose, CA — Eugene Hoffman, Frank W. Mauer. 
265 Saugerties, NY — James Rogers. 
272 Chicago Hgt., IL — Ernest Wilmington. 
275 Newton, MA— Charles Lowell. 
278 Watertown, NY— Harold Newberry. 
280 Niagara-Gen. & Vic, NY— Darrell A. Crandall, Ray 

295 Collinsville, IL— William R. Steck. 
297 Kalamazoo, MI — Frank Stanek, Leonard C. Boodt. 
304 Denison, TX — Roy J. Gunter. 
307 Winona, MN — Ernest Bartz. Florian A. Pellowski, 

Harold O. Beeman. 

313 Pullman, WA— Hans Olson. 

314 Madison, WI — Isaac S. Davison, Ronald E. Lan- 
gowski, Simon H. Klock. 

316 San Jose, CA — Leonard L. Daugherty, Marylouise 
C. Amaro (s), Nicholas G. Bernhardt, Raymond 
Thornton, Ruby E. Parmenter (s). Thomas W. Fan- 

329 Oklahoma City, OK— Ralph M . Evans, Roy R. Ray. 

332 Bogalusa, LA — John Zimmermann, Ruby McBride 
(s), Rhomas L. Robbins. 

337 Detroit, MI— Paul Chase. 

345 Memphis, TN — Jimmie M. Williams. 

348 New York, NY — Algot Johnson, August Drewes. 

356 Marietta, OH — Mary Evelyn Tomes (s). 

359 Philadelphia, PA — Glenville Jackson, lwan Pidhir- 

362 Pueblo, CO— Edward J. Pettit. 

363 Elgin, IL— Robert Lasley, Walter Meyer. 
372 Lima, OH — Leo J. Altenburger. 

374 Buffalo, NY— Calvin G. Runckel, William E. Coder. 
379 Texarkana, TX— Billie C. Puckett, Charles R. Ain- 

sworth, Choyce M. Wood. 
393 Camden, NJ— Karl F. Weis. 
398 Lewiston, ID— Olof Dahlberg. 
400 Omaha, NE— Charles W. Lewis. Edward R. Carlson, 

Joe H. Helget, Ludwell Browning. 
404 Lake Co., OH— Gabriel S. Steele. John Maurice 

407 Lewiston, MA— Edgar H. Wallace. Leon A. Lazure, 

Philippe H. Faucher. 

410 Ft. Madison & Vic, IA— Dorr A. Anderson, Lyman 
B. Sergeant. 

411 San Angelo, TX— O. C. Taylor. 

417 St. Louis, MO— Leroy M. Getlemeyer, Robert D. 

419 Chicago, IL — Hermann Pfeffer. 
424 Hingham. MA— Henry F. Bates. 
448 Waukegan, IL — Frank P. Hervoy. 

452 Vancouver B. C, CAN— Andreassen Kaare. John 
Negraiff. William Payne. 

453 Auburn, NY— Peter Tihy. 

454 Philadelphia, PA— Anthony Olive. Brent E. Cannon, 
Otho H. James, Samuel J. Landgraf. 

458 Clarksville. IN— Ralph McPherson. 

470 Tacoma, WA— Alyce Phillips (s). 

472 Ashland, KY— Jobe B. Rose. 

483 San Francisco, CA— Adam Arras, Eddie Caldwell. 

Eric Johnson. Helen Welsh (s), Lawrence V. 

494 Windsor, Ont., CAN — Bernard Corrigan. 
504 Chicago, II, — Max Holzman. 

507 Nashville, TN— Mattie Allen Doyle (s). 

508 Marion, IL— Alvin Y. Chambers. 
514 Wilkes Barre, PA— Stanley C. Perry. 
528 Washington, DC— Walter G. Cook. 

531 New York, NY— Magnhild O. Joinson (s). 

532 Elmira, NY — Seward Bartholomew Jr. 
535 Norwood, MA — Normand Stonge. 

550 Oakland, CA— Charles R. Michael, Eva Camicia (s), 

Floyd D. Bradshaw. 
559 Paducah, KY— Fred Scoggins. 

562 Everett, WA— Kenneth W. Neese. 

563 Glendale, CA— Charles H. Woods. Meryl E. Fay, 
Oscar M. Hansen, Roy A. Ruckle. 

569 Pascagoula, MI— Henry Rual Hefiin. 

571 Carnegie, PA — Donald Emerick. 

578 Chicago, IL— Arthur Bucholz. Robert Subatich. 

584 New Orleans, LA — Eugene Carday. 

586 Sacramento, CA— Edward Wagner, Essie M. Cum- 
mings (s), Ethel M. Zessin (s), Harold Replogle, 
Harold W. Wright Jr.. Maurine N. Wagner (s), Philip 
L. Wold, Richard K. Plummer, Sam Tripp, Vernon 
G. March, Wellman F. Haskins. 

595 Lynn, MA — Donald Frampton. 

Local Union. City 

599 Hammond, IN— Albert Blanchard, Donald Wool!. 

600 Lehigh Valley, PA— Charles F. Cinamella, Ro 

606 Va Eveleth, MI — Charles Raymond Anderson, Mildred 

Irene Borg (s). 
609 Idaho Vails, ID— Cleston F. Taylor. 

620 Madison, NJ— Augusta M. Burd Is) 

621 Bangor, ME— Clyde H. Lcnfesl, Gcraldinc Nelson 
(s). William H. Bradbury. 

622 Waco, TX— Eda Annette Pearce (s). 

624 Brockton, MA — Forrest E. Steele, George F. Piers 

626 Wilmington, DE — George H. Duphily. 

627 Jacksonville, FL — Ernest C. Blume. 
639 Akron, OH— James F. Bailey. 

665 Amarillo, TX — Vernon A. Gabel. 

669 Harrisburg, IL— Scott Wallace. 

678 Dubuque, IA— Kenneth Vanderbilt, William Duehr. 

695 Sterling, IL— Clendis E. Mayfield. 

696 Tampa, FL — Thomas P. Cushing. 

698 Covington, KY— Arthur G. Klump. Mary E. Wil- 

liams (s). 

701 Fresno, CA— Floyd S. Williams. Robert Beley. 

710 Long Beach, CA — Harry McSween. 

715 Elizabeth, NJ— John Miktus. 

721 Los Angeles, CA — Ofelia Peguero (s). 

725 Litchfield, IL— Raymond R. Williams. 

727 Hialeah, FL — Marvin Sayers. 

732 Rochester, NY— Bruno Otto Georgi. 

738 Portland, OR— Anna Wallace Neilson (s). 

739 Cincinnati, OH— Jewell Beckett. 

740 New York. NY— Patrick Gargiulo. 
745 Honolulu. HI— Carl H Levey. 

751 Santa Rosa, CA— Dagfin Anderson. Merilyn Young 

(s), Michael Crimmins. 
753 Beaumont. TX — James E. Rico. 
758 Indianapolis, IN— Calvin Alger. 
764 Shreveport, LA— A. D. Ashby, Jr. 
772 Clinton, IO— Clarence A. Banker. 
792 Rockford, IL— Ronald Peterson. 
797 Kansas City, KS— Elbert Oguin. William A. Barnes. 
801 Woonsocket, RI— Gaston Gadbois, Roger Cayer. 
812 Cairo, IL— J. R. Henderson. 
819 West Palm Beach, FL — Charles Grable. Rogers Earle, 

Roy Hull. 
824 Muskegon, MI — Christian Vanmaastricht. 
829 Santa Cruz, CA— Salvatore Bilardello, Virgil F. 

839 Des Plaines, IL— Earl A. Landes. 

844 Canoga Park, CA— George G. Westfall. Ivan Shaw, 

845 Clifton Heights, PA— Arthur M. Phillips. Marion G. 

849 Manitowoc, WI — Agnes Siebert (s). 

857 Tucson, AZ— Pac Martinez. 

902 Brooklyn, NY— George Parsons, Gerd Berghom (s), 

Josephine Fonte (s). Karl Nilsen. Wladyslaw Filas. 
906 Glendale, AZ— Lois J. Rhodes (s). 
916 Aurora, IL— Francis J. Westphall. 
940 Sandusky, OH— Charles E. Hughes. 
944 San Bernardino, CA— Ethel Elizabeth Richards (s). 

George L. Whitacre, Ruby M. Martin (s). 
951 Brainerd, MN— Dorothy Marie Whitted (s). 
955 Appleton. WI— Emil C. Blank, Jr. 
958 Marquette, MI— Edward V. Anderson. Melvin W. 

964 Rockland Co., NY— Rudolph Prozeller. 
971 Reno, NV— Matthew J. Sanford. 

976 Marion, OH— George Ober. 

977 Wichita Falls, TX— Inez C. Smith (s). Perry T. 

978 Springfield. MO— Forrest A. Smith. 
982 Detroit, MI— Ruthe C. Wood (s). 
993 Miami, FL— Robert K. Brannock. 
998 Royal Oak. MI— Holden P. Morgan. 

1001 N. Bend Coos Bay, OR— Helen Eleanor Prefontaine 

1002 Knoxville, TN— Charles T. Preston. 

1005 Merrillville, IN— Edwin Farris. John Gobin. 

1006 New Brunswich, NJ— Ruth M. Ammon (s). 
1010 Uniontown, PA— Mildred Coughenour (s). 
1043 Gary, IN— Audley T. Fogleman. 

1050 Philadelphia, PA— Dominick Manfredo. 

1052 Hollywood, CA— Charles P. Falsetta. James Ernest 

1074 Eau Claire, WI— Beatrice P. Parsons (s). 
1089 Phoenix, AZ— Don K. Roberts, Matilda M. Oswald 

(s), Walter Lindler. 

1092 Marseilles, IL — Chester Johnson. 

1093 Glencove, NY — Joseph Minicozzi. 
1102 Detroit, MI— Raymond C. Aikman. 

1108 Cleveland, OH— Lillian Rose Lunder (s), Luther F. 

1113 San Bernardino, C A— Diamond Marie Powell Is). 
Donald B. Johnson. Wayne B. Jones. 

1114 S. Milwauke, WI— Tellef E. Gunderson. 

1125 Los Angeles, CA— Clinton J. Bacon. Lester H. Berg. 

1138 Toledo, OH— Herman Smith. 

1140 San Pedro. CA— Jack Pari. 

1146 Green Bav, WI— Lois Renier (s). 

1147 Roseville, CA— Andrew Lukaskie. 

1148 Olympia, WA— Earl Kendall, Russell Eckloff. 

1149 San Francisco. CA— Emil H. Ziemer. 

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Local Union, Cit\- 

1150 Saratoga Springs, NY — Adrian W. Gilbert. 

1151 Thunder Ba\, Ontario. CAN— Ida Heggc (s). 

1164 New York, NY— Elsa Elson (s). Johann Pulrc Sr.. 
Kuri Knnlh. Otto Markard. 

1172 Mill MT — Sharon Hope Anderson (s). 

1184 Seattle, WA— Rose M. Inglchritson (s). 
1194 Pcnsacola. FL — Ruby Pearl Robinson (s). 
1222 Medford, NY— Helen King (s). 
1237 Dawson Crk. BC, CAN— Haracio Fernandes. 
1243 Fairbanks. AK— Lonzo H. Roy. 

1250 Homestead, FL — Peter F. Huyer Sr., Thomas M. 

1251 N. Westminster, BC, CAN— Bernard Jenne. 
1263 Atlanta, GA — Marvin J. Chastain, Jr. 

1266 Austin, TX — Earl T, Coleman. 

1274 Decatur, AL — Henry Earl Fowler. 

1275 Clearwater, FL — Adrian Eyler. 

1280 Mountain View, CA — Charles F. Owens, J. A. Fos- 

1281 Anchorage, AK — Oliver K. Tovsen. 

128<> Seattle, WA— Armon H. Miller, Samuel W. Aim. 
12% San Diego, CA— Blueford Whitley. Lloyd Dean. 

Waldemar S. Ciborowski. 
1301 Monroe. Ml — Charles Kobrzycki. Thomas Neely. 

Wendell Figy. 
1305 Fall River, MA— Pierre Duperre. 

1307 Evanston, IL — George H. Knight. 

1308 Lake Worth, FL— Waino Wainola. 
1310 St. Louis, MO— Robert J. Lawson. 

1319 Albuquerque, NM — Elvira S. Barreras (s). Howard 

Paden. Robert L. Haines. 
1323 Monterey, CA— Charles S. Nolin. Elbert Mayfield, 

Hugh T. McClay. 
1325 Edmonton, Alta, CAN — Marianna Weichholz (s). 
1327 Phoenix, AZ — Judith Lorene Ullmeyer (s). 

1333 Stale College, PA— Joseph M. Kelley. 

1334 Baytown, TX — Harvey E. Skipper. 

1342 Irvington, NJ — Chester A. Busch. Christina Ringen- 

bach (s). 

1351 Leadville, CO — Leonard Robert Goris. 

1365 Cleveland. OH— Dennis A. Ruder 

1367 Chicago, IL — Peter Schavitz, William Thunberg. 

1373 Flint, MI— Donald C. Anderson. 

1379 North Miami. FL— Muriel E. Foster (s). 

1393 Toledo, OH— Kenneth W. Kirkbride 

1394 Ft. Lauderdale, FL— Everett E. Temple. 

1407 San Pedro. CA— Prophet Jones. 

1408 Redwood City, CA— Floyd Bingham. 

1410 Kingston. Ont. CAN— Vincent H. Savage. 

1411 Salem. OR— Lester Starr. 
1418 Lodi, CA— Alice M. Autrey (s). 
1421 Arlington, TX — Frank Agirre. 
1438 Warren, OH — Emmett Houser, Miranda R 


1452 Detroit. MI— Ervin Wrubel. 

1453 Huntington Bch., CA — Bessie Myrtle Camp (s). 
1456 New York, NY— Allison Mattatall, Bernard L. Swee- 
ney. Garland Parker, Louis Biada. 

1469 Charlotte, NC— John E. Lovett. 

1478 Redondo, CA — Charles E. Wright, Norman James 

1490 San Diego, CA — George E. Thomas. 
1495 Chico, CA— Curtis Jones. 
1497 E. Los Angeles, CA— D. G. Sullinger. Elmer C. 

Patterson. Kim Towler. 

1506 Los Angeles, CA — Henning E. Larson. 

1507 El Monte, CA— Frank Hojnacki. 
1509 Miami, FL— Elbert Davidson. 
1522 Martel, CA— Daniel T. Hargis. 

1527 West Chicago, IL— Frank N. Mueller. 

1529 Kansas City, KS— Helen Elizabeth Leiker (s). 

1536 New York, NY— John Flaim. 

1544 Nashville, TN— Forrest L. Jackson. 

1548 Baltimore, MD— Edgar E. Gilbert. Olaf Bock. 

1553 Culver City, CA— Loretta G. Lambert 

1559 Muscatine, IA — Alma Faulhaber (s). 

1564 Casper, WY— Darrell Pruitt. 

1565 Abilene, TX— Van B. Bullard. 

1570 Marysville, CA— Alfred Frost Davis. 

1571 East San Diego, C A — Eymard N. Mellecker, Winston 
L. Richards. 

1573 West Allis, WI— Marion G. Bormer (s). 

1577 Buffalo, NY — Frederick C. Cooper. Max Baszczyn- 


1583 Englewood, CO — August Maurer. 

1588 Sydney, N. S., CAN— Stephen J. MacNeil. 

1595 Montgomery County, PA — George W. Brower, Jr. 

1596 St. Louis, MO— Joe Klipsch, Sr. 
1608 S. Pittsburg, TN— Robert V. Coffey. 
1622 Hayward, CA— James D. Bardwell. 
1641 Naples, FL — Daniel J. Long. 

1644 Minneapolis, MN — Edward Ceynowa, Fred L. Morin, 
Iver Tnurnblom, John C. Krakowski. Joseph F. 
Sears. Joseph T. Ranger, Lanell Hemmingson. 
Leonard Olson. 

1650 Lexington, KY— Harold Bowlin. Williams T. Phil- 

1665 Alexandria, VA— Melvin C. Bolt, Perry H. Hine- 

1685 Melbourne-Daytona Beach, FL — Earl Gilliam Nel- 

1688 Manchester, NH— Roman Szpak. 

1689 Tacoma, WA — George N. Hamel. 
1691 Coeur Dalene, ID— Sylvester Koss. 

1693 Chicago, IL— Charlotte M. Anderson (s), George W. 






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Local Union, dry 

I6M Washington, DC— Henry V. Scubcrl 

1707 Kelso l.ongvew, WA— Edward M. Newton. Howard 
N. Graham. 

1708 Auburn. WA— Donald I.. Shane. Minnie A. Nvlund 

1715 Vancouver, WA — Richard D. Gordon. 

1710 Cranhrook, B.C., CAN — Beverley Tarmy Lowe (s). 

1746 Portland. OR— Kobcrl E. Rowland. 

1750 Pittsburgh. PA— Edward J. Draper. 

1764 Marion, VA — Malcolm Terry Snavcly. Willie L. 

1765 Orlando, FL — Dorothy Damrau (s). 

1770 Cope Girardeau, MO— Chester C, Caldwell. 

1772 Hicksville, NY— Fred Buchter. 

1775 Columbus, IN — Raymond Potter, Theodore Wain- 

1780 Los VcRas, NV— Harry Ball, Harry Fisher. 
1797 Renton, WA— Carlos Eddy Bright. 
1808 Wood River, IL— Jack Rilter. 
1811 Monroe, LA— Allen P. Renfrow, Jack W. Ray. 
1818 Clarksville. TN— George R. Rye. 
1822 Fort Worth, TX— Gary Rea Mikkelson. Lillie Moore 

(s). William F. Knudson. 
1837 Babylon, NY— Joseph F. Slanec. 

1845 Snogualm Fall, WA— Bonnie J. Tucker, Michael 
Eddie Williams. 

1846 New Orleans, LA— Busier Brown Thigpen, Carl M. 
Werling. Cecile M. Austin (s), Frederick L. Schilling, 
Mitchell White, Victor Stollz, Wayne O. Barron. 
Pasco, WA — Dave John Jones, Irven Whitmore. 
Philadelphia, PA — Katharine L. Vincent (s). 
Milpitas, CA — John F. Loskutoff. 
Regina, Sask, CAN — Manfred Nagel. 
Cleveland, OH— Irwin Frank Clark. 
Downers Grove, IL — Myron A. Bentley, Vincent A. 

Fredericto, NB, CAN— Francis Mallory. 
The Dalles, OR— Jessie Downey (s). 
Lafavette, LA— Thomas W. Stafford. 
Philadelphia, PA— Carl Kane. 
Beckley, WV— Fred J. Phillips. 
Van Nuys, CA — Jewell lmogene Warrell (s), Phillip 
Gutshall. Wanda Marion Ward (s). 
Phoenix, AZ — Llovd Palmer. 
Hempstead, NY— Vera M. Nelson (si. 
Temple. TX— B. J. Matl. Earl Blake. 
St. Charles, MO — Patricia Ann Beeson (s). 
Natchez, MI — Annie Laurie Brown (s). 
Pr. George, BC, CAN— Guy C. Canning. 
Barrington, IL — Elizabeth J. Tepler (s), Lawrence 
E. Gentele. 

Martinez, CA — Emma Louise Michael (s). 
Hartford City, IN — Hurless Schwartzkopf, John 

Chicago, IL — Axel Eckholm. 
Tallahassee, FL — Lockey Austin Connell (s). 
San Francisco, CA — Harold Dulcich. 
Anaheim, CA— Walter F. Hacker. 
Louisville, KY— Edward M. Bleemel, William H. 

Newark, NJ— Alfred L. Loth, Joseph E. Coffee, 
Lydia Hall (s). 

Houston, TX— Jim Walter Martin. 
Grand Rapids, MI — Mildred Stevens (s). 
Houma, LA — Leland J. Ledet. Sr. 
Detroit, MI — Fred Irwin. 

Pittsburgh, PA — Larue Johnston (s). Randy R. Hark- 

Los Angeles, CA — Juan Nunez, Lessie B. Lofton 
(s), William D. Rowe. 
Lorain, OH— Letitia P. McSheffery (s). 
Fullerton, CA — Jake Knaub. 
Los Angeles, CA — Marvin C. Brady, Roy Thomas 
Starke, Viola Mapes (s). 
Seattle, WA— Charles W. Compton. 
El Cajon, CA — Earl R. Henry, Joe Santibanez. 
Vancouver, BC, CAN — Henry Wiens, John Joseph 
Wilson, Stafford T. Soulhgate. 
Kalispell, MT — Ray James. 
Jacksonville, FL — Walter L. Barrentine. 
Inglewood, CA — Albert Garcia, Ervin E. Rismiller, 
Ralph R. Clark. 

New Orleans, LA — Magnair Joseph Martin, Toxie 
Hall Courtney, Jr. 

Ventura, CA — Ralph B. Tobey. Zona Geneve Beer 

Longview, WA — John P. Gearhart. 
Seattle, WA— Elbert Boggs. 
St. Helens, OR— Allen O. Halbeck. 
Lebanon, OR — Ivan D. Neher. 
Grand Fall, NFL, CAN— Matthew Kinden. 
Standard, CA — lone Rocco (s). 
Everett, WA— Alfred J. Olson. Richard Belles. 
Lakeview, OR — Kathryn Herndon (s). 
New Meadows, ID — Richard Wayne Hasselstrom. 
Springfield, OR — Maxine I. Nothwang (s). 
Sweet Home. OR — [van R. Bare. 
Emmett. ID — Severiano Malaxechevarria. 
Forest Grove, OR — Otto Gustave Salzmann, Jr. 
Roseburg, OR— Sherry Kimball (s). 
Franklin, IN — Lawrence W. Basil. 
Oconto, WI— Gerald G. Seefeldt. 
Chester, CA — George G. Feutren. 
Aberdeen, WA — Henry E. Haroldson. Jim C. Row- 

New Y'ork, NY — Catherine Romasnky, Jesus Rivera. 
John Hermann. John Wills. 
Pompano Beach, FL — Joseph B. Maggi. 
Stuart, FL— John P Oneil. 

Province of Quebec, LCL, 134-2 — Uldcge Cournoyer. 
Milwaukee, WI — Ralph A. Zolinski. 
Los Angeles, CA — Glen Larsen. Melvin Cecil Ryan. 

Carpenter Mailing 
List at 92.4% Total 

Carpenter magazine has an excellent re- 
cord of keeping its mailing list up to date, 
according to a report recently made to Gen- 
eral Secretary John Rogers by the data 
processing department. 

A total of 92.4% of the membership now 
receives the UBC's official magazine regu- 
larly and on schedule; 85.6% of the Canadian 
members have correct mailing addresses on 
the General Office computer; 91.9% of the 
U.S. membership is up to date. 

Considering the fact that a large percent- 
age of the Brotherhood belongs to the build- 
ing and construction trades, which moves 
from place to place, following construction 
projects. Carpenter reaches an unusually 
high number of members each month. Pub- 
lications such as Carpenter, which are fi- 
nanced by per-capita dues, usually have a 
more difficult time maintaining their mailing 
list than do subscription publications. 

General Secretary John Rogers credited 
much of the mailing-list maintenance record 
to the hard work of local recording secre- 
taries and the Brotherhood's General Office 
practice of supplying computer "print-out" 
data on membership standings, arrearages, 
etc. The magazine staff has also found that 
the U.S. and Canadian postal services now 
supply correct addresses more quickly and 
efficiently, since Carpenter switched from 
second class mail to third class mail. Postal 
authorities note more readily our phrase 
"address correction requested" on the upper 
part of the back cover. A fourth factor is 
the address-correction coupon inside the 
front cover of each issue. Members are 
encouraged to fill out these coupons and 
mail them to the General Secretary, imme- 
diately following a change of address. 

Unions Switch From 
'Don't' to 'Do Buy' 

Union members who are used to 
memorizing their publications' "don't 
buy" list of products before shopping 
trips now may look forward to "do buy" 
lists to guide their purchases. 

James E. Hatfield, president of the 
AFL-CIO Union Label and Service 
Trades Dept., said new department guide- 
lines are urging all unions to ask that 
their members "do buy" union-made 
products in addition to avoiding those 
on their "unfair" and "boycott" lists. 

The Rubber Workers Union, for 
example, kicked off their unique "do 
buy" program by offering free advertising 
space in their monthly publication to 
firms employing URW members. 

URW Vice President Joseph Johnston 
said "it made good sense for us to pro- 
mote their products to our own members 
through running their advertising in our 

Firms taking quick advantage of 
the URW's offer included Goodyear, 
Goodrich, Firestone, Uniroyal Dunlop, 
Mohawk, Cooper, Denman, Samsonite, 
Parker, and Bic. 




Western Wood Product Association's 
pocket-sized Span Computer, used as a 
wood construction design tool for more 
than a dozen years, has just been re-issued 
with simplified design-value tables for eas- 
ier use in selecting sizes and grades in 
western species, for joists, rafters and 
beams. It's now available for $2.00 from 
Western Wood Products Association, 
Dept. SR, Yeon Building, Portland, Ore., 

plywood, composite panels, waferboard, 
oriented strand board, and structural 
particleboard. Other topics covered in- 
clude exposure durability classifications, 
span ratings, code recognition, and stor- 
age and handling. Typical APA trade- 
marks of panels currently produced under 
APA performance standards — APA Rated 
— also are illustrated and explained. 

For a free single copy of APA Pro- 
duct Guide: Performance-Rated Panels, 
write to the American Plywood Associa- 
tion, P.O. Box 11700, Tacoma, Washing- 
ton 98411, and request Form F405. 


Dean Ludwick, owner of the Mullan Tool 
Company and a member of Carpenters Local 
220, Wallace, Idaho, has developed and is 
now marketing an all-purpose plumb bob 
reel which many of our members will find 

Made of sturdy, 
lightweight metal, 
the reel has a thumb 
nut which loosens to 
lower or raise the 
plumb bob. The 
crank folds out to 
retrieve the line. 

The reel can 
quickly be attached 
to a string line by 
means of a slot and 
hole on top of the 
reel. For use on 
studs, rafters, etc., 
the reel has a "nail" 
the top which can be driven into wood to 
secure it. 

There is also available, at additional cost, 
a magnetic attachment which permits the 
owner to take plumb readings from metal 
door jambs, etc. 

The reel sells for $19.95 each (or 3 for 
$16.00 each), plus $3 for shipping and han- 
dling; the magnetic attachment sells for $7.50, 
plus shipping and handling of $1.50. 

To order or to obtain more information 
write: Mullan Tool Co., 803 South 1st Street, 
Hamilton, Mont. 59840. 


The background, rationale, benefits, 
and performance criteria of American 
Plywood Association Performance-Rated 
Panels are explained in a recently revised 
APA product guide. 

The 12-page brochure includes descrip- 
tions of the various structural wood panel 
products produced under APA perform- 
ance standards, including conventional 


Clifton Enterprises 23 

Eastwing Mfg 39 

Foley-Belsaw 21 

Hydrolevel 22 

Irwin Auger Bit 39 

Vaughan & Bushnell 36 

Foley-Belsaw recently announced that for 
a limited time the company will be giving 
away 1-year FREE subscriptions to the Foley- 
Belsaw News Bulletin. 

This 64-page color publication includes 
stories and shop tips on all types of wood- 
working, tool sharpening, upholstery, engine 
repair, and locksmithing. The magazine, 
which is published six times a year, includes 
many special offers on Foley-Belsaw equip- 

To get your free Subscription write: Foley- 
Belsaw, Free Subscription, 40103 Field 
Building, Kansas City, Missouri 64111. 

PLEASE NOTE: A report on new products and 
processes on this page in no way constitutes an 
endorsement or recommendation. All performance 
claims are based on statements by the manufacturer. 


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JANUARY, 1984 


It's a Cold 

January. . .In More 

Ways Than One 

It's hard to tell in 1984 what's 'normal' 

about the weather, about the 

economy, about foreign affairs, and about 

the political scene. 

Cold, foul weather blew in across North 
America as the new year began . . . setting 
record lows in temperature . . . making life 
miserable for millions of U.S. and Canadian 
citizens still out of work . . . leaving the 
U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament 
with new problems and few solutions. 

I don't want to sound pessimistic, but a 
brief perusal of my daily newspaper leads 
me to believe that 1984 will be a tough year 
in many ways and in spite of the drop in the 
inflation rate and the slight easing of the 
unemployment situation. 

Congress, which goes back into session 
this month, must continue to deal with "voo- 
doo economics," which has created Amer- 
ica's largest budget deficit ever. Mr. Reagan 
still turns a cold shoulder to the fact that 
tax reform is needed to bring in more federal 
revenue. Wage earners still bear the heaviest 
share of the tax burden, while the rich get 

There must be a fundamental change in 
the economic policies of the nation, and 
these changes are needed now. Unfortu- 
nately, many of these changes will probably 
have to wait until after the November elec- 
tions. Meanwhile, it will be politics as usual 
throughout the United States. 

White House Advisor Edwin Meese III 
showed the Administration's lack of under- 
standing of the needs of the poor in our 
society when he told an interviewer that 
"people go to soup kitchens because the 
food is free, and that's easier than paying 
for it." Meese indicated that there aren't 
sufficient "authoritative figures" to indicate 
that many people are actually in poverty. 

As I watched the pictures on the television 
news, this month, showing people in many 
of our cities without heat in their homes and 

lined up for food at rescue missions, I 
wondered what Mr. Meese might be watch- 
ing on his television. Surely, his television 
set reports the same news that mine does. 
Surely the daily newspapers he reads, which 
are predominantly owned by Republicans, 
are reporting the same news as mine does. 

It's a cold January for many Americans 
and Canadians, and church leaders and so- 
cial workers expressed indignation at Mr. 
Meese's statements. 

I am also disturbed as we begin the new 
year by a report that Mr. Reagan is planning 
to revive his Administration's efforts to 
reduce the minimum wage, so that more 
teenagers can go to work. 

In a question-and-answer session with 
reporters last month, President Reagan said, 
"We've tried in Congress several times to 
get a subminimum youth wage enacted . . . 
I'm going to keep trying. You bet." 

Labor correctly sees this move to reduce 
the minimum wage not so much as a way to 
solve the high unemployment among young 
people, but as a way of undercutting the 
wage levels of family breadwinners — the 
wage levels of the fathers and mothers of 
these teenagers. 

There is no question about it: Something 
must be done, to alleviate the high unem- 
ployment among young people, particularly 
among blacks and ethnic minorities. But this 
is not the way to do it. Labor feels that the 
way to put young people to work is to bring 
back a healthy overall economy, so that all 
job seekers and wage earners will get an 
income above the poverty level. 

The year 1984 will be the third big year 
in a row for collective bargaining between 
unions and management. It will involve about 
three million of the 7.9 million workers under 
major agreements with private industry em- 
ployers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics 
reports that major contracts — those covering 
1,000 or more workers — are due to expire 
or be reopened this year in the construction, 
automobile, railroad, mining, petroleum, 
maritime and food industries. 

This is no time to cut management's so- 
called "labor costs" by introducing submin- 
imum wages. It is a time, instead, to put 
more purchasing power into the hands of 
the people, so that the economy will start 
moving upward again. 



Beneath the surface of much of the news 
attracting attention this month are issues 
which will demand attention in 1984. 

• There is the matter of municipal and 
state funding of roads and bridges and other 
public facilities. So-called "off budget" bond 
issues are increasing in some states, whereby 
state and local governments float bonds, ( 
without the consent of the governed, and 
undertake construction projects which they 
are not able to underwrite. The classic ex- 
ample is the big $2.25 billion Washington 
Public Power Supply System which went 
into default, last year, when it became im- 
possible for the State of Washington to bail 
out the investors. Some states have more 
"off-budget" indebtedness outstanding than 
does the State of Washington. State and 
local taxes are going to undoubtedly rise in 
many areas, this year, because of the im- 
balance between state and federal spending 
on public projects. 

• Housing ... the lack of new and ade- 
quate housing . . . continues to be a critical 
issue, which will not be solved until the 
money lenders drop a few points in their 
greed and overhead costs. The lumber in- 
dustry is beginning to pick up, in spite of 
the setback caused by the Louisiana-Pacific 
Corporation, and there is certainly adequate 
manpower to build the houses and residential 
structures needed. 

• The problems of the aged in our popu- 
lation will be with us for a generation or 
more. I saw some statistics the other day 
about the growing number of senior citizens. 
Congress must begin to discuss the issue of 
long-term care for the elderly. With so much 
attention given to our current financial prob- 
lems with health care, we are not paying 
much attention to the problems created by 
those needing long-term care. 

• I have not touched on one major area 
of concern for the U.S. and Canada during 
1984, and that is the area of foreign affairs, 
which today is coupled with matters of 
national defense. 

Labor has always favored a strong, dem- 
ocratic form of government, ready to meet 
totalitarian regimes eye to eye. Though we 
work for peace, we know that our two 

nations must be strong. So we have 
ported many of the foreign policies of Pres- 
ident Reagan, as it applies to Russia and the 
threat of communism. We do question, how- 
ever, much of the top-heavy defense budget 
and its cost overruns, and we question the 
continued support of totalitarian govern- 
ments of the Third World. We certainly do 
not support aid to foreign industries at the 
expense of domestic industries. 

In closing, I might conclude that there is 
a chill across North America for many of us 
this January. Trade unions and their millions 
of members aren't able yet to come in from 
the cold. 

But the spring thaws will come, and the 
political year will heat up. Perhaps, next 
November, those among us in the soup lines 
and the unemployment lines and those of us 
with heavy tax burdens and heavy personal 
indebtedness because of the recession will 
come in from the cold ... for four years or 
more, at least. 


General President 


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Give them 
a hand! 

The General Executive Board of 
the Brotherhood has authorized the 
creation of a UBC Retirees Club, a 
network of local organizations for 
retired members of the union and 
their spouses. 

Like similar groups functioning in 
other trade unions, these local orga- 
nizations will respond to the needs 
of the growing number of older citi- 
zens for recreation and social con- 
tacts, for community activities, and 
for important legislative and politi- 
cal education work. 

Help them get organized; help 
them get their local group function- 
ing; help them to be effective! 

Our retired members have served 
this union very well. They deserve 
the best from us. 

The UBC Retirees Club is open 
to all retirees who are members of 
the Brotherhood. And membership 
is open, also, to their spouses. 

The UBC Retirees Club will serve 
its retired members — but in doing so 
it will serve the UBC, too. 

It's in the interest of all of us to 
help create and maintain strong and 
lively chapters of the UBC Retirees 
Club ... to cooperate with it . . . 
and to encourage our retired mem- 
bers to "keep up the good work/' 


The UBC has created a new Retiree Department at our 
Washington headquarters. Every local union, district and 
provincial council in the U.S. and Canada has been sent an 
information kit on the new UBC Retiree Clubs. 

UBC has the following printed materials available to your 
local union: 

• Retirees Club Constitution and Bylaws. 

• Retirees Club membership cards. 

• Charter Applications. 

• A poster for display at union halls. 

• A leaflet for retirees telling about the Retirees Club. 

• An Information Kit with printed material from the 
UBC, the AFL-CIO, and U.S. and Canadian senior 
citizens organizations of interest to retirees and to those 
setting up UBC Retirees Club local units. 

Check with your local union secretary for details on how 
you can help form a local club. 


United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America 

Founded 1881 


Beginning a new series ... 

Job safety is every member's business 




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VOLUME 104 No. 2 FEBRUARY, 1984 


John S. Rogers, Editor 



A Contract After 14 Years at Croft Metals 2 

Support Committees Formed in L-P Boycott 4 

Mondale's Commitment to Workers' Concerns David Roe 7 

The Reagan Deficit Disaster Cong. Jim Wright 8 

Retiree Clubs Apply for Charters 10 

Foxes in the Henhouse: A Summary 12 

Canadians Receive Federal Education Grant 15 

Safety Is Every Member's Business A New Series 16 

Is Your Job Hazardous to Your Health? 16 

Asbestos, the Deadly Dust 17 

Getting Hazard's Corrected, One Local's Story 19 

The U.S. Occupational Safety and 
Health Act of 1 970 was adopted by the 
Congress and signed into law after three 
years of struggle, during which labor was 
in the forefront of the fight and only 
after several major industrial and con- 
struction tragedies called public attention 
to the need for on-the-job protections. 

Under the 1970 law, the Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration was 
established within the jurisdiction of the 
U.S. Department of Labor, and an in- 
dependent agency — the Occupational 
Safety and Health Review Commission — 
was set up as a court of appeals. Also 
established was the National Institute of 
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 

In the ensuing years, much has been 
accomplished to make employers and 
employees alike aware of job hazards, 
occupational health problems, and the 
ways and means of overcoming these 
hazards by working together on safety 
and health programs. 

Since 1980, the United Brotherhood 
has been operating a safety and health 
education program under a grant from 
OSHA, and two staff workers — a safety 
director and an industrial hygienist — 
have been conducting training seminars, 
visiting local unions and councils, and 
preparing special materials to acquaint 
UBC members with the particular health 
and safety hazards in their work. 

Part of the UBC Safety Department's 
activities will be to prepare special, in- 
formative articles for the readers of Car- 
penter on safety and health. The first in 
the series begins on Page 16. — Cover 
illustrations are from the Safety Products 
Buyers Guide and are used with permis- 


Washington Report 6 

Ottawa Report 14 

Local Union News 21 

We Congratulate 25 

Consumer Clipboard: TV Repairs 27 

Plane Gossip 31 

Service to the Brotherhood 32 

In Memoriam 37 

What's New? 39 

President's Message Patrick J. Campbell 40 

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Contract at Croft Metals! 

After 14 years of struggle and a 
nationwide consumer boycott, 
employees at a Mississippi plant 
win pact. 

Some of the crowd of present and former employees of Croft who witnessed the 
chartering ceremony at the Martin Luther King Community Center outside McComb, 

The signing of a first collective bar- 
gaining agreement by Croft Metals Inc., 
of McComb, Miss., and the United 
Brotherhood marks the successful end 
of a 14-year union effort to gain union 
recognition and improvements for over 
500 employees. 

From 1977 until the signing of a 
contract, early last month, the Carpen- 

ters had combined strike action with a 
nationwide boycott against the products 
of the Croft firm. The "don't buy" 
campaign had the full endorsement of 
the AFL-CIO. (The firm has now been 
removed from the Carpenter and AFL- 
CIO "unfair" lists.) 

President Patrick J. Campbell of the 
Carpenters described the dispute as 


In 1977, six years ago, the Rev. 
Harry J. Bowie, an Episcopal minis- 
ter, told a Congressional committee 
studying labor law reform about the 
efforts of Croft Metal employees to 
obtain minimum rights at the bargain- 
ing table: 

"During the past six months they 
have marched in the cold of night and 
the intense heat of the day as tem- 
peratures soared into the nineties. 
They have marched with such cour- 
age and dedication that the most hard- 
ened cynic would have to marvel at 
the human feeling to demonstrate their 
faith and belief in our system of law 
and justice. You see they have been 
told, and I have also told them, that, 
if they are right and if they follow the 
correct legal procedures, eventually 
the processes involved in the National 
Labor Relations Act would end in a 
just resolution of their problems. 

"This confidence, however, has 
been most difficult in face of the 
physical and psychological abuse to 
which they have been subjected. Three 
strikers have been run over by cars 
leaving the plant, others have been 
intimidated by gun shots in the earthen 
bank near the highway where the 
strikers march by the company 's guard. 
Nevertheless, the strikers have not 
retaliated in any violent form, because 
they believe that the NLRB and the 
courts will somehow offer them a just 
solution to their problems. 

"But how long must they wait? 
After six years, the company is still 
able to ignore, with apparent impu- 
nity, an election in which the over- 
whelming majority of employees voted 
in favor of representatives by the 
United Brotherhood of Carpenters." 

"one of the longest and most involved" 
in the union's history. He expressed 
hope that future labor-management re- 
lationships at the Croft plant would be 
"harmonious and mutually beneficial 
for the employer and the employees." 
"When the Carpenters get into a 
Continued Next Page 

BELOW, LEFT: W.J. Smith, former Southern organizer, 
now retired, was the first UBC representative to deal with 
Joseph Bancroft, head of Croft Metals. He is shown with 
UBC Organizing Director Jim Parker. AT CENTER. 
BELOW: Fourth District Board Member Harold Lewis, 
Parker, and Second General Vice President Ochocki. 

LOWER RIGHT: Leo Brumfield. Local 2280 vice president: 
Roddie Varnado, president: Jewell Howell, a member of 
the original organizing committee: Bobby Hamilton, griev- 
ance committee member: and Robert Issac, financial secre- 
tary. Brumfield, Varnado, and Hamilton make up the nego- 
tiating committee. 


battle, we don't take our responsibility 
lightly," President Campbell said. "Our 
consumer campaign to boycott Croft 
products was vigorously pursued, and 
it was successful. The signing of the 
contract with Croft was due to the unity 
of the strikers and the effectiveness of 
our consumer boycott techniques." 

Campbell added: 

"At the present time, the United 
Brotherood of Carpenters has over 1 ,500 
members on strike at several plants of 
the Louisiana-Pacific Corporation in the 
Northwest. The union, backed by the 
AFL-CIO, has started boycott action 
against wood products manufactured 
by Louisiana-Pacific. We expect this 
action to be as effective as the boycott 
campaign against Croft, and we will 
continue our effort until our people at 
L-P gain a union agreement." 


The dispute at Croft Metals which 
manufactures doors and windows, 
started with a union organizing effort 
in the summer of 1970. After the union 
won a Labor Board election by a sub- 
stantial majority. Croft management re- 
sorted to a number of legal steps to 
avoid negotiations with the UBC. In 
1975, a federal court dismissed charges 
aginst the union and ordered the com- 
pany to bargain with the Carpenters. 

After a series of negotiating sessions 
produced no progress, the union voted 
to go on strike. The walkout started on 
January 16, 1977, and ended only with 
the signing of the contract just a few 
days short of seven years later. 

The Croft agreement provides for 
improvements in vacations, holidays, 
paid leave, seniority protection, im- 
proved overtime pay and better pension 
and health and welfare plans. 

Second General Vice President Anthony 
Ochocki presents to the president of the 
Croft Metals Local 2280, Roddie Varnado, 
its UBC charter . . . held in reserve for 14 
long years! 

The union campaign started in the 
summer of 1970 when a group of em- 
ployees of the McComb, Miss., plant 
of Croft Metals decided to organize 
when they got fed up with low wages 
and substandard working conditions. 

Croft made clear that it wanted no 
union in the plant and hired a New 
Orleans corporation law firm, which 
filed various charges against the UBC 
with the National Labor Relations Board. 

When the union won an NLRB elec- 
tion, the Board ordered the firm to 
bargain with the Carpenters. The NLRB 
asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for an 
enforcement decree. On Dec. 11, 1975, 
the Court ordered management to ne- 
gotiate with the union. 

During 1976, union representatives 
met with the Bancroft management no 
less than 32 times, a situation that at 
the time Pres. Claude Ramsay of the 
Mississippi AFL-CIO called a "whole 
year of fruitless bargaining." 

On January 16, 1977, after that year- 
long effort to reach an agreement, the 
workers went on strike. The company 

used strikebreakers, but had very little 
success in re-establishing production 

Throughout the long strike effort, 
UBC Local ?280 and its striking mem- 
bers had strong support from Carpen- 
ters throughout the country, from the 
national AFL-CIO and from the Mis- 
sissippi AFL-CIO Council. 


Outside groups also rallied to the 
support of the strikers, a majority of 
whom were black. In 1977, convention 
of Region 5 of the National Association 
for the Advancement of Colored Peo- 
ple, after hearing speeches by two union 
representatives, voted unanimously to 
support the strike. Floyd Doolittle, the 
executive secretary of the UBC's 
Southern Council of Industrial Work- 
ers, and Pres. Elect Nancy Scott — in 
speeches to the NAACP meeting — crit- 
icized Croft's anti-union policies and 
its discriminatory practices against 
women and minorities. 

Throughout the long strike the AFL- 
CIO Union Label & Service Trades 
Department offered constant support. 
The Department circulated a number 
of leaflets pointing out that Croft was 
on the unfair list and asking the support 
of consumers. 

Now, with a contract signed, it is 
hoped that relations between the union 
and the Croft management will develop 
along traditional lines of mutual respect 
and good working relationships. 

Meanwhile, with a similar goal in 
mind. President Campbell is leading the 
UBC's efforts to win a fair settlement 
of the strike at Louisiana-Pacific in the 
Northwest. The union's boycott cam- 
paign is cranking up to enlist public 
support for the L-P strikers. 

LOWER LEFT: General Representative Edward L. McGuffee, 
State Federation President Claude Ramsey, and Tom Knight, 
all active in the Croft campaign. SECOND FROM LEFT: Vice 
President Ochocki with the Rev. Harold Bowie, a local minister 
who gave strong moral support to the strikers through the 
years: THIRD FROM LEFT: General Representative Sylvester 

Hicks, Organizer Floyd Doolitlle, Organizer Robert J. Bracken, 
and Southern Organizing Director Earl Hamilton: FOURTH 
BELOW: Steve Herring, business representative of the Southern 
Council of Industrial Workers: Garrold D. Brown, exec, secretary- 
treasurer. Southern Council; and Ray White, business representa- 
tive. Southern Council. 


Brotherhood Acts to Establish 
L-P Support Committees Nationwide 


Local unions of the United Broth- 
erhood throughout the United States 
and Canada are setting up special 
committees, this month, to support 
the boycott efforts of 1 ,600 Lumber 
and Sawmill Workers on the West 
Coast who are on strike against the 
giant Louisiana-Pacific Corpora- 
tion, one of America's largest forest 
products producers. 

At scores of Louisiana-Pacific 
mills and industrial plants in Cali- 
fornia, Idaho, and the Pacific 
Northwest UBC members are walk- 
ing picket lines in heavy snow and 
freezing weather in protest against 
the company's attempt to negotiate 
wage cuts for "new hires" and its 

refusal to agree to contract provi- 
sions already agreed upon by every 
other major company in the indus- 
try in spite of the company contin- 
ued profits. 

"We need a Louisiana- Pacific 
Support Committee established in 
every Brotherhood local union to 
help carry out the Brotherhood's 
national consumer boycott of Lou- 
isiana-Pacific wood products," 
General President Patrick J. Camp- 
bell stated in a circular letter to be 
read at all union meetings. 

Campbell set a deadline of Feb- 
ruary 10 for each committee to be 
formed and reported to the General 
Office. Sometime this month, spe- 

cial instructions are expected to go 
to each committee before it begins 
its work. Boycott leaflets have been 
prepared for distribution wherever 
forest products are sold. 

"We will use every lawful means 
available to us to win this cam- 
paign," Campbell said. "I am 
pledging the Brotherhood's full sup- 
port for the 1 ,600 Louisiana-Pacific 
strikers, and I ask each and every 
Brotherhood member to do the same. 
These members have maintained 
their picket lines for six long, hard 
months and remain committed to 
winning the struggle, as do we." 

Working lumber and plywood 
members of the UBC's Western 


Council of Lumber, Production and 
Industrial Workers have increased 
their dues by $20 to assist their 
striking sisters and brothers on the 
picket lines. 

In California, where many of the 
L-P mills are located, the California 
State Labor Federation has issued 
a statewide appeal for financial con- 
tributions, food and clothing to aid 
the strikers. John Henning, execu- 
tive secretary treasurer of the state 
federation, told the 1.6 million union 
members in California that the strik- 
ing UBC members are "in a des- 
parate financial situation without 
hope of employment in other in- 
dustries" and that they are "bat- 
tling an all-out union busting at- 

"The brothers and sisters on strike 
in these cold, rainy months are in 
great need of all the assistance they 
can get from the labor movement. 
Please do all that you can." 

Many individuals have contrib- 
uted to the strike-support effort, 
and Jim Bledsoe, executive secre- 
tary of the LPIW reports through 
the council's newspaper, The Union 
Register, that funds, food, and 
clothing are being distributed to the 
strikers and their families. Many 
UBC locals are offering aid. 

UBC is joined in the international 
boycott by the International Wood- 
workers of America (IWA), which 
also has members on strike against 

The AFL-CIO, meanwhile, is 
gearing up to support the boycott 
effort through its Union Label and 
Service Trades Department, which 
issues lists of boycotted products 
and services to union members 
throughout the land. 

"This is a struggle which directly 
affects our more than 50,000 lumber 
and plywood members throughout 
the U.S. and Canada," Campbell 
told the membership," and it is one 
we must win. The dispute affects 
each and every member of our 
Brotherhood, because it involves 
an effort by a billion-dollar corpo- 
ration to completely undermine 
union wages and working condi- 
tions in an entire industry. 

"In the over-100-year history of 
our Brotherhood, we have never 

backed down when our fellow 
Brotherhood members were under 
attack, and we will not abandon our 
proud tradition in the face of this 
challenge from Louisiana-Pacific." 
He called upon local union sup- 
port committees to identify stores, 
lumber yards, and distributors in 
their area handling Louisiana-Pa- 
cific products and to send this in- 

formation at once to the Oeneral 

The list of Louisiana-Pacific 
products to be boycotted include 
the following brand names: L-P 
Wolmanized, Cedartone, Wafer- 
board, Fibrepine, Oro-Bord, Re- 
dex, Sidex, Ketchikan, Pabco, 
Xonolite, L-P-X, L-P Forester, and 
L-P Home Centers. 

A surprise for the striking Miller family of 
Local 1157, Lebanon, Ore., as Santa gave 
them a card with a check in it. — Photos 
from the Union Register. 

Smiling Juan Salas, a striking member of 
Local 2845, Forest Grove, Ore., receives 
food and toys for his children from local 
Recording Secretary Roger Nipp. 

A UBC leaflet is being distributed to home owners, builders, and contractors, listing 
the products to be boycotted and explaining why consumers should not buy L-P wood 
products until UBC members win a fair contract and go back to work. 

L-Ps Weather-Seal Division Not on Boycott List 

The United Brotherhood represents non-striking L-P Weather-Seal employees 
at plants in the Middle West. Local 2641 members at Barberton, Ohio, and 
Local 1413 members at Orrawa, Ohio, manufacture Weather-Seal products. 




Since President Reagan took office, the National 
Labor Relations Board nas amassed one of the 
biggest backlogs in its 48-year history. Last month, 
it had more than 1 ,500 unresolved cases. 

Union officials and Members of Congress are 
wondering whether or not the NLRB is not intention- 
ally dragging its feet. 

Not so, Board Chairman Donald Dotson, a Rea- 
gan appointee, recently told the House Government 
Operations Subcommittee on Manpower and Hous- 
ing. Dotson contends that the major reason for the 
logjam is the high turnover rate of Board members. 
Since 1979, 1 1 persons has served on the five- 
member board. 

In either case, it's another example of justice 
delayed being justice denied. 


A Congressional resolution has commended a 
Letter Carriers' program which has saved the lives 
of elderly and homebound in distress. 

Launched by branches of the National Associa- 
tion of Letter Carriers and social service agencies 
several years ago, the "Carrier Alert" program was 
implemented nationally in 1982 by NALC President 
Vincent Sombrotto and Postmaster General William 

When a letter carrier notices an accumulation of 
mail in a participant's box, he or she notifies the 
designated social service agency. The program has 
had these results: 

• In Amherst, Mass., carrier Frank Morna noticed 
a mail accumulation and found the recipient para- 
lyzed from a stroke; 

• A Colorado Springs, Colo., woman fell down 
her basement steps and was undiscovered until a 
letter carrier reported she had not emptied her mail- 

• In West Paterson, N.J., carrier Ben Fierro re- 
ported an accumulation of mail and his customer, a 
heart patient, was found unconscious; 

• A Ft. Madison, Iowa, woman was discovered 
immobilized in her bathtub where she had remained 
helpless for 30 hours until a letter carrier reported a 
mail accumulation. 


Disaster relief workers hardly had time to catch 
their breath during 1983, according to a report by 
the National Geographic Society. 

The American Red Cross is now recovering from 
the most costly year in its 102-year history. Presi- 
dent Reagan issued at least 21 disaster declara- 
tions in 1983, obligating about $1 billion for disaster 
relief. So, in effect, no U.S. taxpayer escaped com- 
pletely from the toll of floods, earthquakes, and 
tornadoes which struck the nation last year. 


The Japanese Confederation of Labour (Domei) 
has instituted a boycott against Continental Airlines 
in support of striking workers at the carrier, accord- 
ing to the Air Line Pilots Assn., which is based in 

Last month, the Australian Council of Trade 
Unions also took action to support striking Conti- 
nental workers. 


The American Institute for Free Labor Develop- 
ment (AIFLD) welcomed the arrest of a Salvadoran 
army officer suspected of involvement in the 1981 
murders of two U.S. labor representatives and a 
Salvadoran union leader. 

On Jan. 3, 1981, AIFLD workers Michael Ham- 
mer and Mark Pearlman and Jose Rodolfo Viera, 
head of the Salvadoran Institute of Land Reform, 
were gunned down in the coffee shop of the Hotel 
Sheraton in San Salvador. 


A three-day conference, next June, in Boulder, 
Colo., will examine the possible impacts of increas- 
ing atmospheric carbon dioxide (the so-called 
"greenhouse phenomenon") on the nation's forests. 
The conference is sponsored by the National Forest 
Products Assn., the Society of American Foresters, 
and the Conservation Foundation. A grant from the 
Environmental Protection Agency will underwrite the 
conference. With increasing media attention on car- 
bon dioxide buildup and the resulting warming of 
the earth, the conference will examine the effects of 
the "greenhouse phenomenon" on climactic condi- 
tions and the risks and opportunities for future for- 
est management. 


If you have any doubts about it no longer being 
"a man's world," two researchers Suzanne Bianci 
and Daphne Spain will convince you. In a report 
titled "Three Decades of Change," the two re- 
searchers show that the number of working women 
has almost exactly doubled in the last 20 years. In 
1960, women were 23.2% of the U.S. workforce; 
today they're 46.7%. Women heading up house- 
holds soared from 1 5% 30 years ago to 25% today. 
The number of women who have not married has 
climbed from 25% to 45%; and, when women do 
marry, it's at a later age than a generation ago. 



Mondale's commitment 
to workers' concerns 

By David K. Roe 

President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO 

If you're a Minnesota trade unionist, 
chances are better than ever that you 
have known Walter Mondale quite well 
for a long time. 

He hasn't missed a State AFL-CIO 
convention in 22 years, and he has 
turned up at so many picket lines and 
sat in on so many local union and central 
body meetings that he is as much a part 
of the trade union family as any of our 
elected officers and delegates. 

So I welcome the chance to tell those 
elsewhere in the land what we in Min- 
nesota know about Walter Mondale and 
what they could expect of him as Pres- 
ident of the United States. 

We began hearing about Mondale as 
an able labor lawyer in the 1950s. In- 
deed, his first job out of law school was 
counsel to Service Employees Local 
113 in Minneapolis. 

It wasn't until 1962, after he had 
become Minnesota attorney general, 
that I met him. As president of the 
Minnesota Building Trades Council, I 
went to see him about a string of phony 
"trade schools" that had sprung up to 
victimize veterans and the children of 
our members with false claims about 
training and job-placement programs 
that never materialized. His door was 

Mondale to Speak 
at Labor Rallies 

Democratic presidential candidate Walter 
F. Mondale will be the featured speaker 
at AFL-CIO regional conferences early 
in 1984. 

The AFL-CIO said the probable dates 
for membership rallies are Jan. 27 in 
Seattle; Feb. 4 in Boston; Feb. 1 1 in Des 
Moines and March 3 in Miami. 

Mondale will be joined by other labor- 
backed candidates and federation Presi- 
dent Lane Kirkland and Secretary-Treas- 
urer Thomas R. Donahue. 

The rallies will highlight the serious 
business of politics in workshops re- 
stricted to trade unionists recommended 
by unions and central bodies. 

Information on the regional meetings 
is available from Janet Hyland, AFL- 
CIO COPE, 815 16th St. NW, Wash., 
D.C. 20006 or phone (202) 637-5104. 

open that day, and it's been open ever 

He grasped the problem at once and 
went to work to weed out the trade- 
school racketeers, using the full weight 
of the attorney general's office. Work- 
ing with a special all-labor committee, 
he distributed statewide a pamphlet 
called "Training for Your Future," fea- 
turing a checklist for evaluating private 
trade schools. He drafted a law to 
establish high standards for such schools 
and saw it through the legislature. As 
a result, if you send a son or daughter 
to a Minnesota trade school, you can 
count on getting your money's worth. 


As state attorney general, U.S. Sen- 
ator, and Vice President, Walter Mon- 
dale has never failed to support the 
interests of working people. And I know 
first-hand that his support of our issues 
comes from the heart, from personal 
grappling with the problems over the 
years — not from position papers drafted 
by staff to win votes. 

I recall vividly the anguish of former 
Minneapolis Moline factory workers 
who lost most of their promised pen- 
sions when the new owner, White Mo- 
tor, closed the plant. Mondale held a 
senate subcommittee hearing in Min- 
neapolis in 1972 to get to the bottom of 
things. Representing the Minnesota 
AFL-CIO as president, I testified that 
workers consider pensions part of the 
wage package and not a gift from the 
employer. Moline employees told him 
they expected monthly pensions of $355, 
but found them shrunk to $76. 

In an emotional response, Mondale 
declared: "These things we heard here 
should never happen in America. The 
hopes of Moline workers for a secure 
retirement age are a mirage." 

As always, having identified a social 
evil, he didn't settle for merely deplor- 
ing and denouncing it. He threw all his 
energy into a fight to cure it. 

Even before the hearing, he had been 
a co-sponsor of a bill to secure workers' 
pensions, a bill that eventually led to 
the pension protection law, ERISA. But 
what he uncovered at the Moline hear- 

The former Vice President meets workers 
at the job site, serves as grand marshal of 
a Labor Day parade, and greets delegates 
to a state labor convention. 

ings led him to become chief senate 
author early in 1974 of the comprehen- 
sive plant closing bill. His bill called 
for two-year advance notice of a plant 
shutdown, grants to the community, 
assistance for workers, and an inves- 
tigation into the need for the plant 
closing. That bill died, but what Senator 
Mondale started. President Mondale 
will finish. 


It was no surprise to the Minnesota 
labor movement when he went on re- 
cord as a concerned private citizen in 
1982 for the domestic content law for 
automobiles to preserve jobs in the 
assembly plants, the parts supplier fac- 
tories, and in the steel mills. 

We remember Mondale, at Minne- 
sota AFL-CIO conventions, backing 
federal tax reform to remove "loop- 
holes, devices, and gaps" which en- 
able the rich to throw the tax burden 
Continued on Page 39 

A deficit occurs when the govern- 
ment spends more money than it 
takes in. The same is true in an ordinary 
household. Quite simply, if you spend 
more than the amount of your pay- 
check, you will have a deficit. 

When President Reagan took office 
in 1981, he promised he would balance 
the budget by 1984. That is, he assured 
us that the government would take in 
as much money as it spent. I think we 
should go back to George Orwell's 
famous novel "1984" because he came 
closer to describing 1984 than the Pres- 
ident has. Ronald Reagan is not going 
to balance the budget in 1984, or 1985. 
or 1986. or 1987, or 1988, or 1989, but 
rather the reverse. If we continue to 
follow Ronald Reagan's policies, we 
will have the most massive deficits this 
country has ever experienced. The 
President has shown no willingness to 
alter his course in order to solve this 

Unfortunately, the economic out- 
look, even though we are in a period 
of recovery, is rather grim. It's like 
flying in a plane in good weather, but 
you're headed straight for a thunder- 
storm. A good pilot would say that we 
must change course, but Ronald Reagan 
says he doesn't believe there is a thun- 

The facts tell us differently. Accord- 
ing to the latest estimates, he will have 
a deficit of $196 billion in 1984. $205 
billion in 1985, $214 billion in 1986, and 
by 1989 almost $300 billion. 


The Reagan deficits are extremely 
dangerous to every individual Ameri- 
can. They are dangerous to our business 
community, and dangerous to our labor 
movement. Every responsible econo- 
mist knows that budgets with spending 
that is chronically in excess of revenues 
will result in higher interest rates, and 
all of us know what this means. We 
will build fewer houses and buildings 
and thus there will be fewer jobs. It 
will be harder to export American prod- 
ucts abroad and American industry will 
be handicapped by foreign competition. 
This again means fewer jobs. 

Higher interest rates mean business 
and industry will be more reluctant to 
invest in capital improvements, such as 
new plants and equipment. When busi- 
ness and industry fail to invest, it also 
means fewer jobs. And ultimately, fewer 
jobs mean an aborted recovery, a de- 
cline in consumer buying, a reduction 
in business inventories, and even greater 
dependence on the Federal Govern- 
ment for unemployment compensation, 
food stamps, and other forms of gov- 
ernment assistance, which will make 

' ' You people! 

There you go 


Seaman In The AFL-CIO News 

The Reagan 
Deficit Disaster 


Honorable Jim Wright 

Majority Leader, 

U.S. House of Representatives 

the budget even more out of balance 
than it is now. This is not to mention 
the social injustice which occurs when 
we have eight to nine million people 
out of work. Higher unemployment has 
already been the hallmark of this admin- 
istration, although there has been some 
modest improvement in the past year. 
Unemployment still is much higher un- 
der Reagan policies than it was the day 
Reagan took office. 

Now, let's get to the central question. 
Who is responsible for these high def- 
icits? First and foremost, the Reagan 
tax cut of 1981 was excessive and un- 
fair. Its main benefits going to the weal- 
thiest, it adds about $135 billion to the 

1984 deficit. It was designed supposedly 
to stimulate the economy which it did 
not do. Moreover, it robbed the Treas- 
ury of needed revenues for legitimate 
and highly productive domestic pro- 


Under the Reagan Administration's 
policies, our educational system has 
been neglected, our roads and bridges 
deteriorated to the point where they 
threaten the lives of the people who 
use them. The elderly, the poor, women 
and children, as well as Hispanics and 
Blacks have suffered under discrimi- 



natory policies. Under the Reagan tax 
and spending program, an unfair burden 
has been placed upon those who can 
least afford to bear that burden. 

The Reagan tax program, for exam- 
ple, allows a family of four with an 
income of $10,000 per year a tax re- 
duction of only $113. That's a little over 
$2 per week. On the other hand, a 
family with an income of $60,000 per 
year receives a $3,423 tax reduction, or 
over $64 per week. In brief, thirty times 
more. And even this doesn't present a 
fair picture of the real situation because 
the people in higher income groups have 
tax advantages and are likely to receive 
even more in tax offsets. 


A lot of people knew the Reagan tax 
cut for the rich was a blooper. George 
Bush once called it "voodoo econom- 
ics." Senator Howard Baker called it 
"a riverboat gamble." Clearly the gam- 
ble has not paid off. It has saddled our 
children with an unconscionable debt. 

President Reagan likes to claim that 
domestic spending has driven the defi- 
cit, that programs designed to assist 
our cities and states, to support our 
educational system and to protect our 

elderly and disadvantaged, have been 
the source of these massive deficits. 
But nothing could be further from the 

President Reagan doesn't want to 
spend less, just spend it differently. He 
doesn't blink an eye at throwing unrea- 
sonably large amounts of money to the 
Pentagon claiming this is all for our 
national defense. Since taking office, 
he has increased defense spending more 
than $100 billion, much of which has 
not been channeled in the proper direc- 
tion. We have no comprehensive de- 
fense plan, and if it hadn't been for 
careful Congressional review, expend- 
itures would be out of sight. 

Finally, the massive deficit run up by 
this administration has increased the 
Federal Government's interests costs. 
The Federal Government, just like or- 
dinary citizens, must pay interest on 
what it borrows. Right now, we have 
to pay over $100 billion per year in 
interest and the costs continue to go up 
for what budgeteers call "servicing the 
debt." When the Federal Government 
borrows money from bankers or other 
sources, it must pay the prevailing in- 
terest rate. In the next three years, that 
cost is estimated to increase by $60 
billion. Who pays it? You and I do — 

and our children will. We cai 

tinue on this disastrous course. We 

must do the following four things: 


One, we must readjust our tax struc- 
ture to restore fairness and equity which 
will yield the necessary revenues for 
the legitimate functions of government. 

Two, we must restrain all spending, 
including that for defense. Yes, we want 
a strong defense, but we must have 
prudent spending for that purpose. 

Three, we must adopt policies that 
ensure that our elderly, disadvantaged, 
and poor do not become permanent 
welfare recipients. 

Finally, we must have prudent Fed- 
eral investments in our infrastructure, 
education, technology (particularly re- 
search and development) that will stim- 
ulate economic growth and keep people 

As the second session of Congress 
convenes, I, for one, intend to propose 
specific policies, in detail, that will 
address these objectives. It is my fer- 
vent belief that with widespread public 
understanding, we can, we will, and we 
must reverse the destructive tide of 
Reaganomics before it engulfs our chil- 
dren's future. 





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Federal Budget Deficits 
1962 - 1986 

In Billions of Dollars 

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Expenditures in the U.S. Federal Budget have zoomed in the 1980s, most of it under the Reagan Administration. The colored bars 
at right indicate deficits during the Reagan Administration and projections for the next three years. 



receives its 

first charter applications 

Many local unions are taking action, 
this month, to implement the General 
Executive Board's call for the estab- 
lishment of a network of local organi- 
zations for retired UBC members and 
their spouses. 

The first applications for charters 
have been received at the General Of- 
fice in Washington, D.C., and the sub- 
ject is on the agenda of several February 
local union meetings. 

General President Patrick J. Camp- 
bell is urging every fulltime UBC officer 
and every local elected officer to "do 
your utmost to help create a UBC 
Retirees Club in your city or town." 

"These local clubs will respond to 
the needs of the growing numbers of 
our retired brothers and sisters," Pres- 
ident Campbell said. "The local UBC 
Retirees Club will provide them with a 
voluntary organization designed to per- 
form many functions: recreation and 
social contacts, community activities, 
and legislative and political education 

The UBC has close to 70,000 retired 
members who are eligible for member- 
ship in the Retirees Club. 

Local Retirees Clubs are being 
strongly urged to affiliate with the Na- 
tional Council of Senior Citizens, a 

nationwide organization with close ties 
to the North American labor move- 
ment. The NCSC has the respect and 
support of this Brotherhood. 

A packet of information materials 
about the UBC Retirees Club is in the 
process of being printed and assembled 
for wide distribution throughout the 
UBC. It will contain brochures for staff 
and elected officials of the union ex- 
plaining the importance of creating a 
strong network of local UBC Retirees 
Clubs; a popular leaflet addressed to 
retirees to tell them about the new 
Retirees Club; a poster for use in union 
halls or retirement centers; an appli- 
cation for a Retirees Club charter; a 
copy of the Constitution and By-Laws 
of the UBC Retirees Club; and a sample 
membership card. 

A new Retiree Department is being 
created at Brotherhood headquarters to 
provide service to the Retirees Club, 
handle correspondence, answer inqui- 
ries and generally be of help to the 

It should be emphasized that the 
Retirees Club is a network of local 
organizations, but will not require a 
national organization of its own since 
UBC headquarters will be able to give 
it assistance and guidance. As the bro- 
chure points out, the UBC Retirees 

Club is not a trade union; it is a vol- 
untary association, with its own Con- 
stitution and By-Laws adapted to the 
needs of the retirees. 

As an activity of the Brotherhood, it 
will, of course, be required to keep its 
policies and program in line with those 
of the UBC. 

Each club will have seven officers, 
to be elected annually once the club is 
functioning. The officers will include a 
president, vice-president, secretary, 
treasurer and three trustees. The By- 
Laws provide for the establishment in 
each club of six committees, to be 
appointed by the club president: 
(1) social and recreational; (2) travel; 
(3) education; (4) membership; (5) hos- 
pitality; and (6) legislative. 

Under its By-Laws, dues for the UBC 
Retirees Club will be a minimum of $12 
per year for an individual, or $15 a year 
for a retiree and his spouse. Local clubs 
may set higher dues scales if they wish. 

It is understood that the Retirees Club 
will be a self-governing body in the 
family of the Brotherhood. However, 
the club will not be involved in the 
formulation of programs and policies 
for the union. But it will definitely be 
involved in working out programs and 
policies to serve the best interests of 
the retired members. 



Retirees in Action 

In Many 

Local Unions 

NJ Retirees Form 
Awareness Team 

In December, Local 599, Hammond, lnd 
held a free dinner for its retirees and its 
unemployed members and their families. 
More than 220 persons attended. 

Retiree Jay Tall is signed to membership 
in Local 599 s Retirees Club, Hammond, 
lnd.. by Former Business Representative 
and Organizer Sam Spitale. Business Rep- 
resentative Bob Farkas. stands at right. 

Local 31, Trenton, N.J., has formed a Cit- 
izens' Awareness Team, at the instigation 
of President Harrison B. Slack. The major 
emphasis of the group — composed of reti- 
rees, those approaching retirement, and 
their spouses — will be on political action 
and awareness. Also planned are public 
service sessions. 

Citizens' Awareness Team members in- 
clude, from left: Richard Horn, local vice 
president; Harrison B. Slack, local presi- 
dent; Sam Secretario; Joe Cardinelli; Carl 
Angelini; and Otto DeMarco. Meeting at- 
tendants not pictured are Art Hamer Sr., 
and John T. Wilson, labor liaison for the 
National Council of Senior Citizens. 

Philadelphia Retirees Enjoy Their Annual Christmas Luncheon 

Retired Members representing every local 
union in the Metropolitan District Council 
of Philadelphia, Pa., and Vicinity are re- 
united every year at a Christmas luncheon 
provided by the Philadelphia Carpenters 
Pension Fund. 

Present at the recent 1983 luncheon were 
approximately 550 retirees, representing the 

district's Carpenters from Local 8, 122. 465, 
845. 1050, 1073. 1462, 1595, and 1856. Lath- 
ers Local 53--L, Millwrights Local 1906, 
Resilient Floor Layers Local 1823. Mill and 
Cabinetmakers Local 359, and Wharf and 
Dock Builders Local 454. 

During the year, monthly pensioners' 
meetings are presented jointly by the pension 

department, health and welfare department, 
and the district council officials, and by 
President Edward Coryell and Secretary- 
Treasurer Gary L. Moran. However, the 
Christmas Luncheon is a special event held 
for the retirees to thank them for their service 
to the Brotherhood. 

Andrew Palecko, formerly of Local 972 
and now with Local 122 was the oldest 
Carpenter present at the luncheon, at 92 
years young. He joined the Brotherhood in 
1935 and retired on December 1, 1962. 
Brother Palecko entered the Brotherhood 
retirement home in Lakeland, Florida on 
February 9, 1966, where he stayed until 
the home was closed in the early 1970s. 
The cane he holds was made in the car- 
pentry shop at Lakeland by Andrew him- 
self. With Palecko, at left, are Philadel- 
phia DC Secretary-Treasurer Gary Moran 
and DC President Edward Coryell. 

Door prize winners at the Philadelphia re- 
tirees 1983 Christmas luncheon were, from 
left, Henry J. Buchy, Local 845, John 
Rahm, former business agent of Local 
1595, Stanley Olszewski, Local 1073, An- 
thony P. Sliva, Local 359, and Robert M. 
McCleane. Local 8. 


Labor Asks: 
'Does Today's 
Serve the People!' 

Many agencies have been 
handicapped, as essential 
services are trimmed. 

A Republican President named Abra- 
ham Lincoln once wrote to a news- 
paper editor in Salem. 111., stating, "I go 
for all sharing the privileges of the gov- 
ernment who assist in bearing its bur- 

This attitude toward government, made 
clear by our founding fathers, has not 
held true of all federal administrations 
down through the years. We question 
now whether it holds true in the present 

For example , the Department of Hous- 
ing and Urban Development (HUD) was 
the focus for the first installment in our 
"Foxes in the Henhouse" series. We 
found that disreputable contractors on 
government projects were having a field 
day with the Reagan Administration in 
office. Since August 1981, seven out of 
10 violators have gotten off scot-free. 
Tapped for Assistant Secretary at HUD 
for Labor Relations was Baker Arm- 
strong Smith director of the Center on 
National Labor Policy, a notorious anti- 
labor organization. And, as noted in our 
series, the month following the Carpenter 
installment on HUD, the Assistant Sec- 
retary was forced to quit his position 
"under fire" for being "enormously char- 
itable" to HUD contractors violating 
federal wage laws. 


Thanks to President Franklin D. 
Roosevelt, we have a National Labor 
Relations Act to watch out for violations 
of employees rights by employers doing 
such things as cheating on workers' wages 
and stifling efforts to organize. 

But, as covered in our second install- 
ment of "Foxes," enforcement of labor 

laws by the National Labor Relations 
Board has slowed to a snail's pace under 
President Reagan. Now chairing the 
NLRB under Reagan is Donald Dotson, 
an admitted enemy of organized labor- 
who, it is alleged, has taken it upon 
himself to quietly dismantle the NLRB. 

Dotson has been criticized, from all 
quarters, for the NLRB deliberately 
holding up cases and being unproductive. 
Dotson claims that the record number of 
cases waiting to be decided can be at- 
tributed to the fact that over the past 
four years, the Board has operated with 
less than its full complement of five 
members. But even this can not explain 
the figures. 

From mid-March to mid-October 1982, 
the NLRB decided 404 cases contested 
by employers. The Board found the em- 
ployer in violation of the Act approxi- 
matley 284 times, or 70% of the total. 
From mid-March to mid-October 1983, 
Dotson's first seven months in office, the 
NLRB resolved only 133 unfair labor 
practice cases, and found employers guilty 
in only 68 instances, or 51% — a drop of 
almost 20% from the previous year. 

Our third installment of "Foxes" fea- 
tured the Labor Department. Secretary 
of Labor Raymond Donovan was at a 
loss for words when his department 
was caught holding back millions of 
dollars earmarked for retraining dis- 
placed workers. Among the proposals 
to Congress by the Labor Department 
is one to create subminimum wages 
which will allow employers to pay less 
wages for the same work, and changing 
child labor standards to allow Ameri- 
cans of ages 12 to 18 employment in 
more hazardous occupations. 

The Environmental Protection Agency 
was examined in our fourth "Foxes" 
installment in October 1983. Anne Bur- 
ford and Rita Lavelle were gone, but the 
story wasn't over. Finally, last month, 
Lavelle was convicted for contempt of 
Congress, and will be spending some 
time in prison because of it. And while 
the new EPA head William Ruckelshaus 
is certainly qualified for the position, he 
has spent the last eight years as an 
executive of Weyerhauser, a company 
that has been called one of the nation's 
worst polluters. 


The fifth series installment did not 
single out an agency, but an issue. "Tax 
Burden Weighs Heaviest on Workers." 
According to a survey reported in For- 
tune magazine, the Reagan tax cut did 
not provide any real reduction in taxes 
for households unless the income was 
above $75,000 a year. Hardest hit were 
families earning $15,000 a year — such a 
group in Wisconsin saw their taxes ac- 
tually climb as much as $685.00. A study 
by economists at the Urban Institute 
reports that "over the last five years, the 
income distribution has become less 
equal." Cited for this change were mul- 
tiple factors, including the Reagan tax 

Says Dr. Stephen Rose, a research 
economist recently speaking on the re- 
sults of his updated report, "Social Strat- 
ification in the U.S." stated "The Amer- 
ican middle class is shrinking. Many who 
thought of themselves as 'comfortable' 
are now finding that they can barely 
make ends meet on severely reduced 



With this Carpenter issue, we mark 
the beginning of a series on health and 
safety, and the UBC's commitment to 
the occupational health and safety of our 
members. In the December 1983 "Foxes 
In The Henhouse," we highlighted the 
Occupational Health and Safety Admin- 
istration's seeming lack of commitment 
under Mr. Reagan to the health and safety 
of American workers. To rehash some 
figures: as of 1982, follow-up inspections 
of workplaces by OSH A were down 87%; 
employers cited for serious violations 
were down 50%; willful violations cited 
were down 91%, companies cited for 
repeated violations were down 65%; and 
penalties for failure to abate violations 
were down 78%. As one informed OSHA 
watcher stated, "It was as if corporate 
America suddenly got healthy . . .". 


Closer to home, OSHA has just pub- 
lished a new proposal on asbestos ex- 
posure standards — with a much higher 
exposure level than recommended by the 
UBC and 16 other unions. And just a 
few weeks ago, after several years of 
deliberation, OSHA decided to proceed 
on the administering of a ruling actively 
opposed by the United Brotherhood de- 
leting medical examinations for commer- 
cial divers. 

And our seventh "Foxes" installment 
looked at what the current administration 
has done for, or rather to, consumers. 
Whether the issue is auto safety or nu- 
trition in school lunches, generic drugs 
or "natural" ingredients, consumers are 
taking a beating. 

About two weeks after our January 
1984 Carpenter came out, noting that 
2,000 consumer-oriented publications 
had been eliminated, in the Washington 
Post was a photo of OMB Deputy 

Short Report On The Henhouse Raid 

Low and moderate income families 
bear the brunt of sacrifices under pro- 
grams pushed by President Reagan. 
Families with incomes under $20,000 
suffer federal program benefit cuts more 
than twice as high as upper income 
families — on average a loss of $415 a 
year compared to $175 for the have- 

Forty percent of all spending reduc- 
tions by Reagan hit households with 
incomes under $10,000; 30% hurt fam- 
ilies between $10-$20,000. ... so, 70% 
came out of the hides of families earn- 
ing less than $20,000 a year. 

Spending for food stamps, the basic 
nutrition program for the poor, has 
taken a 13% slash under the Reagan 

Child nutrition programs have been 
cut 28% by Ronald Reagan, and one 
million fewer children have access to 
free or reduced-price meal programs. 

The Reagan Administration slashed 
13%— about $4.8 billion— from the Aid 
to Families With Dependent Children 

Under the Reagan Administration, 
spending on employment and job-trai n- 
ing programs has been reduced 60%. 

President Reagan gouged 35%— $7.4 
billion — out of programs specially tar- 
geted at training the disadvantaged for 
jobs — including the popular summer 
youth employment and training pro- 

Because of Ronald Reagan, outlays 
for guaranteed student loans for college 
education — which are vital to help the 
children of millions of working peo- 
ple—are 27% less (affecting 700,000 
students in 1981-82 alone), and funding 
for other student financial aid is 13% 

Funding for special student aid pro- 
grams — disadvantaged, handicapped 
youth — at the elementary and second- 
ary school levels is down 17% under 
Ronald Reagan. 

Medicaid assistance to the poor took 
a five percent slash under the Reagan 
Administration. So did Medicare. And 
spending for other health service pro- 
grams was chopped by 22%. 

Director Joseph Wright and a smiling 
Presidential Counselor Edwin Meese III 
with garbage bags full of "doomed doc- 
uments." Although Meese ridiculed the 
publications, calling a pamphlet entitled 
"How to Control Bedbugs" a real "best- 
seller," the Post pointed out that several 
of the publications offered advice on such 

serious subjects as solar energy, income 
taxes, radioactive fallout, and drug abuse. 
So it looks as if consumers want this 
information now, they're really going to 
have to work on finding it — and without 
this once-available help from the govern- 


Much has been written and spoken about the successes and 
failures of the Reagan Administration since the President took 
office in 1981. 

With this eighth "Foxes In The Henhouse" feature. Carpenter 
magazine summarizes its own series on shortcomings in the 
federal agencies of the Reagan Administration. 

Among the three-quarter million members of our international 
union are thousands who voted for Mr. Reagan in November 
1980 because they wanted a change. But after more than three 
years of legislative activity and agency action under the Reagan 
Administration, the needs of the workers remain second to the 
desires of the wealthy. Foxes in the henhouse of government 
continue to be unveiled, on a regular basis, in our newspapers, 
news magazines, and broadcast news. 

We've watched the Reagan Administration for over three years 
and we're still waiting for a change. November 1984 is the time 
for that change.— John S. Rogers. Editor. 





The Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled 
that a construction firm violated its provincial agree- 
ment with a union by not requiring non-members it 
hired to apply for membership in the union. 

In a recent 25-page decision written by vice- 
chairman Corinne Murray, the board found that 
George Ryder Construction breached another arti- 
cle of the provincial agreement by subcontracting 
work to a drywall contractor who was not bound by 
the collective agreement. 

The board ordered the Parry Sound, Ont., com- 
pany to compensate Local 2486 Sudbury, Ont., of 
the United Brotherhood for any lost dues or initia- 
tion fees, as well as money lost by members of the 
union as a result of subcontracting work to the 
drywall company. 


A step toward equity is what Ontario Labor Minis- 
ter Russell Ramsay called the Ontario Govern- 
ment's recent action of introducing a more flexible 
system of determining whether women are being 
paid equally to men for doing similar jobs. 

But opposition MPPs and a women's spokesper- 
son say the Government has betrayed the vast 
majority of working women confined to so-called 
"job ghettos" by not allowing comparisons between 
dissimilar jobs. Working women in Ontario make 
63% of what men make, and studies have found 
that the major reason is segregation into jobs tradi- 
tionally considered womens' work. The Government 
has been under intense pressure from lobbying 
groups to introduce the concept of equal pay for 
work of equal value, thereby helping to eliminate 
these ghettos by forcing employers to pay women 
the same as men if the skill and effort involved are 
similar — even if the actual jobs are not. 

Quebec and the Federal Government have intro- 
duced the equal pay for work of equal value con- 
cept, and the Ontario Legislature recently approved 
the idea in principle. But Labor Minister Ramsay 
said that such a move could cost employers $5- 
billion a year and that a depressed economy cannot 
afford the change. 


Recent proposals by a federal committee to pro- 
vide pensions for homemakers and mandatory in- 
dexing of employer-sponsored pension plans have 
been quickly condemned by business, labor, and 
New Democrats. 

In a recent report to Parliament, the special com- 
mittee on pension reform recommended sweeping 
changes to the public and private pension structure 
of Canada, including earlier vesting of benefits, im- 
proved portability, and increases to the Guaranteed 
Income Supplement. 

Some proposals will be universally accepted. Al- 
ready announced in the recent Throne Speech was 
an increase to the income supplement for the low- 
est-income pensioners. 

And officials from all sides said they have no 
problem with improved portability, nor with the com- 
mittee's call for the vesting of pension benefits after 
just two years of employment, as opposed to the 
current term of 10 years. 

But other recommendations have been harshly 

The most controversial recommendation would 
provide mandatory pensions for an estimated 2.5 
million homemakers — a proposal previously at- 
tacked by business and labor groups during the 
committee's cross-country public hearings last fall. 

Under the proposal, the working spouse would 
make contributions to the pension plan for his or 
her spouse. And, even if homemakers never work 
outside the home, they would get a pension in their 
own name after age 65. The process would work 
the same way whether the wife or husband is the 
non-working spouse. 

Private pensions should be indexed to rise at a 
rate 2.5 percentage points less than the inflation 
rate, states the parliamentary committee's report on 
pension reform. 

In other key recommendations, the report Regis- 
tered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) should be 
replaced by new Registered Pension Accounts. 

These new accounts, like RRSPs, would be set 
up by individuals who want to save for their retire- 
ment, but employers could contribute, and a worker 
changing companies could keep the account in- 
stead of losing benefits under a private plan. The 
new accounts also would offer better tax breaks to 
lower-income workers. 

The committee decided the main responsibility for 
pension reform lies with workers and private com- 
panies, not governments or future generations, 
Chairman Douglas Frith (L — Sudbury), said. 

That's the reason most committee members re- 
jected a major and costly expansion of the Canada 
Pension Plan, as called for by labor groups, Frith 
said. Instead, they opted for programs that they say 
would make it easier for workers to prepare them- 
selves for retirement. 


Average hourly earnings for fulltime unionized 
jobs in Canada during 1981 were $9.62 compared 
to $8.08 for fulltime non-unionized jobs, according 
to Statistics Canada. Of all fulltime jobs held during 
that year, 3.8 million were unionized, while 7.0 mil- 
lion were non-unionized. 




United Brotherhood Receives Federal 
Grant for Labour Education in Canada 

Early in November, 1983, Andre Ouellet, 
Minister of Labour for Canada, announced 
approval of a Federal Government grant to 
the United Brotherhood of Carpenters under 
Labour Canada's Financial Assistance Pro- 
gram for Labour Education. 

Jim Peterson, MP acting for the Minister, 
presented a cheque for $62,475 — covering 
75% of the approved grant — to John Car- 
ruthers, General Executive Board Member 
for the Ninth District. 

The total amount of the grant is worth 
$83,700 and will be used to finance labour 
education programs conducted by United 
Brotherhood Locals and Councils for the 
Brotherhood's membership in Canada. 

The objectives of the government's pro- 
gram are concerned with improving the op- 
ertion of the industrial relations system by 
providing current and potential union rep- 
resentatives with labour educational oppor- 
tunities to enable them to acquire a compre- 
hensive knowledge and understanding of 
the goals, policies and responsibilities of the 
Canadian labour movement in the context 
of the economic, political and social frame- 
work of Canada, which would consequently 
enhance their participation in the labour 

Ninth and Tenth District General Execu- 
tive Board Members John Carruthers and 
Ronald Dancer are responsible for the dis- 

Jim Peterson presents cheque to John 
Carruthers for $62,475 from Labour Cana- 
da's Financial Assistance Program for La- 
bour Education. 

bursement of this money to UBC affiliates. 
They have assigned the administration of 
the program to Director of Research for 
Canada, Derrick Manson. 

Labour education programs that fall within 
the program's guidelines and that are con- 
ducted during the period of April 1, 1983, to 
March 31, 1984, are eligible for assistance. 

Canadian Leaders Study Technology Changes; 
Brotherhood Represented, But CLC Boycotts 

More than 500 Canadian leaders from 
industry, government, academia, and labor 
recently gathered in Ottawa, Ont., for a 
three-day conference on technological change. 
Called the Canada Tomorrow Conference, 
it was attended by the United Brotherhood's 
Tenth District Board Member Ron Dancer, 
Canadian Research Director Derrick Man- 
son, New Brunswick Local 1386 Business 
Rep. Ross Carr, and Ontario Local 1030 
Business Rep. Frank Manoni. 

"The dilemmas we are facing are essen- 
tially moral and the question is what kind of 
society do we wish our technology to cre- 
ate?" said Norman Wagner, president of the 
University of Calgary, during a conference 
session. The four major themes discussed 
were the future of technology in Canada, 
the consequences of change, putting tech- 
nology in place, and adjusting to change. 
The contributions of the attendants will be 
condensed for the sponsoring minister, Don- 
ald Johnston, Minister of State for Economic 
Development and Science and Technology. 

There was no disagreement about the need 
for all sectors to work more closely in 
planning for the development and introduc- 
tion of new technologies — particularly in the 
workplace. But the boycott of the conference 
by the Canadian Labor Congress was an apt 

demonstration of how hard it is to put this 
cooperation into practice. 

While government has many important 
roles — from supporting research and devel- 
opment, encouraging technology transfer, 
supporting business and retraining work- 
ers — there is disagreement over other roles 
of government, Stuart Smith, chairman of 
the Science Council of Canada, said. 

"While most people at the conference 
believe that Canada must find niches for 
itself and must specialize within the knowl- 
edge-intensive industries, there is a deep 
distrust when it comes to government choos- 
ing these areas of specialization or govern- 
ment running businesses as an entrepre- 

The role of education received much at- 
tention at the conference. While specialists 
are required and retraining of workers will 
become more important, the need to improve 
basic education was repeatedly stressed. 

Workers must be consulted about tech- 
nological change and retrained for new skills 
but should share in the benefits brought by 
technology, said Herbert Gray, president of 
the Treasury Board. In total, about 200 
recommendations, dealing with education, 
the media, regulation and the public, came 
out of these workshops. 

Future Labour 
Issues in Canada 

Labour Minister Andrt; Ouellet has called 
for a stronger and better informed trade 
union movement — a labour movement which 
would assume an expanded and more mean- 
ingful role in the decision-making process: 
for government, in turn, to attempt to reduce 
interventionary legislative actions in the col- 
lective bargaining process; and for improved 
consultation mechanisms to help achieve 
these objectives. 

A recently presented brief details six major 
areas which the Minister feels represent the 
basic framework of labour issues for the 
1980s, as follows: 

• Job creation and job security. 

• Future growth and role of trade unions: 
the right to exist. 

• Structural adjustment issues: trade, 
technology, and regionalism. 

• The evolving work environment: stand- 
ards, safety, and health. 

• Changes in the nature of work. 

• The future of collective bargaining: wage 
determination and incomes policies. 

Citing the Government's recent Speech 
from the Throne, Ouellet noted that the 
speech called for labour to continue to be a 
full partner in the process of economic re- 
covery and for workers to have a fair share 
of the recovery's benefits. 

The Minister went on to emphasize the 
interventionist action by government in the 
collective bargaining system and subsequent 
termination of labour disputes by legislation 
has arisen because governments have all too 
frequently been left without reasonable al- 

In calling for a greater role for the labour 
movement. Ouellet emphasized the need for 
all parties involved in the collective bargain- 
ing process to develop common understand- 
ings to improve the process for all con- 

In another reference to the Speech from 
the Throne concerning the government's 
intention to amend the Labour Code to 
strengthen occupational safety and health 
provisions. Ouellet continued: "I think that 
one of the major productivity issues for the 
'80s is occupational safety and health in the 
workplace. Occupational safety and health 
will be one of the vital social and economic 
concerns of the decade. Apart from the 
obvious human consequences of industrial 
accidents, the record of working days lost 
due to such occurrences remains a national 
disgrace. The record of days not worked due 
to industrial disputes pales by comparison." 

Two our of three paid jobs in Canada are 
held by persons who have completed some 
or all of their high school education, but 
who have no post — secondary education, 
according to a Statistics Canada survey 
made in 1981. 




Is your job hazardous 
to your health? 

July 19, 1983. Baltimore, MD—a crew 
of six construction workers was pouring 
the concrete roadbed for a tunnel. They 
began moving the traveller along as 
they had done over 50 times before, 
only this time they hit a 480 volt cable. 
Electricity shot through the metal trav- 
eller shocking the crew. One worker, 
standing in water, couldn't break loose. 
It took half an hour for the paramedics 
to arrive, and an hour to get him off to 
an ambulance. CPR didn't work . . . 
and this worker was added to the list 
of several hundred construction work- 
ers all over the country that died that 

These stories are not rare. Two con- 
struction workers are killed and over 
1,300 injured on the job each day. In the 
lumber and wood products industry, in- 
jury rates are even higher. One out of 
every 6-7 workers is injured on the job 
each year in our industries. These grim 
statistics lead to one inevitable conclu- 
sion. Safety and health problems are an 
essential fact of life. In 1980 the Broth- 
erhood made a commitment to actively 
improve job safety conditions for mem- 
bers. The Brotherhood received a "New 
Directions" grant from OSHA to start a 
training and education project for indus- 
trial members. In the fall of 1982 Presi- 
dent Campbell created the UBC Depart- 
ment of Occupational Safety and Health 
to serve all members. The Department 
consists of a director, Joseph L. Durst, 
Jr.. and an industrial hygienist. Scott 
Schneider. Their job is primarily to ed- 
ucate the membership about safety and 
health hazards and how to get them 
corrected. They have published pam- 
phlets, resource manuals, and articles in 
the Carpenter and the Industrial Bulletin . 
An audio visual program and workbook 
have been produced for industrial locals 
to use in safety and health training ses- 
sions, similar to the steward training 
programs. Over 100 requests for techni- 
cal assistance from local unions have 

been answered. These ranged from ques- 
tions about the hazards of chemicals used 
in the workplace to questions about 
workers' rights to refuse unsafe work. 
And over 50 seminars have been held at 
local unions and district councils on haz- 
ard recognition and control. 


Safety hazards are often obvious on 
any worksite or in any plant. Poor 
housekeeping, unguarded machines, 
openings in walls or floors, unsafe lad- 
ders or scaffolds, electrical hazards, 
trench cave-ins, and confined space 
work are but some of the many hazards 
facing UBC members each day. Safety 
hazards cause immediate injury. Over 
200 construction deaths each year are 
a result of falls from heights. Sixteen 
thousand people lost fingers in un- 
guarded machines or tools each year. 
Accidents happen quickly and when 
least expected, but most can be avoided. 
Simple guards or safety precautions are 
effective in preventing accidents. Too 
often when rushing through a job under 
pressure to step up production, the 
worker doesn't take the time to do the 
job safely. Or an uninformed employer 
may tell an employee to work with 
unsafe equipment. The result could be. 
and often is. a disaster. 

Health hazards are harder to pin 
down. Some chemicals are severely 
irritating or present a short-term ex- 
posure hazard. Some cause long-term 
damage to the liver, kidneys, or other 
organs. Others can cause cancer or birth 
defects. Hazards such as asbestos (see 
related-story following) can produce 
disease 20-30 years after exposure. 
Noise is a serious health hazard in most 
workplaces, commonly causing hearing 
loss and several stress-related disor- 
ders. Other common health hazards 
include: hand/arm or whole body vi- 
bration from tools or vehicles, ultravi- 
olet light from welding arcs, knee in- 
juries among carpet layers, back strain 
from heavy lifting or lowering, and 

radiation exposures among nuclear plant 


Safety and health hazards should be 
controlled by engineering solutions. 
Exposures to toxic substances can be 
eliminated by substituting a safer sub- 
stance. For example, water-based paints 
and glues can be used instead of solvent- 
based paints and glues which can cause 
neurological damage and may harm the 
liver or kidneys. Sometimes equipment 
changes can make a job safer. Air spray 
guns can be replaced by airless guns 
which not only cut down on chemical 
exposures but also are much quieter. 
Machine guards are examples of simple 
engineering controls that can prevent 
most hand and arm injuries. If substi- 
tution or engineering controls are not 
feasible, the hazards can be controlled 
by administrative controls (rotatingjobs 
to allow shorter individual exposures), 
better work practices, or the use of 
personal protective equipment (protec- 
tive clothing, hard hats, safety glasses 
and shoes, earplugs or muffs, respira- 
tors.) Protective equipment is always 
considered a last resort since it is not 
as effective as other control techniques, 
and is cumbersome and difficult to wear. 

This section begins a series of articles 
in the Carpenter highlighting safety and 
health problems for our members. Each 
section will contain articles focusing on 
one particular hazard; articles about 
UBC local unions that have success- 
fully fought for safer conditions on the 
job; news items on new standards or 
policies from OSHA. 

Please write to the UBC Occupa- 
tional Safety and Health Department. 
101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Wash- 
ington, D.C. 20001 , to tell us about how 
your local union has dealt with hazards 
on the job. 

And if you need any assistance in 
safety and health matters, the Depart- 
ment exists to answer your questions 
and provide help. 

This material was prepared under grant number E9F3D176 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department 
of Labor. Points of view or opinions stated in this document do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of 
















































Asbestos fibers 

(greatly magnified 

at right) when 

breathed can cause 

cancer and lung 


The Deadly Dust 

Every hour of every day an American 
worker dies of cancer due to asbestos 
exposure on the job. 

Between 1940 and 1979 over 27 mil- 
lion people were exposed to asbestos 
at work. Nine thousand people will die 
every year for the next twenty years as 
a result of those exposures. Over half 
of these victims will be either construc- 
tion or shipyard workers. Their deaths 
could have been avoided. 

During World War II asbestos was 
considered the magic mineral. Millions 
of pounds of it were used in U.S. and 
Canadian* navy shipyards in the war 
effort. Yet even then some scientists 
suspected the dangers of asbestos. In 
fact asbestos lung disease has been 
recognized by scientists since the 1920s; 
and in 1931 by the English government 
as a compensable disease. Since the 
1950s it has been known that asbestos 
can cause cancer. 

Asbestos has great heat resistant 
properties. As a result, it was used in 
hundreds of commercial and industrial 
products. Asbestos paper products were 
used as thermal or electrical insulation. 
Asbestos was mixed in cements to make 
A/C pipe, sheeting, shingles and tile; 
with vinyl to make floor tiles; with cloth 
products to make roofing felts. Cars 
used it in brake and clutch linings, 
mufflers, and as a filler. It would be 
found in the home in hair dryers, ironing 
boards, lamp sockets, toasters. Safety 
equipment such as heat resistant cloth- 
ing and drapery often had asbestos. 
Asbestos was mixed as a filler in latex 
and textured paints, joint compounds, 
adhesives, caulking, glazing, patching 
compounds, and varnish. One of its 

most common uses was in acoustical 
ceiling tiles. Until 1973 asbestos was 
often sprayed on buildings as insulation. 
It is estimated that over half of all public 
buildings have such sprayed-on insu- 
lation. In 1973 spraying of asbestos 
insulation was banned. 

The majority of asbestos used now 
is in construction. However, in many 
areas asbestos is being replaced by 
substitutes. Between 1976 and 1980 as- 
bestos use in paper products dropped 
by over 70%. EPA is expected to pro- 
pose in the summer of 1984 a ban on 
the use of asbestos in A/C pipe, vinyl- 
asbestos floor tiles, and asbestos roofing 
felt (almost half of the asbestos being 
used). In the fall of 1984 they hope to 
put a cap on all other uses of asbestos 
and gradually, over a number of years, 
reduce greatly the total amount of as- 
bestos allowed for use in the U.S. 


Asbestos exposures are now known 
to cause four main diseases: 

(1) Asbestosis — a lung disease where 
the fibers lodge in the lungs, cause 
scarring, and reduce the flexibility of 
the lungs and consequently the capacity 
to breathe. Often called "white lung." 

(2) Lung Cancer — workers exposed 
to asbestos have a risk of lung cancer 
eleven times greater than those with no 
exposure to asbestos. If asbestos-ex- 
posed workers also smoke, their chances 
of getting lung cancer increases five 
more times so their risk is fifty-five 
times that of someone who has no 
asbestos exposure and does not smoke. 

(3) Colon, Rectal Cancer — through 
normal breathing, asbestos fibers can 

find their way into the digestive tract. 
Some fibers are caught in the throat and 
lungs, coughed up, and then swallowed. 
High rates of colon and rectal cancer 
are found among some asbestos-ex- 
posed workers. 

(4) Mesothelioma — cancer of the lin- 
ing of the chest or abdominal cavity. 
Fibers are thought to migrate through 
the walls of the lung into the chest and 
abdominal cavity. This is one of the 
most deadly cancers since it spreads 
quickly throughout the body. Most peo- 
ple with mesothelioma die within a year 
of diagnosis. 

These diseases are usually detected 
by chest x-rays, tests of lung capacity 
(pulmonary function tests), and stool 
tests for colon or rectal cancer. In most 
cases the disease does not show up 
until twenty to forty years after the 
exposure. This is one of the biggest 
problems since by the time the problem 
is diagnosed, it may be too late. The 
diseases are progressive and continue 
to get worse even after exposure has 
stopped. Also, there are few successful 
treatments for the diseases. The excep- 
tion is colon and rectal cancer. There 
are effective ways to cure this type of 
cancer, when diagnosed early. 


Research has shown that even short 
exposures to asbestos can be harmful. 
There have been many cases where 
family members of shipyard workers 
got cancer simply by being exposed to 
the asbestos dust that a worker brought 
home on his or her clothing. 

Most researchers believe that no safe 



level oi exposure exists. The higher 
your exposure, the greater your risk of 
getting asbestos disease. The Occupa- 
tional Safety and Health Administration 
(OSHA) recently completed a "risk 
assessment" estimating what the chances 
are of getting asbestos-related cancer 
at each level of exposure. It is shown 
that if 100.000 workers were exposed 
to levels of asbestos allowed by the 
1976 OSHA standard for 45 years, 6.412 
would die from cancer, or between 6 
and 7 of every 100 workers. One year's 
exposure to that level would still pro- 
duce 296 cancer deaths among those 
100.000 workers. 


No amount of exposure to asbestos 
can be considered safe. The exposure 
limit recommended by the Building 
Trades and The National Institute for 
Occupational Safety and Health 
(NIOSH), 0. 1 fibers/cubic centimeter f/ 
cc*. is the lowest that can be accurately 

To measure exposure, air from the 
worker's breathing zone is pumped 
through a filter which collects the as- 
bestos fibers for lab analysis. Some 
asbestos building materials contain only 
a small amount of asbestos, or it may 

* 0.1 fibers cubic centimeter fee equals 100,000 fibers 

be bonded in the material (such as in a 
floor tile), and then exposures are min- 
imal. However, when these materials 
are cut. sanded, grinded or otherwise 
disturbed, exposures can be very high. 
A/C pipe contains about 15-25% asbes- 
tos. When cut with an abrasive disc, 
peak exposures of up to 64 fibers/cc 
have been recorded. Dust concentra- 
tions for fabrication of A/C sheet are 
estimated to be about 2-20 fibers/cc. 

In addition to exposures on installa- 
tion of new asbestos, UBC members 
are being constantly exposed when ren- 
ovating or demolishing the millions of 
structures that already have asbestos 
in place. 

Exposures during renovation work in 
buildings with sprayed on asbestos were 
studied recently. Of workers studied, 
429c had exposures less than 0.1, 459c 
had exposures between 0.1 and .5; 7% 
had exposures between 0.5 and 2.0: and 
69c had exposures over 2 fibers/cc. 
Sheet metal workers had the highest 
exposures, painters the lowest. Car- 
penters and electricians fell in between. 

Removal work using dry methods 

gave extremely high exposures — some 

over 200 fibers/cc and 24% were over 

40 fibers/cc. Removal using wet meth- 

Continued on Page 20 

per cubic meter. 

m 1 1 

Photos, clockwise, from top right, show worker holding a piece of asbestos 
insulation; spraying asbestos insulation with a wetting agent in preparation 
for removal; pipes with sprayed-on asbestos insulation; proper enclosure of 
a ceiling with asbestos insulation. 


The OSHA asbestos standard 
was originally written for indus- 
trial plants, and did not take into 
account the complex problems 
that arise with construction. 

In the spring of 1983 the Build- 
ing and Construction Trades De- 
partment decided that rather than 
waiting for OSHA to act, the 
Department should draft its own 
proposal for an asbestos standard 
for construction workers. This 
proposal was presented to OSHA 
in November 1983. 

Highlights of the proposal: 

• Permissible exposure limit of 100,000 
fibers per cubic meter — currently 
the lowest detectable limit 

• Workers must pass a yearly profi- 
ciency test and be trained at em- 
ployer's expense for asbestos work 

• Employer must have qualified and 
competent persons on job site to 
ensure compliance. They have au- 
thority to halt work if hazardous 
conditions exist 

• Asbestos products and work proc- 
esses must be classified by the 
manufacturer or employer based on 
their potential for producing ex- 
posure. Tests must be done by 2 
independent labs 

• Work practices such as blowing of 
asbestos dust, spray application, 
and dry sweeping are prohibited. 

• Comprehensive respiratory protec- 
tion program is required including 
pre-job training and education, fit- 
testing, and medical exams to de- 
termine fitness to wear a respirator. 

• Employer must designate a spill/ 
emergency cleanup crew and have 
written procedures 

• Personal air samples must be taken 
at least weekly and more frequently 
at higher exposure levels. Weekly 
sampling times are determined with 
workers, who can also request ad- 
ditional sampling 

• Regulated areas are to be set up 
around each work area with entry 
strictly controlled 

• Signs and labels must read "Dan- 
ger — Asbestos — Cancer and Lung 
Hazard." Labels must include rec- 
ommended work practices 

• Medical and Monitoring Records 
must be kept by the employer for 
30 years after employment, with 
employee access guaranteed 

• Periodic medical exams for asbes- 
tos are available to exposed work- 
ers at the employer's expense by 
employee's physician 

• Overexposed workers shall be 
reassigned to jobs without expo- 
sure for the remainder of the project 
with no loss of pay 

• Workers, all subcontractors, and 
OSHA must be notified in writing 
before work begins of the potential 
for exposure on the site 






• • • 

One Local's Story 

In 1980 Johnny Joyner lost the lower 
half of his arm, from the elbow down, 
in an accident. It was cold in the plant 
so he had his coat on. The sleeve got 
caught in an unguarded machine used 
to bend the bottoms of wire baskets. 

The above incident sounds like an 
imaginary case scenario . . . but it's 
not. Joyner is a member of Local 3090, 
Murfreesboro, N.C. The local repre- 
sents employees at an industrial plant 
in Murfreesboro where they produce 
wirebound crates and baskets, com- 
mercial veneer, and lumber. 

And Joyner's accident was not the 
first. Other machine guarding accidents 
had happened . . . like hands being 
caught and requiring grafts. But after 
this accident, local union leaders wanted 
to know why someone has to get seri- 
ously injured before the company will 
do something about safety problems'? 
What could they do? How could they 
get problems corrected? 

Back at the plant, the local set up a 
union safety committee. A chairperson 
was picked — Delores Stephenson, be- 
cause she was a fighter, stubborn, and 
energetic. She was not afraid of the 
company. She picked others fitting that 
description — like Bonnie Peoples. Those 
employees most concerned with plant 
safety were asked to join. Members of 
the committee had to attend future 
safety seminars to stay on the commit- 

The committee's first task was to 
gain more knowledge and understand- 
ing of safety and health matters, and 
the Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration (OSHA). One resource 
was a UBC safety manual they received 
at the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Council's 
safety seminar. The nine committee 
members would rotate taking tours of 
the plant, two at a time. They would 
look for and note hazards, and check 
to see if hazards had been corrected 
from previous inspections. If it had not 
been corrected by the third inspection. 

the matter would be turned over to the 
local union president to handle. 

At first the local felt that the company 
did not take them seriously. The com- 
pany had their own safety committee, 
but the local believed that it was not 
responding adequately to reports of 
hazardous conditions. The union rep- 
resentative on the company's safety 
committee was specifically picked to 
serve on the new union committee by 
the local to give it more credibility so 
the company could not say they were 
just picking "troublemakers." 

The committee found 25 hazards on 
their first plant tour. Some of the haz- 
ards the union's committee found were: 
unguarded machinery; metal steps on 
ladders that had no grip (were not skid 
proof); machines with naked electrical 
wiring; inadequate fire safety (fire bar- 
rels were empty, few buckets existed); 
a steam box door was on broken tracks. 
The committee reported these problems 
to the company for four months but it 
appeared that nothing was done. The 
matter was turned over to the local's 
president Lee Demary. He talked to 
the plant manager and later called his 
business representative from the Mid- 
Atlantic Industrial Council to discuss 
calling in OSHA. They filed the paper- 
work and waited three months. The 
members were getting frustrated at OS- 
HA's inaction 

Finally OSHA came to inspect the 

Local 3090 President Lee Demary, right, 
with other participants of a UBC OSHA 
workshop in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. 

plant, but arrived one and one-half 
hours before quitting time. The plant 
manager kept the compliance officer in 
his office for over an hour, so he had to 
come back the next day. That night the 
company flew in a safety man from 
corporate headquarters in Atlanta and 
had a work crew working overtime to 
clean up all the hazards. By the time 
OSHA came in the next morning, all 
hazards had been fixed except the steam 
box door and the brakes on a forklift. 
During the inspection. OSHA claimed 
it could not investigate the steam box 
door problem due to a technicality — 
the exact location was not noted on the 
complaint form. 

Two weeks later, Raymond Davis 
was injured when the steam box door 
fell on him. He suffered a broken hip. 
fractured pelvis, and cut nerves. He 
has no use of his legs from the knee 
down and is on permanent disability. 

During the closing conference a few 
weeks after the inspection. OSHA was 
going to cite the company for having 
no brakes on one forklift. The company 
decided to fight the citation in Raleigh. 
At the hearing, the safety director for 
the company's southern division claimed 
it was all a local labor-management 
conflict between Demary and the plant 

OSHA later explained to the union 
reps how to file complaints carefully so 
they will be more effective. The local 
union learned, through experience, that 
OSHA is a "mixed bag"; that there 
was room for improvement in North 
Carolina. The local also learned that, 
on occasion, OSHA may disqualify 
complaints because of technicalities. A 
meeting was later held with the head of 
the North Carolina OSHA program to 
air their complaints, at which OSHA 
promised to do better. Demary called 
the meeting a white wash, and vowed 
to make the union's feelings heard. 
Since then relations have improved with 
OSHA and with the company. The plant 



manager apparently got the message 
about the need to improve conditions, 
and now the union's concerns are being 
addressed. And the company has now 
hired someone to install guards on ma- 

Committee chairperson Stephenson 
prioritizes problems based on their se- 
riousness. The ladders have been fixed. 
The metal steam box door has been 
replaced with a canvas one. The com- 
mittee makes a tour each month and 
sends a copy of their report to 
Stephenson, Demary, and the plant 
manager. Many of the hazards still cited 
are lack of guards and poor housekeep- 
ing, but now the local representatives 
are focusing their attentions on wood 
dust. Several employees have become 
ill with asthma and bronchitis. Venti- 
lation at the ripsaw is fair to poor, and 
workers get covered head to foot with 
dust because the duct system is not 
maintained properly. 

There are also extensive noise prob- 
lems. Employees try to wear earplugs, 
hearing tests are now being given, and 
monitoring is done for noise levels. The 
company apparently does not want to 
modify the machines for quieter oper- 
ation because many of them are leased 
and because it costs too much money. 

Serious hazards are being given more 
attention. The company will not push 
people to lift loads that are too heavy; 
forklifts are not operated unless safe. 
Guards are made in-house. A plastic 
wall has been erected to prevent heat 
loss. A strict lockout procedure to pre- 
vent accidental start up of machines 
during maintenance was started after 
an electrician at another plant was ground 
up and killed in a "hog." The company 
listens to local union president Lee 
Demary more now. The next OSHA 
complaint the local files will be perfect. 

Members are very supportive of the 
safety committee and bring them their 
complaints. They have also discussed 
the "refusal of unsafe work." There is 
some language in their contract on safety 
which was never used before, but is 
now. The company comes along on 
their plant tours, but they still have an 
all-union committee of 8 or 9 members. 
The committee makes reports at local 
union meetings and asks the members 
for solutions to problems. Their goal is 
to guarantee you "leave work the way 
you came." They no longer have prob- 
lems with workers being harassed for 
complaining of safety problems. 

Many companies will only go so far 
though, only do what is legally required 
by OSHA and the contract. Therefore 
the union wants to add more contract 
language on safety. To the safety com- 
mittee's credit, there has only been one 
serious accident in the last two years 
since the committee began. 


Continued from Page 18 

ods produced very few exposures over 
1.0 fibers/cc. 


The OSHA exposure limit for asbes- 
tos has been 2 fibers/per cubic centi- 
meter (cc) (equivalent to 16 million 
fibers per 8 hour day) since 1976. OSHA, 
though, does not count the total avail- 
able asbestos fibers. Fibers that are too 
small to be seen using the light micro- 
scope, or shorter than 5 microns (5 
millionths of a meter), are not counted. 
There may be as many as 50 of these 
shorter invisible fibers for every one 
OSHA counts. Those shorter or thinner 
fibers can still be inhaled and cause 

In November, 1983, OSHA issued an 
emergency temporary standard which 
lowered the exposure limit to 0.5 fibers 
per cubic centimeter. This emergency 
standard has been challenged in court 
by the industry. OSHA is currently 
deciding if the asbestos exposure limit 
should be lowered even further when a 
permanent standard is issued in spring 
1984 on the related parts of the standard 
(such as requirements for air sampling, 
medical exams, signs and labels, etc.). 
NIOSH, OSHA's companion agency 
for research, recommended in 1976 that 
the exposure limit be lowered to 0.1 
fibers per cubic meter based on the fact 
that no exposure limit is safe, and 0. 1 
fibers/cc is the lowest level we can 
detect now reliably using the optical 


Asbestos dust is lethal. Any exposure 
should be considered harmful, so the 
only way to truly control the hazard, 


Building workers are often exposed 
to asbestos without knowing it. NIOSH 
(The National Institute for Occupa- 
tional Safety and Health) has devel- 
oped a quick test to check to see if 
building materials contain asbestos. 
A small sample of the material (the 
size of a pea) is mixed with two or 
three acid and base solutions. If the 
solution turns blue or red then the 
sample probably contains asbestos (at 
least 1%). If it does not change color, 
you can be sure there is no asbestos. 
These test kits are commercially 
available from several companies (such 
as E C Apparatus Co., 3831 Tyrone 
Blvd. N, St. Petersburg, FL, 33709, 
under the name Asbestest); cost about 
$2/test and take 5 minutes to perform. 

as far as new products or construction 
are concerned, is to stop using it. Al- 
most every use of asbestos now has 
safer substitutes. A/C pipe, for exam- 
ple, can be replaced with ductile iron, 
concrete pipe, plastic pipe, or vitrified 
clay pipe, depending on the size needed. 

Unless this potentially lethal material 
is replaced by substitutes, asbestos ex- 
posures will continue for generations 
to come. 

And even if industry switches to 
substitutes completely, exposures will 
continue for UBC members doing ren- 
ovation, demolition, or removal work. 
A comprehensive approach is needed 
for such situations. The BCTD proposal 
for an OSHA standard (see box) em- 
phasizes engineering controls, good work 
practices, and restricting exposure to 
as few workers as possible. 


EDUCATE YOURSELF and your fel- 
low members about the hazards of as- 
bestos and how to control them. Many 
excellent resources are available for 
free. Information on these publications 
can be obtained from the UBC's Safety 
and Health Department. 

STOP SMOKING. If you are exposed 
to asbestos and smoke your chances of 
getting cancer increase dramatically. 

clean up the workplace as much as 
possible using engineering controls such 
as" ventilation and wet methods, as re- 
quired by OSHA, and to substitute 
asbestos containing materials with safer 

minimize the amount of dust created. 
Clean up all dust with high efficiency 
vacuum cleaners and wet methods. 

CLOTHING and respirators when nec- 
essary to avoid exposure. They may be 
cumbersome, but they can also help 
prevent dust exposure and later occu- 
pational disease. 

gether to solve these problems. The 
International's Safety and Health De- 
partment is a valuable source of help 
and information. 

if you have been exposed to asbestos 
to look for early signs of disease. 

For further information, copies of a 
longer version of this article, or copies 
of the BCTD Asbestos Standard for 
Construction — contact the UBC De- 
partment of Occupational Safety and 
Health. 101 Constitution Avenue. N.W.. 
Washington, D.C., 20001 (Phone— 202/ 



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Colorado Centennial District Council Chartered 

The two district councils of Colorado have recently merged to 
form the Colorado Centennial District Council of Carpenters. 
Charter presentation was made by Board Member Leon Greene. 
Above left, from left, are: Colorado Centennial District Council 

President Wilbur Scheller, State Council Secretary Edward R\- 
lands. and Board Member Greene. Above right, the officers of 
the new district council pose with the new charter. The new 
district council is headquartered in Denver. 

Ebasco Lauds Skills 
Of Tampa Millwrights 

"Without organized labor's cooperation 
and supply of skilled craftsmen, the over- 
whelming success of St. Lucie 2 could not 
have been achieved," noted Russel Chris- 
tesen, Ebasco Services, Inc., president, at 
the recent completion celebration for the St. 
Lucie 2 nuclear power plant. Port St. Lucie, 

St. Lucie was completed last August with 
the assistance from Millwright Local 1000. 
Tampa, Fla., and the Palm Beach Building 
Trades Council. From first construction to 
fuel loading, the project took 69 months, a 
rate which exceeds completion rates of any 
recently completed domestic nuclear proj- 

"This unit will serve as a benchmark in 
the industry of what can be accomplished 
with a dedicated labor/management effort," 
said Christesen. 

Mortgage Burning 

John Romondo, Florida Power and Ligh 
left, gives Marty Bearry, assistant business 
agent. Millwright Local 1000, a certificate 
of appreciation for work done on the St. 
Lucie 2 Nuclear Power Plant. 

Local 1964. Vicksburg. Miss., recently 
celebrated the proud occasion of making 
the last mortgage payment on the local's 
building. On hand for the note burning 
were, from left, International Representa- 
tive Edward L. McGuffee (business man- 
ager when the building was purchased). 
Business Agent and Financial Secretary 
Rodney G. Ogle, and President Oscar A. 



Attend your local union meetings regu- 
larly. Be an active member of the United 
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of 

Open Records, 
Judge Tells Navy 

A federal judge in California has ordered 
the Navy to open its payroll records in an 
important Freedom of Information Act case. 

The Navy had refused to open the records 
to a labor-management group which ques- 
tioned whether a non-union contractor was 
paying Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates 
on a Navy project, claiming the records 
were confidential documents. An association 
of union painting contractors sued, arguing 
that the information is necessary to carry 
out the Davis-Bacon Act. 

U.S. District Judge Robert H. Schnacke 
agreed, saying the Navy had failed to make 
a case for exemption from the Freedom of 
Information Act, and that in another case 
similar wage information disclosed a failure 
to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act. He 
said, benefits to workers and the public 
interest outweigh arguments that privacy is 
infringed by making the information public. 

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N.D.. constructed a shed, pictured above 
partially completed. The shed was later 
finished by apprentices and donated to a 
school for special students. 



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Stewards Train in Alaska, Florida, 
New Mexico, Ontario, Other Areas 

The UBC's two steward training pro- 
grams — "Building Union" for construction 
stewards and "Justice on the Job" for in- 
dustrial stewards— have been presented to 
local union leaders in many parts of North 
America during recent weeks. 

"Building Union" was on the agenda for 
local unions in Pensacola and Gainesville, 
Fla., and Kenai, Alaska. "Justice on the 
Job" got full attention at local unions in 
Mattawa, Ont. and Albuquerque, N.M. In 
Bridgeport, Conn., local union members 
took a supervisory course sponsored by the 
Associated General Contractors. 

In Albuquerque, N.M., members of Health 
Care Local 2166 successfully completed 
"Justice on the Job" instruction, according 
to Pete Baldwin, executive secretary of the 
UBC's Southwestern Council of Industrial 

Graduates of that course included Rose 
Marie Garcia, Grace Myra Gomez, Marjorie 
L. Fitzgibbon, and Valerie L. Kimsey. 

The training program "Building Union," 
was given by Business Representative Bill 
Matthews of Local 1281, Anchorage, to Don 
Elwing, Bill Wolf, Ray Freer, Bill Grosso, 
Richard Flanders. Mike Minogue, Daniel 
Ring, Robert Schlott, Glen Cray, and Earl 
T. Jones. The sessions were held in Kenai, 

MATTAWA, ONT. Derrick Manson, the 
UBC's Canadian research director, re- 
cently conducted an industrial steward 
training program for Local 2759, Mattawa, 
Ont. Participants are shown: First row, 
from left, Paul Duhuime. Albert Pellerin, 
Frank Porter, and Bapliste Larente. Back 
row, Claude Asselin, Michael Montreuil, 
Robert Midland, Etienne Gelineau, and 
Entile Delarosbil . 

PENSACOLA, FLA. A training seminar for construction stewards, called "Building 
Union," was presented to members of Local 1194, Pensacola, Fla., by Operation 
Turnaround Task Force Representative David Allen. Participants are shown, from left: 
Dick Crisco, Bobby Kimmons, E. E. Rigby, Edgar Albert, Robert Steele, Frankie Lam- 
bert, Charles McCranie, Rocky Bishop, Gary Nichols, David McCranie, Kenneth Smith, 
Eddie demons, Terry Sapp, William Galley, Thomas McCranie, Dwight Pledger. 

FLA. Participants from Local Unions 1278, Gainesville, and 2292, 
left to right, front row, Kevin Hefler, Chester Smith, Kenneth Charter, 
Lamar Harvey, John Provost, Dozier Harrelson, Robert Trousdale, 
Alton Stokes, Charles Nipper (business representative of Local 1278), 
and Bill Adams: back row: William Blasklee, Tobe White, Keth Bunnell, Robert Rohrer, 
Milton May, W. H. Jones, W. J. Lewis, Ron Peebles, Gordon Malmberg (Business 
Representative of Local 2292), Joe Crane, Frank Masteje, Rowland Buta, Mark Mem- 
man, and Dave Thomas. 


Ocala, included 
Charles Ballow, 
Wayne Haskins, 



St. Louis Hostelry is 
Union Showplace 

Henry VIII is a hostelry on North Lind- 
berg Boulevard in St. Louis, Mo., which 
has provided sleeping, meeting, dining and 
entertainment accommodations for busi- 
nessmen, travelers and local unions since 
1968. It is all union. 

The management recently decided on a 
complete renovation, and members of UBC 
local unions found the work force. 

In addition to the new space needs of the 
inn, the management wanted something else 
. . . something more of the old English motif, 
a decor and design that would suggest to the 
weary commercial traveler, as he stepped 
from his airport limo, that he was entering 
the lobby of a Sussex manorhouse in the 
time of its namesake. 

The project included a ballroom to accom- 
modate 1 ,400 people, five new meeting rooms, 
42 new bedrooms, a new kitchen, a remod- 
eled main lobby and a spacious new annex. 
All the new units are inside what is de- 
scribed as the "tower," a five-story addition 
to the sprawling lodge, part of which was 
built where an old entryway to the north 
parking lot used to be. 

Incorporated into the design for all this 
are winding staircases in the lobby, ceiling 
beams, trim, paneling and doors, all of it 
oak . . . $625,000 worth of oak. 

According to Bob Evrard of Ellisville 
Enterprises, Inc., the carpentry and coor- 
dinating contractor, the project got under- 
way in September, 1982. 

Much, if not most of the work, was right 
up front near North Lindbergh where cars 
park and discharge the passengers and guests 
enter and exit. 

"These were not usual circumstances," 
Evrard said, adding, "and all of the workers 
in every craft bent over backwards to get 
this job done with as little disturbance as 
possible to the regular business of the inn. 

"And we did it on schedule," Evrard said. 
"There were no jurisdictional disputes, no 
work stoppages of any kind and the motel 
did not have to shut down for a single day, 
and not even one meeting was cancelled." 

Unions involved in the project were locals 
of the Carpenters District Council of Greater 
St. Louis, both construction and shops and 
mills which supplied the paneling and trim; 
IBEW Local 1, Floorlayers Local 1310, 
Cement Finishers Local 527, Roofers Local 
2, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, and 
Plumbers Local 35. 

Carpenters who installed the new stair- 
cases in the Henry VIII Inn's lobby are, 
from left: Mike Evrard, Bill Himch, Gil 
Nash, Gary Evrard, and Bob Evrard of 
Ellisville Enterprises, Inc. All the visible 
wood is oak supplied by shops and mills 
under contract with the CDC. The carpet 
was installed by members of Floorlayers 
Local 1310. — St. Louis Labor Tribune 

A conference in session in a meeting room 
of the Henry VIII Lodge since the renova- 
tion. All wall and ceiling work was by 
union craftsmen. 

Turnaround Action 
In Fox River Valley 

Operation Turnaround was recently the sub- 
ject for discussion of delegates to the Fox 
River Valley District Council in Wisconsin 
and the executive committees of the affiliated 
local unions Task Force Representatives 
Walter Bamett and Jerry Jahnke led the 

A day-long training session was held on a 
Saturday to keep the loss of time of the 
executive committee members to a mini- 

mum. Although the session was lengthy, 
many of those attending remained after the 
session to discuss conditions in their partic- 
ular areas and offer ideas and assistance to 
insure a successful program. 

Ride Greyhound 

John Rowland, president of the Amalgam- 
ated Transit Union, advises us that the 
boycott against the Greyhound Bus Lines 
has been terminated, and ATU members are 
on the road again. He expresses his appre- 
ciation to all union members and their or- 
ganizations for supporting the drivers. 

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Milwaukee Moves On 'Turnaround' 

To push Operation Turnaround in its area, the Milwaukee, Wis.. 
District Council of Carpenters held an all-day session, one Sat- 
urday, last fall, and laid plans for an active labor-management 
program in 1984. 

There were 107 executive committee members from the 14 
affiliated local unions in attendance. C-VOC (Construction — 
Volunteer Organizing Committees) groups had already been ap- 
pointed in each of the 14 local unions. District Council Business 
Manager Michael Balen selected a co-chairman and a volunteer 
organizer in each local union to work with the council on the 

Task Force Representative Walter Barnett and General Repre- 
sentative Ron Stadler worked with the council during the fall 
session. A highlight of the gathering was a slide show of the 1983 
Labor Day parade in Milwaukee in which the district council 
marching unit took first place. 

Views of the Milwaukee Turnaround session. On the platform 
are General Representative Ron Stadler, Business Manager Mi- 
chael Balen, Task Force Representative Waller Barnett, and 
Secretary-Treasurer Clifford Buth. 

Among the labor and management leaders heading up Local 
163' s special dinner dance were, from left: Ralph Cannizzaro, 
secretary-treasurer of the Westchester, N . Y. , District Council; 
Lino Bauco, president, J & L Concrete Co., Mi. Vernon, N.Y.; 
Gordon Lyons, business representative, Local 163; Edward 
Kelly, president, William A. Kelly, Co., Katonah, N.Y.; and 
George Pataki, mayor. City of Peekskill. N.Y. 

Local 163 Honors Labor, Management 

Local 163, Peekskill, N.Y., held a unique dinner dance recently, 
in which it paid tribute to the years of labor and management 
cooperation in its area. 

In the words of Local I63's Business Representative Gordon 
Lyons, "This was the first time an affair of this kind was held in 
Westchester County, N.Y. The idea was conceived by our local 
union as a way to take stock of the progress labor and management 
have made over the years and to seek ways in which we can 
further our relationship and grow. The idea was to eliminate some 
of the longstanding and outdated positions which we have all held 
for so long." 

Arranged in the spirit of the UBC's current economic-recovery 
campaign. Operation Turnaround, the dinner was described as 
highly successful. 







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Son of Wisconsin Member Pilots 
Space Shuttle on Eighth Flight 


Commander Brandenslein and parents 

When the space shuttle Challenger lifted 
off for its first night-time launch last Septem- 
ber, a part of member Walter Brandenstein 
and his wife Peg's life went with it. The 
Brandenstein's son, Commander Daniel 
Brandenstein, was piloting the space shuttle 
on its eight mission. 

Walter Brandenstein, a 37-year member 
of Local 1403, Watertown, Wise, says his 
son has always been interested in flying. 
Says Peg: "Even though we have known 
Dan was going to be on a flight as long ago 
as 1978, it always seemed so far in the 
future. " The Brandensteins found they could 
mark the lessening time until lift-off by the 
increased number of "media people calling. 

The Brandensteins attended a Christmas 
party in Houston before the flight, and met 
a number of astronauts including Robert 
Crippen and Sally Ride. On an earlier trip 
to Houston, Walter even participated in a 
simulated launch and landing. 

Commander Daniel Brandenstein took a 
very few small personal momentos on the 
flight — so on the trip went Walter's and Peg's 
wedding rings. The proud parents were on 
hand to view the launch's lift-off and landing 
. . . and now have to get used to having a 
son that's a celebrity. 


. . . those members of our Brotherhood who, in recent weeks, have been named 
or elected to public offices, have won awards, or who have, in other ways "stood 
out from the crowd." This month, our editorial hat is off to the following: 



Edward G. Volkar, Local 287, Harris- 
burg, Pa., recently received the 1983 
Craftsmanship Award from the Harrishurg 
Builders Exchange for the installation of 
oak paneling and oak trim while incorpo- 
rating an antique brass grille into the mill- 
work. Volkar is shown above, right, re- 
ceiving a framed photo of the project from 
Kenneth Getz. Both men are employees of 
H. B. Alexander & Son, Inc. 

Robert McConnell, Local 255. Blooming- 
burg, N. Y., is the proud recipient of the 
Sportsman of the Year award for New 
York State. McConnell, shown above 
right, receiving a plaque from Fred 
Farber III, Ulster County Federation of 
Sportsmen and New York State Brother- 
hood of Sportsmen president, received the 
award for his efforts in saving Cranbeny 
Lake, and in fighting for sportmens' rights 
in New York. 

Bill Nielsen, Local 665. Amarillo. Tex., 
displays the trophies he won for low med- 
alist and the Championship flight at the 
Annual Associated General Contractors 
Invitational Golf Tournament. Nielsen was 
labor's lone representative among contrac- 
tors, subcontractors, and suppliers. 


Robert Ormond, right, recently received 
the George Meany Award, Labor's highest 
award for service to youth through the Boy- 
Scouts of America program. The North 
Coast Counties District Council presented 
the award to Ormond. a member of Local 
744, Canoga Park, Calif. The presentation 
was made by Frank Morabilo. left, district 
council executive secretary, who cited Or- 
mond for 15 years of volunteer leadership 
and 15 years as a member of the Brother- 
hood of Carpenters. 

Pledge to UBC 

Bernie Martinez of Local 1391. Denver. 
Colo., suggests an 1 1-point pledge for mem- 
bers of the Brotherhood. 

MYthical or not 

Unite our jurisdictions 
Negotiate our grievances 
Involve our members 
Organize our contemporaries 
Neutralize our opponents 

Protect our resources 
Lecture our principles 
Enforce our laws 
Distribute our fortunes 
Generate our opportunities 
Encourage our families. 



Helping Hands 
Continues Growth 

The Linked Brotherhood s charitable arm. 
Helping Hands. Inc., continues to grow, 
according to a year-end report by its admin- 

The total amount raised as of December 
31, 1983. was $165,433.83. In recent months. 
Helping Hands has received, among many 
others, a $1,000 donation from the Nassau 
County. N.Y. Council of Carpenters', a do- 
nation from Bricklayers Local 10 of Mary- 
ville. Tenn., a donation from the Kiwanis of 
Beacon. N.Y.. $100 from Bob Montgomery 
of Chugiak, Alaska, and many contributions 
from Local 1765 of Orlando. Fla. 

Much of the Helping Hands funds goes 
for the plastic surgery and other rehabili- 
tation work needed by little Alice Perkins, 
the seven-year-old foster child for UBC 
member Ray Perkins and his wife, Thelma. 
Alice was born without a face at Vanderbilt 
University Hospital in Tennessee. Her story 
has been told by the media in many parts of 
the world. 

A letter accompanying a recent Helping 
Hands donation from Robert Gates of Car- 
penters Local 1171, Shakopee, Minn., indi- 
cates the support we are receiving. Gates 
writes: "I hope I speak for all Viet Nam 
veterans when I say that, even though Alice 
wasn't even born when I served in Nam, 
she represents what 1 feel we fought for. To 
all Viet Nam veterans. I suggest, take the 
money from one case of beer and mail it to 

Thelma Perkins recently reported to us 
that Alice is now attending the Tennessee 
School for the Blind and is doing well. "She 
enjoys her flights back and forth to school." 
As a result of articles about Alice in Car- 
penter and the April, 1983, Readers Digest, 
the Perkins continue to receive much mail 
from well wishers all over North America. 
Alice received a clown doll from England 
on her birthday in September. She under- 
went corrective surgery in December, and 
Helping Hands continues to pay the bills. 

Contributions for Helping Hands may be 
sent to: Carpenters Helping Hands, 101 
Constitution Ave.. N.W., Washington, D.C. 
20001 . Checks or money orders can be made 
out to: Carpenters Helping Hands. 

Contributions received as of December 
30. 1983. included those shown in the box 

At the top. Local 323 President Jerry Schuder presents awards to leaders of the first and 
second-place teams. In the lower photographs, the third-place team receives a plaque, 
and some of the wives and children who tended the concession stand pose for the 

Slow-Pitch Tourney Reaps High Proceeds 
For Brotherhood's Helping Hands Fund 

It won't be long before the 1984 softball 
season gets underway across North Amer- 
ica, so it's a good time to tell you about a 
slow-pitch softball tournament held last year 
by Local 323 of Beacon, N.Y., for the United 
Brotherhood's Helping Hands Fund and 
which may be held again this year. 

On two successive days last spring, 10 
amateur softball team competed for trophies 
and plaques, and each team paid a $100 entry 
fee, which went into the Helping Hands 
Fund. Wives and children of Local 323 
members sold refreshments, with receipts 
also going into the Helping Hands Fund. In 
addition, there were special contributions to 
the fund by outside groups and Local 323 

The proceeds from the tourney, which 

Local Union. Donors 

R. J. Bond 

Louise Bollinger 

Mrs. Nelson Elam 

Claude & Linda McCoislon 

8, D. F. Dempsev 

Bob Montgomery 

Sue H. Presiwood 

15, Philip J. Yutko 

Edward A. Rogers 

Barbara J. House 

74, James Simms 

Mrs. Irene Bednar 

Fred Morgeson 

331. Edward W. Woodward 

Robert T. Klensch 

R. Benny Conley 

558, Stanley E. Holmes 

George A. Belleville 

Patricia L. Eachus 

740, Charles H. Osborn 

Roger Mifflin 

Elsie Roberts 

1391, Wayne Moore 

Donald Lacey 

1947, Arthur Arneson 

1391, Wayne Moore 

Charles M. Jones 

Francis L. Bivens 

1512. James D. Ruiledge 

Donald Houser 

Tnnitv United Methodist Church 

1571, Lloyd & Dorothy Billings 

17, William Wood 

337, Stuart Robbins 

2398, M/M Richard Rubalcaba 

43, Arthur F. Ludwig 

1391. Wayne Moore 

2411, Norman Miller 

94, Robert E. Hayes 

1391, Wayne Moore 

Nassau County & Vicinity D.C. 

184, Russell C. Jemison 

Michael Chomin 

Nassau County & Vicinity D.C. 

434, Alex Cimaroli 

Nassau County & Vicinity D.C. 

Pat Proaps 

558, Stanley E. Holmes 

Herman & Margaret Stenger 

Memory of (Bob Smith) 

1391, Wayne Moore 

Bob Montgomery 

totaled $1,534.02. were turned over to 1st 
District Board Member Joseph Lia in the 
form of the check presented by Jerry Schu- 
der, president of the local union. 

Co-chairmen of the 1983 event were Louis 
Amoroso and Jerry Schuder. 

Tournament winners were: first place. 
Electricians Local 63 1 , Bruce Wolf, captain ; 
second place, Sheet Metal Workers Local 
38. Thomas Kelly, captain; third place, Car- 
penters Local 203, Phil Canino, captain. 
Most valuable players: Al Prokosch and 
Patrick Meyers. 

Local 323 had the following assists in 
arranging the tournament: The City of Bea- 
con's recreation commission provided the 
playing fields; local contractors donated funds 
for awards; Paul Stella provided the MVP 
awards; members of Local 1578, Gloucester 
City, N.J., traveled all the way from their 
home state to participate ; Jack Dexter served 
as master of ceremonies; Randy Cassale. 
Joseph Gerentine, and John Whitson gave 
special assists. The Grunch, a comic char- 
acter from McDonald's fast food shops, 
entertained the children. 

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters 
and Joiners of America is now conducting 
an international boycott against the 
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation to protest 
its "union-busting tactics" in 1983 
negotiations. We urge you to support the 
boycott in your community. 



'Fix Your TV Set? 
I've Never Seen You 
Before In My Life!' 

You've just bought a TV set and 
you've started making payments to the 
bank (or the finance company) but the 
set goes on the blink. You call the store 
where you bought it. They won't fix it. 

So you stop your payments until they 
make repairs, right? Wrong!!! It's the 
bank (or the finance company) you owe, 
and they don't fix TV sets. In fact, it's 
possible the loan officer may never have 
seen you before in his life. 

Well, you still may be able to stop 
paying, but only if your loan contract 
has these magic words in it: 


Any holder of this consumer credit 
contract is subject to all claims 
and defenses which the debtor 
could assert against the seller of 
goods or services obtained with the 
proceeds hereof. Recovery here- 
under by the debtor shall not ex- 
ceed amounts paid by the debtor 

When you buy on installment, and the 
store sells the loan contract to a bank 
or finance company or anyone else to 
collect the payment (or the seller helps 
you get a loan directly from the bank), 
your legal rights are the same as you had 
against the store. These rights vary from 
state to state but one thing is certain: a 
"holder" clause protects you when you 

New Name? New Card 

Anyone who has had a recent 
name change should visit the 
nearest social security office to ar- 
range to have their names changed 
on social securities records and to 
apply for a new social security 
card showing their new name, a 
social security representative said 

Unless a bride plans to use her 
maiden name after marriage, the 
record should be changed so that 
earnings are correctly reported to 
the correct record. 

borrow money to buy something. // the 
"holder" clause is in your contract. 

Even though federal law requires a 
"holder" clause in your contract, mer- 
chants sometimes forget. And when they 
do, you're out of luck. 

Look for the "holder" clause in your 
next credit contract. It's easy to find. . . . 
It'll only take a second. It's in bold print. 
If it's not there, ask why not. They have 
to put it in. It's the law, according to 
the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. 

Furniture Workers' 
Williams Boycott 

The United Furniture Workers of America 
would like you to remember the name "Wil- 
liams Furniture" — and then be sure not to 
buy it. And, request your members and 

Local 273 of UFWA, with 900 members 
in Sumter, S.C., went on strike on December 
6, 1983, rather than accept a 10% wage 
reduction and loss of other benefits. 

Under contract with UFWA for 45 years, 
the Williams Company was sold, and the 
new owner seeks to penalize the workers 
with wage cuts and concessions. 

Some Chemicals 
Don't Mix Well 

by Susan Beauchamp 

Chemicals — They are an integral part 
of the production of fabric, paper, tires, 
and tools. And we use them for such 
different things as blowing bubbles, bind- 
ing books and building bombs. They can 
be real blessings or really dangerous 
depending on how they are used, stored, 
and disposed of. 

In the home this is true in the use of 
such simple things as cleansers, bleaches, 
bug killers, and even paints and fertiliz- 
ers. Most of us know that such potentially 
hazardous materials need to be clearly 
labeled and stored out of the reach of 
children and preferably locked up. But 
there are other dangers too. Some chem- 
icals, when mixed, can form harmful 
combinations. For instance, mixing 
cleanser and bleach can create a deadly 
gas. To avoid such reactions don't mix 
household chemicals unless the directions 
specifically say it's O.K. 

In industry, chemicals aren't mixed on 
large scale until the results of the mixing 
are known. A wise and prudent step. 
However, in discarding chemical wastes 
such precautions aren't taken. When sev- 
eral industries flush their wastes into the 
same river or air, these vital parts of our 
planet become mixing bowls for chemical 
soups of unknown toxicity. 

Some recent research by Burton E. 
Vaughan of Pacific Northwest Laboratory 
in Richland, Wash, has shown that pol- 
lutants can have a synergistic effect on 
each other, much like cleanser and 
bleach. In other words, two factories 
may be within the safety limits in the 
disposal of their own wastes, but is the 
combined effect still within the safe 
range? In most cases we don't have the 
answer, yet knowing may be crucial to 
the health of those who live near by. 

What can we do to prevent the growing 
chemical soup from causing health prob- 
lems for us and our children? Talk to 
neighbors. Stay aware of what is happen- 
ing in your area. What factories are near 
by, and how have they disposed of their 
wastes? Are there any chemical dumps 
close to you, or are there any planned 
for your area? If so, how are these 
disposal sites seeing that you aren't going 
to be adversely affected by what they 
store now or in the future? If you don't 
like the way things are being handled 
speak up. 

If you suspect that you or your com- 
munity is in danger of chemical pollution 
from a source too big to tackle alone 
contact the Environmental Protection 
Agency. You can write them at: 401 M 
Street South West, Washington, D.C., 
20460 or by phoning a regional office 
near you. 

Having a healthy respect for the chem- 
icals in our lives can help us live our 
lives more healthfully. 




Willmar Graduate 

Recent Graduates in Evansville, Indiana 

At a special called meeting of Local 2465, 
Willmar, Minn., Local 2465 President 
James Ernst, left, presented a carpentry 
apprenticeship completion certificate to 
Citrlis Bailey, right. New journeyman Bai- 
ley is currently working for Hasslen Con- 
struction Co. of Ortonville, Minn. The lo- 
cal meets at the Willmar Labor Hall. 

Local 90. Evansville, Ind., recently graduated ten apprentices. Shown above, seated, 
from left, are President Sam Mills, Apprentices Chris Walker. Barbara Weis, Gary 
Burke, and Greg Yearwood. Standing, from left, are Vice President Vic Kohlmann, 
Recording Secretary Rick Skinner, Business Agent Don Walker, and Apprentices Scott 
Lockyear, David Ricketts, James Hisch, George Fehrenbacher, and Tom Ritter. Not 
present for the photo was graduating apprentice Lamonl Henderson. Guest speaker at 
the occasion was Howard E. Williams, above right, former business agent of Local 90, 
and now Indiana State Commissioner of Labor. 

Millwright Plaque 

Millwright Local 2232 recently presented 
Terri Hales, above left, with a hand- 
carved plaque commemorating her gradu- 
ation as the first female millwright from 
the local. O. G. Glassock, left, a charter 
member and first president of the local, 
presented the plaque to Hales. The plaque 
was carved by J. E. McCain, also a 
charter member of Local 2232. 

Apprentice Aided 
By Interpreter 

Jay Karchut, Local 599, Hammond. Ind., 
recently received hisjourneyman certificate. 
What makes this graduation special is that 
Karchut is deaf. Karchut worked evenings 
with a number of dedicated interpreters, 
arranged for by the State of Indiana Division 
of Vocational Rehabilitation, and has now 
finished the four-year program a competent 

Kansas City DC 
Trains Journeymen 

The Kansas City, Mo., District Council is 
conducting journeyman upgrading classes in 
metal stud, drywall, and basic trim work on 
consecutive Tuesday evenings, January 17 
through February 7. Bill Thomas and Gary 
Smith are handling arrangements. 

Contest Correction 


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In our report on the 1983 International 
Carpentry Apprenticeship Contest in the 
December Carpenter, we incorrectly iden- 
tified a picture taken during the manipula- 
tive test of the Indiana millwright as Rob- 
ert Kennard, the millwright from Ohio. 
Kennard is the man on the left, above, 
while Joseph B. Macalka, right, was the 
Indiana contestant at the contest. 

Graduation in Fort Wayne 

The Fort Wayne. Ind., Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Com- 
mittee recently held a graduation banquet honoring apprentices 
who have became journeymen. Graduates included, from left to 
right, seated, Kenton Schinnerer, John Reidenbach, Brian Ho- 
eppner, and Steven Schaadl; standing. Apprenticeship Coordi- 
nator Philip R. Harris, Kevin Koehl, Joseph Hope. Bruce Stark. 
Greg Stebbins, Timothy Shepherd, and Business Representative, 
Local 232 Douglas L. Haupt. Stephen Pastore also received a 
certificate but was unable to attend. 



Carpenters Prove Their Ingenuity 
With 18 Uses for Antique Saw Nib 

In the November issue of Carpenter, we 
asked if any of our readers could "enlighten" 
us about the nib found on the top edge of 
many old hand saws. And enlighten us they 
did! As categorized by the Apprenticeship 
and Training Department, we received no 
less than 18 distinct uses for the nib from 
more than 100 readers who responded. 

The Disston Handbook, 1917, suggests 
that "the 'nib' near the end of the hand saw 
has no practical use- whatever. It merely 
serves to break the straight line of the back 
of the blade and is an ornamentation only." 
Many old-and-antique-tool experts concur. 
However, others find this "ornamentation 
theory" hard to accept, given that tool 
manufacturers are not prone to decorating 
their tools. But whatever the original use, 
or non-use, of the nib, the many uses of the 
nib reported by our members are a tribute 
to the tradesman's ingenuity. 

The most recurring improvisation for the 
nib (over half of the responses) was as a 
marker and/or starter tooth when making a 
cut in lumber. Retired member Warren 
Waeltz, Local 480, Freeburg, 111., claims, 
"I have the absolute last word on this matter 
... It is used to start a fresh cut on a piece 
of lumber." Randy Whitfield, Local 1266, 
Austin, Tex., says that "according to my 
father-in-law ... it was used to score the 
edge of a piece of hardwood to make a 
starting place for the saw teeth to cut." Paul 
Blondell of Local 483, San Francisco, Calif. , 
states that the "tip is for a quick marker 
instead of using a pencil." 


In second place, with about an \%% vote 
of popularity, was using the nib to scribe a 
circle or an arc. Wallace S. Bray, director 
of the South Florida Carpenters JATC, says 
the explanation he likes best was given to 
him 32 years ago when he was an apprentice. 
"I was working with an old Swede carpenter 
who spent his lunch hours showing appren- 
tices like me the 'tricks' of the trade. He 
said it was for drawing circles." Continues 
Bray, "Drive a nail at the center of the 
circle. Put the nib against the nail. Put your 
pencil between the teeth at the desired radius 
and swing the arc." And as Bray further 
points out, "Many new saws have a hole in 
the end of the blade. The same thing can be 
done with them, except instead of pushing 
against the nail, you pull." 

In a related use, D. Fay Davis of Corbett, 
Ore., suggests the nib is to place a pencil 
point, with the saw lying flat against the 
board and your hand on the handle marking 
the distance on the edge, and pull straight 
down to draw a line parallel to the edge of 
the piece of wood. 

Using the nib to clear sawdust from a cut 
was the suggestion of five Carpenter readers. 
A member in Toronto, J. Brouwer, got his 
answer from an elderly "blacksmith, tool- 
maker, and Master Builder — Royal Cana- 
dian Army" at a tavern "done up in the 
decor of the lumber and paper industry . . . 
circa 1 900. ' ' According to this elderly gentle- 

man, "When you're cutting through a beam 
that's thicker than the saw and it starts to 
bind, you just pull out the saw, turn it over, 
and use that 'nib' to clear the sawdust out 
of the cut." And retired member Cleo Jen- 
nings, Local 1418, Lodi, Calif., supplied us 
with a newspaper clipping on the topic of 
saw nibs with this same answer. 

Three members suggest the nib was used 
as an aligning device. John Sammis, a retired 
member of Local 1292, Huntington, N.Y., 
says his grandfather told him that many years 
ago the nib on the end of a saw was used to 
keep from kinking the saw by sighting along 
the nib. Sixty-seven-year-old Fred Weisse, 
Local 30, New London, Conn., says his 
father said the nib was called an aimer. "His 
gun had an aimer; they also put one on his 
saw." And John W. Klase, Local 1050, 
Philadelphia, Pa., also reports the nib was 
for sighting — "like the sight on a rifle." 


Jack Giesen. Tulsa JATC coordinator in 
Oklahoma, and Joseph Garofalo, retired. 
Local 17, New York. N.Y., suggest the hook 
was used, in conjunction with the handle, 
to tie on a sheath for the blade. Garofalo, 
an antique tool collector for 40 years, says 
one use of the hook was to hold a piece of 
protective leather to guard the teeth. Coor- 
dinator Giesen forwarded an illustration from 
Country Craft Tools by Percy Blandford, 
with the British Mr. Blandford's description 
of the nib: "to retain the string of a sheath 
made by cutting a slit in a piece of wood." 

Two retired carpenters, C. S. Witham, 
Local 515, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ted 
Norelius, Local 851, Anoka, Minn., report 
that the nib was used as a gauge when putting 
on the narrow siding commonly used in days 
gone by. 

Two other retirees came forth with the 
wealth of information these long-time trades- 
men have stored, suggesting the nib was 

used to, as Albert Ruefie. Local 485. San 
Francisco, Calif., says, "retrieve cut off 
pieces of wood that fell out of reach — used 
as a hook." Joseph Reaber, Local 246, New 
York, N.Y., gives this concept a slightly 
different twist, explaining, "When I learned 
my trade, my instructor told me that the nib 
on the back of a handsaw was used by the 
carpenter to move or pick up lumber. By 
turning the handsaw with the nib down, he 
could hook it on to the end of a piece of 
lumber and pick it up or move it without 
bending down. ' ' Lloyd F. Baker, Local 2099, 
Mexico, Mo., who "was learning the trade 
back before World War II," says his father 
told him the nib was to pull lumber towards 
yourself from the far side of a saw horse. 

The nib was used to obtain the proper 
angle for filing the saw reports Moss Schaf- 
fer, a member in New York City. Schaffer's 
father, also a carpenter, told him the nibs 
were "placed there by the makers in their 
wisdom to ensure that the saw teeth would 
always be filed correctly, as the sample." 
According to Billy Ready, Local 40. Boston. 
Mass.. the angle of each saw varied. "The 
file was placed on the angle with the nib as 
a start. This gave the carpenter the exact 
angle to sharpen the teeth." In related re- 
sponses, Myron S. Gomuluk. Local 7, Min- 
neapolis, Minn., says the notch on the back 
of the nib was the original size of the saw 
teeth — with such information now printed 
on the blade, and J. de Bruyn. Local 1696. 
Penticon, B.C., reports that he used the nib 
during the 1950s as an apprentice in Holland 
to set up a saw filing machine. 

"The front of the saw to the front of the 
nib was the guide used to regrade the correct 
distance which the saw moved; it moved 
two teeth at a time and filed every second 
tooth at the correct angle." 

And last, but not least, are the members 

that stand alone, not in their ingenuity, but 

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in their use for (he saw nib. 

• Sigvald Torgeson, Local 348, Queens 
Village, N.Y., retired since l% l >, writes in: 
"One oldtimer I worked with explained the 
use of the hook |nib] this way — Years ago 
the\ used to rip boards or planks on two 
high horses. One man handled the saw on 
top, the other man below hooked a thin steel 
wire with a handle attached to the hook and 
pulled down on the saw." 

• Leif Anderson. Local 1699, Pasco, 
Wash., reports that the saw nib was made 
"to facilitate the slitting of decorative metal 
panels used in interior decoration some 50 
to 60 years ago ... the last time it was used 
to work metal on new construction was in 

• Lloyd Harkleroad, Local 1 1 . Cleveland, 
O., used the "hook" on the back of the 
saw, "back in the 30s ... to remove the 
nails in broken slate to replace with new 

• Bill Lumka. retired. Local 7, Minne- 
apolis, Minn., says, "My father used to file 
a lot of saws, and many years ago he told 
me that they put that nib on the saw for the 
saw filer. It was like a practice tooth. He 
would try his hand saw set on it to determine 
the degree of hardness in the saw." Says 
Lumka, ' ' Better to break the nib than a tooth 
on the saw." 

• Lloyd Van Patten, a retired member of 
Local 19, Detroit, Mich., reports "as ex- 
plained to me by a retired employee of the 
Atkins Saw Company in the late 1930s," the 
saw nib was critical for an old method used 
to protect the finish of the saw steel before 
the handles of the saw were installed. 

"The nib was used as a hook to support 
the saw in a channel that was installed over 
an acid vat. The acid vat acted as a pickling 
process and degreaser to eliminate all man- 
ufacturing — perhaps finger prints — and any 
other foreign substances. The saw nib . . . 
allowed the saw to be lowered into the acid 
... for a given period of time and then 
raised from the vat to dry before it was ever 
touched and before the handles were in- 

• And Morris N. Adams, Local 1599. 
Redding. Calif., came through with an "ag- 
ricultural" answer to the saw nib. 

"Back in 1919-20. I was a student in 
Cheyenne County High School in Cheyenne 
Wells, Colo. Our manual training instructor 
was an old retired carpenter ... he told us 
that years ago it [the nib] was longer and 
curved back toward the handle and was used 
to clip small twigs when pruning trees . . . 
as time went on and tools became more 
specialized it was gradually shortened to the 
nib, then familiar on all saws. A few years 
later, it was dropped entirely." 

Our thanks to all the readers who re- 
sponded to the antique saw nib question. 
We'd like to personally acknowledge each 
and every one of you, but due to the over- 
whelming response, staff limitations make 
this difficult. Please accept our sincere thanks 
for sharing your knowledge and anecdotes, 
and helping us put this feature together. 

— The staff of Carpenter magazine 

North Georgia Kicks Off 'Project Phoenix,' 
To Parallel UBC's Operation Turnaround 

Atlanta Mayor An- 
drew Young speaks 
to 1 ,5(10 construc- 
tion workers at an 
organizing rally 
sponsored by the 
North Georgia 
Building and Con- 
struction Trades. 

More than 1 .500 union construction work- 
ers including many UBC members, attended 
an organizing rally held recently in Atlanta, 
Ga., by the North Georgia Building and 
Construction Trades Council. 

According to NGBCTC Business Agent 
Charlie Key, Project Phoenix is a special 
building trades effort to "recapture tradi- 
tional union work in the construction indus- 
try, and organize the untapped source of 
new jobs generated by non-union builders." 
It is designed to accomplish the general 
purposes of the United Brotherhood's "Op- 
eration Turnaround," a pioneering effort in 
this field. 

Project Phoenix will be conducted on four 
fronts: public relations, litigation, political 
education, and organizing. Union officials 
estimate they will raise $100,000 by early 
1984 to fund the program. 

Two keynote speakers at the rally were 
IBEW National Organizing Director Michael 
Lucas and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. 
Lucas stressed the need for greater unity 
among building trades unions, and pledge 
support for the program from international 

Young urged rank-and-file union members 
to organize their "political strength" to nom- 
inate Walter Mondale as the Democratic 
presidential candidate, and to defeat Ronald 
Reagan. He also attacked right-wing groups 
which "blame labor and working people for 
the problems of our nation." 

Handicapped Rescue 

Members of Carpenters Local 87, St. 
Paul, Minn., rounded up donated equip- 
ment and materials and worked in sub- 
freezing weather to build a sorely needed 
wheelchair ramp at a foster home for the 
handicapped. The union community serv- 
ice effort was launched after state, county, 
and city governments refused for more 
than a year to provide funds. 

Vibration Syndrome 
From Use of Tools 

A recent study by the National 
Institute for Occupational Safety and 
Health (NIOSH) at Cincinnati, O., con- 
cludes that vibrating hand tools can cause 
a condition known as vibration syndrome, 
white finger or Rynaud's syndrome of 
occupational origin. "Vibration syndrome 
has adverse circulatory and neural effects 
in the fingers," says NIOSH. "The signs 
and symptoms include numbness, pain 
and blanching (turning pale and ashen)." 
NIOSH recommends that jobs be re- 
designed to minimize the use of vibrating 
hand tools and that powered hand tools 
be redesigned to minimize vibration. 







AVE. NW, WASH., D.C. 20001. 




The owner of a large business 
bought a lot of signs reading: "Do 
It Now" and hung them all over the 
office, hoping to inspire his people 
to be energetic and prompt in their 
work. Soon after, a friend asked him 
how it worked. "Well, not exactly as 
I expected," he said. "The cashier 
skipped town with $30,000, the head 
bookkeeper eloped with my sec- 
retary and three clerks asked for a 



Woman to grocer: "I sent my son 
for two pounds of plums and you 
sent one-and-a-half pounds." 

Grocer: "Madam, my scales are 
correct. Have you weighed your 



PROUD HUSBAND: "My wife's 
an angel, that's what she is!" 
HIS FRIEND: "Mine's still living." 
— Asa Clouse 

Local 19, Detroit, Mich. 


A clergyman parked his car in a 
no-parking zone in a large city and 
placed the following message un- 
der a windshield wiper: "I have 
circled this block 10 times. I have 
an appointment to keep. Forgive us 
our trespasses." 

-.When he returned to his car, he 
found this reply written at the bot- 
tom of his note, along with a parking 
ticket: "I've been circling this block 
for 10 years. If I don't give you a 
ticket, I lose my job. Lead us not 
; nto temptation." 

— John DiNapoli 
NewRochelle, N.Y. 



Nobody is busier than old peo- 
ple. How about the three or four 
hours per day we spend trying to 
pry child-proof caps from medicine 
bottles — a maneuver the average 
four-year-old can handle in 38 sec- 

— Peter Terzick, 
Retired Gen. Treasurer 


Question: Why do Eskimos wash 
their clothes in Tide? 

Answer: Because it is too cold 

—Ardyce C. Fish 
Seattle, Wash. 


There once was a carpenter named 

Everything he did was a dud. 
When chewing his gum, 
He bit part of his thumb, 
'Cause he never let go of the cud! 

—Geraldine Luscher 
Local 1282, Wausau, Wis. 


Our Lady: "Why, you bad little 
boy. Throw that cigarette away." 

Little Boy: "Lady, are you in the 
habit of speaking to strange men 
on the street?" 



A lady was having real problems 
with her husband coming home 
drunk almost every night. She al- 
ways met him at the door with a 
tongue lashing. In visiting with some 
of her neighbors, they told her that 
she was taking the wrong approach 
in dealing with her husband's prob- 

"When he comes home next time," 
they told her, "have a sandwich 
ready for him and treat him very 

She followed her friends' instruc- 
tions. When her husband came 
home, she said, "I am so happy to 
see you, dear, why don't we go in 
the kitchen and have a sandwich 
and visit a little bit." 

He agreed. 
. Finally, she said, "We might just 
as well go on upstairs to bed." 

"Yes," he said, "we might just as 
well because when I get home I'm 
going to catch heck anyway." 



Two girls were drinking at a bar. 
One girl said to the other, "Are you 
having another?" 

The first girl replied, "No, it's just 
the way my coat's buttoned." 


You know it's football season when 

there's a lot of talk about tight ends 

and no mention of designer jeans. 

—William L Wells 

Local 993, Miami, Fla. 







A gallery of pictures showing some of the senior members of the Broth- 
erhood who recently received pins for years of service in the union 

Glidden, Wis.— Picture No. 2 


Two members with 25 years of service to the 
Brotherhood recently received pins from Local 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year member 
Russell Eder, right, receiving a pin from Local 
President Dale Baker. 

Picture No. 2 shows 25-year member Bernard 

Vicksburg, Miss. — Picture No. 1 

Vicksburg, Miss.— Picture No. 2 

Albert Nelson 


Albert Nelson was recently honored by Local 
16 with a 70-year pin. Nelson, pictured above, 
s 89 years old, and was initiated into the 
United Brotherhood in May of 1913. 


On the last day of 
December, 1983, 
Brotherhood member 
Thomas H. 
Covington, born in 
1896, not only 
celebrated the new 
year, but his 86th 
birthday as well. A 
member of the 
Brotherhood for over 
54 years, Covington has been a member of the 
Brotherhood since 1929. Originally a member 
•of now-defunct Local 1942, Covington is now a 
member of Local 2230, Greensboro, N.C. 
According to his daughter, at 80 years old, 
Covington was still putting in windows, three 
stories off the ground. 


An awards ceremony was recently held by 
Local 1964, honoring members for years of 
service to the United Brotherhood. 

Picture No. 1 shows Marie Campbell 
receiving a 45-year pin on behalf of her late 
husband, J. 0. Campbell. Pictured are. from 
left: International Rep. Edward L. McGuffee, 
Marie Campbell, Business Agent and Financial 
Secretary Rodney G. Ogle, and Local President 
Oscar A. Barnes. 

Picture No. 2 shows members receiving 
pins, front row. from left: Ray Cato, 15 years; 
W. T. Prestage, 15 years; Ike Barnes Sr., 30 
years; Marie Campbell for her late husband; 
Walter Kelley, 40 years; and George Ameen, 20 

Second row, from left: Robert Martin, 15 
years; Robert Booth, 15 years; T. C. Hardy, 15 
years; S. T. Barnes. 40 years; Bill Brown, 15 
years; Carl Pettway, 15 years; E, W. Chandler, 
40 years; L. J. Rousey, 15 years; Edward L. 
McGuffee, 15 years; W. H. Simrall, 30 years; 
Bernice Roberts, 15 years; 0. C. Green, 40 
years; D. L. Henderson, 15 years; N. D. 
Chapius, 40 years; and Business Agent Ogle. 



Las Vegas, Nev.— Picture No. 3 

Las Vegas, Nev.— Picture No. 4 

Las Vegas, Nev.— Picture No. 5 


Local 1780 recently held its Pin Award 
Presentation Dinner at the Las Vegas Showboat 
Hotel. Over 450 members and. guests were in 
attendance to receive 25- through 60-year 
service pins and certificates for a total of 
16,955 years of dedicated service to the 

Master of ceremonies was Business Manager 
Elmer J. Laub, and the host was President Ned 
B. Leavitt. Among the honored guests were 
General Representatives Wayne Pierce, Norm 
Bashore, and Paul Cecil, all of whom gave a 
short speech. 

Keynote speaker was Andrew Ozuna, JATC 
instructor and union trustee. He spoke about 
the changing times, reviewing the early years of 
Local 1780, its struggles, hardships, and 
progress of the local. 

Harry Fisher, 92 years old, was honored for 
being the oldest member, with 60 years of 
service. Fisher's daughter, Doris Mathers, 
received his service pin and certificate, and was 

Las Vegas, Nev.— Picture No. 6 

also presented a bouquet of red roses to take 
to her father, who is bedridden. Also honored, 
for 50 years of service, was Brother William E. 
French, who is 91 years old. Memorial pins and 
certificates were presented to the widow and 
family of recently deceased members, Brothers 
Ray Liston and Joe Urtado, by Vice President 
Dale Shoemaker. 

Picture No. 1 shows 25 year members, 
seated, from left: Arlen Bauer, Robert 
Bainbridge III, James Justice, Henry Flynn, 
George Foisel, and Clifton Chapin. 

Middle row, from left: Darwin Farnsworth, 
Wesley Durham, Jim Gardner, Melvin Butts, 
and Gerald Dunaway. 

Top row, from left: James Jordan, Charles 
Giddens, Delmar Gifford, Clyde Bradley, and 
Robert Brown. 

Picture No. 2 shows 25-year members, 
seated, from left: Seth White, Mike Valero, 
Isidore Vanozzi, J. P. Smith, Boyd Martin, 
and Robert Rodgers. 

Middle row, from left: John Wallace, Roy 
Taylor, Tom Wisener, Louis Koncher, and Don 

Top row, from left: John Snook. Jack 
Roberson, Donald Roberson, and Douglas 

Picture No. 3 shows 30-year members, 
seated, from left: Victor Simmons, Paul Specht, 
Gordon Walton, Edward Sachetti. Salvatore 
Mercandante Sr., Sal Minutoli. and Louis 

Middle row, from left: Clay Nelson, Raymond 
Moore, Ed Petri, Joseph Mogar, Emmett 
Valdez, Vernon Rice, Lewis McAninch, and 
Jack Stafford. 

Third row, from left: John Ubriaco, Wessel 
Vermy, Mack Morris, Andrew Ozuna. Jess 
Nitson, Allan Nyberg, Edward Schramm, and 
Keith Scott. 

Picture No. 4 shows 30-year members, 
seated, from left: Oral Barney, Louis Fonseca, 
Buel Dodson, Perry Fortson, Ralph Carle, and 



Las Vegas, Nev.— Picture No. 7 

Bobby Ballard. 

Middle row. from left: Vern Ford, Harry 
Block, Dean Barnhurst, Kenneth Beck, Jack 
Bishop, and Manuel Campa. 

Top row, from left: Leo Finkler, Waymon 
Gardner, and William Dent. 

Picture No. 5 shows 30-year members, 
seated, from left: Carl Juncker, Raymond Hall, 
David Laflin, Clifford Kemple, Loice Jacobs, 
Charles Higley, and Thayne Holladay. 

Middle row. from left: Jay Levy, William 
Hebner, Ernest Manning, Edward Maguire, 
Ogan Layman, and R, E. Lile. 

Top row, from left: Louis Liance, John Maas, 
Yareth Hiestand, John Gubody, Norris Matson, 
Lawrence Manning, Ned Leavitt, and Charles 

Picture No. 6 shows 35-year members, 
seated, from left: A. D. Foster, Frank Garcia, 
Theodore Dexter, Clyde Jarman, Ernest 
Jackson, Sr., and Raymond Holytield. 

Middle row, from left: Claude Barnes, Odes 
Cremer, Marvin Hargrove, Lloyd Darnell, Rex 
Glenn, and Alva Haning. 

Top row, from left: Ernest Guillen, Elmer 
Laub, Edward Bourque, Frank Gray, Al Fantozzi, 
Jack Hinricks, Carl Gerloff, and Quince Alvey. 

Picture No. 7 shows 35-year members, 
seated, from left: Alvin Willuweit, Fred Sanchez, 
Forrest Sprague, Rubel Roybal, Edwin 
McMahon, Pernal Price, and Robert 

Middle row, from left: Robert Newman, 
Maurice Lowry, Mike Strobl, Jacob Sterk, Vern 
Lewton, Allen Rosecrans, and Steve Shroyer. 

Top row, from left: James Flemming, George 
Oliver, Chuck Moore, Marcelino Ozuna, Elmer 
Laub, Harold Roarson, Gilson Reed, Orwin 
Olson, and Floyd Savage. 

Picture No. 8 shows 40-year members, 
seated, from left: Joe M. Cordova, Francis 
Mucklow, Jake Romo, A. C. Mortensen, Homer 
Powers, and Sam Sivigliano. 

Middle row, from left: Earl Schult, Tom 
McCullough, Bill Whidden. Frank Weaver, 
Charles Franklin, Bill Hall, Lester Richards, and 
Elmer J. Laub. 

Top row, from left: Art Kistler, Ned Leavitt, 
Henry Swanson, Tom Trapasso, Wes Webber, 
Bill Hutchinson Sr., George Serleth, Eugene 
Wagner, Maurice Gibson, A. D. McKenna, Keith 
Corbridge, and Cliff Merholtz. 

Picture No. 9 shows 45-year members, from 
left: Marvin Dunagan Sr., L. E. Ragsdale, 
William Ragland, Collin Ryness. Robert Shaner, 
Lloyd Kibby, and Herman Wills. Awards 
presented by Elmer J. Laub, business 

■2^ tAi^MakJP. 
Las Vegas, Nev.— Picture No. 8 

Lakewood, Colo.— Picture No. 3 


At the annual pin presentation, members of 
Local 1396 with 25 to 35 years of service 
received commemorative pins. 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year members, from 
left, Erwin Sieghart, David Richards, and David 
Watts, being presented pins by Business 
Manager Jack Dalman. 

Picture No. 2 shows 30-year members, from 
left, Jack Nagode, James Olin, and George M. 
Hogan, being presented pins by Local President 
James McFarland. 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, from Nashville, Tenn— Bernard Norris 

left, Henry E. Thomas, Eugene L. Rutherford, 
Hal Williamson, and Eugene Jenkins, being 
presented pins by Business Manager Dalman. 

Recipients not present for photos are as 
follows: Harley Roche, 35 years: W. L. 
Buckman, 35 years; Robert Olson, 35 years: 
and Arden Windley, 35 years. 


Bernard J. Norris, Local 507, recently 
received his 40-year pin. The 70-year-old 
member was initiated into the Brotherhood in 
December, 1940. 




Recipients not pictured are as follows: 
25 year members Robert C. Allanson, 
Charles F. Anderson, Farrell D. Anhder, Rex 
Austin, Ralph Axtell, Cletus J. Babner, Wallace 
Bagby, Samuel L Baker, Travis N. Bartlett, 
Vernice Baynum, Swan Beckman, Craig Bell, 
Arren L. Berry, Leo Boosh, Lloyd Bredlau, Alvin 
Brewton, Charles W. Brinker. Edward Bullock, 
Joe M. Bunata, Morris W. Burcham, Le Grand 
Bywater, Jack Chatterson Sr., Clarence 
Christensen, Donald P. Clayton, John 
Clodfelter, Robert G. Craddock, Homer Craig, 
Vaughn S. Crane, David F. Cummings, Nicky 
Bob Davis, Roy E. Dean, Nelson Doble, James 
Duvan, Wallace Ekanger, Hollis Emry, Kenneth 
Engelbretkson, Harold W. Entzel, Gary 
Flannery, W. J. Gilliam, Robert A. Gomez, 
James Gormley, Gordon Hanna, Lauren Hart!, 
Cecil J. Hawkins, Alfred C. Hermann, Erich 
Hoffmann, Bobby J. Hudson, Francis Hutchins, 
Clark Isom, Sr., Joseph A. Jackson, Rufus M. 
Johnson, Talmadge A. Johnson, Eugene M. 
Johnson, James L. Jordan, William G. Joseph, 
Walter Karas, Boyd Kilgore, William Kramer, 
Rulen Laub, Joseph R. Lavallee, R. D. 
La,ymon, Leroy 0. Linster, William A. Lowry, 
Gerald Lucero, Carl D. Lundberg, Rex Lunt, 
Earl K. MacKenzie, Robert Marchack, Alex 
Matwiejow, James McArthur, Ted McFalls, 
Harold Mellott, Robert R. Meredith, Frank W. 
Milavec, David Miller, John S. Mitchell, John 
Money, J. B. Morgan, Paul Murphy, Leonard 
E. Newman, Elmer B. Niewierowski, Carl A. 
Northcutt, Keith W. Nunn, Tullis C. Onstott, 
Anthony Panzarella, Ronald W. Parish, C. C. 
Parker, Richard Perryman, Charles E. Powers, 
Charles Priester, Paul Provencher, Harry Riter, 
Virgil H. Ruddick, Harvey D. Schultz, Richard 
Sheehan, Franklin Taylor, Lloyd Thayne, Robert 
B. Timm, David L. Tucker, Woodrow W. 
Turner, Anthony W. Virtuoso, Fletcher Walters, 
James L. Weatherman, Sr., Billy K. West, Loris 
Westover, Frank Whittemore, Jack Wilcher, 
Eddie F. Williams, Tom P. Williams, Ralph 
Woodard, E. J. Woods, Harvey Zucker; 30-year 
members Fred N. Ahlvers, Elmer L. Alvey, 
Phillip Apodaca, Theodore Arroyo, Sr., 
Lawrence Arseneault, Walter E. Austin, Chester 
Barrow, Eugene D. Beaver, Arthur Beck, Elmer 
Berry, Mario Bianco, Robert Birchum, Charles 
Biskner, Darrel D. Bommer, Charles D. Book, 
Elmer Boyce, Oscar Brassfield, Joaquin Bravo, 
Joseph K. Buczkowski, James R. Bullock, 
James T. Carline, Joe A. Carlson, Sam Combs, 
Sr., Harold Conard, Ray G. Cook, Frank 
Cormaci, Oral Covington, Thomas J. Daly, B. 

D. Davis, Eugene Davis, HenFy Davis, Grant R. 
Day, Jess K. Dennis, Harold D. Diamond, 
James W. Dodd, Oscar T. Drews, Alfred Droz, 
Jr., William S. Dunton, Fred C. Ebeltoft, John 
R. Edgar, George Eisley, Robert N. Ericson, 
Carl E. Eriksson, Fred Eudy, Charles Fansher, 

E. R. Fern, Edwin H. Fortier, William S. Fox, 
Howard P. Gartin, Raymond L. Glenn, Arthur 
Gohde, Vernon Grady, Joseph Guskie, Harry 
Hammond, Albert Hansen, Victor Harlan, V. E. 
Hawkins, Acie Hearne, Robert L. Henry, 
William E. Henry, Sr., Jack V. Hora, Gerald 
Hutcherson, Milton R. Johnson, William J. 
Johnson, Henry Kratzer, William J. LaComb, 

V. A. Lancaster, Victor Lauria, Shelby Lewallen, 
Joseph E. Lopez, Thomas A. Lunt, William J. 
Mayer, Joe Munhall, James E. Morton, Thomas 
M. Murphy, Stanley Neiman, Jeremiah 
O'Connell, Clyde Oaks, Tony V. Ochoa, Earl D. 
Oetter, Charles Ogan, Jesse Olsen, Clyde B. 


Elmhurst, III.— Picture No. 1 

Elmhurst, III.— Picture No. 2 

nhurst, IS!. 

Local 558 recently honore r 
including officers, past officers, and regular 
picketers, for their service to the Brotherhood. 

Picture No. 1 snows Recording Secretary 
Joseph Holdmann, in Monroesville, Pa., 
pinning a 35-year on Phillip Kutz, 89, the oldest 
member of Local 558. 

Picture No. 2 shows 35-year members, front 
row, from left: Roy Felbinger, John H. Dolle, 
Thomas Kennedy, Joseph Holdmann, Elmer G. 
Hinrichs, Fred Hope, and Robert W. Knicker. 

Second row, from left: Edward Krusbe, Louis 
Potilechio, Daniel Potilechio, Steve Mohead. 
Sven Gnyman, and James Hagan. 

Back row, from left: Jaems Reed, Duane 
Nordeen, and Benny La Mendola. 

Picture No. 3 shows Charles C. Holdmann, 
left, 34-year UBC member, congratulating his 
brother, Recording Secretary Joseph 
Holdmann, 36-year UBC member. Together, the 
two brothers have served 104 years in union 
building trades. 

Elmhurst, III— Picture No. 3 (Below) 

Oran, Sam Payan, Marcus Pinkelman, Donald 
A. Pope, Alfred Radke, John Rambo, James 
Reed, Roy Robbins, Louie T. Romo, George 
Roper, Victor Ruesch, Ray Salaz, William R. 
Schoessler, Peter Schubert, Elmer Sepede, 
Morris Simkins, Eugene Spears, Eugene A. 
Sullivan, Edward E. Therkelsen, Edward E. 
Thomas, Claude Thompson, Joseph V. 
Tippetts, Charles H. Tolliver, Thomas Verble, 
Delfino Vigil, Ted Vilhauer, Glenn Waite, Clair 
F. Walthers, Benjamin Weaver, E. C. Weese, 
Alvin E. Snow, Sr., Arnold Weldon, Frank J. 
Wieler, Jr., Marion H. Wilburn, Burdell Wood, 
Floyd 0. Woody, Wallace Wring; 35-year 
members George Adams, Roy F. Andrews, 
George Bach, Roy L. Baker, Harry Ball, Almon 
Bame, James B. Bean, James L. Blakeman, 
James B. Boyer, Nelson S. Bradley, George 
Briscoe, Fred Broomfield, Hiram Bruce, A. T. 
Bruns, Charlie P. Camp, Emmit Causey, Jack 
C. Causey, Orville, Chamberlain, Lewis Dansby, 
Grady Davis, Anthony Di Grado, Luther E. 
Donoho, Roy L. Dunne, Vance Ekanger, Arthur 
J. Erickson, Herbert Fassler, Clarence A. Fink, 
William V. Forsman, M. K. Garhardt, John 
Genis, Duncan Gordon, Ernest Hagewood, Sr., 
Henry Halverson, Charles J. Jordan, Walter A. 
Kajfas, Theodore Klock, Torges H. Lee, V. G. 
Lewellen, Steve M. Loomis, Lester Loyd, 
Raymond McKoski, George A. Moore, Homer 
Morgan, John P. Nagelhout, Charles E. 
Newton, Arnold Ottinger, Don W. Page, Ernie 
Pahll, Edwin J. Painter, J. Fred Pennington, 
Leonard L. Peterson, Clint Phillips, T. P. Pool, 

Cdell D. Porter, Lee R. Pounds, James Price, 
Nazzareno Quacquarini, Alex Raski, Martin 
Reigel, Jack L. Rhude, Elijah Ross, William C. 
Russell, John A. Sadler, Rudy J. Salinger, 
Harold Sams, George L. Scaggs, Harold A. 
Scott, Manley W. Smith, Vernon B. Southern, 
Clarence W. Stephens, Gerald L. Stoddard, 
Lloyd Swope, Rex Terry, Elgie A. Thompson, 
John Tinder, Ramon Trujillo, Jack Vallecorse, 
William Vallerga, Joe Vigil, Ralph D. Wakefield, 
Joe W. Walker, Alvert Wall, Kenneth W. 
Wicklund, Donald J. Williams, George Wolford, 
Andrew Yacek; 40-year members J. D. 
Adams, Lloyd 0. Bassham, Louis G. Biel, 
Arthur H. Boker, Jewel P. Bolles, Joseph 0. 
Bunker, Thorval Calhoun, William M. Canfield, 
Fred J. Christensen, Charles Connely, Frank J. 
Damson, Walter Davison, Lloyd Drennen, 
Clarence Fulton, George Gartin, Vance S. 
Goebel, Gred Gribble, Howard Griswold, Merle 
E. Harris, Ed Hauser, Bruce Ingram, Eugene S. 
Lattin, Floyd E. Leavitt, Darwin Long, Irvin A. 
McCollum, Paul V. Mears, George R. Musser, 
Gerard Parent, Ralph R. Phillips, John D. 
Powers, Elwyn D. Price, Leroy R. Russell. 
Santi Sestini, Lawrence Shaw. Allan Shepherd, 
Roy S. Smith, Lawrence E. Starr, Arthur G. 
Taylor, Fred Terry, Art Trimmer, Wayne Trotter. 
C. I. Walkington, Condola Walton, Angus K. 
Wegren, Glen L. Woolery, Carl N. Zimmerman. 
Hugh A. Zug; 45-year members James B. 
Glover, Lawrence J. Hakala, Bill Marsac, 
Eugene Owens; 50-year member William E. 
French; and 60-year member Harry Fisher. 


Arlington, Tex. — 
Picture No. 1 

Arlington, Tex. — Picture No. 2 

Arlington, Tex. — Picture No. 5 

Arlington, Tex. — Picture No. 7 


Homer LaVoie, Local 101, Essex, Ml, above 
center, receives a gold watch for 73-years of 
continuous service to the United Brotherhood. 
LaVoie, 95, joined the Brotherhood on January 
1, 1910. On hand for the ceremony, left, is 
LaVoie's son, Roland, a 37-year member of 
Local 101. Conferring the watch is William 
Halbert, new president of the local and 
secretary-treasurer of the Baltimore District 

Essex, Md. 


Millwright Local 1421 recently celebrated its 
30th Anniversary with a pin presentation and 
barbecue. Pin presentations were made by 
Fred Carter, sixth district general rep. and E. 0. 
Livingston, Local #1421 president. 

Picture No. 1 shows 40-year member Sandy 

Picture No. 2 shows 35-year members, from 
left: President Livingston, Powell Brunson, 
Leon Chatman, Business Manager Herb Kratz, 
Marshall Fronabarger, and Herbert R. Russell. 

Picture No. 3 shows 30-year members 
Lawrence Penfield and Olen McBee. 

Picture No. 4 shows 25-year members, from 
left: Business Manager Kratz, President 
Livingston, Roy Wilson, and Fred Carter. 

Picture No. 5 shows 20-year members, from 
left: Fred Carter, President Livingston, 
Lawrence Hardison and Frank Kilpatrick. 

Picture No. 6 shows 25-year and 35-year 
members, from left: 25-year member Bill 
Harrington, 35-year member Andy Marshall, 
and Fred Carter. 

Picture No. 7 shows the "chow-line" after 
the pin presentation. 

Those not pictured but receiving pins are as 
follows: 45-year member Floyd Durham; 40- 
year members F. Lee Hardin, C. R. Holder, and 
Wayne Johnson; 35-year members Rayford 
Black, Thad Covington, Earl A. Cox, A. J. 
Fortenberry, Paul Hundley, and Lesley Linn; 30- 
year members Don Gibbs, Leon Pierce, Austin 
Scott, L. C. Shotwell, and A. A. Skelton; 25- 
year members John Shilling and C. C. Smart; 
and 20-year members Buddy Caddel, Harold 
Fowler, Orville James, Don Laxson, Tommy 
Livingston, Billy Payne, Fred Searcey, L. D. 
Shaw, Jim Simonek, and Sid Williamson. 


Local 20 recently honored members with 25 
to 70 years of service to the Brotherhood. The 
70-year award went to longtime member Philip 

Other members receiving pins are listed as 
follows: 65-year members Ole Olsen and Olav 
Larsen; 50-year member Sigward Savik; 45-year 
members Edward Bondreau, Carlo Formica, 
Vincent Galetta, and Herman Lee; 40-year 
members A. Andreasen, Alfred Carlson, John 
Duro, George Lakdnen, Phil Leanza, James 
Litrell, Harold Morris, and August Saks; 35-year 
members Edward Anderson, Frank Barbagalla, 
Emanuell Bellina, Harry Berg, Bernard Capasso, 
Ross Cocozza, Ed Currier, Ralph Erwood, John 
Gorcakowski, Michael Ferron, Harold Knutsen, 
Pete Krippa, Joseph Levin, Arthur Nelson, 
Bernt Nesse, Gunard Oines, Kenneth Olsen, 
P.J. Pedersen, Roy Rabold, Austin Sonnergren, 
and Hank Strom; 30-year members Frank Blois, 
J. Bodenschatz, Gene Bove, Anthony DiAntonio, 
Angelo Fazzio, Lenard Hansen, Ben Lamanna, 
John Latona, Salvatore Minneci, Phil Molica, 
Mangar Oines, Bernard Saestad, Henry Smith, 
Odd Sperre, and George Ward; and 25-year 
members Ernie Borghese, Vincent Caiozza, 
Alfred Capriotti, Armand Chiaparelli, Cincent 
Cozzens, Carmine DeRoss, Sal Dolcimiscolo, 
Harlow Haagensen Sr., Harold Giberson, Louis 
Lopez, Anthony Martucci, Jerry Perrin, Michael 
Scocco, Jerome Stamberger, Joe Stross, John 
Swenson, Robert Tuite, and William Zakoturia. 



The following list of 328 deceased members and spouses represents 
a total of $584,402.15 death claims paid in November, 1983; (s) 
following name in listing indicates spouse of members 

Local Union, City 

















Chicago, IL — Leon Zlotnik. 
Cincinnati, OH — John, Hagen, Robert J. Herzog. 
Minneapolis, MN— Oliver B. Holte, Victor Erland- 

Philadelphia, PA — Margaret I. Gring (s). 
Chicago, IL— Carter S. Jackson, Louis E. Sidney. 
Chicago, IL — Irene Sophia Drazewski (s). 
San Antonio, TX — Oralia Gonzales Cantu (s). 
Bronx, NY — Amelia Florio (s), Mary Chiapparelli 

Detroit, MI— John Grueter, Ruth J. Vida (s). 
Williamsport, PA— Arthur Russell, Sr. 
Boston, MA — Jannie M. LeBlanc (s). 
San Rafael, CA— Harold O. Lind. 
Oakland, CA — Thomas AJmond. 
Champaign/Urbana, IL — Oris E. Paul. 
S. Ste. Marie, MI — Ignatious A. Atkins. 
Lowell, MA — Antonio Durand. Claire Dufresne (s). 
KnoxviUe, TN— Robert W. Smith. 
Boston, MA — Oswald Leeping. 
White Plains, NY— Theresa Buchler (s). 
Denver, CO— Andrew Reichert. 
Chicago, IL — Zene Denman. 
Indianapolis, IN — Cecil W. Gentry. 
Kansas City, MO— Earl M. Bosier. Guy O. Eagle, 
Raymond Webb. 

Bloomington, IL — Janey Thorns (s). 
Perth Amboy, NJ — Stephen M. Nudge, Victor Jor- 

Boston, MA — John E. Chisholm, John E. McCabe. 
Canton, OH— Paul Risher. 
Chicago, IL — Albert Anderson. 
Rochester, NY— Eleanor L. Wassink (s). 
St. Paul, MN— Odin L. Johnson. 
Mobile, AL— Robert R. Manning. 
Providence, RI — Beverly Ann Moody (s). 
Bridgeport, CN — James McCarroll. 
Birmingham, AL — Mitchell Z. Murray, Vernus A. 

Dayton, OH— Henry C. Smith, Jr. 
Springfield, MA— Doris E. Lindsey (s). 
Sheffield, AL— Ben H. Driver, Houston McCaleb. 
Philadelphia, PA— Nathan Cohen, William Ferry. 
Passaic, NJ — Dennis F. Morris. 
Seattle, WA — Albert Anderson, Grace Marcella 
Schomber (s), Paul E. Lund. 
New York, NY— Nathan Wishnoff. 
Chicago, IL — Esbern Hagedorn. 
Pittsburgh, PA— Jerome Quiter. 
Schenectady, NY — Jennie L. Harris (s). 
Kansas City, KA — Thayne C. Amsrud. 
Youngstown, OH — Russell Marshall 
Chicago, IL— Marie Farland (s). 
Cleveland, OH— Alois J. Bauhaus, Clark R. Fish. 
Salt Lake City, UT— John H. McAllister. 
Steubenville, OH— Joseph Huff, Jr. 
Peru, IL — Frank Anderson, Orville Sandvik, Otto 

Dallas, TX— Vernon B. Heath. 
Gulfport, MS— Wilmer U. Sullivan. 
Stamford, CN — Joseph Hvizdak. 
Houston, TX — Carl W. Carson, Joseph L. Rip. 
Lafayette, IN— Chester J. Snider. 
Boston, MA — John Edward Carrigan. 
Wallace, ID— Glenn H. Wright. 
Atlanta, GA— Hardy O. Dunn, Roy H. Davidson. 
Fort Wayne, IN — Dyanne Hamilton (s). 
New York, NY— Mario Miano. 
Portland, OR— William M. Milligan. 
Oneonta, NY — Amandus Sundal. 
Milwaukee, WI — Arnold S. Ellingson, Edmund Mar- 

Chicago Hgt, IL — Jacob Kiestra. 
Niagara-Gen&Vic, NY — Louis A. Zollweg, Lucille 
Hornung (s). 

Blnghamton, NY— Francis P. Carle. Helen F. Ba- 
buka (s). 

Augusta, GA — Margaret Ruth Freeland (s). 
Harrisburg, PA — Bruce D. Slothower. 
CoUlnsviUe, IL— Calvin H. Eade. 
Brooklyn, NY — Anton Brandvik, Dora Nosanchuk 
(s). Jack Berger. 

San Jose, CA — Raymond T. Woosley. 
Saginaw, Ml — Howard J. Dubuis. 
Pawtucket, RI— Albert R. Guertin. 
Memphis, TN— Elaine Belk (s). 
New RocheUe, NY— Vincie Andre (s). 
Ashville, NC— Laxton E. Lankford. 
Columbus, MS — Flora Marie Cole (s). 
Camden, NJ — James H. Wood, John F. Gayton. 
Northmptn-Greenfd, MA — Edward D. Lafond, Os- 
car St. Laurence. Wesley Phillips. 
Lake Co, OH— Edith Florence Synder (s). 
Chicago, IL— William S. Norris. 
St. Louis, MO — Joseph L. Martin. 
Hingham, MA — Robert Joseph. 
Chicago, IL— Richard Breitbarth. 
Waukegan, IL — Charles Zimmerman. 
Tacoraa, WA — Gloria M. Hemess (s), Louis B. 

Ashland, MA — Gerard Michaud. 
San Francisco, CA — Charles Orekar. 
Nashville, TN— Eudie Mai Chance (s). 
Marion, IL— Dan Allen Webb. 

Local Union, City 

510 Berthoud, CO— William Leroy Guisinger. 

517 Portland, ME— Carroll M. Miller, James P. Shortill. 

530. Los Angeles, CA— Paul W. Krutzler. 

543 'Mamaroneck, NY— Frank N. Ponzo, John J. Cola- 

batistto, S. Charles Mirabella. 
548 Minneapolis, MN— Robert L. McNurlin. 

562 Everett, WA— Lloyd K. Morris. 

563 Glendale, CA — Zita Patricia Shoemaker (s). 
569 Pascagoula, MS— Wilbur L. Dalton. 

578 Chicago, IL — Edward Duras. 

579 St. John, N.F., Can.— Eugene Penney 
586 Sacramento, CA— Jesse J. Wood. 
610 Port Arthur, TX— Homer W. Phillips 

620 Madison, NJ — Edward Flatley. Harry Thorson. 

624 Brockton, MA — Henry Faria. 

644 Pekin, IL — Daniel Irvin Martin. 

657 Sheboygan, Wl — Dorothy Minnie Fenger (s). 

665 Amari'llo. TX— N. L. Grant. 

668 Palo Alto, CA— Raymond H. Blain. Yeitt R. Fred- 

690 Little Rock, AR— Grace Beatrice Green (s). 

701 Fresno, CA— Leo A Sisk. 

721 Los Angeles, CA — James Monyak. 

745 Honolulu, HI — Benjamin L. Ader, Setsuko Endo 

751 Santa Rosa, CA— Cesare Tarn, Eldred Cave. 

753 Beaumont, TX— Virgie Chambless (s), Walter D. 

764 Shreveport, LA— Betty Jean Wilson (s). 

770 Yakima, WA— Alva L. Quails, Fred L. Whitmire. 

781 Princeton, NJ— Frank Haupt 

783 Sioux Falls, SD— Herman Krieger. 

824 Muskegon, MI — Frank Ash. Homer Drennan. 

836 Janesvflle, WI— Virginia F. Gilbertson (s). 

839 Des Plaines, IL— Eugene Dibattista, Henry Lali- 

844 Canoga Park, CA — Emest G. Stewart, Maurice 
Leresche, Peter Tanchuk. 

870 Spokane, WA— Katharine Mary Nord (s). 

902 Brooklyn, NY— Karl Nilsen. 

904 Jacksonville, IL— Eloise C. Dullanty (s). 

912 Richmond, IN— Allen W. Coryell. 

925 Salinas, CA — Robert Mclntire Temmermand. 

929 Los Angeles, CA— Leo A. Hepola. 

938 Richmond, MO— Dewey T Garrett. 

H.H. Siegele, Author, 
Member, Dies, Aged 100 

In a way, it marked the passing of 
an era, when H.H. Siegele of Em- 
poria, Kans., died October 14, 1983, 
at the age of 100. 

For almost a half century Siegele 
wrote detailed and descriptive articles 
for readers of Carpenter on such sub- 
jects as how to install a two-piece 
jamb, how to reinforce floor joists, 
how to use a double straight-edge 
ground templet, and how to obtain 
the distance for spacing the saw kerfs 
on true circle work. 

Siegele was highly skilled in the 
methods of teaching craft informa- 
tion, and, in time, he wrote and pub- 
lished several books for the construc- 
tion trades, which were advertised in 

A member of Local 1224, Emporia, 
he began writing technical articles for 
the Brotherhood's official magazine 
in 1923 and continued publishing ar- 
ticles through the 1960s. His son, 
Milton H. Siegele of Emporia, tells 
us that his father "had an excellent 
mind most of his 100 years." The 
Siegele family has a collection of 
Carpenter magazines spanning the half 
century of his writing as a memento 
of his creative life. 

Local Union. City 

940 Sandusky, OH— Josephine Quilter (si. 

943 Tulsa, OK— James M. Walden. 

971 Reno, NV— Robert W. Jack. 

981 Petaluma, CA— Henry Lofgren. 

1000 Tampa, FL — John G. Davis. 

1014 Warren, PA— Charles J Olson. 

1040 Eureka, CA— Delbert Jackson. Dorothy B. Sinclair 


1059 Schuylkill County, PA— Joseph Dumchus. 

1085 Livingston, MT — Sigurd Mahlum. 

1089 Phoenix, AZ— Paul Deboer, Jr. 

1094 Albany Corvallis, OR— George B. Alberts, Merrill 


1097 Longview, TX— Elbert V. Reeves. 

1102 Detroit, MI— Ray J. French. 

1108 Cleveland, OH— Pauline Margaret Bell (s). 

1109 Visalia, CA— Maxine Bernhard (s). 
1114 S. Milwauke, WI— Ervin J. Smith. 

1120 Portland, OR— James C. Kelley, James H. Hefner. 
1125 Los Angeles, CA — George A. Little, Harold Eiroy 
Brown. Martin Anderson. William J. McMahan. 

1148 Olympia, WA— Virgil McLinn. 

1149 San Francisco, CA— Allen B. Fink. 
1159 Point Pleasant WV— Leo Plants. 

1163 Rochester, NY— Leslie Warren. 

1164 New York, NY— Bemardine Spitznagel (s). 
1176 Fargo, ND— Robert G. Pfeifer. 

1185 Chicago, IL— Mary R. Korpas (s). 

1222 Medford, NY— Charles Malcolm Sage, Thomas F. 

1235 Modesto, CA— Cecil F. Streeter. Elmer O. Harris, 
Marion W. Jackson. 

1240 Oroville, CA— Vest Houston. 

1250 Homestead, FL— John A. Tuckus. William J. Smith. 

1274 Decatur, AL— Robert L. Prince. 

1280 Mountain View, CA— Fred M. Silsby, James Ben- 

1296 San Diego, CA — Claude Leaverton. 

1302 New London, CT — Lino Scussel. 

1305 Fall River, MA — Jean B. Gagnon, Stanley Buba. 

1307 Evanston, IL— Peter Hoffman 

1308 Lake Worth, FL— John Salerno. 

1329 Independence, MO — Permelia Beatrice Beaty (s). 

1334 Baytown, TX — Homer Jack Gregory. 

1342 Irvington, NJ — Edward Stark, Margaret Howletl (s), 

Syvert Adolfsen. 
1353 Santa Fe, NM— Isabel Ludi (s). 
1359 Toledo, OH— Stephen A. Timar. 
1361 Chester, IL— Ray H. Tudor, Wanda Adeline Fulton 

1365 Cleveland, OH— Paul Papcum. 
1379 North Miami, FL— John R Coffey 
1397 North Hempstad, NY— Joseph Lester Reihl, Nils H. 

1408 Redwood City, CA— Elsa Erickson (s), Howard W. 

1411 Salem, OR— Maxwell Clark 
1438 Warren, OH— Zana Arnold (s). 
1449 Lansing, MI — Roman Dunneback. 
1464 Mankato, MN— L. Fred Hunt. 
1498 Provo, UT— Rudolph W. Clark. 
1507 El Monte, CA— Archie B. Crosby, Eli McWhorter. 
1526 Denton, TX— Claire J. Brady (s). 
1585 Lawton, OK— David Shaffer. 
1590 Washington, DC— Edward M. Mackey. 

1596 St. Louis, MO— Conrad Leipold. 

1597 Bremerton, WA— George W. Goetz. 

1599 Redding, CA — Harvey Ferrin. Henry Agostini. Vir- 

gii G. Olsen. 
1618 Sacramento, CA — Bernard Freeman. 
1622 Hayward, CA— Albert W. Hotchkiss, Elbert F. But- 

terneld, Herbert G. Robinson. 
1664 Bloomington, IN — Charles R. Rose, Henry Wininger. 

Kenneth E. Carter. 
1683 El Dorado, AR— Charlie H Freeman. 
1693 Chicago, IL— Michael R. Piechocki Perkins. 
1732 Ambridge, PA— Donald O Sutherland. 
1739 Kirkwood, MO— Anthony Reger, Fern Elizabeth 

Brown (s). 
1749 Anniston, AL — John H. Morris. 
1755 Parkersburg, WV— Donald L. Scarlett, John R. 

1757 Buffalo, NY— Michael Kuzara. 
1764 Marion, VA— Robert P. Peake. 
1780 Las Vegas, NV— Harry Fisher, Martin E. Lee. Theo- 
dore Klock. 
1815 Santa Ana, CA — Arline Ester George (s), Orian E. 

Howell, Robert Recker. 
1821 Morristown, TN — Sherman E. Cameron. 
1835 Waterloo, IA— Walter Meyerhoff. 
1865 Minneapolis, MN — Everett A. Nevala. 

1889 Downers Grove, IL— Otto F. Vix, Shirley Stowe. 

1890 Conroe, TX— John Joseph Albertin. 

1896 The Dalles, OR— Travis W. Baumgardner. 

1913 Van Nuys, CA— Kenneth G. Smith. 

1953 Warrensburg, MO— Buell Buthe. 

2012 Seaford, DE— Leslie W.Evans. Norman J. Hastings. 

2018 Ocean County, NJ — Victor Simons. 

2020 San Diego, CA— George J. Moore. 

2037 Adrian, MI — Malcolm D. Johnson. 

2046 Martinez, CA— Fred Tack, Harry B. Hoel. Jack 
Lucido, Lonnie James Coulson, Richard Contreras. 

Continued, next page 



Judges' Praise, 
Two Radio Awards 

The judges' words are in on the 198.1 [LPA 
Film Award to the UBC's "Building Union," 
which we reported in the November Car- 
penter. Judges had this to say about the two- 
part, 30-minute audio film strip designed to 
educate construction stewards of the Broth- 

"An excellent ratio to the duties and 
responsibilities of the shop steward, full of 
convincing scenes and dialogue. There are 
good, subtle touches throughout involving 
women on the job, interracial scenes, etc. 
Interesting, lively, with breaks for discussion 
at several points, this production is a real 

The UBC also received awards of honor 
for two radio spot announcements entered 
in the 1983 contest. The 60-second spots — 
one for construction workers and one for 
industrial workers — were designed to inform 
workers in Houston and the Southwest about 
the advantages of belonging to the United 
Brotherhood of Carpenters. 

AFL-CIO Special 
For Philatelists 

The Samuel Gompers Stamp Club has 
prepared a cachet with a special pictorial 
cancel for the AFL-CIO's 15th constitu- 
tional convention in Hollywood, Fla. 

Included with the special stamp pack- 
age are excerpts from the federation's 
call to the convention. The call notes the 
convention meets "at a time when a new 
spirit of solidarity and dedication is grow- 
ing among trade unionists in America." 

The covers are available from the 
Samuel Gompers Stamp Club, P.O. Box 
1253, Springfield, Va. 22151. The cost is 
75<< each or 3 for $2.00. Enclose a self- 
addressed stamped #10 envelope with 
each order. 


Continued from Page 37 

Local Union, City 

Vista, CA — George R. Johnson. 
Anaheim, CA — Lola Martinez (s), Virginia M. Law- 
son (s). 

York, PA — Raymond A. Grafton. 
Los Angeles, CA — Michael J. Kautzky. 
Pittsburgh, PA— Elmer W. Weddle, James Arthur 
Burns, John Krilowicz, Stephen M. Hasson. 
Fennimore, WI — Leo C. Speaker. 
Houma, LA — Jean Steib. 
New York, NY— William G. Kappel. 
Los Angeles, CA — Fernando Garcia, Lawrence E. 
Corn well. 

Bremerton, WA — George Clifford Oaklund, Grace 
Lindquist (s). 

Los Angeles, CA — George M. Swain. 
Seattle, WA— Allan H. Wehde. 
Inglewood, CA— Michael C. Kollin. 
Oakridge, OR — Rheuben E. Musgrove. 
Ventura, CA — Jack Mehlhoff, Maurice Mullikin. 
Seattle, WA— Bobbie L. Moss, Ernest J. Remillard, 
John Rosengren, 
Standard, CA — Elwyn Richards. 
Bellingham, WA— Ray Smith. 
Medford, OR— Fred Bodenstab. 
Burns, OR— Jack Hurd. 
Staunton, VA — Sam L. Campbell. 
Omak, WA — Sam W. Arlington. 
Stockton, CA — Bernice Mabry (s), Rosie Lee Gibson 

Aberdeen, WA— Del Rushing. 
Maywood, CA — Alexander Macias. 
Pompano Beach, FL — Faith A. Ramunno (s). 

Embroidered Cover 








Carpenter readers request reprints of 
our magazine covers for many reasons, 
but perhaps one of the more unusual 
uses for a cover is the "Danish needle 
painting" above. Fred Andersen, a 
member of New York City Local 1456 
now living in Holiday, Fla., sent us a 
photo of his wife's rendering of the 
April, 1983, cover of Thomas Jefferson's 
home, Monticello, done using a combina- 
tion of embroidery and pastel coloring. 

Union Labor News 
From Here and There 

IN CHICAGO. It's one of the country's 
tiniest unions, the National Hockey League's 
referees association, but most of the coun- 
try's largest unions came to the support of 
the unions refs when they threatened to go 
on strike to win more protection against 
attacks by players. The union heard that one 
Chicago player, suspended for 20 games for 
assaulting a referee, might have the sentence 
reduced. When the League's board of gov- 
ernors heard of the threatened strike, it 
quickly confirmed the 20-game suspension 
and indicated that this should be a warning 
against players swinging a hockey stick against 
anything but a puck. 

IN NEW YORK CITY, you might think 
that among all the crafts and professions, 
opera singers would be among the first to 
elevate females to top union positions. But 
never until just recently did the American 
Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO, elect a 
woman, Nedda Casei, a mezzo-soprano, to 
its presidency. It took 40 years. 

IN HARRISBURG, PA., maybe it's a sign 
of the times or of the upcoming Presidential 
election. In Pennsylvania's statewide elec- 
tions, labor-backed candidates won eight of 
the nine statewide judicial races. 


Continued from Page 7 

on middle- and low-income taxpayers. 
His commitment to fair taxes, based on 
the ability to pay, is not mere campaign 
rhetoric. His 93% "right" AFL-CIO 
rated voting record in the Senate is 
proof that it's real. 

As precinct caucuses and presidential 
primary elections rapidly approach, keep 
in mind that Fritz Mondale has a proven 
track record on all of the issues impor- 
tant to working men and women. 

As attorney general, he created one 
of the earliest state consumer protection 
units. He continued this thrust as a 
U.S. Senator by sponsoring laws to 
limit garnishments, provide for truth- 
in-lending. He led the fight against the 
amendment pushed by the national Right- 
to- Work Committee to remove the tax- 
exempt status of non-profit organiza- 
tions that opposed or supported politi- 
cal candidates. We all know that today 
workers' gains depend nearly as much 
on the ballot box as on the bargaining 


Based on our experiences, we in 
Minnesota know that union members 
would get a fair shake from Fritz Mon- 
dale in the White House. In 1979, the 
Republican governor of Minnesota and 
■ our two Republican U.S. Senators de- 
manded that President Carter and Sec- 
retary of Labor Marshall end the Grain 
Millers strike in Duluth by invoking the 
Taft-Hartley Act. I made a quick call 
to Vice President Mondale to explain 
the situation. Mondale got an equally 
quick response from President Carter, 
who said an emphatic "no" and dis- 
patched the director of the Federal 
Mediation Service, Wayne Horvitz, to 
Minnesota. Horvitz personally con- 
ducted negotiations that led eventually 
to a fair and honorable contract agree- 

I vividly remember, when Mondale's 
close friend and mentor, Hubert H. 
Humphrey, ran for President in 1968, 
how inspiringly Fritz called on union 
officers and stewards here to roll up 
their sleeves and explain the election 
issues to their fellow workers, as they 
had done for President Harry Truman's 
candidacy 20 years earlier. Today, in- 
that spirit and for the same reasons, the 
Minnesota labor movement is rolling 
up its sleeves to work as hard as we 
can for Mondale's nomination and elec- 
tion. We urge every trade unionist in 
the land to join us in helping to elect 
the one candidate we can always count 





A young Australian, Guy Coles, 18, of 
Sydney, was playing around with a Rubik 
Cube a few months ago and, in frustration, 
he took it apart to see what made it function. 
Somehow in the course of his experiment 
he came up with a revolutionary new idea 
for a spirit level. With the help of his father, 
he created and patented a precision builders' 
spirit level which has had tremendous sales 
on world markets. The Australian Informa- 
tion Service tells us that young Cole already 
has orders totaling more than a quarter of a 
million dollars from many nations. 

The Rite Angle Spirit Level is not only 
extremely accurate in performing the estab- 
lished functions of existing levels, but it can 
also be adjusted to set any angle or fall for 
paving, roofing, and other building applica- 
tions. The picture shows Cole using the level 
to check the inclination of a stair rail. 

For more information: Rite Precision In- 
struments, 58 Heathcliff Crescent, Balgow- 
lah Heights, NSW 2093, Australia. 


Belsaw Planer 22 

Clifton Enterprises 23 

Diamond Machining 39 

Estwing Manufacturing Co 39 

Safway Steel 24 

James Peterson of Darien, Conn., a mem- 
ber of UBC Local 210, and his son have 
invented a hinge apparatus which is a tre- 
mendous innovation for compact living. 
Calling their invention, Stor-A-Dor, they 
have what they call "the most practical door 
hardware innovation in 50 years." The laun- 
dry closet in the picture above has two 
standard size doors. They are mounted on 
3'/2" hinges and they swing 180 degrees. 
When they are pulled together and closed 
they will match and operate like other doors 
in a room. Thanks to the Petersons' sliding 
and swinging hardware, the doors are com- 
pletely recessed when the area they cover 
is in use. 

Stor-A-Door hardware comes completely 
assembled on W CD plywood ready for 
installation. Hinges are brass plated and top 

The Petersons have also designed a Stor- 
A-Dor hinge for computer and television 

For more information, a price list, etc., 
write to: Stor-A-Dor, P.O. Box 1661 , Darien, 
Conn. 06820, or telephone: 1-203-655-6786. 


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Among the many 
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picture frames, mir- 
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fixtures. This preci- 
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makes a Ys" entry 
hole and a recessed 
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shape and size of the router bit. 

Complete details on the hang-slot router 
bit are available from: Vermont American, 
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Who's Kidding 



Plants Are 

Not Free 


The main headline on the front page of the Mil- 
waukee Labor Press a few days after Christmas read 

The story tells about 425 employees of the Chrysler 
Outboard Corporation of Hartford, Minn., who sud- 
denly found themselves without jobs because their 
plant was sold to the Bayliner Marine Corporation 
of Arlington, Wash. All workers, including some with 
up to 35 years of service, were told they would no 
longer be employed after December 30. The new 
owner, Bayliner, informed the workers that they 
could re-apply for their jobs after all the papers were 
signed, but didn't promise any special considerations. 

Workers who manufactured motors for Bayliner 
for years at the Chrysler plant under Bayliner's 
private label were told that their former jobs were 
up for grabs, in other words. 

Naturally, they hit the streets in protest. Hundreds 
of workers from other plants joined then in a dem- 
onstration parade marching in sub-freezing weather 
to express their frustrations. 

"I want the new owners of the plant to recognize 
that I've done an excellent job for 11 years. If I was 
good enough for those 11 years, then I should be 
good enough after the sale of the plant," one worker 

This story is being repeated time and again across 
North America during the 1980s. Continental Air- 
lines, for example, claimed bankruptcy, and its vet- 
eran employees were laid off, only to be replaced by 

In our own union, members are suffering possible 
job losses in the Middle West because of plant sales 
and/or runaway-plant action. 

In Seattle, Wash., an entire steel plant, once the 
largest steel fabricating facility in the Northwest, is 
to be taken apart and shipped, lock, stock, and 
furnace to Shanghai, China. There it will be reassem- 
bled and put back into the steelmaking business for 

Communist China. Isaacson Steel Company shut 
down early last year, laying off 270 workers. The 
company blamed the recession and intense compe- 
tition from foreign imports for its failure. 

Last month, the Ford Motor Company announced 
plans to build an automobile plant in Mexico. The 
United Auto Workers claim that up to 25,000 U.S. 
and Canadian jobs will be lost to Ford's $500 million 
Mexican plant. Although Ford claims that changes 
in Mexico's policy regarding foreign investments are 
responsible for the move, analysts see the venture 
as only the latest in a flood of moves by American 
industry to shift work to countries with lower labor 
costs . . . what the average American would consider 
"slave labor costs." Hong Kong, South Korea, and 
Taiwan are thriving thanks to such plant moves. 

U.S. shoe manufacturers have set up plants in 
Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where their most 
labor-intensive operation — stitching the upper part 
of a shoe together — can be done more cheaply. 

On and on it goes, plants moving to lower-wage 
areas, mostly overseas, declaring bankruptcy, or 
arranging paper sales, hoping to move elsewhere, 
and ship their manufactured products back to North 
America for sale. 

When you express concern about this growing 
trend to a business executive or an investment banker, 
he or she simply tells you that this is the free 
enterprise system, . . . it's the survival of the fittest 
and all that sort of thing. Companies have to go 
where they make the most profit. The stockholders 
must continue to receive high dividends. "This is 
how this country became the industrial giant of the 
free world." The malarkey goes on and on. 

Well, I try to point out to these free enterprisers 
that I, too, believe in free enterprise, and so does 
my union. But there won't be much free enterprise 
around some day, if all the major industries move 
overseas, and we become only nations of consumers 
and service industries. The people of North America 
won't have any money in their pockets to buy all 
those goods manufactured overseas or in the cheap 
labor areas of North America. 

The U.S. and Canada prosper on the purchasing 
power of their people, and there won't be much 
purchasing power, if too many jobs are exported to 
the underdeveloped nations of the world. 

Yes, I know . . . that's called an isolationist phi- 
losophy and a protectionist viewpoint. But I say to 
these free enterprisers that these are also the practical 
views of a hard-working Irishman. 

Plant closings and runaway plants are becoming 
major concerns of government officials and our leg- 
islators . . . and the current concerns are long over- 

The U.S. Labor Department, last month, published 
a 69-page booklet "Plant Closing Checklist: A Guide 
to Better Practice." It tells of various actions which 
can be taken by a community faced with plant closings 
or major layoffs of workers. The booklet suggests 
that labor and management work together to help 
laid off workers get new jobs before the plant actually 
closes. It calls for advance notice to affected workers, 
formation of in-plant joint labor-management place- 



ment committees, and a job search assistance pro- 
gram "to help cushion the impact of worker dislo- 
cations." Each section of the booklet lists state and 
government programs providing specific types of 
assistance to displaced workers. 

Nowhere in the booklet is there anything which to 
me would indicate that the plant owners should be 
held more accountable for disrupting the community 
and its citizens. There are no regulations which 
require that a multinational corporation consider its 
employees and the community before it picks up its 
operations in Podunk and moves them to Timbuktu, 
without so much as a fond farewell to the people 
who made the plant a success for so many years. 
Some major stockholders back East or out West 
decided that the margin of profit could be almost 
doubled by bringing in widgits from Singapore and 
assembling them in Cheapville. Fine, but you need 
buyers for those cheap goods. 

Over the past century the North American labor 
movement has been a strong advocate of free trade. 
It has been in the forefront of governmental and 
private efforts to improve the lot of the underprivi- 
leged workers throughout the world, but it is not 
prepared to sacrifice its birthright to the wheelers 
and dealers in exports-imports. 

Fortunately, there is action being taken now to 
remedy the situation. Several U.S. Congressmen 
have introduced what they call the National Employ- 
ment Priorities Act, a bill designed to retard com- 
panies from shutting down plants in one city and 
opening in some other community without taking into 
account the public and personal distress of thousands 
of breadwinners and their families left behind. 

Congressman Les Aspin, Wisconsin Democrat, is 
one of the prime movers of the legislation. 

"I think it's imperative that we adopt a federal 
approach to runaway plants — companies that close 
plants in one community to open in another, often 
overseas — to minimize the harm to employees and 
local governments," Aspin said in announcing he will 
co-sponsor the National Employment Priorities Act. 

"Recent surveys of southern Wisconsin employers 
conclude that we'll soon be seeing more hiring than 
we've seen in eight years," Aspin said, "but that 
good news must not obscure the fact that companies 
across the nation are continuing to shut down — 
moving to new locations or simply folding. 

"And once a business announces its intent to leave 
town, it's usually too late for anything but panic. 

"A large plant closing doesn't simply affect the 
employees, it ripples through the community's entire 
economy, affecting buying power, tax base, school 
systems, and contributing to further unemployment 
in services and retail business," Aspin said. 

"It's a real domino effect." 

Aspin said the proposed U.S. plant closing legis- 
lation is based on findings that closings and permanent 
layoffs can often be averted through the cooperative 
efforts of government, labor, and business. He went 
on to say that such closings are frequently undertaken 
without sufficient regard for the costs they impose in 
the community. 

The legislation Aspin supports would provide fed- 

eral aid to businesses to avert plant closings aft 
they had notified the government that a closing was 
imminent. Funds would also be available for em- 
ployee retraining. Eligible businesses would be re- 
quired to offset tax revenues lost by local govern- 
ments and guarantee limited unemployment 
compensation and benefits to displaced workers. 

"It's not a cheap program, but it's less costly than 
absorbing the full impact of a wave of closings," 
Aspin said. "When we leave our industrial commu- 
nities open to that, we leave our whole economy 
vulnerable in the long run." 

Aspin said the proposed legislation should be part 
of a larger federal policy designed to get the nation's 
economy back on track in the face of worldwide 
competition, technological advances, and interna- 
tional interdependencies. 

I should note, incidentally, that former Vice Pres- 
ident Walter Mondale, in 1974, when he was a U.S. 
Senator, introduced in the Congress a comprehensive 
plant closing bill. (See the article on Page 7 of this 
issue.) The bill died, but we know that this Presiden- 
tial candidate is in favor of such legislation. 


General President 


101 Constitution Ave., N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20001 

Address Correction Requested 

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Permit No. 




The United Brother- 
hood is still providing 
jackets, caps and other 
items to members at a 
price only marginally 
above cost — to allow 
for handling and 
shipping charges. Here 
are the prices: 

T-shirts White or Heather with 

4-color emblem 
$4.75 each 
4.50 in quantities of 5-35 
4.25 in quantities over 35 

Emblem jackets, Unlined 
$15.00 each 
14.50 in quantities of 5-35 
14.00 in quantities over 35 

Lined with Kasha Lining 
$19.00 each 
18.50 in quantities of 5-35 
18.00 in quantities over 35 

Emblem Cap — Mesh 
$4.25 each 

4.00 in quantities of 5-35 
3.75 in quantities over 35 

All Twill 
$4.50 each 
4.25 in quantities of 5-35 
4.00 in quantities over 35 

TO ORDER: Send cash, check, or 
money order to General Secretary 
John S. Rogers, United Brother- 
hood of Carpenters and Joiners of 
America, 101 Constitution Ave., 
N.W., Washington, D.C, 20001. 

Wear your UBC emblem with pride 

Preserve Your Personal Copies of the CARPENTER 

CARPENTERS, bound and stored in 
book cases or office shelves, will be 
reminders for years to come of your 
service in the United Brotherhood. Your 
local union should have them for 

Many Brotherhood members, 
local unions and district councils 
save back issues of The CAR- 
PENTER Magazine for refer- 
ence. You, too, can now pre- 
serve a full year of the magazine 
— 12 issues — in a single heavy- 
weight, black simulated leather, 
colonial grain binder. It's easy 
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Genuine Growth, Bread on the Table Cong. James Jones 2 

Building Trades Vote Approval of Jurisdictional Disputes Plan 4 

Solar Energy Pilot Plant Visited 5 

Cool Water Coal Gasification Project 6 

Your Union's Major Political Task John Perkins 7 

Louisiana-Pacific Three-Way Action 10 

First Charters for Retiree Clubs 11 

Two Prisoners of Conscience 12 

Reform Labor Laws, Debar Violators, Says Lucassen 13 

Building Trades Appeal Decision on Protections 14 

Davis-Bacon Rules Change and Supreme Court 22 

Job Safety Is Every Member's Business 23 

'Breaker, Breaker,' CBs in our Midst 28 


Washington Report 9 

Ottawa Report 15 

Local Union News 16 

Apprenticeship and Training 19 

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In Memoriam 37 

What's New? 39 

President's Message Patrick J. Campbell 40 

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Two impressive 17 by 51-foot murals 
of marble and glass, tributes to the 
American worker, grace the lobby of the 
AFL-CIO's headquarters in Washington, 

Pictured on our cover, this month, is 
a section of the second, more recently 
installed mural by Kansas-born artist 
Lumen Martin Winter. The mural is en- 
titled "Labor Omnia Vincit," from Ho- 
mer — which is also the motto of our 
United Brotherhood. Located in the north 
lobby, this mural is dominated by hu- 
manity, symbolized by a 14-foot family 
group, in the context of space-age Amer- 
ican achievement and aspiration in art, 
science, learning, and technology. 

The original mural, "Labor is Life," 
in the south lobby of the AFL-CIO build- 
ing, depicts the role of workers and their 
families in America's historical devel- 
opment in transportation, communica- 
tions, power, education, and the arts. 

The panels were created using classic 
Byzantine mosiac techniques, and in- 
stalled by union craftsmen. Each pano- 
rama is composed of hundreds of small 
glossy units assembled one by one from 
five colors of glass-gold from Italy and 
six colors of marble. Each 860-square- 
foot panel is made up of approximately 
300,000 separate pieces of mosiac. The 
two murals have the distinction of being 
among the largest of their kind in the 
United States and have become a high- 
light for visitors to the Nation's capital. 

Printed in U.S.A. 


'Ronald Reagan is a great communicator . . . Why doesn't he 
turn that ability to solving the grave problem facing this nation as 
a result of the deficits created by his policies?' 

Genuine Growth 


Bread on the Table 

budget does not propose either revenue 
or spending policies that would ade- 
quately reduce the deficit. 

Two Underestimates 

And his administration's budget takes 
the additional dangerous step of greatly 
underestimating the deficits by over- 
estimating growth and underestimating 
inflation and interest rates. A realistic 
estimate of future Reagan deficits even 
if he gets everything he wants is: 

1985— $190 billion 
1986— $2 10 billion 
1987— $236 billion 
1988— $249 billion 
1989— $261 billion 

From the presidency of George 
Washington through the presidency of 
Jimmy Carter, the United States ac- 
cumulated $794 billion in debt. Accord- 
ing to Ronald Reagan's own optimistic 
forecast, his administration will add 
$1,095 billion in debt — more than one 
trillion dollars — by the end of 1987. 

This flood of debt is keeping interest 
rates high and has stalled out the hous- 
ing industry and wrecked our export 
industries. And without significant ac- 
tion, it will just get worse. 

By 1989, we will be spending more 
than $200 billion a year just on interest 
on the debt. About half of all individual 
taxes will be spent on interest. And 
99% of all revenue will be gobbled up 
by interest, defense, social security and 
medicare. There will be nothing left for 
the rest of government unless we bor- 
row for it. 


Honorable James R. Jones 

Chairman, Budget Committee 

U.S. House of Representatives 

Workers know in a personal way 
what genuine growth means for Amer- 
ica. For you, more directly than for 
most Americans, growth means bread 
on the table and the well-being of your 

For many other Americans, the im- 
pact is not so quick and direct. Yet 
over time, the prosperity of all Ameri- 
cans depends on a healthy, growing 

So what does the future hold? 

President Ronald Reagan says this: 

. . . "the threat of indefinitely pro- 
longed high budget deficits threatens 
the continuation of sustained noninfla- 
tionary growth and prosperity. It raises 
the spectre of sharply higher interest 
rates, choked-off investment, renewed 
recession, and rising unemployment." 

In this statement, at least. President 
Reagan is correct. We hear what he 

But what does he do? 

He sends a budget to Congress which 
fails to address the deficit problem. His 

Two Main Reasons 

Our nation is running these terrible 
deficits for two main reasons. 

First, the tax law passed in 1981 
drastically reduced federal revenues — 
and shifted the tax burden from cor- 
porations and the wealthy to working 
Americans who already get both income 
tax and the FICA (social security) tax 
withheld from their pay checks. 

Second, military spending has shot 
through the roof. In 1980, we spent 
$146 billion on defense. This year we 
will spend about $265 billion. Next year, 
the administration wants to spend $313 
billion. That would be a $48 billion, 
18% increase in one year, and more 
than 100% since 1980. How many men 
and women who have served in the 
armed forces really believe that the Pen- 
tagon can spend that much money that 
fast without misusing billions of dollars? 

The result is record deficits. As a 
nation, we are drawing down our future 
national wealth to pay for present con- 
sumption. We are stealing from our 
children and grandchildren to maintain 


a standard of living and a defense es- 
tablishment we are not willing to work 
and pay for ourselves. 

And that is a massive moral failure. 

No tax policy is worth this. No de- 
fense posture can be maintained over 
the long run if we become a weaker, 
poorer, less productive nation. 

Why won't the President show lead- 
ership on this issue? There seems to be 
no answer to that question. Ronald 
Reagan is a great communicator. He 
has the ability to go on television and 
convince people that he is a nice, warm, 
caring person who wants to make 
America a better place. 

Why doesn't he turn that ability to 
solving the grave problem facing this 
nation as a result of the deficits created 
by his policies? Perhaps only Ronald 
Reagan can answer that question. 

But I have come to believe that this 
failure of leadership is also a moral 
failure. There is a moral failure in the 
refusal to address and repair an eco- 
nomic policy which builds in endless 
annual deficits of $200 billion and more, 
with the cost to be borne by our children 
and grandchildren. 

There is a moral failure in taking the 
grave risk of throwing our economy and 
the world's economy back into reces- 
sion, perhaps even depression. True, 
the rich won't be badly hurt by such a 
disaster; but there are millions of work- 
ing men and women in this country and 
around the world whose lives will be 

Words Not Enough 

The time has come for the President 
to abandon his rigid ideological mis- 
conceptions and deal with the reality 


The budgets presidents submit to Con- 
gress each year base projections of tax 
revenues and required outlays on a set of 
economic assumptions — in effect, edu- 
cated guesses on the behavior of the econ- 

Sometimes these assumptions prove close 
to the mark; in some years, they have been 
widely askew. 

Here's what President Reagan's latest 
budget proposal supposes for the near fu- 

• It assumes that unemployment, which 
was 8.2% in December 1983, will drop to 
7.7% in the fourth quarter of this calendar 
year, but dip only to 7.5% by the last 
quarter of 1986. That would leave the 
jobless rate higher than when Reagan took 

• It assumes an after-inflation growth 
rate of 4.5% for calendar year 1984, dipping 
to 4% the following year. 

of working men and women. True, his 
words sound good — the appeals to pa- 
triotism, to a strong America. 

But words are not enough. There 
must be deeds, too. And the deeds to 
date do not match the words. Under 
present economic policies, America is 
not so much standing tall as riding for 
a fall. 

There is still time to correct the 
problem. We can rein in defense spend- 
ing and entitlement spending, and we 
can repair our tax system so that it is 
fair and we pay our own way instead 
of passing the bill to future generations. 

But it can't be done unless President 
Reagan provides true leadership. Per- 
haps it is a rough form of justice that 
this real test of Ronald Reagan's pres- 
idency will come in on election year. 



Relax, Relax, Haven't I Always Kept You Fat and Happy? 

Report warns: 


By Calvin Zon 
PAI Staff Writer 

Reagan Administration officials have 
acknowledged that the runaway federal 
deficits which resulted largely from the 
Reagan tax cuts and arms spending 
threaten to plunge the economy into 
another recession. 

The specter of recession arose at 
congressional hearings following the re- 
lease of the President's annual Economic 
Report. In that report, President Reagan 
himself for the first time clearly conceded 
that these deficits pose "a serious threat 
to our nation's economic health." 

Reagan, in his seven-page preface to 
the 203-page economic report, said that 
even if Congress enacted the $ 1 80 billion , 
three-year "down-payment" on the def- 
icit he proposed, the $180 billion deficits 
his budget projected for the next three 
years "are totally unacceptable to me." 

But Reagan blamed his failure to fulfill 
his 1981 pledge of balanced budgets on 
"the failure of the Congress" to enact 
his January 1983 proposals for further 
cuts in domestic spending. 

He said major deficit reduction moves 
through budget cuts and "tax simplifi- 
cation" must wait until after the 1984 
elections. He repeated his call for a 
balanced budget amendment to the Con- 

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) 
has estimated that social spending cuts 
proposed by Reagan and enacted by 
Congress since 1981 have reduced do- 
mestic spending by nearly $40 billion 
from what it otherwise would have been 
in fiscal 1985. 

However, the increase in the interest 
payments on the federal debt since Rea- 
gan took office wipes out all the "sav- 
ings" achieved by his cuts in social 
programs. His Fiscal 1985 budget esti- 
mated that the government will pay $116 
billion in interest on the debt, or $47.4 
billion more than in 1981. 

The main body of the economic report 
was drafted by Martin Feldstein, chair- 
man of the President's three-member 
Council of Economic Advisers. Feldstein 
has been highly controversial within the 
Administration because of his warnings 
about the Reagan deficits. 

In a press briefing on the Economic 
Report, Feldstein called the deficits "the 
single most important problem that has 
to be dealt with in the years ahead. We 
can't count on growing our way out of 
these deficits." 

His statement contradicted one of the 

tenets of supply-side Reaganomics in 

which tax cuts would lead to an economic 

Continued on Page 38 

MARCH, 1984 

Building Trades Vote Approval 

Of Newly-Negotiated Jurisdictional 

Disputes Settlement Plan 

The General Presidents of the Build- 
ing and Construction Trades Unions 
have voted to put into effect the newly- 
negotiated Impartial Plan for the Set- 
tlement of Jurisdictional Disputes. 

President Robert A. Georgine of the 
Building and Construction Trades De- 
partment, AFL-CIO, announced the ac- 
tion that was taken at the regular quar- 
terly session of the Department's 
Governing Board of Presidents in San 
Diego, Calif., January 16-20. UBC 
General President Patrick J. Campbell 
participated in the sessions. 

Georgine said it would take about 30 
days to confer with contractors, select 
arbitrators and complete restructuring 
details. Although the Plan officially has 
been operating, the hearing of disputes 
and rendering of decisions of those 
disputes have been suspended. Inten- 
sive attempts were made to obtain 
"stipulation" — agreement that partici- 
pating parties would be bound by the 
terms of a decision reached by a joint 
board of union and contractor repre- 

Georgine sharply criticized the As- 
sociated General Contractors for refus- 
ing to participate in the voluntary plan 
that for many years has kept construc- 
tion industry contractors and unions 
from going to the courts with their 

"Most of the suggested changes and 
modifications to the Plan come from 
the Associated General Contractors 
through its umbrella organization, the 
National Construction Employers 
Council," Georgine said. 

"Almost without exception the sug- 
gestions were accepted either entirely 
or in important part by the Labor mem- 
bers of the Joint Negotiating Committee 
and ratified by the Governing Board of 

"These changes were radical depar- 
tures from the original Plan. They really 
were concessions to obtain widespread 
acceptance from the management sec- 
tor of the construction industry." 

Georgine said that it therefore was 
"most frustrating" to have acquiesced 
to the demands of management orga- 
nizations for the sole purpose of ob- 
taining their participation and then not 
to get that participation "as in the case 
of the A.G.C." 

"It is most regrettable," he added. 

The co-chairmen of the Committee for 
Settlement of Disputes in the Nuclear 
Power Industry discuss their work. From 
left: Building Trades President Robert 
Georgine. Professor John Dunlop, and 
Bechtel Power Corp. Pres. Harry Reinsch. 

A meeting of the General President's Off- 
shore-Onshore Fabrication and Construc- 
tion Union Council. At left, rear, President 
Campbell and East Coast Coordinator Tim 

A Bechtel representative describes the op- 
eration of the Cool Water Coal Gasifica- 
tion project before the Building Trades 
leaders tour the facility. 

Participating in the tour were the UBC's 
Asst. to the Gen. Pres. Jim Davis; Pascal 
DUames, president of the Tile, Marble, 
Terrazzo, Finishers; Operating Engineers 
President J. C. Turner, background; and 
Ted Moseley, director of the Electrical 
Workers Construction and Maintenance 

"that the A.G.C. refuses to participate 
in a plan that is designed to cure one 
of the most serious ailments of the 
construction industry." 

Nevertheless, a number of influential 
organizations will participate and "stip- 
ulate," including the National Con- 
structors Association, National Elec- 
trical Contractors Association, 
Mechanical Contractors Association of 
America, Sheet Metal and Air Condi- 
tioning Contractors Association, Na- 
tional Erector Association, National 
Association of Construction Boiler- 
makers Employers, National Elevator 
Industry, Inc., and probably the Glaz- 
ing Contractors Association and the 
National Association of Home Build- 

In another action, the General Pres- 
idents of the Department's 15 affiliates, 
representing more than four million 
building and constuction trade workers, 
spent a full day making an on-site walk 
through the Cool Water Coal Gasifica- 
tion Project and the adjacent 10-mega- 
watt Solar Thermal Control Receiver 
Pilot Plant in the arid Mojave Desert 
near Daggett, Calif. 

The huge project is no mirage. The 
25-story plant, being built by a consor- 
tium that includes some of the nation's 
largest and most profitable companies, 
should be generating electricity from 
coal converted into synthetic natural 
gas before the end of 1984. 

Georgine further announced that the 
Governing Board of Presidents had ap- 
proved a new agreement with Disney 
World and that Carl Murphy, a member 
of the United Brotherhood of Carpen- 
ters and Joiners, would administer the 

It also was decided to open an exist- 
ing agreement with the Standard Oil 
Company of Ohio in order to negotiate 
certain modifications and to extend the 
30-year Taconite Contracting Corpo- 
ration's master labor agreement with 
building trades. 

The General Presidents passed a res- 
olution thanking John Lofblad, General 
Secretary of the International Federa- 
tion of Building and Wood Workers, 
for his many years of service and co- 
operation. It also formally encouraged 
Continued on Page 38 




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The Solar One Pilot Plant — an array of 1,818 mirror modules, called heliostats, which ring a 298-foot receiving tower 
and reflect the sun's rays toward a boiler unit atop the tower. The resulting steam is piped to a turbine and generator 
below. The steam is condensed, cooled and returned to the boiler. The 10 megawatt plant was built by UBC 
millwrights and other construction tradesmen on 130 acres of California desert. 

Pilot Plant in California Desert Creates Solar Power 

Some day, solar energy may be used to 
generate large blocks of power for North 
America. Two methods of harnessing the 
sun show promise — solar cells (photovoltaic 
power) and solar thermal conversion (steam 
power). Of these two, solar thermal conver- 
sion (solar heat to steam generation) offers 
the most immediate promise to the utility 

To determine the range of man's ability 
to work with the sun's rays, the U.S. De- 
partment of Energy, in cooperation with the 
Southern California Edison Company, the 
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, 
and the California Energy Commission, has 
set up a pilot plant in the desert near Daggett, 
Calif., 12 miles southeast of Barstow, to 

generate 1 megawatts of power for Southern 
California consumers — 20% to the Los An- 
geles Department of Water and Power and 
80% to the Southern California Edison Com- 

Solar One, as the plant is called, is Amer- 
ica's first experimental "power tower" fa- 
cility. Completed last year, the plant is being 
automated as much as possible, so that the 
electricity created will be at a price com- 
petitive with hydroelectric and conventional 
steam-electric plants. 

A work crew of UBC millwrights installed 
the sun tracking mirrors (heliostats) on their 
pedestals and aligned them with the boiler- 
receiver tower in the bull's eye. Each he- 
liostat is now controlled by a computer 

station at the base of the tower. 

During periods when excess steam is pro- 
duced by the boilers, that steam is shunted 
to a thermal storage tank of oil. Later, 
additional steam can be generated by heating 
condensate with the hot oil. After use, the 
steam is condensed back to water which is 
recycled to the receiver tower and once 
more converted to steam. 

In mid-January, the presidents of AFL- 
CIO Building Trades unions, who were 
meeting in San Diego, toured the plant, so 
that they might become acquainted with this 
evolving technology. General President Pa- 
trick J. Campbell and an assistant, Jim Davis, 
were in the tour group. 

Several major construction contractors were involved in the construction of the West Coast energy project. At lower 
left, a guide describes the plant operation to General President Pat Campbell, center; Ass't. to the Pres. Jim Davis, 
back to camera right; and other Building Tradesmen. At lower right, a view of some of the 22-foot-wide heliostats, 
which can be tilted and controlled from a computer center at the base of the receiving tower. 

MARCH, 1984 

Cool Water Coal Gasification Plant 

Coal is America's most abundant form of 
fossil energy. It is becoming more and more 
important as a fuel source for North Amer- 
ican industry. 

But how do we burn it cleanly and effi- 
ciently without polluting our atmosphere? 

Americans are seriously concerned about 
the acid rain which is contaminating our 
lakes and streams in Canada and the North- 
east, and the contaminants in acid rain are 
byproducts of some types of burning coal. 

One way to consume coal cleanly is by 
gasification. The clean synthetic gas from 
coal gasification has many uses. The gas can 
be used as a fuel in steam boilers and gas 
turbines to generate electricity. It can be 
used to fuel process heaters and furnaces in 
industrial complexes. It can serve as a pri- 
mary feedstock for manufacturing chemicals 
such as methanol, ammonia, acetic acid and 
alcohols, as well as for high-purity hydrogen 
and even synthetic crude oil. 

America 's first integrated gasification- 
combined-cycle IIGCC) power plant is 
being built next to Southern California 
Edison's Cool Water Generating Station at 
Daggett, Calif. Field construction reached 
90% overall complete by January, accord- 
in/,' to the Bechtel Corporation. 

Responding to the challenges of today's 
energy situation, a number of energy orga- 
nizations have embarked on a program to 
build and operate the nation's first integrated 
coal gasification/combined cycle generation 
plant in an existing utility system. This effort , 
called the Cool Water Coal Gasification 
Program, was officially initiated in 1979 by 
Texaco Inc. and Southern California Edison 
Company. Subsequently, these companies 
were joined by the Electric Power Research 
Institute (EPRI), Bechtel Power Corpora- 
tion, and General Electric Company. In 
December, 1980, the U.S. Department of 
Energy announced a cooperative agreement 
award of $25 million to the program. EPRI's 
financial contribution to the program is the 
largest it has ever made to any project. The 
Bechtel Power Corporation is the prime 
engineering contractor for final design and 
construction of the facility. A pilot plant is 
being constructed in the Southern California 
desert at Daggett, and union building trades- 
men are doing the work. A few weeks ago 
the General Presidents of the AFL-CIO 
Building Trades toured the facility. 

The purpose of the Program is to dem- 
onstrate the integration of a 1 ,000 ton-a-day 
gasifier using the Texaco Coal Gasification 
Process with a combined-cycle power gen- 
eration system to produce approximately 
100 megawatts of electricity. The Cool Water 
Coal Gasification Program, which derives its 
name from the site where Edison now op- 
erates a 600-megawatt generating station, 
includes other major supporting systems 
such as coal grinding and slurrying, gas- 
cleanup facilities, an air separation plant, 
and auxiliary facilities. The program will use 
General Electric's combined-cycle technol- 

General President Patrick J. Campbell, accompanied by Jurisdictional Assistant James Davis, studies a scale model of 
the project at lower left. Then they toured the actual plant facility with Bechtel executives and engineers, lower right. 


Your Union's 

Political Task, 

This Year 

by John Perkins 

National Director, AFL-CIO 

Committee on Political Education, 

and member of the UBC 

CLIC — Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee 

Kight now, and for the months im- 
mediately ahead, nothing we can do is 
more important or has more far reaching 
consequences than our campaign to 
help Walter Mondale with the Demo- 
cratic Presidential nomination. 

The endorsement is a deeply serious 
effort in a very serious and important 
process which we hope ultimately will 
result in election to the Presidency in 
1984 of the candidate we honestly feel 
can best serve this nation and its people, 
and in defeat of an incumbent President 
who we sincerely believe has served 
the nation and its people unfairly, un- 
feelingly, unwisely, and unwell. 

The journy to those two goals begins, 
like the journey of a thousand miles, 
with the first step, which was the en- 
dorsement of Walter Mondale. 

Let me mention a couple of things 
that our endorsement is not: 

We are not engaged in any macho 
exercise in political muscle-flexing. 
We've been around a long time. Our 
credentials are solid. We don't have to 

We are not trying to capture control 
of the Democratic Party. We have no 
more wish to control a political party 
than to be controlled by one. 

Our work is certainly not an adjunct 
of the campaign of the candidate him- 
self. He's running his own show among 
Democratic voters at-large, without any 
kibitzing from us, and we're running 
ours, among our members, without any 
kibitzing from the candidate or his cam- 
paign staff. 

The AFL-CIO's endorsement of 

Mondale is not, in any respect, a rejec- 
tion, a repudiation, or even a criticism 
of the other candidates for the Demo- 
cratic nomination. 

All are good men. All, to differing 
degrees, have records of decent con- 
cern for the well-being of working 
Americans and needy Americans. 

We commend all of them, but we 
recommend Walter Mondale as the 
stand-out candidate in a good field. 
Look at his credentials and his record 
over his twelve years as a United States 
Senator and his four years as Vice 
President of the United States: 

As a Senator, he voted 93% "right" 
for working people, their families, and 
their unions on the official AFL-CIO 
voting record. 

As Vice President, he was a strong 
voice within his administration for is- 
sues of critical importance to workers. 

There isn't a working family in the 
United States who hasn't benefitted 
from one or more of the things Walter 
Mondale fought for and accomplished 
in the areas of health care, education, 
nutrition, child care, civil rights, wom- 
en's issues, job safety and health, job- 
creating measures, transportation, min- 
imum wage, Davis-Bacon protection of 
the standards and wages of building and 
construction workers, public employee 
rights, unemployment compensation, 
workmen's compensation, environ- 
mental protection, and energy inde- 

While Walter Mondale always was 

and remains his own man, we can never 

Continued on next page 

CLICing in Florida 

Joe and Brenda Perritt, members 
of Millwrights Local 2471, Pensa- 
cola, Fla., talk with labor's candi- 
date for President, Walter F. Mon- 
dale, at the Florida State 
Democratic convention held in Hol- 
lywood, Fla., last October. 

J. G. Pennington, financial secre- 
tary of Local 2471, and his wife are 
delegates to the Florida Democratic 
Convention, pledged to Mondale. 

Alan Roberts accepts a mullet- 
filled plate from David Pennington, 
recording secretary of Millwrights 
Local 2471 , Pensacola, Fla., at the 
Northwest Florida Federation of 
Labor's 1983 Solidarity Day cele- 
bration. Over 1,200 turned out for 
labor's Labor Day celebration at 
Brosnaham Park in Escambia 
County. UBC's members are play- 
ing active roles in the state federa- 
tion's political action program. 

MARCH, 1984 

Political Task 

Continued from preceding page 

forget that his mentor was one of the 
most decent and concerned humans 
who ever graced the political stage. 

Walter Mondale was Hubert Hum- 
phrey's political protege and then his 
close political ally and personal friend 
and confidant because they shared a 
vision of a caring nation. 

What Walter Mondale has fought 
against tells as much about hin. as a 
man and a candidate as what he fought 

He has fought against special tax 
priviledge for corporations and wealthy 

Against the almost boundless power 
of big oil; 

Against the rape of our public lands 
by private interests; 

Against the nay-sayers and doom- 
criers and union-busters of the right 
wing who saw nothing good in the 
Presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt, 
Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and 
Lyndon Johnson, and nothing but good 
in those of Millard Fillmore, William 
McKinley, Calvin Coolidge, and Her- 
bert Hoover. 

That's Mondale past. Mondale future 
is the important thing we have to con- 
sider now. There is every sign and token 
that he is as close to us today as he has 
been throughout his many years in pol- 

He's for a full-employment law — with 
teeth in it — and for jobs for all who 
want to work. There is no chance that 
he would brush off 10% unemployment 
as nothing but an inconvenient statistic, 
ient statistic. 

He's for rebuilding America's stricken 
basic industries. He knows, as we know, 
that they are not only the source of 
millions of jobs, but the foundation of 
our economic strength and our military 
strength. If they crumble, there goes 
the rest of it. 

He's for fair trade that is as beneficial 
to American workers and American- 
made products as it is to the countries 
we trade with. He will not stand by 
expounding empty dogmas about "free 
trade" while a raging flood of imports 
drowns the jobs of millions of American 

He's for better education, better 
health, and better nutrition programs. 
He's committed to job-creating step- 
ups in housing programs, highway and 
bridge repair, to modernization and ex- 
tension of our transportation systems. 
These are issues that govern millions 
of jobs and affect the health, welfare, 
and jobs of millions of us. 

He is with us — with working people 
and needy people and small business 

people — and he understands and sup- 
ports the aspirations of just-plain-peo- 
ple everywhere. 

Some pundits and even some candi- 
dates are seeking to label Walter Mon- 
dale as a captive of "special inter- 
ests" — meaning us — and that is pure, 
unadulterated hogwash. In the vocab- 
ulary of politics, "special interests" 
mean exclusive interests, and there is 
nothing exclusive about the concerns 

of the labor movement. What we want 
for ourselves — jobs and justice, decent 
health care, decent housing, better ed- 
ucation, better nutrition, fair wages, 
fair taxation — we want for all our fellow 
citizens, bar none. 

We have a "special interest" in all 
the people of the United States, an 
interest that is not shared by the present 
administration and its supporters who 
are accusing us of their own faults. 

1984 Presidential 
Primaries/ Caucuses 

Following is the current schedule of state primaries and caucuses. The UBC urges 
all members to participate at this important level of the political process, and to 
study the record of all candidates on issues. Whatever your party affiliation, let your 
voice be heard! 


Primary March 13 

Primary March 13 

Caucus April 14 (Dem) 

Caucus March 17 

Primary June 5 

Caucus May 7 

Primary March 27 

Caucus March 14 

Caucus April 30 (Rep) 
District of Columbia 

Primary May 1 

Primary March 13 

Primary March 13 

Caucus March 13 (Dem) 

Caucus January 24 

Caucus May 24 (Dem) 

Primary May 22 (Rep) 

Primary March 20 

Primary May 8 

Caucus February 27 

Caucus January 19 

Caucus March 24 (Dem) 

Caucus Date Uncertain 


Caucus March 17 (Dem) 

Caucus March 10 (Rep) 

Primary April 7 

Caucus March 4 (Dem) 

Caucus Feb. 1-March 
15 (Rep) 

Primary May 8 

Primary March 13 

Caucus March 17 (Dem) 

Caucus March 20 

Caucus March 17 (Dem) 

Primary June 5 (Rep) 

Caucus April 17 (Dem) 

Caucus March 31-April 
7 (Rep) 

Caucus March 25 (Dem) 

Primary June 5 (Rep) 

Primary May 15 

Caucus March 13 
New Hampshire 

Primary March 6 
New Jersey 

Primary June 5 
New Mexico 

Primary June 5 
New York 

Primary April 3 
North Carolina 

Primary May 8 
North Dakota 

Caucus March 14-28 

Primary June 12 (Rep) 


Primary May 8 

Caucus March 13 

Caucus March 5 (Rep) 

Primary May 15 

Primary April 24 
Rhode Island 

Primary March 13 
South Carolina 

Caucus March 17 (Dem) 
South Dakota 

Primary June 5 

Primary May 1 

Caucus May 5 (Dem) 

Primary May 5 (Rep) 

Caucus April 16 

Caucus April 24 
Virgin Islands 

Caucus June 2 (Dem) 

Caucus May 3 (Rep) 

Caucus March 24 or 26 

Caucus March-April 

Caucus March 13 
West Virginia 

Primary June 5 

Caucus April 7 (Dem) 

Primary April 3 (Rep) 

Caucus March 13-15 

Caucus Feb. 4-March 5 





The average American man can expect to work 
about 38 years in his lifetime, while the average 
woman can anticipate nearly 28 years of work, ac- 
cording to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau 
of Labor Statistics. However, the sex differential for 
average time in the labor force continues to narrow. 

The Bureau's most recent working life tables 
show that the average man entering the labor force 
at age 16 had a worklife expectancy in 1977 of 38.5 
years, about the same as the 38.7 year figure re- 
ported for 1 970. At age 1 6, however, the average 
woman could anticipate 27.7 years of economic ac- 
tivity, a gain of over 5 years from the figure re- 
ported in 1970, 22.5 years. In 1970, young women 
could expect to work just 57% as many years as 
men; by 1977, their expectancy figure was 71% that 
of men. 


AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland recently served 
as a member of the National Bipartisan Commis- 
sion on Central America. 

The report of the National Bipartisan Commission 
on Central America offers a practical, comprehen- 
sive program to bring security, democracy and eco- 
nomic progress to that important region. 

"The members worked long and hard to reach 
general agreement that expanded American assist- 
ance to the countries of that region must be accom- 
panied by the development and stengthening of 
democratic institutions and systems including free 
elections, free trade unions, strong independent ju- 
dicial systems, higher standards of living, and more 
equitable distribution of incomes and wealth, includ- 
ing the ownership of land. Progress in human rights 
and democratization must be achieved as a condi- 
tion for continued American assistance. 

"The Commission recommends a 'new deal' for 
Central America. The AFL-CIO will support the 
Commission's program." 


Retirees covered by private pension plans re- 
ceived increases equal to only two-fifths of the rise 
in consumer prices during the 1970s, according to a 
study done for the Department of Labor. Prepared 
by North Carolina State University, the study found 
that average annual pension benefits paid to all 
retirees covered by private pension plans rose from 
$2,128 in 1973 to $2,638 in 1979, an increase of 
24%. However, the Consumer Price Index rose 
63% during the same six-year period. 

Real pension benefits — benefits after adjustment 
for inflation — declined by 24% between 1 973 and 
1979; without the increases granted by plans, the 
real value of benefits would have declined by 39%. 
In contrast, the real average earnings of wage and 
salary workers declined by 7.5% — or less than one- 
third of the real decline in pension benefits— during 
the same period. Pensioners covered by large 
plans generally received bigger and more frequent 
adjustments; those covered by collectively bar- 
gained plans also fared better than those under 
nonbargained plans. 


Secretary of Labor Raymond J. Donovan has an- 
nounced steps to improve substantially protections 
for 44 million pension plan and 50 million employee 
benefit plan members covered by the Employee 
Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). 

Donovan said he is making the Office of Pension 
and Welfare Benefit Programs (OPWBP) a separate 
unit within the Department of Labor, reporting di- 
rectly to him. 

"My purpose," Donovan added, "is to strengthen 
ERISA enforcement through increased efficiency 
and productivity. This will provide better protection 
for the pensions and other benefits that Americans 
earn during their working years. In addition, the 
tremendous growth of pension assets argue 
strongly for a separate, independent entity." Assets 
of pension plans covered by ERISA are projected to 
reach $1 trillion by 1985. 


Last year, union officials were complaining that 
apprentice programs get little federal attention be- 
cause of Labor Department budget cuts, anti-union 
animosity, and the lack of the bureau chief since 
February 1, 1983. But 1984 should bring some 
changes, for the Bureau of Apprenticeship and 
Training (BAT) now has a director. New Director 
Thomas J. Hague, 61, of Shelton, Conn., will direct 
a staff of 275 employees in BAT's national and 
regional offices. 

Hague served as executive secretary of the Con- 
necticut State Apprenticeship Council while deputy 
labor commissioner of the state, a position he held 
for four years. In his capacity as deputy state labor 
commissioner, Hague played a leading role in Con- 
necticut's apprenticeship system, in which nearly 
7,000 men and women were registered in more 
than 700 individual apprenticeship programs each 

MARCH, 1984 

UBC launches 3-way program to bring justice to 
striking Louisiana-Pacific workers in Northwest 

Boycott of L-P Products continues with broad support 

The United Brotherhood has insti- 
gated a three-pronged counterattack 
against the union-husting tactics of the 
giant Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, 
which continues to deny industry- 
accepted wages and benefits to 1,600 
of its employees. 

L-P workers — members of the UBC's 
Western Council of Lumber, Produc- 
tion, and Industrial Workers and the 
International Woodworkers of America 
have been on strike since June 24 at 18 
Louisiana-Pacific installations in Wash- 
ington, Oregon, California, and Idaho. 
The company refuses to negotiate a 
contract with its employees which would 
provide wages and benefits equal to 
those of employees of both large and 
small forest products firms in the Pacific 
Northwest. In fact, it has tried to force 
wage cuts for new hires and other 
contract provisions which would either 
freeze or cutback past gains, in spite of 
the fact that the company recently an- 
nounced that it had sales of $1 . 1 billion 
last year. 

To combat the company's tactics and 
bring justice to the striking workers. 

the United Brotherhood has launched 
these three actions: 

• a national boycott backed by the 
affiliated unions of the AFL-CIO against 
a long list of L-P products, 

• a strong organizing drive among 
unorganized Louisiana Pacific plants in 
the South, an area to which the com- 
pany is shifting much of its manufac- 
turing effort after obtaining millions of 
dollars from Uncle Sam because of the 
federal government's acquisition of 
Western lands for the Redwoods Na- 
tional Park, and 

• a publicity program to acquaint the 
business community, company stock- 
holders, and customers of L-P with the 
company's reactionary policies. 


UBC Organizing Director James Par- 
ker and members of his staff met last 
month with Western Council LPIW 
leaders in Denver, Colo., and formal- 
ized plans for the three-pronged pro- 
gram. The Brotherhood is gearing up 
its boycott activities and its information 
program for the business community, 
so that stockholders of the company 

will know all of the facts when they 
meet in May. 

Early this year, the UBC called for 
strike and boycott support committees 
to be established in every local union. 

"We need a Louisiana-Pacific Sup- 
port Committee established in every 
Brotherhood local union to help carry 
out the Brotherhood's national con- 
sumer boycott of Louisiana-Pacific wood 
products," General President Patrick 
J. Campbell stated in a circular letter 
read at all union meetings. 

The General Office in Washington, 
D.C., is now receiving a strong re- 
sponse from this circular letter. Local 
committees in many areas have iden- 
tified stores and distributors of L-P 
products in their areas and are preparing 
to launch an informational campaign 
with circulars, posters, and other media 

"There is no economic justification 
for Louisiana-Pacific's refusal to pay 
decent wages to its employees or to 
agree to the industry-wide settlement," 
President Campbell said. 

Louisiana-Pacific arbitrarily chose to 

Please. . . 




'Made by Louisi ana-Pacifi c Corp, 


UBC Members Are Fighting 
Wage Cuts and Take-Backs 
at Louisiana- Pad tic Corp. ~vr ?"£"J. 

Donl Buy These Unfair L-P Wood Products: 

Lumber Mid lumber product*: prjwood: wa/.-rboard; partideboa/d; hardwood: 

(loor systtmi: insulation. 

L-P Wolmaniied • Ctdarton* • Waiemood ■ Flbrepint • Oro-Bord • Rrdex ■ Sidu • Ketchikan 

Pabeo • Xonolitc ■ L-P-X • L-P Forester • L-P Home Centers. 

Bulletin-board posters listing the Louisi- 
ana-Pacific products which should be boy- 
cotted have been sent to every local union. 



break away from the industry's bar- 
gaining group, which had agreed, with- 
out strikes, to a settlement providing 
for no wage adjustment in 1983, a 4% 
increase in 1984, and a 4'A% increase 
in 1985. 

"Even this moderate solution, which 
took into consideration the employers' 
business recession problems of the past, 
was arbitrarily rejected by Louisiana 
Pacific," Campbell noted. 


While refusing to pay its workers a 
fair wage, the company, nevertheless, 
reported "strong earnings" in 1983. 

Many close observers of the com- 
pany's union-busting efforts lay the 
blame for the company's labor difficul- 
ties at the door of the corporation board 
chairman and president, Harry A. Merlo. 
Mr. Merlo has refused to discuss the 
contract dispute with Western Council 
leaders for many weeks. 

The LP board chairman is the highest 
paid executive in the industry. A five- 
year survey, based upon reports in 
Forbes magazine and data available at 
the Securities and Exchange Commis- 
sion, shows that Mr. Merlo has a total 
remuneration nearly double what other 
chief executives in the forest products 
industry receive. His average remuner- 
ation each year was $1,149,800. 

"This is a struggle which directly 
affects our more than 50,000 lumber 
and plywood members throughout the 
U.S. and Canada," Campbell told the 
membership recently, "and it is one we 
must win. The dispute affects each and 
every member of our Brotherhood, be- 
cause it involves an effort by a billion- 
dollar corporation to completely un- 
dermine union wages and working con- 
ditions in an entire industry. 

"In the over-100-year history of our 
Brotherhood, we have never backed 
down when our fellow Brotherhood 
members were under attack, and we 
will not abandon our proud tradition in 
the face of this challenge from Louisi- 

The list of Louisiana-Pacific products 
to be boycotted include the following 
brand names: L-P Wolmanized, Cedar- 
tone, Waferboard, Fibrepine, Oro-Bord, 
Redex, Sidex, Ketchikan, Pabco, Xono- 
lite, L-P-X, L-P Forester, and L-P Home 

UBC General President 

Patrick J. Campbell, 

standing, and General 

Secretary John S. Rogers 

place their signatures on 

the first charters for the 

United Brotherhood's 

Retirees Club. The charter 

reads, in part: "This 

Retiree Club is pledged to 

support the policies and 

programs of the UBC and 

to conform to the by-laws 

of the UBC Retiree Club 

as they apply in the 

United States and 


First Charters for UBC Retirees Club 
Forwarded to Locals and Councils 

The first charters for local and district 
council units of the UBC Retirees Club 
went out last month, with instructions to 
local officers from General Secretary John 
S. Rogers that appropriate ceremonies 
be held for each installation. 

The charters were signed by General 
President Patrick J. Campbell and Sec- 
retary Rogers, and they were accom- 
panied by a letter in which the General 
Officers said, "We are sure that you will 
appreciate that this new formal activity 
of the United Brotherhood is being ap- 
proached in the most sincere manner. 
The General Executive Board feels 
strongly that those retired members of 
our great Brotherhood who join the UBC 
Retirees Club will find, through this ef- 
fort, worthwhile activities not only to 
enhance their own lives, but to continue 
on in the great work of the objectives 
and ideals of our United Brotherhood, 
further enhancing their social and eco- 
nomic well-being." 

Charter No. 1 was issued to Local 
1147, Roseville, Calif., which was the 
first application received. This unit has 
13 charter members. 

Charter No. 2 went to the Kansas City, 
Mo., District Council, which has 43 ac- 
tive members, the largest group to date. 

The next six charters, in order of 
number, are as follows: No. 3, Local 
1109, Visalia, Calif., 17 charter members; 
No. 4, Local 1780, Las Vegas, Nev., 26 
members; No. 5, Local 63, Bloomington, 
111., 8 members; No. 6, Local 2078, Vista, 
Calif., 23 charter members; No. 7, Local 
715, Elizabeth, N.J.. 9 members; and 
No. 8, Local 701, Fresno, Calif., 15 

A packet of information on how to 
establish local retiree clubs was sent to 
all local unions and councils in Decem- 
ber. The packet contains a charter ap- 
plication, a copy of the club constitution 
and by-laws, a sample membership card, 
a poster, and leaflets and brochures ex- 
plaining the club program. For further 
information, retirees may contact their 
local union officers or General Secretary 
John S. Rogers, United Brotherhood of 
Carpenters and Joiners of America, 101 
Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, 
D.C. 20001. 

MARCH, 1984 





Santiago Soto 






Amnesty International USA 
appeals to Brotherhood 
members to write letters for 
Parasenkov's and Santiago's 

Fyodor Parasenkov, a joiner and 
woodworker from the Ukraine, was 
arrested in 1974 after writing to the 
Soviet government proposing economic 
reforms. He was sent to the Chernya- 
khovsk special psychiatric hospital in 
western Russia. 

People arrested on political charges 
in the USSR are sometimes declared 
insane, or sometimes termed a 'danger 
to society,' thereby justifying commit- 
ment to an institution and eliminating 
the need for a trial. 

In 1975, Parasenkov attempted sui- 
cide. He has remained in a hospital ever 

Amnesty International USA, a 
worldwide human rights movement 
which works impartially for the release 
of prisoners of conscience, has ap- 
pealed to United Brotherhood members 
to support its efforts to obtain the re- 
lease of Parasenkov. It asks that UBC 
members write letters to Russian au- 
thorities on Parasenkov's behalf. 

From long experience in dealing with 
totalitarian governments, it suggests that 
any such appeals should be courteously 
worded and that they should include 
part or all of the following: 

• respectfully ask for information on 
the nature of Parasenkov's mental 

• ask how Parasenkov is a 'danger to 
society,' justifying his commitment 
to a hospital; 

• inquire where Parasenkov is being 

"When the first two hundred letters came, the guards gave me back 
my clothes. Then the next two hundred letters came, and the prison 
director came to see me. When the next pile of letters arrived, the 
director got in touch with his superior. The letters kept coming and 
coming: three thousand of them. The President was informed. The 
letters still kept arriving, and the President called the prison and told 
them to let me go." 

— Julio de Pena Valdez, labor organizer, Dominican Republic 

• ask for details of his medical treat- 

• ask if he is represented by a lawyer; 

• ask if he is allowed visits by his 

• ask that an independent psychiatric 
inquiry be undertaken; 

• express general concern 

Letters should be sent to either or 
both of the following addresses. (The 
first is the head of the psychiatric dept- 
ment in the Soviet Ministry of Health; 
the second is the director of the insti- 
tution where Parasenkov is believed to 
be held): 

Dr. Churkin 


Rakhmanovsky pereulok 3 

Ministerstvo Zdravookhraneniya SSSR 

Glavny Specialist po Psikhiatricheskim 


Moscow, USSR 

Director Belokopytov 


238100 Kaliningradskaya oblast 


uchr. OM-216/st-2 

Spesialnaya Psikhiatricheskaya Bolnilsa 

Moscow, USSR 

Santiago Soto Inca was arrested on 
June 4, 1981, in the small rural com- 
munity of Andahuaylas, Peru. He had 
been called to the local police station 
to do some carpentry work. When he 
arrived, he was arrested and accused 
of giving shelter to an accused member 
of Sendero Luminoso, a terrorist group 
active in nearby Ayacucho. Several 
other people in Andahuaylas were also 

After his arrest, Santiago was se- 
verely tortured. First held at Ayacucho 
jail, after an escape attempt by others 
at the jail, Santiago and the other An- 
dahuaylas prisoners were moved to El 
Fronton prison off the coast of Lima. 
Late in 1982, they were moved again — 
to Lima's Lurigancho Prison. 

Lurigancho Prison was built in 1968 
to house 1,800 prisoners. It's currently 
"home" to 6,000 prisoners, 40% of 
whom are suffering from tuberculosis 
and hepatitis, according to Amnesty 
International. Food is poor, and medi- 
cal care is virtually non-existent. 

Santiago was adopted by Amnesty 
International as a prisoner of con- 
Continued on Page 38 



Reform Labor Laws, 
Debar Law Violators, 
Lucassen Urges 
IUD Legislative 
Conference Delegates 

UBC backs debarment legislation before Congress 

VP Lucassen 

Reforming labor law is what First 
General Vice President Sigurd Lucas- 
sen called for in his introductory ad- 
dress at the AFL-CIO Industrial Union 
Department's 1984 legislative confer- 

As part of a two-day meeting dis- 
cussing the social costs of deindustrial- 
ization and the need to rebuild the 
nation's industry, Lucassen was called 
upon to introduce a discussion on de- 
barment legislation by Representative 
Paul Simon (D-Ill.) 

"There is no balance, no fairness, no 
even-handed justice today in the Na- 
tional Labor Relations Act which Labor 
once considered its Magna Carta — its 
great charter of freedom and human 
rights," said Lucassen, repeating a 
statement made in 1978 when the Labor 
Law Reform Bill was passed by the 
House but blocked by filibuster in the 
Senate. "Labor law reform is among 
Labor's highest priorities." 

Lucassen stressed that the practice 
of awarding lucrative federal contracts 
to companies repeatedly violating fed- 
eral law needs to be stopped. 

"Companies should not be given an 
advantage in a competitive bidding sys- 
tem by depressing labor costs through 
repeated unfair labor practices." 

"The present law tolerates situations 
like the example of J. P. Stevens Com- 
pany, which was repeatedly found guilty 
of willful violations of NLRB and fed- 
eral court orders while throughout the 
1960s and 70s the Defense Department 
was granting the company contracts in 
excess of $100 million for supplies and 

"Another example is that of Litton 
Industries. Litton is one of the largest 
defense contractors with nearly $P/2 
billion in federal contracts. At the same 
time the NLRB has issued unfair labor 
practice citations against the Litton In- 
dustries in nearly 50 cases in the past 
20 years. In the least 24 cases either 
the Board or Federal appeals courts 
have found Litton guilty. Only 17 cases 

were enough for J. P. Stevens to be 
regarded as a repeated labor law vio- 

"Congressmen Paul Simon and Bill 
Clay have sponsored a labor law reform 
bill that is presently before the Edu- 
cation and Labor Committee, having 
been reported out by the Labor Sub- 
committee in November without 
amendment. A companion bill was in- 
troduced by Senator Kennedy in the 
Senate. HR 1743 and S 1079 would 
direct the Secretary of Labor to prohibit 
the awarding of federal contracts to 
repeated labor law violators. It would 
debar companies that establish a pattern 
of willful violation of final orders of the 
NLRB or of the federal courts in labor 
law cases. In cases where the repeated 
violations are the result of a central 
corporation policy and practice, the 
debarment would apply across the board 
to all divisions and subsidiaries of the 

Urging conference attendants to ask 
their legislators to cosponsor HR 1743 
and S 1079, Lucassen pointed out, "De- 
barment is not an unusual or unreason- 
able remedy for flagrant violation of 
federal labor standards. It is presently 
a sanction available under the Walsh- 
Healy Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, the 
Service Contracts Act, and Executive 
Order 11246." 

AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland 
opened the IUD conference with a call 
to see that industrial policy becomes a 
central issue in the upcoming Presiden- 
tial election and in the nation's eco- 
nomic and social future. Kirkland re- 
minded delegates that four years ago, 
when the Federation "pointed out that 
a deep and accelerating decline in 
America's industrial base was endan- 
gering the future of the country and its 
people, we were then a voice crying in 
the wilderness." 

William P. Winpisinger, president of 
the Machinists, told the delegates that 
"the overriding key to industrial policy 
success will be found in how much it 
extends the democratic process from 
the political to the economic, by what 
means it provides economic and social 
justice for all, and by what amount it 
redistributes the nation's income and 
wealth, and hence political power, to- 
ward equality." 

Glen E. Watts, president of the Com- 
munications Workers, also addressed 
the conference, saying that the United 
States "is the only advanced nation in 
the world without 
a national pro- 
gram that deals 
with trade policy, 
economic plan- 
ning, industrial re- 
search and devel- 
opment and 
worker retrain- 

Other speakers 
to the conference, 
attended by over 
1 ,000 trade union- 
ists representing 
the 55 unions af- 
filiated with IUD included IUD Presi- 
dent Howard Samuel, Electrical Work- 
ers President Charles H. Pillard, Auto 
Workers President Owen Brown, Sen. 
Donald Riegle, (D-Mich.), and Repre- 
sentatives Robert Garcia, (D-N.Y.), 
Geraldine Ferraro (D-N.Y.), John J. 
LaFalce (D-N.Y.), and John Dingell 

Cong. Simon 

Industrial Policy Bill Clears Subcommittee 

An industrial policy bill backed by 
organized labor was cleared by the 
House Economic Stabilization sub- 
committee, last month. 

The Democratic-sponsored Indus- 
trial Competitiveness Act was ap- 
proved on a 13-9 party-line vote and 
sent to the full House Banking, Fi- 
nance and Urban Affairs Committee. 

The legislation would set up a 
Council on Industrial Competitive- 

ness, including representatives of 
government, labor and business, to 
shape industrial strategies. 

To help carry out these policies, 
an industrial development bank would 
be established to make loans and 
loan guarantees to modernize basic 
industries and assist new growth 
industries. At least 70% of the loan 
packages would have to come from 
private sources. (PAI) 

MARCH, 1984 




•'--'• .'-'. Q 

Spanish Version of 
'This is the UBC 

The General Office of the United 
Brotherhood in Washington, D.C. 
has prepared a Spanish-language 
version of its popular leaflet "This 
is the UBC," a general-purpose bro- 
chure used in organizing and in de- 
scribing our union to outsiders. 

"Esta es la UBC" is of special 
importance to Hispanic members in 
Puerto Rico, Florida, and the South- 
west. It answers many basic ques- 
tions about the Union. 

Copies may be obtained by writ- 
ing: Organizing Director, United 
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Join- 
ers of America, 101 Constitution 
Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. 

French Version, Too 

In addition to the Spanish-lan- 
guage version of "This is the UBC , " 
described above, the Brotherhood 
also has available a French-language 
edition of this general purpose leaf- 

Designed originally for our French- 
speaking members in Quebec and 
the Maritime provinces of Canada, 
the leaflet is available for distribution 
as needed throughout North Amer- 
ica from the UBC Research Office, 
5799 Yonge Street, No. 807. Willow- 
dale. Ont., Canada M2M 3V3. 

Don Danielson, 
Ass't. to Presidents, 
Dies in Maryland 

Donald D. Danielson, 59, special assistant 
to three general presidents of the United 
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of 
America, died Friday, January 20. at Mont- 
gomery General Hospital in Olney, Md., 
following a lengthy illness. 

A native of Stillwater, Minn., he was a 
member of the Brotherhood for more than 
four decades. At the time of his death he 
represented the international union on sev- 
eral labor-management bodies. He was co- 
ordinator of the National Industrial Con- 
struction Agreement with the National 
Constructors Assn. and coordinator of the 
Impasse Plan between the Associated Gen- 
eral Contractors and the Basic Building 
Trades. In addition, he served as secretary 
of the National Joint Heavy and Highway 
Construction Committee and was a member 
of the Building Trades Market Recovery 
Implementation Committee. During the wage- 
controls period of the Nixon Administration, 
he served on the National Carpentry Craft 

Danielson at his desk just off the General 
President's Office 

Apprenticed to the carpentry trade in 1942 
with Carpenters Local 1252, St. Paul, Minn., 
he interrupted his training for service in the 
U.S. Navy during World War II. He was 
initiated into Carpenters Local 87, Minne- 
apolis, Minn., in 1949, and in 1954 he became 
research director of his international union 
at its headquarters in Indianapolis, I ml . and 
moved to Silver Spring, Md., in 1961 when 
the UBC changed its headquarters to the 
nation's capital. In 1972 he was elevated to 
the post of assistant to the general president 
of the organization, where he served since. 

Danielson is survived by his father, Dean 
Danielson of Minneapolis; a brother. Rod 
Danielson, financial secretary of Carpenters 
Local 87, Minneapolis; his wife, Georgianne, 
and eight children. 

Building Trades Appeal 
Decision Weakening 
Workers' Protection 

The Building and Construction Trades 
Department, AFL-CIO, has joined the 
AFL-CIO and seven affiliated unions, 
including the United Brotherhood in 
appealing a federal district court deci- 
sion affecting the Service Contract Act, 
the prevailing wage law for service work 
done under federal contract. 

The appeal is from U.S. District Judge 
Oliver Gasch's denial of a challenge to 
six proposed U.S. Department of Labor 
regulations which would limit coverage 
of the act and two regulations that limit 
the definition of locality of performance 
of service contracts. 

"Naturally, we were very disap- 
pointed by the decision," Robert Geor- 
gine, president of the Building Trades, 

"We argued that, in each instance, 
the Secretary of Labor failed to provide 
an adequate justification for cutting back 
on interpretations incorporated in the 
present regulations." 

The challenged regulations were to 
have gone into effect on December 27, 
1983, but the effective date was post- 
poned to give Judge Gasch time to hear 
the case and issue a decision. The 
challenged regulations finally went into 
effect January 27. 

Joining in the appeal were the United 
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, 
the International Brotherhood of Elec- 
trical Workers, the Laborers, Machin- 
ists, Seafarers, Service Employees, and 
Transport Workers. 

The AFL-CIO expressed keen dis- 
appointment in the district court deci- 
sion, which upheld the Secretary of 
Labor's amendments to the Service 
Contract Act. 

These amendments cruelly cut back 
on the protections the act is intended 
to afford service contract workers who, 
Congress recognized, "are among the 
most unskilled, the weakest and the 
poorest of our citizens." 

District court decisions are not the 
last word, however. The Court of Ap- 
peals' Nov. 29, 1983, decision in ILGWU 
v. Dononvan reversed a lower court 
decision and invalidated another effort 
by the Administration to benefit em- 
ployers by dismantling worker protec- 
tion. That decision strengthens AFL- 
CIO resolve to continue its effort to 
bring a measure of fairness and decency 
to the government's dealings with those 
who do its laundry, sweep its buildings, 
cook its food, cut its forests, and per- 
form a hundred other hard, demanding, 
and necessary jobs. 





The findings of its "Survey of 1981 Work History" 
were recently published by Statistics Canada. High- 
lighted below are the survey's comparisons of the 
average hourly earnings between unionized and 
non-unionized workers, full-time and part-time work- 
ers, and male and female employees. 


• Average hourly earnings for all paid jobs in 
1981 were $8.55. 

• In 1981, approximately one out of every four 
jobs paid between $4.00 and $5.99 an hour. That 
year, over half (54.7%) of all jobs paid between 
$3.00 and $7.99 an hour. 

• Only 4.5% of all jobs paid under $3.00 an 
hour, whiie 15.0% paid $12.00 or more. 

• In general, part-time jobs paid less per hour 
than full-time jobs. Fewer than two out of every five 
part-time jobs (38.2%) paid $6.00 or more an hour 
in 1981 compared to two out of three full-time jobs 


• Average hourly earnings for full-time jobs held 
by 25 to 54 year olds were $9.28, compared to 
$8.82 for those aged 55 years and over (5.0% 
lower) and $6.77 for 1 5 to 24 year olds (27.0% 

• On average, males in the 15 to 24 age group 
earned $0.98 an hour more than their female coun- 
terparts. This gap more than doubled ($2.32) be- 
tween men and women aged 25 to 54. 

• Average hourly earnings were estimated at 
$9.34 for males and $7.25 for females in 1981. Men 
working full-time earned, on average, $9.42 per 
hour while women working full-time earned $7.33 
per hour (i.e., 22.2% less than men). On average, 
men working part-time were paid $7.22 and women 
working part-time received $6.65 (i.e., 7.9% less 
than men). 

• Average hourly earnings tended to be lower for 
women than for men, lower for part-time than for 
full-time positions and lower for part-year than for 
full-year jobs. Combining these observations, it was 
found that over one half (54.0%) of all part-time 
part-year jobs held by women were remunerated at 
a rate of under $5.00 per hour. 


• Average hourly earnings for full-time unionized 
jobs were $9.62 compared to $8.08 for full-time 
non-unionized jobs. 

• Of all full-time jobs held in 1981, 3.8 million 
were unionized while the remaining 7.0 million were 
non-unionized. Only 15.6% of the unionized full- 
time jobs paid less than $6.00 an hour, compared 
to 43.0% of the non-unionized jobs. 

• At $10.08, average hourly earnings for union- 
ized jobs held by men were $1.46 higher than for 
unionized women. The earnings differential between 
the sexes widened to $2.23 for non-unionized jobs, 
which paid an average of $8.83 for men and $6.60 
for women. 

• Full-year unionized jobs held by male part-time 
employees paid an average of $11.17 per hour. 
Their female counterparts earned $8.83. On the 
other hand, hourly earnings were essentially the 
same for both sexes in the case of part-time, non- 
unionized jobs held for only part of the year ($5.76 
for men and $5.67 for women). 


• Average hourly earnings for full-time positions 
are usually positively associated with education at- 
tainment. For instance, jobs held by persons having 
a maximum of eight years of (primary) education 
paid an average of $7.46 an hour in 1981. At the 
opposite end of the scale, jobs held by university 
graduates paid on average 56.7% more ($1 1.69 an 

• The average wage rate of all full-year, full-time 
jobs was $9.13, compared to $6.27 (31.3% less) for 
part-year part-time jobs. 

• The data show large differences in average 
hourly earnings when sex, education, and unioniza- 
tion are taken into account. Women with primary 
school education only who were working at non- 
unionized jobs were paid $5.05 an hour, on aver- 
age. In contrast, unionized jobs held by men with a 
university education paid $12.87 per hour, on aver- 


• Average hourly earnings, by industry, were 
lowest in agriculture, at $5.24, followed by trade, at 
$7.21 . Earnings were highest in public administra- 
tion and non-agricultural primary industries at 
$10.17 an hour. 

• In terms of occupation, hourly pay was lowest 
in service ($6.35) and clerical work ($7.20) and 
highest in managerial and professional occupations 
($11.06) and in construction ($9.82). 

• The largest gap in pay between full-time and 
part-time work, by occupation, in 1981, was in ma- 
terial handling and other crafts ($1 .98) with average 
hourly earnings of $8.17 and $6.19 respectively. 

• Of all jobs held in 1981, 288,000 (2.1%) paid 
$20.00 or more per hour, of which 68.0% were full- 
time. Unpublished SWH data show that 54.5% of 
the 92,000 part-time jobs paying $20.00 or more 
per hour were in the community, business or per- 
sonal services. Most jobs paying at least $20.00 per 
hour were in the managerial and professional occu- 
pations (52.4% of part-time jobs and 63.6% of full- 
time jobs). 

MARCH, 1984 


louiL union heuis 

Northeast Illinois Locals Merge With Chicago District Council 

The Chicago District Council has a new 
name and a broader territory. 

General President Patrick J. Campbell, 
with First Vice President Sigurd Lucassen, 
Second Vice President Anthony "Pete" 
Ochocki. General Secretary John Rogers, 
and General Treasurer Charles E. Nichols 
(now retired), traveled to Chicago recently 
to present a charter granting an extended 
area of jurisdiction to Chicago District Coun- 
cil of Carpenters President George Vest, Jr., 
and other officers of the district council. The 
new name is the Chicago and Northeast 
Illinois District Council of Carpenters, in- 
cluding the former Illinois counties of Cook, 
Lake, and DuPage, and the newly extended 
territory of McHenry, Kane, Kendall, 
Grundy. Iroquois, and Kankakee counties. 

District Council President George Vest, 
Jr., sees the move as a timely one "in view 
of the recent action of the Brotherhood 
merging local unions for the purpose of 
efficiency, economy, stability, and — most 
important — improving services for the mem- 

"By increasing the size of the local unions, 
we are making it possible for the organization 
to have more people available to provide 
services to the membership and to police 
the areas against the growing impact of non- 
union contractors," stated Vest of the his- 

General President Patrick J. Campbell 
presents the charter to President George 
Vest Jr., left, and Secretary-Treasurer 
Wesley Isaacson, right, granting extended 
area jurisdiction to the Chicago District 
Council of Carpenters. The new name is 
the Chicago and Northeast Illinois District 
Council of Carpenters. 

tone occasion. 

"All of us — in our unions, in our com- 
munities, in our country — have had to adapt 
to change because that is the material of 
human experience. So, while we honor the 

past, we must act so as to continue to survive 
and thrive. 

Summarizing the District Council's 
thoughts on the occasion. Vest stated: "We 
know that we will have the continued loyalty 
of our officers and members of affiliated 
local unions, whether or not the organiza- 
tions have been united with other local 
unions, because they share the goals outlined 
by our founders in Chicago over a century 
ago: progress of labor through the unity that 
gives us strength." 

While in Chicago to present the charter, 
President Campbell met with delegates to 
the newly-formed district council. In his 
address, President Campbell stressed orga- 
nizing the unorganized, involving the mem- 
bership in the union's activities, and building 
local Retiree Clubs. 

Campbell also called for strengthening 
unity to defeat the union busters and stem 
the growth of the non-union share of the 
construction market, and he discussed 
changing the structure of the Brotherhood 
to adapt to new problems. 

On hand for the historic district council 
meeting — for the first time in 75 years — were 
all of the General Officers of the United 
Brotherhood. Fifth District Board Member 
Leon Greene also addressed the delegates 
to the new council. 

Idahoans Proud to Be Union 

Brotherhood members of Carpenters Local 398 in Lewiston, 
Idaho, are proud to be union carpenters. The sign, purchased 
by the Spokane District Council of Carpenters, was placed on a 
grain elevator recently completed in Lewiston. 

The slip-form project generated a lot of local interest as did 
the sign. The sign was placed on the project by members of the 
local and remained on the project for approximately three 
months. Attached to the slip-form system, it was easily visible 
to all who watched the progress of the project. 

The sign was built in three parts so that the name of the 
contractor can be changed when it is displayed on other union- 
built projects in the local area. 

Quarter Century in Glidden 

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Local 2898, Glidden, Wis., 
at right are local union and regional officers. From left, they 
include Bob Warosh, secretary of the Midwest Industrial Coun- 
cil; Arnie Brendalen, treasurer; Bernard Peterhansel, recording 
secretary; Andrew Lenzen, financial secretary; Ray Segal, 
trustee; Dale Baker, president; Russell Eder, warden; and Gor- 
don J. Hall. Members of Local 2898 are employed by Chippewa 
Industries at a plant which manufactures hardwood moldings. 
At last report, there were 40 UBC members in the bargaining 



Playhouses For Abused Tots 

Orange County Carpenters Apprentices recently donated 2 
playhouses to Olive Crest Treatment Centers, a private non- 
profit non-sectarian organization that provides 24-hour-a-day 
residential care and treatment to battered and abused children. 
The organization has group homes in Orange County, San Ber- 
nardino County, and a Crisis Intervention Center in Riverside. 

Lionel E. (Lee) Hebert, JATC coordinator for Southern Cali- 
fornia, above, reports: "The playhouses that we have donated 
to Olive Crest were part of a class project and contest and were 
built entirely by students during a work assignment in which 
they had to follow plans and had a time limit for the completion 
of the project." Painting apprentices painted the playhouses 
after construction was finished. Program Director Lois Verleur 
of Olive Crest expressed gratitude for "these houses for our 

Ollie Langhorst Apartments 

VIPs turn the first shovels-full of earth for the Ollie W. 
Langhorst Apartments, named for the executive secretary-treas- 
urer of the Greater St. Louis, Mo., Carpenters District Council. 
The 100-unit complex in St. Louis will help fill the critical 
shortage of decent and affordable housing for the elderly when 
completed in September, 1984. Langhorst is pictured with a 
shovel at far left, foreground. 

Buggy Builder 

James W. (Bill) Atchison poses with his 
pony Judy on a buggy he built himself. 
Atchison is a retired member of Local 345, 
Memphis, Tenn., who collects antiques 
and builds buggies as a hobby. 

Community Service 

Charles H. Mix, community services direc- 
tor for the Ohio State Federation of Labor 
and a UBC member, talks with Roger 
Sheldon, associate editor of Carpenter, at 
a conference on unemployment in Wash- 
ington, D.C. 

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Spring Training 
Conference Set 

The National Joint Carpentry Ap- 
prenticeship and Training Committee 
is sponsoring a spring training con- 
ference at the Sheraton St. Louis 
Hotel, 910 North Seventh Street, St. 
Louis, Mo., during the week of April 

Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Tues- 
day, April 17. The conference will 
conclude at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 
19. The agenda calls for discussion 
on ways to improve training for the 
craft areas of carpentry, millwright- 
ing, mill-cabinetry, and piledriving, 
as implemented by local joint com- 
mittees and/or affiliate bodies. 

Three Generations 

Three generations of active millwrights, a 
first for Millwright Local 1102, Detroit, 
Mich., became a reality recently when 18- 
year-old Donald Huffman, center, was ini- 
tiated into his uncle's and grandfather's 
local. The eldest, grandfather Clem Bos- 
choner, right, has 37 years in the trade 
under his belt, while Uncle Jerry Bos- 
choner is working on his 20th year. 

New Journeyperson 

Jonelle Galloway, left, is the first woman 
to receive a journeyman's certificate from 
Local 1388, Oregon City, Ore. She is pic- 
tured, above, with husband Mike. 

Graduates at Portsmouth Navy Yard 

An apprenticeship graduation ceremony was held recently in the commander's office at 
the Portsmouth, N.H., Naval Shipyard, as six members of Local 3073 completed their 
four years of training. In the foreground, left. Captain Joseph Yurso congratulates the 
new journeymen. To his right are Robert Burleigh, an honor graduate of the shipyard's 
woodworking shop; Don McGregor, shipwright; Joseph Belmont, woodworking shop 
superintendent. In the back row, from left, are Steven Leonard, rubber, plastic, and 
fiberglass work; Mark Hafford, wood and plastics installer; and Richard Verville, presi- 
dent of the local union. Not present for the ceremony were two additional graduates: 
Wayne Martel, shipwright, and Richard Talbert, rubber and plastics worker. 

New Journeymen in New Jersey 

Twenty apprentices recently received their journeyman certificates from Local 393 , 
Gloucester, N.J. Shown above, kneeling, from left, are Paul Kraenebring, Michael W. 
Hurd, William H. Yoder, Richard W. Taggart, and Thomas A. Maxwell. Seated are, 
from left, Robert L. Bair, Geoffrey R. Coates, James S. Dixon, David P. Dowell, Craig 
F. Flenard, Edward L. Palmer, Emerson J. Hill, and Christopher Hoffman. Standing, 
from left, are Chairman Paul Heitman, Committeeman John "Bud" Brooks, Kenneth W. 
Minnett, Gerald P. McGrath, Committeeman Robert Willett, Edward P. McGurk, Gilbert 
H. Handy, Gregory J. Norkis, Committeeman Frank Reed, Business Rep. Thomas C. 
Ober, and President Russell C. Naylor. Graduating apprentices not available for photos 
were Sherman Corsey and Dale J. Haggen. 

ONE OF THE GREATEST ASSETS that this nation has is the skills and know-how of its 
people. It is imperative that we guard this asset carefully. Our future progress and 
strength depend upon a conscious concern for human resources, training and skills. 
— From the National Apprenticeship Program, U.S. Department of Labor. 

MARCH, 1984 





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A woman went to the doctor be- 
cause she did not feel well. After 
the examination the doctor told her 
that her throat was red and he 
would have to paint it. She asked 
him how much the cost would be, 
and the doctor said $25. 

"What, $25 for painting my throat," 
screamed the woman whereupon 
the doctor said: "What did you ex- 
pect for $25 . . . wallpaper?" 

— The Caterer 



Man at a lumber yard: "I want a 
2 x 4." 

Lumber man: "How long do you 
want it?" 

Man: "A long time. We're build- 
ing a house." 

— Irma Symons, 
Wife of Local 1277 member, 
Redmond, Ore. 



There is one thing you can say 
about the battle of the sexes: There 
is little chance it will turn into a cold 

— Terzick Times 


Mother and daughter were in the 
kitchen washing dishes while father 
and 7-year-old Johnny were in the 
living room. Suddenly, they heard 
a crash of falling dishes. They lis- 
tened expectantly. "It was Mom," 
said Johnny at last. 

"How do you know?" asked the 

"Because," answered Johnny, 
"she isn't saying anything." 



The car screeched to a stop, 
barely missing an elderly woman. 
Instead of giving the teenage driver 
a bawling out, she smiled sweetly 
and pointed to a pair of baby shoes 
dangling from his rearview mirrow. 

"Young man," she asked, "why 
don't you put your shoes back on?" 

JOIN C.L.I.C. IN '84 


A shipwrecked sailor, who had 
spent three years on a desert is- 
land, was overjoyed one day to see 
a ship drop anchor in the bay. A 
small boat came ashore, and an 
officer handed the sailor a batch of 

"The captain suggests," he told 
the marooned sailor, "that you read 
what's going on in the world. Then 
let us know if you still feel that you 
want to be rescued." 


Crafty was old man Fitzgerald 
Who set off to work in a barrel 
It rolled to and fro 
But never did go 

To the workplace of Mr. Fitzgerald 
—Ann Considine 
Chicago, III. 


An elderly lady was quite shocked 
at the language used by workmen 
repairing a telephone line near her 
home, so she phoned the telephone 
company. The foreman was re- 
quested to make a report of exactly 
what had happened. Here's what 
he wrote: 

Me and Joe Shmoe were on this 
job. I was up the pole and acci- 
dentally let the hot lead fall on Joe 
. . . right down his neck. Then Joe 
looked up at me and said: "Really, 
Clarence, you must be more care- 



A society woman was going to a 
formal ball, and had chosen for the 
evening a strapless gown. Not 
wanting to carry an evening bag all 
night, she stuck three tissues in the 
top of her dress to attend to a runny 
nose that had been bothering her. 
She was discovered later, at the 
ball, looking down the front of her 
dress, exclaiming, "I was sure I had 
three in there!" 



Facing the jury, the judge asked 
angrily, "What possible excuse can 
you have for acquitting this man?" 

"Insanity, your honor," replied the 
foreman of the jury. 

"All 12 of you?" cried the judge. 



"Oh, dear, I've missed you so 
much!" she said, and she raised 
her revolver and fired again. 



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MARCH, 1984 


Administration Attack on Davis-Bacon Upheld, 
As U.S. Supreme Court Denies Further Review 

The wage and job standards of union 
construction workers suffered a blow 
when the Supreme Court recently re- 
fused to hear labor's appeal challenging 
the Labor Dept.'s authority to overhaul 
the Davis-Bacon Act. 

In rejecting the appeal by the AFL- 
CIO Building and Construction Trades 
Dept., the high court let stand a federal 
appeals court decision which upheld 
basic changes in the way the law is 

Labor Secretary Raymond J. Dono- 
van, who proposed the changes in 1982, 
hailed the news as "a major victory in 
the Reagan Administration's continuing 
effort to bring about regulatory reform 
in the federal government." 

President Pat Alibrandi of the Asso- 
ciated Builders and Contractors, an 
open shop organization, called it "a 
great day for free enterprise." 

Donovan, whose rules will substan- 
tially reduce the prevailing wage on 
federal contracts and allow greater use 
of helpers, estimated the changes will 
reduce costs by some $500 million a 
year. He said the new rules would be 
implemented in several weeks. 

Robert A. Georgine, president of the 
AFL-CIO building trades department, 
said that "while we were very much 
disappointed in the Supreme Court ac- 
tion, it was not unexpected." 

Georgine said the construction unions 
must now "concentrate our best efforts 

to see that the regulations are somewhat 
protective of wages and not just a give- 
away to the open shop contractors." 

The prevailing wages on federal proj- 
ects will be lowered because of several 

The traditional definition of the pre- 
vailing wage rate was that paid at least 
30% of workers doing a specific job in 
a locality. The new rule would dilute 
that by raising it to 50%. 

Anothe key change would exclude 
urban wage data in figuring the pre- 
vailing rate in rural and suburban areas. 

The new rules also will allow the 
expanded use of helpers, letting super- 
vised helpers do work overlapping that 
of journeymen and laborers. (PAI) 

Labor-Management Production Teams Increase, 

As Unions Join Companies in Board Room Discussions 

Companies are learning to live with 
unions in board rooms, and concessions 
granted by business are giving workers 
a new role in decisions once reserved 
for management, according to a recent 
study by U.S. News & World Report. 

General Motors' unveiling of its Sat- 
urn car project recently indicated the 
auto maker's plans to compete with 
Japanese imports. Unionized GM 
workers will be consulted at every step 
and will actually help plan production 
of the subcompact car through a newly 
established joint-study center, which 
will be a committee of company and 
union representatives in equal number. 

GM publicly pledged that it does not 
intend to concede defeat in the small- 
car market in the United States. It also 
recognized many of the unusual and 
long-term gains made by unions in the 
past two years. 

Albeit organized labor took a beating 
in negotiations for wage increase and 
benefits, it gained new roles and powers 
which have long been held to be the 
exclusive bailiwick of management. A 
small but growing number of unions 
now are in a position inside corpora- 
tions to question and influence deci- 
sions about product development, in- 
vestments, plant closings, compensation, 
and corporate leadership. 

Labor leaders are gaining seats on 
boards of directors, which give them 
access to financial information and plans 
for expansion of subsidiaries. The la- 

bor-management production teams on 
plant floors give union members a part 
in changing manufacturing methods and 
stockroom procedures. 

The president of the American Ar- 
bitration Association, Robert Coulson, 
says, "It's a recognition that workers 
have an interest in seeing their employ- 
ers prosper and in many cases, man- 
agement decisions are better if experi- 
ence and knowledge of workers are 
listened to and tested against the real 
world of the assembly line." 

Before his retirement last year as 
president of the United Auto Workers, 
Douglas Fraser joined the Chrysler Cor- 
poration's board of directors where his 
contributions have won accolades from 

Charles Bryan, head of the machin- 
ists' union at Eastern Air Lines, said, 
after the union was given board-repre- 
sentation rights, "this thrusts us right 
into the heart of decision making." 

Jack Lavery, chief economist at Mer- 
rill Lynch, says, "the increased partic- 
ipation of labor carries with it a dimi- 
nution of management's decision-making 
authority, but offers hope of improved 
performance through joint efforts of 
labor and management." 

Labor experts still see a rocky road 
ahead for many companies involved in 
power sharing because, "a large num- 
ber of employers still don't accept the 
legitimacy of trade unions," says Thomas 
Kochan, professor of industrial rela- 

tions at the Sloan School of Manage- 
ment, Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology. "That kind of behavior logically 
leads to a much more militant labor 
movement and makes it harder to re- 
duce adversarial relations." 

"In sharing information about busi- 
ness, as well as profits and stock, em- 
ployees become more than wage tak- 
ers," says labor economist, Audrey 
Freedman of the Conference Board, a 
business-research group. "They be- 
come engaged with the place they work. 
They feel part of the enterprise and put 
forward their best effort." 

Some of the companies learning to 
live with unions in the board rooms are: 

Eastern Air Lines — Workers get 4 of 
21 seats on the board of directors plus 
25% stock interest. 

Chrysler — Union has one of 18 seats 
on the board of directors, now occupied 
by Douglas Fraser, retired president of 
the United Auto Workers. 

Western Airlines — Two of 14 board 
seats, plus 32% of the stock. 

Uniroyal — Contract-guaranteed board 
appearances twice a year by the pres- 
ident of the United Rubber Workers, 
plus formal quarterly meetings with 
senior management. 

Jones & Laughlin Steel — Eighty la- 
bor-management teams, each with two 
management and eight union represen- 
tatives for problem solving in the plant. 
Donna Sale, 
Mid-Atlantic Industrial Council 



Job Safety 

is every member's business 

There are laws on the books which afford you a measure of protection 
against health hazards and accidents on the job. These regulations — 
federal, state, provincial, and local — must be enforced. 

Your union, time and again, fights for the enforcement of these 
regulations . . . But laws alone won't make your job a safe job . . . It's up to 
you and every one of your co-workers to make a construction site, a mill, 
and an industrial plant a safe place in which to work. 

New and Revised Safety and Health Standards from OSHA 

One of OSHA's responsibilities under 
the Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration Act is to set and revise 
minimum safety and health standards. 
Recently, OSHA has begun a feverish 
pace of standards-setting activity. Below 
is a summary of some of the agency's 


March, 1984 

The proposal for a new asbestos standard 
should be published early this month. Hearings 
are expected in May. The Building Trades 
Department is coordinating testimony for the 
hearings to support their proposal for a separate 
standard for construction work. (See article in 
Feb. 1984 Carpenter). 

Commercial Diving 

January 6, 1 984 

OSHA deleted the medical requirements sec- 
tion of the commercial diving standard. This 
action was in response to a court ruling in 1979 
in New Orleans that threw out that section of 
the standard. Employers no longer must pro- 
vide medical examinations to divers. This was 
a final rule and was effective immediately. 

Electrical Standards for Construction 

October 7, 1 983 

OSHA has proposed extensive revisions in 
the electrical standard for construction work. 
The IBEW has submitted comments stating 
that the proposal is "unnecessary and, in many 
cases, would reduce the protection being af- 

forded by the present standard." Hearings on 
the proposal will be held April 10th in Wash- 
ington, DC. 

Grain Handling Facilities 

January 6, 1984 

OSHA proposed a new safety standard for 
grain facilities to help prevent grain dust ex- 
plosions. One of the main precautions is im- 
proved housekeeping. The facility would be 
required, under the new regulation, to keep 
dust accumulation down to Vsth inch or alter- 
natively to sweep the facility once a day. 
However, a National Academy of Sciences 
study recommends that dust levels be kept to 
Vwth of an inch to prevent explosions. 

Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing 

December 28, 1983 

OSHA proposed a new and separate stand- 
ard for workers in the oil and gas well drilling 
and servicing industry. The rule provides spe- 
cific safety provisions covering everything from 
employee training and rescue procedures to 
blow-out protection and guarding of kelly- 
bushings. Unfortunately OSHA only has juris- 
diction out to the 3 mile limit and statistics 
show that the most hazardous operations are 
offshore. Workers beyond the 3 mile limit are 
covered by the Coast Guard which has no such 
specific standard yet. 

Underground Construction 

August 5, 1 983 

OSHA has proposed revisions in the tun- 
neling standard. It includes many new specific 
standards for gassy operations, hoists, com- 

munication, etc. It explicitly includes "cut and 
cover" operations that have been sufficiently 
decked over as to present similar hazards to 
tunnels (e.g., decreased lighting and ventila- 
tion, limited access and egress). The UBC has 
objected to many of the provisions that contain 
"performance-oriented" language. For exam- 
ple, tunnels, under the proposal, must be tested 
for toxic gasses "as often as necessary" which 
leaves the frequency entirely up to the discre- 
tion of the employer. The UBC has also ob- 
jected to the fact that the proposal does not 
revise the decompression tables for com- 
pressed air work. The required OSHA tables 
have been shown to be inadequate. A study 
by Dr. Eric Kindwall in Milwaukee found that 
one-third of workers working at pressures over 
36 pounds/sq. in. got a degenerative bone 
disease (aseptic bone necrosis). Hearings on 
this proposal will be March 1 3th in Washington, 

All the proposed rules mentioned above must 
go through a "notice and comment" period. 
The proposals are published in the Federal 
Register. Comments are generally accepted for 
a 45 day period which may be extended. If a 
public hearing is requested it is usually held 
60 days after the proposal is published. After 
all comments have been received and hearings 
have been held, OSHA considers the evidence 
and publishes a final rule. This final rule may 
then be challenged in court. Anyone wishing 
copies of the proposals discussed above may 
contact OSHA in Washington, D.C, check the 
Federal Register at the library, or contact 
Joseph L. Durst Jr., Director of the UBC 
Department of Safety and Health. 

This material has been funded in whole or in part with Federal fundB from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, under grant number 
E9F3D176. These materials do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or 
organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

MARCH, 1984 


POWER TOOLS... Treat Ther 

Know the tool you are using — 

its application, limitations and 
potential hazards. 


Select proper tool for the job. 

Don't try to tackle a big job with 
and undersized tool — makeshift 
tools can cause accidents. 

Ground all tools — unless the name 
plate reads 'double insulated.' If tool 
is equipped with three-prong plug, it 
should be plugged into a three-hole 
electrical receptacle. If adapter is used 
to accommodate two-prong recepta- 
cle, the adapter wire must be attached 
to a known ground. 

Remove adjusting keys and 
wrenches before turning on tool. 

Keep work area free of clutter — 

boards, boxes, debris, tools, etc. 
— that can be tripping hazards. 

Keep guards in place and in 

working order. Do not remove or 
wedge out of the way. And never 
tie it up out of the way as was 
done in this photo. 

Always be alert to potential haz- 
ards in your working environ- 
ment such as damp locations or 
the presence of highly combusti- 
ble materials — gasoline, naphtha, 

Avoid accidental startup. Make 
sure switch is off before plugging 
in cord — or when power is in- 
terrupted. Don't carry plugged in 
tool with finger on switch. 

Make sure saw blades, drill bits, 
router cutters, etc. are sharp, 
clean and regularly maintained. 

Use only recommended accesso- 
ries. Follow manufacturer's in- 

Do not force tool. It will do a 
better and safer job at its de- 
signed speed. 



fith Respect 

Information and photographs supplied by the Power Tools Institute. 

Use safety glasses. Also face or 
dust mask if operation requires 

Do not overreach. Keep proper 
footing and balance at all times. 

Never leave tool running unat- 
tended. Don't leave until it 
comes to a complete stop and is 
disconnected from power source. 


Don't surprise or touch anyone 
operating a power tool. The dis- 
traction could cause a serious 

Never adjust, change bits, blades 
or cutters with tool connected. 

Dress properly. Avoid loose cloth- 
ing that could catch in moving 
parts. Wear rubber boots in damp 

Secure work. Use clamps or vise 
to hold work when practical. It 
frees both hands to operate tool. 

Do not use tool with frayed cord. 

Return it for servicing. Use only 
heavy duty U.L. listed extension 
cords of proper wire size and 

Never brush away chips or saw- 
dust while tool is operating. 

Do not attempt field repairs. Re- 
turn for servicing any tool that 
shows slightest defect or is not 
operating properly. 

Store tools in dry, secure loca- 
tion where they won't be tamp- 
ered with. 

MARCH, 1984 


Participants in discussions on the Marriott 
Hotel work crew included, from left. Murk 
Mullen, business representative. Local 
I2t)b, Austin: Jackie St. Clair, executive 
secretary, Te.xas Building Trades: Gale 
Van Hoy. executive secretary. Houston 
Building Trades: and Ron Angell, UBC 
task force representative. 

Part of the UBC team working Operation 
Turnaround in the Southwest are General 
Representative Fred Carter. Task Force 
Representative Bud Sharp, and the Broth- 
erhood's Assistant Organizing Director, 
Steve Barger. 

New Marriott Hotel in Austin, Texas, 
Turned Around, 100% Union Labor 

The Texas State Building & Con- 
struction Trades Council adopted the 
United Brotherhood's "Operation Turn- 
around" at its 1983 state convention, 
and almost immediately it went into 
action to carry out the purposes of the 
OT program. 

In January, Gale Van Hoy, executive 
secretary of the Houston Building & 
Construction Trades Council, and Ron 
Angell, UBC task force representative, 
held a series of meetings with Joe Russo, 
chairman of American Affiliates, to ' 
discuss the construction of a new $35 
million Marriott Hotel to be built in 
Austin, Texas. Under present plans, it 
will be built 100% union. 

The Marriott project is considered a 
model union project not only for Austin, 
but for use across the entire state of 
Texas in demonstrating the success of 
Operation Turnaround methods in se- 
curing work for not only our carpenters, 
but for all of the union building trades. 

Russo has agreed to a pre-job con- 

ference at a later date with Jackie St. 
Clair, executive secretary , Texas Build- 
ing Trades, and representatives of all 
the crafts. Russo is one of the more 
dynamic and successful developers in 
America and has numerous ventures 
ongoing in Texas. He told Gale Van 
Hoy, and it was stated in his company 
news letter, A meriway Money Talk, that 
"we must invite labor to participate on 
corporate boards and on various com- 
mittees of decision as well as in profit- 
sharing." Operation Turnaround ad- 
dresses the need for community in- 
volvement and the development of re- 
lationships with contractors, community 
leaders, and the users of construction 
services in much the same language. 

Gale Van Hoy and Ron Angell's de- 
velopment of such a union-management 
relationship with Russo and others in 
positions that allow them to promote 
change is an example of the successful 
utilization of Operation Turnaround's 
program of industry cooperation. 

Operation Turnaround Presented to MOST in Ohio 

The United Brotherhood made a formal presentation of 
Operation Turnaround to construction industry leaders in 
Columbus, O., recently. More than 100 area contractors 
were among the 168 people attending a special breakfast 
meeting to learn about the UBC's "joint construction la- 
bor-management cooperation productivity committee pro- 
gram," which would work with MOST, a similar labor- 
management program in Ohio's capital city. 

At right. Assistant Organizing Director Steve Barger 
speaks to the assembly. On the dais, from left, are Ed 
Forbes, vice-chairman of MOST, a mechanical contractor: 
Bob Farrington, secretary-treasurer, Columbus Building 
Trades: and Robert L. Jones, executive secretary of the 
Capital District Council and a co-chairman of MOST. 

In the audience, at lower right, Wm. McEnerney, Turner 
Construction: Intl. Rep. Greg Martin, Third District Board 
Member John Pruitt, Task Force Representative Jerry 
Jahnke, and Local 200 BA Larry Sowers. 




. . . those members of our Brotherhood who, in recent weeks, have been named 
or elected to public offices, have won awards, or who have, in other ways "stood 
out from the crowd." This month, our editorial hat is off to the following: 


Western Connecticut Carpenters Local 
210 scholarship winners Anna Russo, cen- 
ter left, and Donna Carlson, center right, 
receive checks from Union Scholarship 
Committee co-chairmen Dorothy Perta 
and Greg Nirschel. 

Donna Carlson, a National High School 
Honor Society selection last year, cur- 
rently attends Norwalk State Technical 
College where she is majoring in Com- 
puter Science. 

Anna Russo was also a National Honor 
Society selection and was named in Who's 
Who of American High School Students 
while a senior at Brien McMahon High 
School. Anna attends the University of 
Pennsylvania where she is a pre-med stu- 

Local 210 has awarded college scholar- 
ships to members' daughters and sons 
since 1972. 


Four hundred UBC members and their fam- 
ilies turned out to march with the Colorado 
Centennial District Council of Carpenters' 
float in the 1983 Labor Day parade in Denver. 
The event was coordinated by Publicity 
Committee Chairman- Forrest (Bob) W. 
Crouse; members Eileen Marie, Perri Bar- 
bour, Reg Wilson, 
John Cummins, and 
Charlie McDonald 
carried the district 
council banner. The 
float, at right, won 
third place. 


The George Meany Award, Labor's high- 
est award for service to youth through the 
Boy Scouts of America, was recently pre- 
sented to Roy L. Mullins, a member of 
Electronic and Space Technicians, Local 
1553, CulverCity, Calif., by Local President 
James K. Bernsen. 

Brother Mullins was cited for almost twenty 
years of volunteer leadership. Mullins his- 
tory in scouting started in 1964, Cub Scouts 
Pack 725, Cincinnati, O. Mullins has served 
as Jr. Scoutmaster, Asst. Scoutmaster in 
Germany, and Boy Scouts of America Ad- 
visor, Subic Bay, Phillipines. Since 1980 he 
has been the Scoutmaster of Troop 722, 
Vista, Calif. Mullins also served as Council 
Campmaster and as a member of the District 
Camporee Camping Staff. 

He has also served as Youth Director, St. 
Francis Church, Vista, Calif.; is a member 
of the Isaac Walton League; a member of 
the American Red Cross Inland Chapter; 
and serves in the U.S. Army Reserve, 177th 
Transportation Company, Camp Pendelton, 

Local 1553 President Bernsen, left, pre- 
sents the Meany Award to Roy Mullins. 

A mammoth hand- 
saw dominated the 
Denver parade 

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Demonstrating his 
Citizens Band radio 
and his hurricane- 
warning set-up is 
Charles Jessen, 
Local 1846. New 
Orleans, La. Jessen 
is an active CBer. 
ready to respond to 
emergency calls 
and storm 

'Breaker, By 
CBs in our i 

We put out the call and some UBC members answered 

Way back in September, 1982. Carpenter 
put out a call for CB (Citizens Band) radio 
operators — to tell us about their experiences 
and tips, so we could pass on any useful 
information to our readers. 

Charles Jessen responded promptly to our 
call. Jessen, a member of Local 1846, New 
Orleans, La., is an active CBer, with a CB 
in his automobile, and a mobile unit set up 
as a base (done with an accessory called a 
"base station power supply" that enables 
the unit to be plugged into a wall outlet) in 
his home. 

Twice Jessen has been able to aid in an 
emergency through the use of his CB. During 
Mardi Gras one year, Jessen tuned in to hear 
a woman screaming that her husband was 
injured and she needed help. Jessen could 
not get a location from the panic-striken 
woman immediately, so he kept talking to 
her until she calmed down enough to give 
her "10/20" (CB slang for location). Then 
others listening on the CB and closer to the 
woman's location than Jessen quickly went 
to her aid. 

Another time Jessen passed a CBer who 
appeared to be in the beginning throes of a 
heart attack. Already farther down the road 
than the stricken CBer, Jessen radioed back 
to cars behind, informing other CBers of the 
man's problem and his location. Almost 
immediately, the man had help, and an 
emergency vehicle was dispatched. 

Living in an area where hurricanes and 
severe flooding are common, Jessen has also 
developed what he calls his "hurricane train- 
ing program." He has a special antennae in 
his attic for storms and auxiliary batteries 
to run his CB if power should go off. He 
can transmit six miles with this unit. During 
floods, Jessen finds out what roads are open 
and broadcasts the routes over the CB to 
get people home. Jessen also keeps on hand 
the location of emergency shelters and when 
a hurricane hits, stays on the air to direct 
people to the shelters. 

In fact, Jessen would like to get together 
with others in the New Orleans area, and 
set up a CB-help team. Anyone interested 
can contact: Charles Jessen, 312 N. Turnball 
Drive, Metarie, La. 70001. 

Kenneth Nevill of Local 1 98, Dallas , Tex . , 

is a member of an emergency help group, 
Dallas County REACT. He was on duty one 
Saturday morning monitoring Channel Nine 
(the emergency band) on the CB unit when 
he heard a mobile request for a police escort 
to a Dallas emergency hospital. A young 
boy was bleeding badly, and the father was 
desperate for a speedy escort. Nevill broke 
in and suggested a paramedic unit meet the 
father and son at a nearby intersection — the 
hospital being 20 to 30 minutes away and 
Nevill concerned about the possibility of the 
boy bleeding to death. 

As Nevill says, "Channel 9 monitors sel- 
dom know the results of their help to people 
out there on the CB band, but this was to 
be an exception." The paramedics met the 
father and son, and the young boy lived. 
The boy's father went to REACT to give 
thanks to the monitor for the suggestion. "I 
wasn't there to receive it," Nevill reports, 
"but the thought of being remembered makes 
all those boring hours of monitoring — and 
maybe a life saved — well worthwhile." 

Jack Stale, Local 1607, Los Angeles, Calif., 
points out that the CB aerial should be tuned 
to the CB set location — if you change a 
mobile unit to a different vehicle, retuning 
the aerial, according to Stale, will give better 
reception on the unit. 

The incidents reported by UBC members 
are a small sampling of the ways people 
have been helped by CB operators. Another 
example is the United Mine Workers of 
America and its informally organized 
"UMWA CB Club." The club is made up 
for UMWA CB operators in the coal fields 
that help UMWA families needing infor- 
mation or help. The club has helped a man 
who was suffering for several hours with a 
coughing fit from black lung disease and an 
elderly woman in a wheelchair who would 
have missed the deadline for registering to 
vote, to name just two examples. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks to our mem- 
bers for letting us know the Brotherhood has 
some active CBers out there helping the 



ESL Recalls 
Smoke Alarms 

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer 
Product Safety Commission, Electro Signal 
Lab, Inc. (ESL) of Rockland, Mass., has 
announced a voluntary recall affecting ap- 
proximately 500,000 of its smoke alarms, 
some of which may not sound or fail to 
sound loudly when smoke is present. These 
alarms were manufactured in both 120V AC 
and battery-powered models and may be 
installed in hotels, motels, apartments, in- 
stitutions, and consumers' homes. There 
have been no reports of any injuries asso- 
ciated with this problem. 

The alarms are circular in shape with an 
off-white plastic cover and a white test 
button that lies flush with the cover's face. 
The brand name (ESL, ADT, Aritech, or 
Edwards) and the words "Smoke Alarm" 
appear in raised lettering just above a half- 
moon-shaped grill on the face. 

ESL produced the alarms, which were 
sold nationwide, between July 1981 and 
February 1983. They were sold under the 
following names and model numbers: 



311 M 









ECH: FS671 








ADT: 7545 



The model number for both AC and bat- 
tery-powered units can be found on the back 
of the alarm and is contained on the cover 
of the instruction booklet included with each 
unit. The affected alarms have a six digit 
date code between 070181 and 022383 on a 
rectangular white sticker on the back of the 
smoke alarm. 

ESL urges users to immediately check to 
determine if the smoke alarm is working 
properly by pushing the test button and 
holding for a minimum of 20 seconds. If the 



Model //// 
Number 11/ rn 


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Date Code ^W 5 *^-^ 111 

Number ^*^=2rHfl 


alarm does not sound or fails to sound loudly 
when tested, users should contact ESL on 
its toll-free number 800-225-8632 or write 
ESL, 1022 Hingham Street, Rockland. Mass. 
02370 to obtain instructions for returning 
units postage-paid for repair or replacement 
with a comparable model. There is no need 
for the alarm to be removed from the wall 
of ceiling unless the consumer has tested it 
and it has failed to sound loudly. 

Both ESL and the Consumer Product 
Safety Commission strongly recommend the 
use of smoke alarms and further recommend 
that users follow the manufacturer's instruc- 
tions and test smoke alarms frequently, re- 
gardless of brand, to ensure proper opera- 

Consumers wishing further information 
may call the CPSC toll-free hotline at 800- 
638-CPSC. A teletypewriter number for the 
hearing impaired is 800-638-8270 (Maryland 
only, 800^92-8104). 

Metal Chimneys 
Potential Hazard 

The Consumer Product Safety Commis- 
sion is again issuing a special safety alert 
concerning chimneys used with woodburn- 
ing stoves and fireplaces. This alert is par- 
ticularly aimed at consumers who have metal 
factory-built chimneys, although the Com- 
mission is aware of house fires associated 
with both masonry and metal factory-built 

Thousands of house fires each year are 
associated with metal factory-built chimneys 
connected to wood and coal burning stoves. 
The CSPC urgently warns consumers to be 
aware of the potential fire hazard associated 
with these chimneys. 

The Commission strongly urges that if you 
have a stove or fireplace connected to a 
metal chimney, to check for any damage 
that may have occurred in the past heating 
season. Look for signs of structural failure, 
such as deformation, cracks, or holes, If it 
is difficult to examine the chimney, a local 
chimney repairman, chimney "sweep", or 
dealer can help. Have any damage repaired 

Most fires in metal factory-built chimneys 
occur because of improper installation, use 
or maintenance. The Commission staff has 
identified the following common causes: 

• Improper chimney installation causing 
ignition of nearby wood framing. 

• Structural damage to the chimney caused 

by burning creosote (a black tar-like 
substance which builds up inside the 

• Chimney corrosion resulting in wood 
framing being exposed to excessive 

• Buckling and collapsing of the inner 
liner of the chimney. (This can result 
from too hot a fire, especially in high- 
efficiency stoves and in fireplace inserts. 
or from a creosote fire.) 

Many serious fires also occur in masonry 
chimneys , usually from improper installation 
or when the tile inner liner and the surround- 
ing brick or block structure crack and sep- 
arate. Such cracks may be caused by the 
ignition of creosote. Smoke and heat can 
then escape and ignite material near the 

Even when the heating appliance is prop- 
erly installed, people with both metal and 
masonry chimney systems should frequently 
check the chimney for creosote deposits, 
soot build-up, or physical damage. This in- 
volves only a simple visual examination, but 

Be sure your chimney is in- 
stalled in accordance with 
facturer's recommenda- 
tions and local codes. 

• Inspect chimney frequently 
for creosote buildup. 

• Clean your chimney frequent- 

it should be done as often as twice a month 
during heavy use. 

The Commission advises owners of these 
chimneys to: 

• Be sure that the chimney and stove pipe 
were installed correctly in accordance 
with the manufacturers' recommenda- 
tions and local building codes. If there 
is any doubt, a building inspector or 
fireman can determine whether the sys- 
tem is properly installed. 

• Have the chimney checked routinely by 
a chimney "sweep" at least once a 
year, and more frequently if a stove is 
heavily used (for example, if it's used 
as a primary heat source for the home). 

• Always operate your appliance within 
the manufacturers' recommended tem- 
perature limits. Too low a temperature 
increases creosote build-up and too high 
a temperature may lead to a fire. Chim- 
ney temperature monitors are available 
and should be used. 

If you have had a fire or other safety 
problem with your chimney, please provide 
this information to the Commission by call- 
ing the Commission's toll-free Hotline 800- 

MARCH, 1984 



A must-use list when you're buying tires for your car or truck is printed below. The 
United Rubber Workers have provided this listing of name brand and private brand tires 
manufactured in union shops by the United Rubber Workers of America. 

For quality, value, service and safety, the best tires in the world are 
URW-made tires. When you need replacement tires, refer to this list 
— and ask your dealer for URW-made tires manufactured In the U.S. 
and Canada. And, If you're buying a new car, make sure your dealer 
delivers an auto with URW-made tires. Look tor these name brands 
and private brands. 


(By Manufacturer and Type) 






























Tire & Battery 



Tire & Battery 














El Dorado 

El Dorado 

El Dorado 









J. C. Penney 










Whites co 






























Montgomery Ward 


~ . — ...,,,,.„.;. . 

Road King 




Gillette- Peerless 


Montgomery Ward 



Road King 

Tire Brands 











J. C. Penney 














Phillips ** 









J. C, Penney 




Auto Club 





















Auto Club 


















Auto Club 






















All American 

All American 

All American 













Empco Empco 
Exxon Exxon 



Grand Am 


J. C. Penney 


J. C. Penney 


Kelly Spnngfield 



J. C. Penney 


Montgomery Ward 


Montgomery Ward 


Montgomery Ward 





Pep Boys 














Western Auto 






Western Auto 

Western Auto 






















g Laramie 

































Sno Belt 








Dealers United 








Avanti Two Plus Two 

Storm Trac 













Dealers United 












Denver, Colo. — Picture No. 1 

On, A 

Denver, Colo.— Picture No. 5 


At a recent banquet, Local 55 awarded 
service pins to members with 25 to 60 years of 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year members, from 
left: Albert Englehard, George Baker, Billy 
McFarlane, Financial Secretary Larry Vincent, 
and Vice President Bob Schlegel. 

Picture No. 2 shows 30-year members, from 
left: Donald Elder, Charles Bufwack, Gary 
Reedy, Keith Coates, Howard Haines, and Joe 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members front 
row, from left: Don Thiesen, Harry Graber, 
Joseph (Walt) Anderson, Bob Fenlason, Walter 
Facey, Ruben Landenberger, Walton Neel, and 

MARCH, 1984 

Frank Wasson. 

Pictured in the back row (not in order) are: 
Charles Benson, Charles Butterfield, Harold 
Cain, John Cornish, Harold Eckhardt, Joseph 
Fink, Archie Hinshaw, Edward Jaksch, Byron 
John, Donald Mobley, Vernon Newton, Charles 
Pio, V.V. Reagan, Roy Sparks, Philip Stoole, 
Ralph Weibel, and Adolph Weih. 

Picture No. 4 shows 45-year members, from 
left: Roy Winn, Dan Metzger, Ira Hill, and 
Robert McElveny, Jr. 

Picture No. 5 shows 50-year member Lloyd 
Smith, left, with Financial Secretary Larry 

Picture No. 6 shows 60-year member Frances 
Dunn, left, with Business Rep Philip Stoole. 

Woburn, Mass.— Picture No. 2 


Local 41 recently honored two of its past 

Picture No. 1 shows Ray Buckless, left, 
receiving a past-president's pin from Local 
President Tom Joyce. 

Picture No. 2 shows Roy Fowlie, left, 
receiving a past-financial secretary's pin from 
President Joyce. 


Auburn, Wash. — Picture No. 1 

Auburn, Wash. 
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Auburn, Wash.— Picture No. 5 

Portland, Ore. 


A dinner, dance, and pin presentation 
ceremony was held recently by Local 1708 to 
honor members in the Brotherhood for 20 or 
more years. 

Picture No. 1 shows 45-year members, from 
right: Homer Smith, William Peterson, and 
August Rothleutner. Shaking hands with 
Rothleutner is Financial Secretary Ted Higley, 
and far left, 45-year member Smith's son, 
Local President Paul Smith, looks on. 

Picture No. 2 shows 40-year members, 
seated, from left: Charles Shaffer, Charles 
Brown, Arthur Sundstrom, Floyd Burrus, and 
I.J. Warner. 

Standing, from left: Merrill Berger, Irwin 
Stiles, Ray Plueger, Wayne Blakely, and Don 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, 
seated, from left: Henry Schulte, Ernie Thomas, 
Joe Klontz, Al Aspholm, James Cantrell, Nils 
Broo, and Neil Brown. 

Standing, from left: Hans Weston, Joe 
Satterland, Buzz Thorsett, Phil Haney, Lloyd 
Warner, Larry Hutton, Ralph Peterson, Ray Elp, 
and Ed Davis. 

Picture No. 4 shows 30-year members, 
seated, from left: Harold Coty, George 
Johnson, and Alex Taylor. 

Standing, from left: Ray Lueck, Bob Powers, 
Frank Nelson, and Don Shane. 

Picture No. 5 shows 25-year members, 
seated, from left: Hugh Ackerman, Gene 
Dehline, Earl Fry, Don Nelson, Walter Lindula, 
and Richard Haskell. 

Standing, from left: Ted Higley, Albin Olson, 
James McMullen, Melvin Larson, Charles Mills, 
Del Halvarson, and Karsten Klevjer. 

Picture No. 6 shows 20-year members, 
seated, from left: John Rothleutner, Calvin 
Smith, John Day, and Cary Richardson. 

Standing, from left: Jim Kinnett, Roy Berg, 
Nick Vote, and Sam Hayes. 


George Hahn, left, receives a pin in 
recognition of 50 years of membership in Local 
247 from Marvin Hall, executive-secretary of 
the Oregon State Council. Hahn was honored 
during a centennial celebration for Local 247. 


Columbus, O. 
Picture No. 3 

Columbus, 0. 
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Columbus, O. 
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Columbus, O. 
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Columbus, O. 
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Over 300 members of Local 100 were 
recently awarded service pins. A presentation 
ceremony was held at the Park Hotel in 

Picture No. 1 shows, from left: Delbert L 
Baker Sr., Financial Secretary; Larry Sowers, 
President; 65-year member Grant Ankrom; 
Robert L. Puckett Sr., Business Manager. 

Picture No. 2 shows, from left: Financial 
Secretary Baker, President Sowers, 50-year 
member Eddie Grilli, Business Manager 

Picture No. 3 shows 45-year members, from 
left: President Sowers, Leonard Squeo, Thomas 
Athey, Irve Harrison, Anthony Horvath, Willard 
Deitrick, Leonard Brandel. 

Picture No. 4 shows 40-year members, 
standing, from left: Parker Goldrick, Stanley 
Bier, Marcus Long, Zigmond Fuleki, W. E. 
Kennan, Robert McCreary, Bill McFadden, 
Lowell Booth, Business Manager Puckett. 

Sitting, from left: George Ross, Homer 
Stewart Jr., Clyde Baxter, David Berry, Harry 
Esselstein, Wayne Craiglow. 

Picture No. 5 shows 40-year members, 
standing, from left: Clement Rees, Creed 
Matheny Sr., Kenneth Orr, Roy Stanley, 
Business Manager Puckett. 

Sitting, from left: J. B. Lovett, Harry Lovett, 
Elmer Sherfey, Russell Gue Sr., Paul Olive, 
John Szabo. 

Picture No. 6 shows 35-year members, 
standing from left: President Sowers, Amos 
Radu, Warren McClain, Matthew Reeves, 
Walter Miller, Herbert Dusz, Don Fleck, Sam 
Chadwell, Lane Land, Thomas Uhl. 

Sitting, from left: Ralph Fleck, Jack Allen, 
Ray Fee, Hoyt Garrison, Ralph Ames, Francis 

Picture No. 7 shows 35-year members, 
standing from left: President Sowers, Glen 
Tipton, Walter Felterman, Charlie Colvin, 
George Scott, Carroll Corns, Edwin Davis, 
Nelson Greiner, Larry Hyder, Dennis Milner. 

Sitting, from left: Millard Wolfe, Dave Turner, 
Walter Wyckoff, Conrad Bailey, Herbert 
Caldwell, Bernie Grebus. 

Picture No. 8 shows 35-year members, 
standing, from left: President Sowers, Johnnie 
Cooper Sr., Bill Barton, Paul Wohrle, John 
Walsh Sr. 

Sitting, from left: Earl Weber, Tom King, 
Albert Malone, Frank Wagy, Joseph Moreno, 
Fred Brown. 

Picture No. 9 shows 35-year members, 
standing, from left: President Sowers, Bill 
Powell Jr., Robert Orahood, Robert L. Scott, 
Bill LaFollette. 

Sitting, from left: Ray Young, John S. 
Umpleby, John H. Clark, Bill Guess, Richard 

Picture No. 10 shows 30-year members, 
standing, from left: Francis Haas, John Chenko, 
Jerry Eckels, Robert A. Heasley, Melvin 
Burchett, Richard Kline, Ray Knoch, Bud 
Montgomery, Business Manager Puckett Sr. 

Sitting, from left: Joe Collier, Janis Bernans, 
Del Clark, Paul Gibson, Archie Endicott, Kim 

Picture No. 11 shows 30-year members, 
standing, from left: Leo Merz, Bill Aumiller, 
Dale Schwartz Jr., Jack Bartram, Ron Graham, 
Business Manager Puckett, D. R. Simmons. 

Sitting, from left: Wayne McKibben, Bob 
Rush, Ralph Wyckoff, Paul Carmean, James 
Guinsler, Karl Schueller. 

MARCH, 1984 


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Columbus, O. 
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Columbus, O. 
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Columbus, O. 
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Columbus, O. 
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Columbus, O. 
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Columbus, O. 
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Columbus, O. 
Picture No. 14 

Picture No. 12 shows 30-year members, 
standing, from left: Luther White, Ray Stevens, 
Richard South, Ivor Miller, John Jackson, Fred 
Polen, Albert Scott, Bob Smith Jr., Earl 
Swackhammer, Delbert L. Baker Sr., Robert L. 
Puckett Sr. 

Sitting, trom left: Donald Pollard, Heber 
Brunton, John Hay, Bill Clemmons, Cail Hill, 
Richard Dusz, Melvin Lawson, Clark Truax. 

Picture No. 13 shows 25-year members, 
standing, from left: President Sowers, George 
Finley, Phillip Skaggs, Herb King, Charles 
Shank, Bill Sayre, Charles Medors, Ernest 
Shannon, George Brobst Sr., Fred Danielson, 
Lowell Caldwell, Norm Behnke. 

Sitting, from left: William Clark, Jack Nash, 
Bob Mayes, John Edington, Al Granson, Jim 
Howell, Glenn Decker, Gene McDonald. 

Picture No. 14 shows 20-year members, 
standing, from left: Diego Moreno, Trustee; 
Larry Sowers; Delbert L. Baker Sr., Financial 
Secretary; Edward Layton; John Fisher; 
Ambrose Phillips; James J. Nardini; Donald 
Smith; Glenn Smith, Business Agent; Robert L. 
Puckett Sr., Business Manager. 

Sitting, from left: Gale Allen, Gary Bush, Al 
Deal, Ed Hill, John Sparks, Paul Scott, William 
Lammers, Organizer Frank Casto. 

I hose receiving pins but unavailable tor 
photos are as follows: 

65-year member, Harry Curtis; 60-year 
members, A. C. Jackson, S. J. Virta, Ben Ault, 
Ralph Rodenfels, Harold Barclay; 55-year 
member, Fred Pagura; 50-year members, 
William F. Weller, August Ruhl, Frank 
Westkamp; 45-year members, Paul Allard, Lee 
Eickemeyer, Orville Fletcher, Charles C. Hill, 
Clarence Smith, E. B. Steiner, Ed Underwood 
Sr., Russell Wolford, Frank Barrett, Harry 
Butler, Edmund Heil, Robert McCalla, Carlton 
Mayfield, Dewey Overmire, Porter Smith, 
Thomas White; 40-year members, Norman 
Altman, Pearl Azbell, Ross Fulks, Eugene Hall, 
Lawrence Heil, Richard Pabst, Henry Tubbs, 
Clyde Blackburn, Clarence Cathers, Milton 
Engleman, Louis Gebhart, Carl Mills, Howard 
Mills, Delmar Moore, William Powell, Wilbur 
Rase, Eldon Smith, John Smith, Dean Steele, 
Thomas Denman, Clarence Williams, James 
Witham, Albert A. Wolf, Orville Hurtt, James 
M. Miller, Lakie Watts; 35-year members, 
Dakota Adams, Kermit Barrett, Dewey Boggs, 
Roy Bullock, Willie Cash, John Chenko, Forest 
Coon, Charles R. Crawford, Thomas Davis, 
William Doss, Parker Dunigan, Francis Faivre, 
Harold Ferko, Stanley Folk, Dwight Gill, Daniel 
Grubb, Willard Hale, Eugene J. Hall, Carson 
Harrington, Ralph Heil, Richard Helsel, George 
Kautz, Heber McClaskey, Kenneth McDaniel, 
Leslie Malone, Ransom Meade, Clint Orr, John 
Pickens, Walter Rodenfels, Kenneth Sater, 
George Swisher, Howard Westkamp, William 
Williams, Lawrence Wolford, Frank W. Wright, 
Terry Barnett, Carl Breckenridge, Alvie Brown, 
Donald Christensen, Lewis Doss, Allen Hoff, 
John Junkins, Paul L. Keyser, John Martin, 
Kenneth Moss, Adelbert Poling, John Savage, 
Ben Shadrick, Harold Sullivan, Sanford Weeks, 
William Weller, Frank Wesley, Dors Wilkinson, 
Orland Young, Joseph Zubovich, Gordon 
Armbrust, James Clonch, Arvin Coleman, 
James A. Corns Sr., Donald R. Davis, Ralph 
Edison, A. E. Elizondo, Howard Elster, Robert 
E. Gravitt, Harold Hall, Russell Helldoerfer, 
Richard Horner, Cline Kinney, Harry Kocher, 
Mack Mason, Wilbert P. Miller, Charles Reid, 
Lee A. Rummell, Donald Stemm, Charles 



Stevens, Ben Vandergriff Jr.; 30-year 
members, William Adams, Thornton Arthur, 
Elmer Baugess, William Baxter, Pari Berry, 
Robert Broyles, Price Bush, 0. C. Coward, Max 
Craiglow, Richard Cummings, Willis Flowers, 
Raymond Fritchlee, Walter Hettinger, Robert 
Jarvis, George McCreary Sr., Leslie Meenach, 
Lawrence Mouser, Milo Newton, Richard 
Plummer, James B. Rogers, Lloyd Ross, 
James Schirtzinger, Owen Shaw, William 
Sheets, Robert Shultz, Harry Sigler, Charles 
Smith, William Spangler, Arnold Taylor, Louis 
Viol, Alvin Whitt, Leonard Adams, Francis 
Bramel, Charles Bridenbaugh, Albert Brown, 
George Christian, Melvin Dillon, Elmer Hensel, 
Ralph Houghton, Robert L. Jones, Harry Kern, 
Merlin Kline, Glenn Merritt, Herman Merritt, 
Howard Morrow, Hassel Prater, Howard Pryor, 
Raymond Ross, Elmer Scott, Robert Simon, 
Earl Starke, Major Stover, Cecil Taylor, Irving 
Thompson, Pete Trombetti, Perry Wilkinson, 
Jessie Wooten, Evalds Ambats, Charles Black, 
Emery Blackmon, Charles Burke, Patrick 
Cooney, Harvey Eblin, Emmett Edwards, Robert 
Goings, Cecil Hornsby, Howard Israel, John 
Kalmins, Eugene Kinnison, Homer Lyons, Jack 
McCloud, Lloyd Maddy, Carl Rager, Carl 
Ramey, Don Reisinger, Gordon Swackhammer, 
James White, James R. Williams; 25-year 
members, Calvin Agin, John Ball, Steve 
Banish, Bobby J. Craiglow, Fred Culwell, Louis 
D'Andrea, Charles Dudas, Bernard Francis, 
Donald Frazier, Charles Hensel, Don L. 
McAlister, William North, Allen Petzinger, Elton 
Renner, John W. Shaffer, Robert Smallwood, 
Clifton Wallace, John Weaver, Bennie Woodie, 
Franklin Carsey, Donald Clark, Lewis Clonch, 
Richmond Howard, Walter Hunt, Fred Kleinline, 
Herman Mathews, Ernest Milhon, Curtis 
Puckett, Paul Ronk, Robert Schwartz, Arison 
Stanley, Charles Stitt, Richard Baker, Roger 
Barthelmas, Larry Bartley, William Brown, 
Edward James, Richard Seely, Donald Snyder, 
Elwood Werner; 20-year members, Robert 
Bigler, Jeffrey Bowers, Jack Branham, Granville 
Cantrell, Ray Cartwright, Raymond Cochran, 
Marvin Downey, Russell Downey, Willard 
Downey, John Ebner, A. J. Fridenmaker, 
Joshua Hicks, Ruben Howard, Thomas Leifheit, 
James H. Lykins, George Maynard, Harry 
Miller, Fred Montgomery, Kenneth E. Moss Jr., 
Orville Mullins Jr., Albert J. Nadalin Paul Nash, 
Lawrence Thibaut, Jack Warner. 

Roseburg, Ore. 


At a recent picnic, service pins were awarded 
to members of Local 1961. Pictured are, front 
row, from left; Chester Swanson, 40-years; 
Kenneth Miller, 25-years; Joseph Ray Bagshaw, 
35-years; and Howard Whitten, 35-years. 

Back row, from left: President LeRoy Cox 
and Financial Secretary Mike Wooton. 


Members with 25 to 40 years of service to 
the Brotherhood were recently awarded service 
pins at Local 1388's awards ceremony. 

Picture No. 1 shows 40-year members, from 
left: Verna Hall, George Allen, Roy Hamlin, 
Winfield Barnum, Byrdette Byrde, Howard 
McLaren, Charles Cory, and Charles 

Picture No. 2 also shows 40-year members, 
from left: Ernest Cullison, Fred Flack, Bill 
Rushbuldt, El. Rushton, Albert Frick, Bill 
Wardell, and Richard York. 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, with 

officers, from left: Ralph Miller, local president; 
Richard LaManna, past financial secretary; 35- 
year members Frank Alvord, Loy Kamolz, and 
Albert Morris; and Ray Baker, financial 

Picture No. 4 snows 30-year members, from 
left: Kazuo Kawamoto, Emery Kern, Jack 
Moore, David Patterson, Carl Rhodes, Joseph 
Vybiral, and Bill Wells. 

Picture No. 5 shows 25-year members, from 
left: Bob Bassen and Joe Hawkins. 

Picture No. 6 shows Dick Lamanna, second 
from right, honored for being the local's past 
financial secretary. With Lamanna is his wife 
Clem. Presenting the award are President Ralph 
Miller, left, and Financial Secretary Ray Baker. 

Oregon City, Ore. — Picture No. 1 

Oregon City, Ore. — Picture No. 2 

Oregon City, Ore. 
Picture No. 3 

Oregon City, Ore.— Picture No. 5 

Oregon City, Ore. — Picture No. 6 

MARCH, 1984 



Local 393 recently held a pin presentation 
ceremony. Service pins were awarded to 
members with 25 to 50 years of experience. 

Picture No. 1 shows 57-year member 
Michael Vernamonti. who received a 50-year 
pin, seated, with President Russell C. Naylor, 
left, and Business Rep C. Ober, right. 

Picture No. 2 shows 40-year members, 
seated, from left: Joseph Dandrea and Henry T. 
Hermanns, with Business Rep. Ober. standing, 
left, and President Naylor. right. 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, 
seated, from left: Charles S. Schramm, 
Benjamin Thompson, Anthony Vitchell, Robert 
Williams, and Raymond J. Wilkerson, with, 
standing, Business Rep. Ober, left, and 
President Naylor. right. 

Picture No. 4 shows 35-year members, 
seated, from left: George Bair, Maurice Boileau, 
Albert F. Cipolone, Edward J. Courtney, Randell 
B. Hampton, and Alfred C. Kautz. 

Standing, from left: John H. Lang Sr., Fred 
E. Lockfeld, Albert Mackey, James P. Marshall, 
President Naylor, Edward Nallen, Balfour C. 
Pantella, and Business Rep. Ober. 

Picture No. 5 shows 30-year members, 
seated, from left: Elmer W. Adams, John 
Bartley, John 0. Davis, Marvin D. Everwine, 
Richard D. Everwine, Douglas Hartsell, and 
James Marshall. 

Standing, from left: George E. Hinshillwood, 
Business Rep. Ober, John H. O'Brien, 
President Naylor, John Schosman, Joseph 
Taunitas, James Dobbins, and Gordon F. 

Picture No. 6 shows 25-year members, 
seated, from left: Harry A. Brennan, Alfred 
Kraenebring, Victor J. Linquist, Bernard C. 
Mecholsky, Anthony Milone, and Howard R. 
Verfaillie, with, standing, Business Rep. Ober, 
left, and President Nalor, right. 

Picture No. 7 shows longstanding member 
Benjamin Thompson at the podium, honored 

Gloucester, N.J. — Picture No. 1 

for many years of service as treasurer of Local 
393. With Thompson are. from left, Business 
Rep. Ober, President Naylor, Vice President 
Gordon F. Bruce, and Recording Secretary 
James J. Hanson. 

Members receiving service pins but not 
available for photos are as follows: 45-year 
members George Christiansen and Joseph 
Mendolia; 40-year member Harry Moore; 35- 
year members Cecil Brooks, William R. Capie, 
John E. Clark, Edwin J. Collopy, Blease B. 
Farreny, Albert Hall, James H. Hampton, Henry 
E. Hartwell, Edward F. Hengy, John W. Henle, 
Corbet Johnson, Edwin V. Jones, Charles 
LaLena, Frank McConnell, Joseph T. McCulley, 

Gloucester, N.J. — Picture No. 2 

Ernest R. Mason, Austin Midure, Charles R. 
Micholson, Albert Ortloff, George S. Parsons, 
Charles A. Rimkus Sr., Paul Schwindt, James 
B. Sewell, Thomas Tomassone, Joseph S. 
Ummarino, Howard R. Wenstrom, John D. 
Williams, and James H. Wood Jr.; 30-year 
members William W. Barteld, Paul H. Brittin, 
John J. Dawson, Domenick Ererra, Cleo Howe 
Jr., Alfred Rieger, John Smith, Frank A. 
Speziali Sr., William T. Taggart, Albert 
Thornborough, and Charles Yankus; and 25- 
year members Giovanni Bobatto, Joseph 
Deninsky, Raymond W. Naylor, and Albert J. 

Gloucester, N.J.— Picture No. 3 

Gloucester, N.J. — Picture No. 4 

Gloucester, N.J.— Picture No. 7 

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Gloucester, N.J.— Picture No. 5 

Gloucester, N.J.— Picture No. 6 


Local Union, City 

1 Chicago, IL — George J. Gregule, Leon Zlotnik. 
3 Wheeling, WV— Virginia Colley (s). 
S St. Louis, MO— Walter L. Paulus. 

7 Minneapolis. MN — Anton Sunheim. Oscar E. Leines, 
Roy E. Wright. 

8 Philadelphia, PA — Joseph L. Gressang, Oleh Du- 
biwka, William A. Dever, Jr. 

17 Bronx, NY — Margarita Luciano (s), Rafael Martinez, 
Robert Zigrest, Waclaw Kusmierski. 

22 San Francisco, CA — Grace Nelson (s). Richard B. 

23 Williamsport, PA — Elsie A. Jamison (s). 
30 New London, CT— Martin E. Salo. 

35 San Rafael, CA— Bill F. Ireland, Clara E. Sauls (s). 

36 Oakland, CA— Dolores Elsie Ballew (s), Don L. 
Beasso, Elizabeth Edith Schwarz (s), Extell Don- 
nelly, George L. Manney, William Hansen. 

40 Boston, MA— Bernard F Baker. 

42 San Francisco, CA — Marley Leroy Carr. 

43 Hartford, CT— George W. P. Anderson. 
62 Chicago, IL — Anna Nelson (s). 

64 Louisville, KY — Wm. Emest Morris. 

67 Boston, MA — Aaron Bregman, Felix A. Pottier, 

Thelma E. Anderson (s). 
80 Chicago, IL — Byron J. Blazek. George Engel, Jr. 
82 Haverhill, MA— Mabel Jackson (s). 
85 Rochester, NY — Richard C. Horn, Theresa F. Harris 

(s), Vernon B. Smith. 
87 St. Paul, MN— Joseph F. Pilarski, Joseph W. Kensy. 

Wm. R. Goudy. 
91 Racine, WI— Vincent Houdek 
98 Spokane, WA — F. E. Brownlee, Louis Haug. 

105 Cleveland, OH— Lee P. Banville (s). 

106 Des Moines, IA — Mary Rebecca Macrow (s). 

HI Lawrence, MA — Adrien Derouin. Emil C. Mathison. 

120 Utica, NY— William Eckert. 

124 Passaic, NJ — Fred Busche. 

128 St. Albans, WV— Elben F. Hickman. 

135 New York, NY— Angela Zidek (s). 

141 Chicago, II, — Richard Sundquist. 

146 Schenectady, NY— Elizabeth A. Steinmuller (s). 

194 East Bay, CA— Elbert L. Grant. 

195 Peru, IL— Ralph J. Farley, Ronald Groleau 
210 Stamford, CT — Ira Marrow, Julius Fazekas. 
218 Boston, MA — Stephen Zoulalian. 

230 Pittsburgh, PA— Mary Saracco (s). 

255 Bloomingburg, NY — Joseph A. Stiller. 

257 New York, NY— Joseph Pinto. 

264 Milwaukee, WI— John B. Knaak. 

265 Saugerties, NY— William Stellges. 

275 Newton, MA— Frank J. Waite, Fred Mitchell. 

287 Harrisburg, PA— Charles C. Steever, Herman H. 


348 New York, NY— Helen Zatto (s). 

379 Texarkana, TX— Noel D. Lyons. 

384 AshviUe, NC— Laxton E. Lankford. 

393 Camden, NJ— Joseph T. McCully. 

400 Omaha, NE— Lillie D. Cole (s). 

410 Ft. Madison & Vic, IA— Carl Folker. 

437 Portsmouth, OH— -George Combs, Jr. 

475 Ashland, MA— Nina E. Estey (s). 

476 Clarksburg, WV— Edward E. Betler. 
492 Reading, PA— Peter C. Radzievich. 
507 Nashville, TN— James A. Pugh. 

562 Everett, WA— Mary Nordquist (s). 

600 Lehigh Valley, PA— Rodgers C. Shook 

610 Port Arthur, TX— Talmadge F. Hammock. 

620 Madison, NJ— Robert W. Andersen. 

623 Atlantic County, NJ— George E. Roff, Rita M. Pal- 

mieri (s). 
635 Boise, ID — Edwin Vemon Maulding, Jr. 
642 Richmond, CA— Harvey Ritter. 
690 Little Rock, AR— Jack Smith 
707 Duquoin, IL — Edward E. Waldman. 
721 Los Angeles, CA — Arthur -Loske, Louie E. Riley, 

Yone Sniozaki (s). 
739 Cincinnati, OH— Sam Stoller 
764 Shreveport, LA— Elva W. Daniel (s). Wilbert Ray 

769 Pasadena, CA— Regma Julia Ostberg (s). 
798 Salem, IL— Haskel Rudolph Gillis. 
801 Woonsocket, RI — Euclide Martineau. 
821 Springfield, NJ — Vincent Possumato. 
832 Beatrice, NE— Frank Schlake. 
839 Des Plaines, IL— John W Haase. 
844 Canoga Park, CA— Clifford Olson. William Cant- 
891 Hot Springs, AR — George Washington Crowe. 
900 Altoona, PA— Geraldine Foor (s). 
902 Brooklyn, NY— Harry Trieb, Otto Olsen. 
904 Jacksonville, IL— Frances Eugenia Tribble (s). 
933 Hermiston, OR— Max M. Griffith. 
943 Tulsa, OK— Ramona Alice Kragel (s). 
947 Ridgway, PA — Gilbert Johnson. 
957 Stillwater, MN — Ervin J. Trantow, Harry Strom- 

987 Santa Rita, NM— Joel Lee Rogers. 
993 Miami, FL — Marvin Thompson. 
998 Royal Oak, MI— Fred J. Miller, Marzella Landry 

1000 Tampa, FL — Guy R. Langford. 
1006 New Brunswich, NJ — George Lonczak, Joseph W. 

1036 Longview, WA— Stanley O. Petersen. 

Local Union, City' 



Hollywood, CA — William Russell Konerding 
Salem, OR— Sophie Newton (s). 
-Angleton, TX — Ivan Ervin Draper. 
Baton Rouge, LA — William J. Hughes. 
San Pedro, CA — Frank Friesen. 
San Francisco, CA — Claude C. Bond 
Doris Kobloth (s). John H. Styles, 

Pittsburgh, PA — Dorothy M. Malinowski (s) 
Seattle, WA— William F. Morgan. 
Mesa, AZ— George M. Fleischmann. 
Medford, NY— William Hahnl. 
Emporia, KS — Ernest Verlin. 

Delia May 
Michael A. 

In memory of ... 

Thirty-five years have passed, and now I've 

put my tools away. 
Thirty-five years on the high rise and the low 

How the high rises stood straight and tall! 
Standing straight up like soldiers . . .row 

after row. 
So tall you can't see the top! 
Yet, nowhere do we see a memorial to my 

brothers of the trade who gave their lives 
doing the job they loved to do. 
Only a memorial to some politician who lived 

on the constructor's sweat. 

Wet with sweat in hot weather, so cold in 

winter we didn't warm up 'till midnight, 
We worked in the soft rain, 
We worked in driving rain, but 
The graceful bridges went up column by 

Beam by beam and deck by deck— some 

went over and some curved under. 
Still no memorial to my brothers who gave 

their lives 
Working on the beautiful bridges. 
Only a memorial to a politician who lived on 

the constructor's sweat. 

We worked on the low dams with their broad 

shoulders stretched from shore to shore. 
We worked on the high dams, concrete 

monuments embedded from cliff to cliff. 
All holding back the miles of water that turn 

the turbines 
for comfortable living for us all. 
Yet, nowhere do I see the memorial to my 

brothers who have given 
their lives doing the job they loved to do. 
Only the memorial to a politician who lived 

on the constructor's sweat. 

Then, I ask, who needs a memorial? 

We build our own memorials to the brothers 

we have lost. 
The high-rise buildings that stand straight 

and tall— row after row. 
The beautiful bridges with their graceful 

curves weaving up and down, in and out. 
The dams, monuments of concrete as 

majestic as the mountains surrounding 

It is so, my dear brothers, we build our own 


So when the time comes for us to return 

from whence we came, 
we will go in peace. 
We have left our memorials in steel and 

stone, built to last forever. 

Alex Agalzoff 
Carpenters Local 1065 
Salem, Oregon 

Local Union, City 

1262 Chillicothe, MO— Leo Ralph Reid. 

1280 Mountain View, CA — Marshall Johnson. 

1289 Seattle, WA— Levi A. Home. 

1292 Huntington, NY— Thomas Obrien. 

1300 San Diego, CA— Belen M. Cook (s). 

1305 Fall River, MA— Joaquim C. Silva. 

1319 Albuquerque, NM— Bessie L. Bell (s). 

1358 La Jolla, CA— Mcrdell S. Toland. 

1371 Gadsden, AL— Rheubin E. Scott, William H. Wilder. 

1397 North Hempstad, NY— Charles L. Kessler. 

1407 San Pedro, CA — Wesley A. Springsteen. 

1408 Redwood City, CA— George Hillbun. 
1445 Topeka, KS— Leighton J. Wurtz. 

1452 Detroit, MI— William J. Cato. 

1453 Huntington Bch., CA— Garald H. Baxter. 

1529 Kansas City, KS— Harry R. Thurman, Henry W. 


1535 Highland, IL— Lidia Anna Charlotte Haller (s). 

1607 Los Angeles, CA— Jesse O. Wood. 

1707 Kelso Longview, WA— Leonard W. Hall. 

1741 Milwaukee, WI— Waldemar Geschke. 

1743 Wildwood, NJ— Wesley Valleley, Sr. 

1789 Bijou, CA— Rueben Carl Hollingshead. 

1808 Wood River, IL — Elmer Logsdon. 

1811 Monroe, LA— Oliver F. Millien. 

1815 Santa Ana, CA — Guy W. Hendrickson. 

1822 Fort Worth, TX— Lois Dollie Reid (s). 

1832 Escanaba, MI — Helmer C. Nicholson, Norman Peter 


1871 Cleveland, OH— Claudia Marie Druzbacky (s). 

1894 Woodward, OK — Lawrence A. Dunshee. 

1913 Van Nuys, CA— John Durfield. 

1987 St. Charles, MO— Magdalene Schipper (s). 

2042 Oxnard, CA— Eulyses G. Bellamy. 

2073 Milwaukee, WI— August C. Schultz. 

2217 Lakeland, FL— William T Palmer. 

2231 Los Angeles, CA — John F. Duke. 

2250 Red Bank, NJ— Archie Gifford, Charles Diebold, 

Henry Kluin, Sr. 

2288 Los Angeles, CA— Jeff Harris. 

2375 Los Angeles, C A— William L. Howell. 

2396 Seattle, WA — Genevieve Crossman (s). 

2520 Anchorage, AK— Frank N Cherry. 

2581 Libby, MT— Gus Kentris. 

2633 Tacoma, WA— Adeline Pittman (s). 

2659 Everett, WA— Roy Herrem. 

2682 New York, NY— Arthur Boone. 

2739 Yakima, WA— Al J. Noel. 

2750 Springfield, OR— Charles A. Iaeger, Dorothy C. 

White (s). 

2949 Roseburg, OR— Barbara Edith MacDonald (s). 

3127 New York, NY— Kenneth Niero, Leo Horak. 

Maintain Membership, 
Retiree's Wife Says 

A message of advice for all younger 
members of the UBC was delivered 
recently by the wife of a retired mem- 
ber of Local 1 109, Visalia, Calif. 

" By all means , maintain your union 
membership, if for no other reason 
than to have your fringe benefits. 

"I am a cancer victim. It is a 
catastrophic illness. The expense is 
unbelievable. At the present time it 
runs over $4,000 a month for treat- 
ments. If it were not for our insurance, 
we would be in dire financial straits. 
We are presently paying about 10% 
to 20% as a retired carpenter. When 
my husband was working, the cov- 
erage was practically complete. Over 
the years it has meant a great deal to 
us to have this coverage, which would 
run into a large amount each month." 

These are excerpts from a letter by 
Marion Hillblom to Ervin Warkintin, 
financial secretary of Local 1109. Her 
husband, Manfred, has had seven 
operations in recent months. 

MARCH, 1984 


Prisoners of Conscience 

Continued from Page 12 

science on March 25, 1983. Amnesty 
International believes that Santiago 
never has used nor advocated violence. 

Santiago is a carpenter by profession. 
He is 44 years old, married, and has 
seven children. The hardship placed 
upon his family by his imprisonment is 
documented in a letter dated May 1983 
to the Amnesty International USA 
adoption group working on his behalf: 

"With respect to the well-being of 
my family, I am sorry to say, it is going 
from bad to worse. I was the sole 
breadwinner in my family, and now that 
I am in prison, my children and my 
wife have been left in the most complete 
abandonment, suffering from hunger, 
misery, and sickness. My seven chil- 
dren suffer all kinds of hardships and 
those who were in school had to drop 
out due to the economic situation. 

I do not receive visits since they live 
in the province. I also want you to 
know that here in Lurigancho, the prison 
conditions for political prisoners are 
inhuman and degrading. The food is 
meager and of very poor quality. We 
have no medical attention. To get sick 
in this place is critical since we don't 
even have medicines." 

Peruvian church sources offer the 
only explanation for the arrests of the 
19 people from Andahuaylas. 

" ... the events which led to the 
detention and transfer to Lima of 19 
people, supposedly involved in the case 
are related. One can see that there are 
two people apparently implicated (Mr. 
Julio Cesar Garcia Palacios and Miss 
Elvira Ramirez Yahez) in an act of 
aggression against a senior member of 
the PIP (Policiade Investigaciones del 

As a result of this incident, and in a 
seemingly unrelated manner, the re- 
maining 17 people were rounded up on 
the following basis: the owner of the 
restaurant where Elvira Ramirez had 

lunch, a woman who had Elvira Ra- 
mirez to stay, a carpenter (Santiago) 
who gave her a present of some saw- 
dust, etc." 

Since Santiago's arrest and impris- 
onment, there has been no movement 
on his case, nor have the authorities 
responded to the many letters of con- 

Appeals for his immediate release 
may be sent to: 

President Fernando Belaunde Terry 
President of the Republic of Peru 
Palacio de Gobierno 
Lima, Peru 

Minister of Justice 
Senor Don Ernesto Alayza 
Ministerio de Justicia 
Lima, Peru 

There is an "adoption group" made 
up of Amnesty International volunteers 
which is working on behalf of Santiago 
Soto Inca. Its members visited the Pe- 
ruvian Embassy in Washington, D.C., 
in June 1983. They have written to 
authorities and raised funds to assist 
the family. 

Editor's Note: If any reader would like to 
write a letter to the appropriate authorities 
on behalf of either of these prisoners, we 
want to advise you that the equivilent of a 
20<t first class letter sent overseas will cost 
you 40t airmail. If you have questions about 
postage, consult your local postoffice. 

Budget Deficits 

Continued from Page 3 

boom which would increase revenues and 
balance the budget. 

Feldstein warned that if the current 
trend continues, "the interest payments 
on our national debt will represent a very 
large share of total tax revenue — 30% or 
perhaps as much as 40% of personal 
income tax revenue by the end of the 

In the report, Feldstein wrote that the 
looming deficits have kept interest rates 
high. This, in turn, has discouraged 
spending on plant and equipment and has 
dampened homebuilding, the report said. 

In addition, the report said the high 
rates have contributed to an overvalued 
dollar, making it "difficult for U.S. prod- 
ucts to compete in world markets and 
making foreign products more attractive 
to American buyers." It said this has 
produced record trade deficits. 

Feldstein said the federal deficit could 
grow to over $300 billion by the end of 
the decade if the nation's economy failed 
to grow as strongly as the Administration 
predicted in its budget estimates released 

The day after the report was released. 
Treasury Secretary Donald Regan at- 
tacked Feldstein when he told the Senate 
Budget Committee that Congress might 
as well "throw out" all but the first seven 
pages signed by President Reagan. 

However, in later testimony on Capitol 
Hill, Secretary Regan acknowledged that 
if interest rates rose in response to un- 
controlled deficits, "an economic slow- 
down or even a recession" could result. 

Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Board 
Chairman Paul Volcker warned that "twin 
deficits" in federal budgets and in trade 
pose "a clear and present danger" to the 
economy. Volcker said the Fed would 
keep a tight rein on the money supply 
even if that meant high interest rates. 

Following Reagan's call for bipartisan 
talks to come up with a deficit "down- 
payment," Congressional Democratic and 
Republican leaders met with Administra- 
tion officials. 

After the meeting, Republicans ac- 
knowledged the observation by Demo- 
crats that most of the dozen or so meas- 
ures ostensibly proposed by Reagan to 
cut deficits by $100 billion over three 
years were already included in the Pres- 
ident's FY 1985 budget. 

Democrats insisted that Republicans 
come up with specific savings in the 
Pentagon budget before any further meet- 
ings are held. 

Building Trades 

Continued from Page 4 

those delegates who are supporting Lof- 
blad's re-election. 

The Governing Board of Presidents 
received reports from the Department's 
safety committee, director of organi- 
zation, head of its Canadian office, 
legislative director, and nuclear com- 
mittee, and discussed plans for the 
annual National Legislative Conference 
in Washington April 1-4. 

Like the Real Thing 

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member Anton Zerlau's hobby; wine bar- 
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Zerlau, 71, a member of Local 171, 
Youngstown, O., moved to the U.S. in 
1952 from Europe, the locale of his wood- 
carving inspiration. The wagon shown 
above is 18" wide and 11" high. Between 10 
and 100 hours go into the creation of the 

Zerlau makes miniature wine barrels in 
several sizes; each barrel takes between 25 
and 30 hours to build. Zerlau's creations 
are exact replicas of the real thing, and 
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Sometimes It 

Doesn't Pay 

To Be 

The Good Guys 

Union wages trail non-union 

wages in some areas, US 

bureau reports; 'real' wages 

lag, too. 

When you've been around as long as I have, you 
begin to take many statistics which are published in 
our newspapers and magazines with a grain of salt, 
particularly those public opinion polls which are all 
over the place this election year and those statistics 
which tell us how many of us are drinking coffee, 
taking aspirin, or watching such and such a television 

I have found, on some occasions, that public 
relations types can take the same statistics from the 
same source and twist them around to mean almost 
the opposite of what was intended. 

So, I take some stories about labor unions which 
appear in the public media with a grain of salt, too. 

I tell you all this, because I want you to know that 
I do believe one group of statistics presented to me 
last month . . . although, in a way, I wish I didn't. 
I'm referring to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 
latest edition of the quarterly Employment Cost 
Index. These are some of the statistics in that report: 

• Average wage increases of non-union workers 
exceeded those of unionized workers in 1983 for the 
first time in five years. 

• Non-unionized workers received increases in 
salary and wages of 5.2% in 1983, compared with 
only 4.6% for workers who are union members. 

• Blue-collar workers employed in sectors of the 
economy that are heavily unionized were among 
those with the lowest average pay gains, the Bureau 
of Labor Statistics reported. 

• It was the first time since 1978 — when a 15% 

increase in the minimum wage went into effect — that 
union workers did not get a bigger boost. That $3.35 
minimum has been frozen since January, 1981. 

• In 1982, unionized workers received bigger raises, 
6.5%>, than nonunion workers, who got 6.1%. 

• Overall compensation cost increases, however, 
were virtually the same for all workers, with union 
workers getting a 5.8%) hike and non-union 5.7%. 

• On a regional basis, workers in the West fared 
the best in wage increases during the year at 5.8%o. 
The South was second at 5.4%> and the Northeast 
and North Central areas both were at 4.6%>. 

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Cost 
Index, which reports all these findings, is a measure 
of the money employers spend on wages, salaries, 
and worker benefits. About one out of every four 
wage earners is a union member among all the millions 
of people that were surveyed. There's still a tremen- 
dous number of white collar workers, especially in 
the high-technology industries, who have not yet 
been reached by union organizing campaigns. 

Now, if you tell the average citizen that non-union 
workers made more money, last year, than union 
workers, one of his or her reactions is going to be, 
"Well, in that case, who needs a union?" 

Naturally, the conservative elements and the anti- 
union forces in our society have taken these 1983 
statistics and run off in all directions. They will take 
such statistics and tell you that labor unions are on 
the decline. It wouldn't be true, but they would tell 
you that. 

As I suggested at the beginning, you can sometimes 
take statistics such as these and draw your own 
conclusions. Let me draw some, and see if you don't 
agree with me: 

First of all, it appears to me that the unions of 
North America have been "the good guys" of the 
1980s recession. When we're told that the economy 
is in bad shape and that inflation has to be curbed, 
we see it as our responsibility to negotiate reasonable 
wage clauses in our contracts. We want to keep 
plants open and companies prosperous as much as 
anybody else. We have certainly made this clear in 
our Operation Turnaround program. 

You've seen some of the newspaper headlines: 
"Construction workers agree to wage cuts," "Trade 
unions make wage concessions." I can show you 
plenty of newspaper clippings sent to my office during 
1983, which report that UBC members demonstrated 
their public responsibility by negotiating contracts 
which I'm sorry to say, didn't give them much more 
than non-union workers get, except of course for the 
vital extras — representation, grievance procedures, 
health and welfare, pensions, and job protection, 
enjoyed by union members. 

The year 1983 was not the first time that organized 
labor has performed such patriotic service by holding 



the line on wages. Many of you will recall the wage- 
freeze days of President Richard Nixon. The UBC 
was represented on wage boards during that period 
of the early 1970s, and its members showed patriotic 
restraint during the various war years of the past half 
century, when Presidents and Prime Ministers asked 
for their support. 

Unfortunately, the general public either doesn't 
know these things or tends to forget. To the unin- 
formed layman, labor unions ride roughshod over 
employers all the time, trying to get all they can at 
all costs. 

It is hard for union members to overcome the 
stereotype impressions some people have about their 
organizations. That's why it seems so important to 
me at this time that the public knows just what 
sacrifices some trade unionists have made in recent 
years to put the North American economy back on 

Contrast all of this, if you will, with the "public 
responsibility" shown by the big corporations of the 
United States since the Reagan Administration gave 
them so many advantages. When Mr. Reagan came 
into office it was quite clear that the first major 
problem he would tackle was inflation. The other 
major problem, unemployment, could wait until in- 
flation was beaten down. Those people in the un- 
employment lines could wait their turn. The general 
plan was to offer tax advantages to US corporations, 
with the understanding that they would plow back 
excess profits into plant expansion, into new tech- 
nology, into market expansion, and other measures 
which would create jobs for the double-digit unem- 

It's clear to see in 1984, that this old trickle-down 
theory of Republicanism and Reaganomics didn't 
work. Excess profits went instead into dividends for 
already-wealthy stockholders and into new plants in 
cheap-labor areas overseas. In effect, Mr. Reagan's 
own supporters pulled the economic rug out from 
under him. Finally, the economy hit bottom, and 
starved consumers began gradually to pull the econ- 
omy up from the grass roots themselves. 

Meanwhile, unemployed construction workers held 
on to their union memberships as long as they could. 
Their unions helped them out as much as they could. 
Laid off industrial workers started migrating for jobs 
and began competing for the few jobs available at 
whatever wages they could get to keep their families 
from starving. 

All of these factors played against union wage and 
benefit standards. It hurts me to see a union carpenter 
or millwright with four years of training and years of 
on-the-job experience behind him competing for jobs 
with what we used to call "jackleg workers" off the 
streets. But that's what many have had to face. 

On top of all this, Reaganomics has not been able 
to bring "real wages'" up to the job-market wages. 
As the AFL-CIO Department of Research calculates 

it, the real earnings of American workers at the end 
of 1983 were still 3.5% below 1979, even though 
inflation rose only 3.8% last year and purchasing 
power climbed 2.5%. That 3.5% lag in inflation- 
adjusted wages meant that average weekly earnings 
in 1977 dollars were $6.37 a week less last December 
than in December 1979. 

So, when Mr. Reagan tells us the state of the union 
is so much better than before, we dip for another 
grain of salt. 

We are going to hold our position for what we feel 
is right for the economy, with no change in many 
areas until we get the U.S. Presidential election 
behind us and make a change in the Administration 
and in the Administration's position against labor. 
We are not going to be a whipping post for the federal 
Administration, for management, or for anyone else. 
Unions are here to protect the rights of workers to 
decent housing, decent wages, help for the elderly, the 
care of our sick and disabled, and many other rights 
the average citizen in a democracy has come to expect. 



General President 


101 Constitution Ave., N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20001 

Address Correction Requested 

Non-Profit Org. 



Permit No. 13 
Washington, D.C. 

Art by Karl Hoelfe, courtesy of Hunt Building Corp., El Paso, Texas 

A LOT OF THINGS CAN GO WRONG on a construction job, if building tradesmen are not 
careful. Union-trained apprentices are taught safety on the job. Skilled, union journeymen 
should know, by experience, what to do when problems arise. If they don't they should ask. 

April 1984 

United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners 

Supreme Court bankruptcy decision guts employee protections. See story on Page 3. 




101 Constitution Ave., N.W., 
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First District, Joseph F. Lia 
120 North Main Street 
New City, New York 10956 

Second District, George M. Walish 

101 S. Newtown St. Road 

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 19073 

Third District, John Pruitt 
504 E. Monroe Street #402 
Springfield, Illinois 62701 

Fourth District, Harold E. Lewis 

3110 Maple Drive, #403 
Atlanta, Georgia 30305 

Fifth District, Leon W. Greene 
4920 54th Avenue, North 
Crystal, Minnesota 55429 

Sixth District, Dean Sooter 

400 Main Street #203 
Rolla, Missouri 65401 

Seventh District, H. Paul Johnson 
Room 722, Oregon Nat'l Bldg. 
610 S.W. Alder Street 
Portland, Oregon 97205 

Eighth District, M. B. Bryant 
5330-F Power Inn Road 
Sacramento, California 95820 

Ninth District, John Carruthers 
5799 Yonge Street #807 
Willowdale, Ontario M2M 3V3 

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1235 40th Avenue, N.W. 
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VOLUME 104 No. 4 APRIL. 1984 


John S. Rogers, Editor 



U.S. Supreme Court Gives the Nod 2 

'Eight Possible Areas' For Budget Cuts Cong. Mike Lowry 4 

Louisiana-Pacific Boycott Action 6 

Young L-P Striker Gives Perspective Al Liddle 8 

Real Issue of 'Right to Work' Is Bargaining Power 9 

Job Rights, Job Creation and Mondale Al Goodfader 1 1 

President Campbell Visits Puerto Rico 12 

One Local's Fight for a Safe Shipyard 14 

What's In This Stuff? 15 

Say That Again: Controlling Noise Hazards 16 

C-VOC Groups Expand Activities 22 

Operation Turnaround: Texas, Alabama 23 

Steward Training 24 


Washington Report 10 

We Congratulate 18 

Ottawa Report 19 

Local Union News 20 

Apprenticeship and Training 25 

Consumer Clipboard: Latchkey Primer 27 

Plane Gossip 28 

Service to the Brotherhood 30 

In Memoriam 36 

What's New? 39 

President's Message Patrick J. Campbell 40 

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Distinctly American, the Supreme Court 
is the highest tribunal in the nation. It's 
purpose, as inscribed over the main en- 
trance of the Court building, is to insure 
"Equal Justice Under Law." And yet 
despite the central importance of the 
Supreme Court to the government of the 
United States and, indeed, the American 
way of life, the Supreme Court did not 
have its own building until 1935, the I46th 
year of its existence. 

It was former President William How- 
ard Taft, Chief Justice from 1921 to 1930, 
who persuaded Congress to authorize 
construction of the permanent home for 
the Court, pictured on this month's cover. 

Situated directly across the street from 
the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, 
D.C., the Court building was constructed 
in classical Corinthian style to harmonize 
with surrounding congressional build- 
ings. Vermont marble was used for the 
exterior, while the four inner courtyards 
are of crystalline-flaked, white Georgian 
marble. Creamy Alabama marble was 
used for walls and floors of corridors. 
The wood used in offices throughout the 
building is American quartered white 
oak. And all for $94,000 under the original 
budgeted cost of $9,740,000. 

Two statues preside over the entrance 
courtyard. The one pictured on our cover 
is the male figure, the Guardian or Au- 
thority of Law. Across the steps (not 
pictured) sits the female figure, the Con- 
templation of Justice. Both are the work 
of sculptor James Earle Fraser. 

Inside this issue we discuss the Su- 
preme Court's recent decision concern- 
ing bankruptcy and what this decision 
could mean to organized labor. — 
Photograph by Beverly Breton. 

NOTE: Readers who would like additional 
copies of this cover may obtain them by sending 
SOY in coin to cover mailing costs to the Editor, 
The CARPENTER, 101 Constitution Ave., 
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. 

Printed in U.S.A. 

U.S. Supreme Court gives the nod: 
union busting — through 'bankruptcy' 


A few weeks ago the U.S. Supreme 
Court decided, in a case involving 
Teamsters and one of their employers, 
that a company management filing for 
bankruptcy can tear up union contracts 
almost at will. 

The Supreme Court has ruled that a 
failing business can escape union con- 
tract obligations by filing for bank- 
ruptcy, even if it can not prove that its 
survival is at stake. The 9-0 ruling 
provoked an irate response from orga- 
nized labor officials. "We're disap- 
pointed in the decision, and we will 
pursue a legislative remedy," said Lane 
Kirkland, president of the AFL-CIO. 
The court said that it is enough for a 
business to prove to a bankruptcy judge 
that a union contract is burdensome 
and that canceling it is in the best 
interests of the business, its creditors 
and employees. The court also ruled, 
5-4, that a business may cancel a union 
contract unilaterally before a bank- 
ruptcy court rules on its reorganization 

Since the United States Supreme 
Court's February 22 bankruptcy ruling, 

a number of persons have wondered 
what the decision means. 

Stripped of legal phraseology, this is 
what it means: 

• Employers have been granted wide 
permission to use the bankruptcy laws 
to destroy collective bargaining agree- 
ments which once were considered in- 

• Companies filing for bankruptcy have 
been given the right to cancel labor union 
contracts without having to demonstrate 
that these contracts threaten the com- 
panies' ability to survive. 

• Collective bargaining becomes much 
more difficult, and greater instability is 
created in the collective bargaining proc- 
ess. Even the threat of using bankruptcy 
casts a shadow over the bargaining table. 

• American workers, organized and 
unorganized, after having gradually 
moved up the economic ladder for more 
than forty years, now find themselves 
forced to accept lower standards of liv- 
ing. As a top journalist, Haynes Johnson, 
observed: "The upper crust grows more 
remote from the rest of us." 

• Perhaps above all else, the opinion 

means that efforts must be stepped up 
to move Congress to amend the federal 
bankruptcy code. 

While it was most disappointing and 
again demonstrated the pro-business 
leanings of the present United States 
Supreme Court (seven of whose nine 
members were appointed by a Republi- 
can President), the decision was possi- 
ble because Congress has not spelled 
out the proper relationship between the 
bankruptcy laws and the labor laws. 


Congressman Peter W. Rodino, Jr. 
(D.-N.J.), just a few hours after the 
Supreme Court action, introduced a bill 
in the House of Representatives pro- 
viding that employers would have to 
get the permission of a bankruptcy court 
before they could terminate a labor 
agreement. And the bankruptcy court 
could give such permission only if it 
found that the company would not sur- 
vive without such relief. 

The AFL-CIO Executive Council, of 
which General President Patrick J. 
Campbell is an influential member, said 


the AFL-CIO will "do everything in its 
power to ensure that Congress corrects 
the Supreme Court's poor judgment and 
vindicates the national labor policy." 

The Supreme Court bankruptcy opin- 
ion came in two parts. 

In a 5-to-4 decision, the Court said a 
company may abrogate a union contract 
temporarily as soon as it files for bank- 
ruptcy and before a hearing before a 
bankruptcy judge. 


A dissent to this section, written by 
Justice William J. Brennan Jr., pro- 
tested that such a disregard of the 
collective bargaining system was not 
the intent of Congress and would "spawn 
precisely the type of industrial strife 
that the National Labor Relations Act 
is designed to avoid." 

Justice Brennan wrote that the ma- 
jority of the Court had "completely 
ignored important policies that underlie 
the National Labor Relations Act" of 
1935 in preventing a company "unilat- 
erally to alter a collective bargaining 
agreement" and represents "a threat 
to labor peace." 

Joining Justice Brennan in the dissent 
were Justices Byron R. White, Thur- 
good Marshall, and Harry A. Black- 
mun. The five who voted in the majority 
were Chief Justice Warren E. Burger 
and Justices Lewis F. Powell, William 
H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, and 
Sandra Day O'Connor. 

The second part of the opinion was 
passed unanimously. It held that a com- 
pany could wipe out the union contract 
permanently with the permission of a 
bankruptcy judge by demonstrating that 

A cartoon created by Captain Hugh Scott, 
a striking Continental Airlines pilot which 
reflects labors' sentiment regarding the 
current bankruptcy laws and Supreme 
Court ruling. 

the contract "burdens" chances of re- 

The bankruptcy judge, it held, should 
weigh the relative hardships arising from 
the contract's cancellation and should 
see that a "reasonable" effort to ne- 
gotiate with the union has been made. 
If the negotiations aren't "satisfac- 
tory," the bankruptcy judge still may 
cancel the contract. 

Organized labor had proposed a more 
demanding approach that would have 
required a company to demonstrate to 
a bankruptcy judge — before terminating 
a contract — that contract provisions 
jeopardized the company's chance to 

Regarding the Court's standard that 
companies seeking to void their union 
contracts through bankruptcy need only 
show that the contracts are a "burden," 
Special Counsel Laurence Gold of the 
AFL-CIO said that "collective bargain- 
ing agreements are always, if they're 
worth the paper they's written on, an 
economic burden on employers — 
everybody would like to pay the mini- 
mum wage or below." 


The case that reached the Supreme 
Court involved a New Jersey building 
materials supplier, Bildisco & Bildisco, 
and began in April, 1980, when the 
company filed for reorganization under 
federal bankruptcy laws. Bildisco had 
negotiated a three-year contract with a 
Teamsters local but in January of 1980 
the company began withholding health 
and pension benefits and wage increases 
that had been negotiated. Bankruptcy 
Court permission was granted to reject 
the entire Teamsters contract. 

After the NLRB found Bildisco guilty 
of unfair labor practices for the unilat- 
eral contract changes, the 3rd U.S. 
Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Bildis- 
co's action, adopting a more lenient 
standard of cancelling contracts. The 
2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had, 
in a separate case, opted for the stricter 
approach which labor favors. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in 
a brief supporting the company, con- 
tended that fears that employers would 
use the bankruptcy process "in a bad 
faith attempt to rid themselves of the 
obligations imposed by collective bar- 
gaining agreements are groundless." 

However, as the Bildisco case moved 
through the courts, Continental Airlines 
last September used the bankruptcy 
petition device to cancel collective bar- 
gaining agreements with pilots, flight 
attendants, and machinists even though 
the company wasn't short of cash or 
about to collapse. The airlines' unions 
still are on strike. 

It's Not 

allowing employers to use the 
Bankruptcy Code as a means of 
ignoring a union contract without 
facing unfair labor practice 
charges is deplorable. But, fortu- 
nately, it is not irreversible. 

No constitutional issue was in- 
volved in the case decided by the 
Supreme Court. The court justified 
its conclusions solely on its inter- 
pretation of the intent of Congress. 

Now the chairman of the House 
Judiciary Committee, Peter W. Ro- 
dino Jr., thinks the Supreme Court 
is way off base. Rodino, who has 
had a lot to do with the shaping of 
federal bankruptcy law, insists that 
it wasn't the intent of Congress to 
throw collective bargaining out the 
window whenever a company gets 
into difficulties. 

The bill he introduced on the 
heels of the Supreme Court deci- 
sion would get the bankruptcy law 
back on track. It deserves the ac- 
tive support of everyone committed 
to making collective bargaining 
work— labor and management 
alike, Democrats and Republicans. 

— Excerpts from an editorial in 
the AFL-CIO News. 

AFL-CIO Urges 
Letters on 
Rodino Bill 

The AFL-CIO has urged union mem- 
bers to contact members of Congress 
to ask support for legislation to re- 
verse the recent Supreme Court rul- 
ing permitting companies to tear up 
union contracts by declaring bank- 

In letters to unionists in selected 
congressional districts, AFL-CIO 
President Lane Kirkland asked them 
to send letters and postcards to their 
members of Congress to urge sup- 
port for H.R. 4908, sponsored by 
House Judiciary Chairman Peter W. 
Rodino Jr. (D-N.J.) 

The bill and other proposed 
amendments to the federal bank- 
ruptcy law were expected to reach 
the House floor last month. 

The Rodino bill would continue 
union contracts in effect after bank- 
ruptcy papers were filed. Later, a 
contract could be voided only if a 
bankruptcy court found it was nec- 
essary to preserve jobs and make 
possible the financial reorganization 
of a failing company. 

APRIL, 1984 



'Eight Possible Areas' 
For Federal Budget Cuts 

The Reagan Administration's Double Standard 

During the 1980 campaign for the Pres- 
idency, then candidate Ronald Reagan 
promised to balance the Federal budget. 
He broke that promise. In fact, massive 
deficits in the $200 billion range, caused 
by the Reagan administration's tax cuts 
for the rich and spiraling defense in- 
creases, threaten to cut off the present 
economic recovery from one of the 
nation's most debilitating recessions of 
all time. 

President Reagan promised to make 
America strong again in the eyes of the 
world by instituting a foreign policy 
espousing the democratic views of this 
nation abroad. That is a promise he has 
broken. The foreign policy of the Rea- 
gan administration, in its haphazard 
way, can be described as dangerous at 
best. That foreign policy has cost us 
dearly. More than 200 American Ma- 
rines have lost their lives in Lebanon 
through his inept foreign policy, which 
lacks a clear purpose. Incursions into 
Central America and the Caribbean, 
given this administration's record, can 
be viewed only with alarm. 

While the Reagan administration has 
been big on breaking promises that were 
part of Ronald Reagan's basic campaign 
platform, I can assure you that the 
President has no intention of breaking 
promises which will strike at the heart 
of America's health and well-being at 


the Honorable 

Mike Lowry 

U.S. House 

of Representatives 

The President's plans for his second 
term were unveiled by the administra- 
tion's Budget Director, David Stock- 
man, before the Senate Budget Com- 
mittee in February. The President's 
promises on the domestic front were 
glibly referred to as "eight possible 
areas for future structural reform and 
major budget savings." I believe those 
"eight possible areas" deserve your 

1. Farm Price Supports 

America's farmers have suffered more 
under this administration than any other 
in recent history. Yet, President Reagan 
proposes major cutbacks in farm price 
supports and subsidies to take place 
when current law expires at the begin- 
ning of the 1986 crop year. Such a 
scheme threatens to exacerbate the dif- 
ficulties America's farmers are facing. 
Farm foreclosures would surely grow 

beyond the unheard of level at which 
they presently are. 

2. Student Aid and Higher Education 

This nation's youth faces a bleak 
future. The unemployment rate for new 
high school graduates has reached dis- 
astrous levels under the Reagan admin- 
istration. Yet efforts by America's youth 
to seek higher education are met head- 
on by this administration's proposal for 
a "substantial funding rollback" since, 
as Stockman states, "Federal support 
of nearly 50% of all students enrolled 
in institutions of higher education is 
more than the nation can afford." I say 
we cannot afford not to support higher 
education for America's youth in order 
to prepare them for the future. The 
legacy to be left by the Reagan admin- 
istration will necessitate new minds 
with sophisticated educational back- 
grounds. Investment in our youth should 
be at the forefront of our national in- 

3. Veterans Health Care Systems Effi- 
ciencies and Improvements 

The Reagan administration suggests 
that existing veterans health care com- 
mitments can be met at significantly 
lower costs in the years ahead. But who 
will pay for the cuts this administration 
promises to make? Answer: the veteran 
who has already paid the freight. We 
must keep in mind that veteran's health 
care is a "commitment" and any effort 
to reduce costs should not result in a 
burden on the beneficiaries of the sys- 
tem; those men and women who have 
given of themselves to make America 
safe and strong. 

4. Medical Entitlements 

The administration suggests basic 
"reforms" which in final analysis would 
make the poor pay more and doctors 
and hospitals benefit at their expense. 
Sustaining the family has been a battle 
cry of this administration. But it is all 
talk and no substance. One of the great- 
est fears facing all Americans is the 
prospect of illness draining family re- 
sources because of medical costs. I can 
only hope that the Reagan medical en- 
titlement "reforms" keep the priority 
of the family in mind. Certainly this 
administration's track record has been 
dismal in protecting families. 

5. Federal Military and Civilian Retire- 
ment Pensions 

The Reagan administration proposes 
to reduce substantially the fiscal burden 
of Federal retirement pensions. The fact 
remains that Federal pay does not 
compare with that of the private sector. 
The President's own Comparability Pay 
Board shows Federal employee pay 
trailing some 22% behind that of private 
sector counterparts. Federal retirement 
plans were envisioned as a commitment 


to civil servants to offset the depressed 
pay schedules they receive. Breaching 
this contract threatens to undermine 
the high level of service and integrity 
which have been the benchmark of civil 
and military service employees. Under 
President Kennedy, public service was 
viewed as a challenge. Under President 
Reagan, public service is a badge of 

6. Federal Civilian Employment 

The Reagan administration lauds the 
recommendation of the Grace Commis- 
sion that the size and cost of the Federal 
workforce can be cut with little effect 
on the delivery of government services. 
But that thinking presumes that the 
Federal employ is not cost-effective. 
History shows that not to be the case. 
This administration's advocacy of con- 
tracting-out threatens to detract from 
cost-effective Federal oversight and in- 
volvement on every level of service 
delivery. The frontal attacks posed by 
the Reagan administration on Federal 
employees has cost us greatly in de- 
pressed morale of the government's 

7. Improved Federal Procurement 

The administration speaks of a major 
procurement reform effort. Such talk is 
commendable, but the fact remains that 
the administration's track record on 
instituting internal measures to check 
the costs of procurement has been lack- 
ing. What is needed is better adminis- 
tration: in the form of a new adminis- 

8. Special Interest Economic Subsidies 

The administration speaks of the po- 
tential savings of billions of dollars per 
year through a comprehensive policy 
framework for special interest subsidy 


The unrealistic budget and economic 
policies of the Reagan Administration 
threaten the soundness of our econ- 
omy for years to come. Continuing 
high federal deficits are pushing up 
already high real interest rates and 
may soon tip the economy into yet 
'another Reagan recession. 

The deficit must be reduced by 
stronger economic growth, increased 
federal revenues and lower military 
expenditures . . . 

Jobs, fairness and opportunities for 
the future remain key issues for 
America's workers and for the nation 
in 1984 . . . Congress should start to 
deal with these issues now, but only 
with the election of a new Adminis- 
tration can these principles be 

— From a statement adopted by the AFL- 
CIO Executive Council. February 20, 1984. 

phase-out and overcoming intense spe- 
cial interest pressure. Strangely enough, 
the administration does not include the 
wealthy among his list of targets for 
users fees and the like. They are the 
special interest groups who have ben- 
efitted most from the administration's 
tax reform policies and who have gone 
unscathed in President Reagan's litany 
of budget cutting proposals. 

Conclusion — Let's be upfront about 
what the administration proposes. There 
are four general categories of spending 
in the Federal budget: 

1. Defense spending 

2. Entitlement programs (such as So- 
cial Security, Medicare and Veterans' 

3. Interest on the Federal debt 

4. Annually budgeted, regular do- 

mestic spending, which includes edu- 
cation, highways, health, agriculture, 
research, crime control, etc. 

Virtually all of the budget cutting the 
past three years has been done in cat- 
egory 4 — annually budgeted, regular 
domestic spending, which now ac- 
counts for less than 17% of the overall 

Now, as I have noted above, Presi- 
dent Reagan wants to continue to cut 
in categories 2 and 4. leaving defense 
spending to balloon to where it is going 
to cost over $1 trillion in the next three 
years alone. 

The simple fact is not that this admin- 
istration wants to spend less money, it 
just wants to spend it differently. 

We cannot and should not balance 
the budget on the backs of the poor, 
the handicapped, or the elderly. Nor 
can we ask the ordinary working man 
or woman, who already pay heavy taxes, 
to dig into their pockets once again 
while the wealthy continue to find more 
and more tax shelters. 

We should reject this administra- 
tion's consistently unfair policy of pro- 
viding real growth in defense spending 
and cutbacks in domestic spending. 
This distorted double standard must be 
stopped. I, personally, propose that this 
nation should have a National Security 
Tax earmarked for any real increases 
in defense spending. This pay-as-you- 
go tax, I believe, would put the brakes 
on excessive and wasteful spending that 
has so characterized the Pentagon. If 
this were done, we could reorder our 
priorities to meet what President Ei- 
senhower said was essential for this 
country, namely that we must invest in 
the education of our children and the 
protection of the economic welfare of 
all our citizens. 

As the chart at 
right dramatically 
shows, the 
high elements of 
the Federal budget 
are the interest 
paid on the 
national debt and 
the expenditures for 
national defense. 
Many vital 
domestic needs are 
receiving only 
fractional portions 
of the federal funds 
to be allocated by 
Congress in the 
years ahead. 




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APRIL, 1984 

Louisiana-Pacific Campaign Continues 

A cartoon in the Lumber and Sawmill Workers' Union Register, run with a reprint of 
a letter by Western Council Executive Secretary James S. Bledsoe to The Oregonian, 
leading daily newspaper in the state of Oregon. The letter was in response to two 
recent articles in The Oregonian — one celebrating L-P's three-year sponsorship of 
Davis Cup Tennis Tournaments in the U.S., the other glorifying L-P President Harry 
Merlo's "plunge into high-technology investing." 

Local 1746 members Ron Wilson, left, and Ed Addis, right, in Portland. Ore. 
participate in corporate "Don't Buy" campaign against L-P products. 

Union Solidarity in L-P boycott — Steelworkers Local 3010 member Tony Hartley and 
daughter Leigh, left, and Carpenters Local 247 member Rich Carasco pass the word 
to consumers. 

Rallies, leaflets, 
media reports 
part of intense 

The United Brotherhood's campaign 
to bring justice to its Lumber and Saw- 
mill members in the Pacific North- 
west — who have been picketing since 
last June against the unfair practices of 
the Louisiana Pacific Corporation — is 
moving into high gear, this month, fol- 
lowing rallies in two major cities. Leaf- 
lets are being distributed to consumers 
at hundreds of lumberyards, hardware 
stores, and shopping centers. Many 
more unions are lending their active 

General President Patrick J. Camp- 
bell has made the following report to 
the membership: 

"Consumer Boycott Activities: We 
have received encouraging responses 
to our consumer boycott activities in 
many areas of the country, and we are 
expanding activities to other locations. 
Field reports indicate that consumer 
boycott activities have generated a pos- 
itive consumer response. L-P products 
have been removed from some store 
shelves. If your Council or Local Union 
does not have an L-P Support Com- 
mittee and is not participating in boycott 
activities, I urge you to contact the 
Industrial representative in your area 
or the General Office at once for in- 

"L-P Support Rally on Wall Street: 
The Brotherhood has taken the unprec- 
edented action of calling a rally on Wall 
Street to publicize our national cam- 
paign against L-P. We will inform Wall 
Street investors that L-P's irresponsi- 
ble, anti-union policies do not make 
good business sense. Our slogan will 
be, "Don't Sell L-P Workers short." 
(We are not calling for a boycott of any 
other company or firm.) 

"Leafleting at Wall Street will take 
place on March 22nd beginning at 7:30 
A.M. followed by a noon rally and press 
conference. If you are located in the 
Greater New York City area, I invite 
you to join us on March 22nd. You 
should call Board Member Joseph Lia 
for more details (914/634-4450). 

"If you are not in the New York 
area, I urge you to alert newspapers 
and radio and television stations in your 
area to this event. News releases will 
be available from the General Office 
right before the Wall Street Rally. 


"State Farm Insurance: The largest 
single holder of Louisiana-Pacific stock 
is State Farm Mutual Automobile In- 
surance Company. Brotherhood mem- 
bers should visit or call State Farm 
Insurance agents in their area and in- 
form them of our displeasure with Lou- 
isiana-Pacific's irresponsible anti-union 
policies. We are not calling for a boycott 
of State Farm Insurance. 

"A Call for Solidarity: Our LP mem- 
bers have been on strike since last June 
and they remain strongly committed to 
their union and to their cause. They 
have made major sacrifices— loss of 
their homes and life's savings in many 
cases — to continue their struggle for 
justice. Their commitment is summed 
up in the attached article in which an 
L-P striker says about his role in the 
strike: "It's the most American thing 
I've ever done in my life ... to walk 
away from it now would be a slap in 
the face of all those union organizers 
who died or lost everything they had 
in the '30s." 

"It is time for more than words. The 
Brotherhood has made a significant fi- 
nancial commitment to the strikers and 
the campaign against L-P. A large num- 
ber of International representatives and 
General Office staff have also been 
assigned to the campaign. 

"We are doing all this because the 
L-P strikers' struggle is the struggle of 
all Brotherhood members. If L-P is 
successful in breaking the union at its 
plants, other employers will be only too 
eager to follow L-P's lead. 

"In the past several years we have 
seen the spread of union-busting efforts 
throughout the economy, putting many 
parts of the labor movement on the 
defensive. The Brotherhood is taking a 
lead in fighting this wave of employer 
anti-unionism with its campaign against 
L-P. It is therefore essential that we 
win the struggle -both for L-P strikers 
and the Brotherhood and for the entire 
labor movement. I urge every Broth- 
erhood council, local union, and 
member to get behind the campaign 
against L-P. With your support, we can 
and must win." 

Editor's note: At the time this issue 
went to press, the Wall Street rally had 
not yet taken place. A full report on the 
rally will appear in the next issue of 

A committee of L-P workers who are 
also L-P shareholders has been formed. 
The L-P Workers for Justice Committee 
will pursue a variety of strategies which 
will culminate in a presence at L-P's 
annual stockholders' meeting next month 
in Rocky Mount, N.C. 

The Dubuque Lender 

f f m TTi...ZZ.A eln„ 1906 * Dedicated to the Cause ol Labor 

Serving Dubuqueland Since 1906 


Dubuque Federation of Labor 
Supports Carpenters in National 
Labor-Consumer Action Against 
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 



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The Dubuque 
ourtc knouT 

The L-P boycott is supported by labor publications across the country including 
the Peoria, III., Voice of Labor, The Dubuque Leader in Iowa, and the 
Washington, D.C., AFL-CIO News, and publicized by daily newspapers like the 
Timber West in Edmonds, Wash., left center. 



Unfair L-P Brand Names include: L-P Wolmanized; Cedartone; Wafer- 
wood; Fibrepine; Oro-Bord; Redex; Sidex; Ketchikan; Pabco; Xonolite; L-P- 
X; L-P Forester; L-P Home Centers. 


Boise-Cascade; Champion International; Crown Zellerbach; Georgia- 
Pacific; Publishers Paper; Simpson Timber; Weyerhaeuser; Williamette; 
Bohemia; Pope & Talbot; Roseburg Lumber. 

APRIL, 19 84 

Young L-P striker gives his perspective 

Reprinted with permission from the Oroville, Calif., Mercury Register. 


"I can sell my home . . . but I can't 
give back my kids." 

Those words were recently spoken by 
Jim Roth, a 26-year-old member of the 
Lumber Production and Industrial Work- 
ers Local 2801 , which continues to strike 

Roth was talking about how he could 
and could not adjust his standard of living 
if L-P management is successful at break- 
ing his union, which he said is one of the 
company's top priorities. 

L-P spokesmen have denied that the 
company's position in stalled contract 
talks is designed to break the union. They 
say L-P must win concessions from labor 
to stay competitive with southern wood 
processing firms. 

Roth said he has seen labor disputes 
from two perspectives. 

"I grew up on the other side of the 
fence. My father is retired from corporate 
management with Petibone," he said. 
When it came to his father's view on 
strikers. Roth added, "I use to hear, 'Let 
them starve'!" 

After joining about 230 other hard- 
board plant and sawmill workers on strike 
in June, he said he got little sympathy 
from his father. 

"I'd call him up and we'd really butt 
heads . . . now I get more understand- 
ing," Roth said. 

The L-P strike, he said, meant that for 
the first time, his father was not dealing 
with a bunch of disgruntled workers 
standing in the way of his company's 

"This time it was his son and his 
grandsons taking it in the shorts, he had 
to listen ... he had to consider right and 
wrong," Roth said. 


Just as his father, who has been helping 
him make the mortgage payments on his 
home, has somewhat seen light, Roth 
said, "I'm certain if people knew our 
side, they'd support us." 

Almost as important, he said, if people 
were well informed of the union's reason 
for striking, they might make up their 
minds one way or the other about the 

"If you don't support us fine. If you 
do support us, write your elected offi- 
cials," Roth said, indicating he dislikes 
ambivalence and apathy as much as the 

heavy-handed tactics he claims L-P man- 
agement is using. 

Roth volunteered to share his personal 
experiences at L-P in an effort to illus- 
trate the union's position. 

He said he was "skeptical" about the 
union-breaking charges against manage- 
ment early in the strike, "but after six 
months, all the pieces fit." 

One of the major concessions L-P 
wants from the union is agreement that 
the company can substantially lower the 
wages and benefits for people hired after 
a new contract is signed. The wages and 
benefits for people hired under the old 
contract would be frozen at the current 
level, company officials say. 

Roth said union members would be 
cutting their own throats by agreeing to 
the concession. 

The company would hire people at the 
new level and train them until the next 
contract talks, when it could ask the 
senior workers to take a pay cut, he said. 
Because the relatively new employees 
would probably not be asked to give up 
anything. Roth said, they would be less 
likely to support a strike to keep the 
higher wages for workers with seniority. 

Roth said the new workers might even 
vote to break away from the union if it 
tries to look out for the rights of the 
senior members. 

To people who say, "Who needs 
unions?" he answers with stories about 
how he lost part of his right thumb, or 
the time he was sent into a dangerous 
dust-filled room to operate a loader. 

The thumb accident was the result of 
faulty equipment and he was out of work 
3.5 months. Roth said. Company offi- 
cials, he said, did not want to pay him 
for the time he was off because of the 
injury and told state officials the accident 
resulted from his carelessness. 

"This is a company that went to the 
extent to lie to avoid paying my salary 
and fixing the equipment," Roth said. "I 
did get a lot of blatant hassle out there." 

Once recovered from the injury, he 
said, he suddenly was found unfit to 
operate equipment he had been running 
regularly for about a year and had shown 
others how to work. Roth said despite 
the little acts of retribution and the fact 
he had to sue L-P for the back pay, the 
injury incident was "water under the 
bridge after about a year." 

It took three weeks of complaining 
before the company acted to lower the 
amount of dust in the one working area, 
he said. 


If someone says plant workers don't 
need a union. Roth said, "The guy doesn't 
know the company will fire you for com- 
plaining about safety. The guy doesn't 
know the company would have you drive 
a loader into a building with so much 
sawdust you can't see your hand in front 
of your face . . . We know what will 
happen if there is no union." 

Agencies like Cal OSHA can't protect 
workers like a union because often they 
are understaffed and can't respond, he 
said. Besides, Roth said, without the big 
organized labor organizations to pressure 
government officials into correcting the 
problems uncovered by regulatory agen- 
cies, such agencies are toothless tigers. 

On the topic of money, he said, "I'm 
not out there for me. I've already lost 
$10,000 I'll never get back. I'm out there 
so my sons, and God forbid either one 
should have to work at a sawmill, won't 
have to live in a mud hut." 


Jim Roth's statements indicate his sons, 
ages 4 and 1, were major factors in his 
decision to strike. 

"I can give up the house — never mind 
the 10 years of savings 1 used for a down 
payment. But what do I tell the kids we 
waited to have until we thought we could 
afford them ... the kids I promised a 
decent place to live and an education?" 
he asked. "Am I suppose to say, 'Now 
we're going to go live in an apartment, 
I'll buy a junk car and once a year you'll 
get a new pair of tennis shoes for school?' 
... I can't give back my kids." 

Unions are not synonymous with lower 
production levels because employees feel 
protected. Roth said. 

"After the graveyard shift — because 
we didn't have much of a social life — 
we'd sit around for two-to-three hours 
and talk about things like, 'If we do this 
this way, we could go faster' ... A lot 
of times it did (go faster)," he said. "We 
always wanted to turn out a good prod- 

The strike has not been easy to cope 
with, Roth said. To get by he said, he 
has done some work for PG&E, he now 
collects unemployment, and his wife is 
a "courtesy clerk," or a glorified market 
bagger as he describes the job, and his 
father has helped out. 

"This has my marriage hanging on a 

string, a thin string," he said. "My wife 

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• There are still nine states without 
minimum wage laws. Eight of them are 
right-to-work states. 

• Right-to-work laws have nothing 
to do with civil rights or human rights, 
but they do have a lot to do with 
discrimination. There are nine states 
that have no fair employment practice 
laws protecting against discrimination. 
All are open-shop states. And eight of 
the twelve states that have no equal 
pay laws protecting women from wage 
discrimination are right-to-work states. 

• Open-shop states spend over $500 
a year less per pupil in public schools 
than other states. They spend $1,742 
per pupil per year compared to $2,278 
in non-right-to-work states, a gap of 

THOSE FACTS reveal a great deal 
about the conditions that exist in open 
shop states. But how do right-to-work 
laws diminish the collective bargaining 
strength of unions? 

Right-to-work laws prohibit unions 

The real issue of 'right-to-work' 
is collective bargaining power 

The anti-union nature of so-called 
"right-to-work" laws has been well 
exposed over the years to where most 
experienced unionists are aware that 
the intent of right-to-work legislation is 
to bust unions, pure and simple. 

Yet it may be that the real issue 
underlying the campaign to pass state 
compulsory open shop laws (on the 
books in 20 states, mostly southern 
ones) has largely been lost sight of — 
the issue of the relative power relation- 
ship between labor and management. 

The authors of an article in a person- 
nel management journal back during 
the 1960s put it bluntly: "The real issue 
in the right-to-work battle is collective 
bargaining power," they wrote. 
"Amidst all the conflicting arguments 
is the hidden, basic issue of union 
security and its ultimate relationship to 
collective bargaining power. 

"This is the bread-and-butter issue 
that separates labor and management, 
namely union strength/' Seldom has it 
been said so clearly. 

THE BASIC facts about right-to- 
work laws have been well documented 
and publicized in the labor movement, 
but that basic issue of union power 
seems to get lost in the shuffle. 

Among the things that are usually 
said about right-to-work laws — and all 
unionists should hear them — are the 

• The label "right to work" is fraud- 
ulent. Right-to-work laws never have 
and never will guarantee anyone the 
right to work at a job. The name is a 
coverup, an attempt to confuse workers 
and the public about the real purpose. 

• From the beginning, business, or 
corporate, interests have been behind 
the campaign to pass right-to-work leg- 
islation in the states. (If they thought 
they could get a national right-to-work 
law passed, they would try that too.) 
That campaign was never, as claimed, 
a "workers' movement to win the free- 
dom from being coerced into joining 
unions." The right-to- work drive was 
always conceived, planned, and fi- 
nanced by employer interests. 

• Far from gaining from open shop 
laws, workers in right-to-work states 
suffer greatly. In 1981, average hourly 
pay in right-to-work states was $7.31, 
670 per hour under the U.S. average 
and a dollar an hour less than other 
states. That amounts to almost $2,000 
a year difference. 

• Also: The five lowest states in 
terms of per-capita income are right-to- 
work states. Seven out of ten states 
with the lowest average annual pay are 
also right-to-work states. And 16 of 
the 20 right-to-work states had lower 
per-capita incomes than the national 
average in 1981. 

from negotiating union security clauses 
(called "union shop" clauses) providing 
that all employees covered by the con- 
tract must be members of the union. 

But under the Taft-Hartley Act — the 
same act that allows states to pass open 
shop laws — unions must provide the 
same benefits and services to nonmem- 
bers as they do to members. 

That combination of state and federal 
law makes possible the existence of a 
permanent division in the workforce — 
between union and non-union employ- 
ees — in states with right-to- work laws. 
And where workers are divided, em- 
ployers conquer. 

Is it fair? No. Unions are the only 
type of organization in the country that 
are forced to provide services for every- 
one regardless of payment of dues. And 
it's no more undemocratic for all em- 
ployees in a workplace to pay union 
dues than are the laws requiring all 
citizens to pay taxes. 

As Idaho Gov. John Evans (D.) said 
when he vetoed a right-to-work law 
passed by his state's legislature in 1982, 
"Rather than conferring any rights, the 
law would take away an already existing 
right — the right of labor and manage- 
ment to negotiate and agree upon union 
security clause in a labor contract 
achieved through an established collec- 
tive bargaining process." 

APRIL, 1984 



Union representatives recently appeared before 
the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on 
Labor-Management Relations to charge that the 
Labor Department is not properly enforcing 
reporting and disclosure laws against employers 
who wage anti-union campaigns. Witnesses 
claimed that the Department is only enforcing 
selective provisions of the Landrum-Griffin Act. 

Union witnesses reported unsuccessful attempts 
to get Federal officials to require employers' 
consultants to file reports, which they are required 
to do. The witnesses pointed out that this is in 
sharp contrast to the Department's stepped-up 
enforcement practices against unions. As a result, 
they stated, employers have access to union 
information on file while unions do not have access 
to comparable information from employers. 


A pilot training program designed by the U.S. 
Department of Labor to assist state governments in 
dealing with the problems of plant closings and the 
reemployment of dislocated workers will be tested 
in Ohio, Illinois, and Arizona, Secretary of Labor 
Raymond J. Donovan has announced. 

"This pilot project is an effort to show state 
officials how labor, management, and government 
can work together to help workers whose lives have 
been disrupted to again become productive 
members of society," said Donovan. 

A key objective of the training is to make state 
employees aware of how local and in-plant labor- 
management committees and the techniques of 
labor-management cooperation can assist them in 
responding to plant closings and the needs of 
workers who have lost their jobs. Among the topics 
to be covered in the training sessions are a review 
of the economic situation in the area, alternatives to 
plant closings, the role of labor-management 
outplacement committees, assistance available from 
state and Federal sources, the Canadian response 
to plant closing situations, and a role playing 
exercise concerned with plant closings. 

In related news, Lynn R. Williams, temporary 
acting president of the United Steelworkers of 
America, recently testified on behalf of the Industrial 
Union Department (AFL-CIO) in favor of H.R. 2847, 
the National Employment Priorities Act, also known 
as the "plant closure bill." Williams has seen 1,143 
Steelworkers local charters terminated because of 
plant closings between 1979 and 1983, throwing 
109,000 people out of work. Williams' testimony will 
focus on the impact of plant closings on 
communities, workers and on America's industrial 


Last November the House passed amendments 
to the Social Security Act designed to encourage 
state efforts to enforce child-support orders. 
Twenty-three states currently have some method 
for collecting child-support payments without 
returning to court — most popular of which is 
automatic wage withholding, usually after a period 
of delinquency. The Social Security Act 
amendments would require automatic wage 
deductions after a 30-day delinquency period in all 
states receiving federal funds. (As we go to press, 
the Senate Finance Committee is expected to mark 
up this bill within the next few days.) 


Members of the U.S. Senate have agreed to 
eliminate subsidies for the government's 22 
exclusive dining rooms, including the Senate dining 
room and the White House mess. 

The decision, an amendment to the merit pay 
reform bill, will mean sharply higher prices at many 
of these dining rooms, including the defense 
secretary's dining room at the Pentagon. In fiscal 
1981, it cost $453,000 to operate the facility, while 
revenues were only $108,000. Taxpayers 
subsidized the rest. 

Amendment sponsor Sen. William Proxmire (D- 
Wis.) said, "Those fortunate enough to eat in these 
restaurants can afford to pay for their meals." 
According to Proxmire, the taxpayers paid $2.4 
million to operate the fancy dining rooms in fiscal 
1981 while those who dined paid only $500,000. 

"Congress has already cut the cost of food 
programs that serve the poor," Proxmire said, 
urging his colleagues to "apply the same standard 
to the high and mighty as we do to the down and 
out when we try to cut spending." 


The OSHA/Environmental Network's executive 
committee has approved a new "Toxics Watch" ini- 
tiative for 1984. The program will involve local envi- 
ronmental, civic, and labor groups in a coordinated 
effort to bring widespread toxic pollution under con- 
trol through citizen action. The program will include 
a clearing-house for reporting toxic pollution inci- 
dents and tracking control efforts, monitoring state 
and federal enforcement activities, exchange of 
technical information and coordinated legislative ac- 



Job Rights, Job Creation Are Major 
Goals of Mondale '84 Program 

by Al Goodfader 

"One of the real issues in 1984 is 
whether we're going to restore a nation 
in which people have the right in fact — 
the unintimidated right — to participate 
in the fullest sense of the word under 
the rights and provisions of the National 
Labor Relations Act ... I stand strongly 
for independent, effective unions." 

With those words, Walter F. Mondale 
reaffirmed his consistent belief in the 
right of American working people to 
meet their employers fairly across the 
bargaining table and to have a voice in 
deciding the conditions under which 
they work. His commitment to free 
collective bargaining and to the goals 
of social and economic progress for 
which the trade union movement works 
has never wavered during his long and 
well-documented career in public life. 

It stems from a lifelong conviction 
that a decent, productive job for all 
who want to work, and a fair share of 
the fruits of their labor, are basic ele- 
ments of American prosperity, and that 
our federal government must reassert 
its central role in the just stewardship 
of labor-management affairs. 

From his entry on the national scene 
as a U.S. senator in 1965, Mondale has 
fought for fair play in the enactment 
and enforcement of federal labor-man- 
agement law. At the same time, he has 
supported programs to bring our na- 
tional goal of full employment closer to 


In the Senate, Mondale stood at the 
side of workers on repeal of Section 
14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act which 
permits states to negate federal guar- 
antees of the right to" organize; on end- 
ing of the bracero program which ex- 
ploited foreign migrant farm workers; 
on strengthening of federal OSH A pro- 
grams; and on the preservation of union 
rights to participate in the political proc- 

Mondale never failed to defend re- 
sponsible trade unionism from ever- 
increasing attacks by radical anti-union 
forces seeking to strip workers of their 
union rights. He helped to beat back a 
series of assaults on the Davis-Bacon 
Act, which now is being undermined 
by the Reagan Administration. He op- 
posed repeated attempts, fostered by 
the National Right-to-Work Commit- 
tee, to cripple union voter registration 

Walter Mondale has led an active public life for more than two decades. At left above, 
he talks to a garment worker in a New York clothing factory . At upper right, construc- 
tion workers describe the problems of their job. Mondale has also been a leader on the 
international scene. Above left, with the late Anwar Sadat; above right, with Menachem 
Begin . 

and political education activities. And 
he was on labor's side in efforts to 
reform the Hatch Act, which restricts 
political activities by federal employ- 

Through the years, Mondale has 
demonstrated his conviction that the 
federal government has a responsibility 
to foster job training and job-creation 
programs as a means of moving toward 
full employment. He joined with labor 
in support of a wide range of measures 
to create, strengthen and maintain fed- 
eral jobs and job-training programs; to 
aid victims of technological change, of 
recession-induced unemployment, of 
discrimination; and to overcome other 
roadblocks to gainful employment. 

He continues to show a practical 
understanding of the role of labor unions 
in American society. Speaking at the 
1983 AFL-CIO convention, Mondale 
declared that, as president, "I'd enforce 
workers' rights and fight for the adop- 
tion of the Labor Law Reform Act." 

His public statements hammer at the 
theme that working people have a right 
to participate, through their unions, in 
the rebuilding of a strong American 
economy and fair social climate — that 

organized labor is, in his words, "a 
legitimate, proper, and necessary part 
of a healthy America." He makes it 
clear that he intends to end the use of 
federal agencies as union busters, which 
has become routine practice in the Rea- 
gan Administration. 

"When (the Reagan) Administration 
says what our country needs is a union- 
free nation, I tell them what we need 
is a nation of free unions," Mondale 


The AFL-CIO's endorsement of Wal- 
ter F. Mondale's presidential candi- 
dacy, which was based on consideration 
of a wide variety of issues and grass- 
roots consultations among union mem- 
bers, reflects the conviction that work- 
ing people must be involved directly 
and continually in the election campaign 
from its beginning. 

It also allies the trade union move- 
ment with a program and effective na- 
tional leader in a drive to return Amer- 
ican government to its proper role of 
promoting the well-being of all Ameri- 

APRIL, 1984 


President Campbell Visits 
Puerto Rico Council, Calls 
For Greater Job Opportunity 

General President Patrick Campbell re- 
cently spent five days in Puerto Rico talking 
to members, government officials, and union 
contractors about an organizing and job- 
development program for the island. 

During a presentation to officers of the 
locals and council. Campbell discussed the 
apprenticeship and training department's 
PETS program, and told attendants that if 
they wanted to '"do a job" on the island, he 
would support them in every way possible. 
Campbell also proposed exploring the spon- 
soring of some low-cost housing on the 

Campbell also met with two union con- 
tractors. Angel DelValle, owner of Rodri- 
guez and DelValle Construction Co.. and Jr. 
Vizcarrondo. manager of Metropolitan 
Builders, to discuss training programs for 
carpenters and low-cost housing projects. 
Both contractors expressed appreciation for 
the general president's interest. 

El Presidente General Campbell visito 
Puerto Rico recientemente y converso con 
miembros. oficiales del gobierno, y contra- 
tistas sindicalizados acerca de un programa 
de organizacion y desarrollo de oportuni- 
dades de trabajo para la lsla. 

Durante una presentacion a los oficiales 
del Consejo del Distrito y las Uniones Lo- 
cales, Campbell discutio el programa de 
entrenamiento de aprendices (PET) y in- 
formo a los participantes que si querian 
"realizar un trabajo" en la isla. el les darfa 
todo el apoyo necesario. Campbell tambien 
propuso explorar las posibilidades de pa- 
tronizar viviendas de bajo costo en la Isla. 

Campbell tambien se reunio con dos con- 
tratistas sindicalizados. Angel Del Valle. 
duefto de Rodriguez y Del Valle Cia. Con- 
structora y Jr. Vizcarrondo. Gerente de la 
Cia. Desarrollo Constructora para conversar 
acerca de programas de entrenamiento para 
carpinteros en proyectos de vivienda de bajo 
costo. Ambos contratistas expresaron su 
aprecio al Presidente por su interes. 

General President Patrick J. Campbell speaks to members during his presentation meet- 
ing on his recent trip to Puerto Rico. Brother Al Rodriguez, right, translates. 

El Presidente General, Patrick J. Campbell, conversa con los miembros durante su 
reciente viaje a Puerto Rico. El Hermano Al Rodriguez traduce a la derecha. 

El Presidente Campbell Visita Puerto Rico y 

Hace Llamado Para Mayores Oportunidades de Trabajo 

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Puerto Rico District Council Director 
Manuel Colon speaks to members. 

El Presidente del Consejo del Distrito de 
Puerto Rico se dirige a los miembros. 

Campbell poses with Cirino Boria and 
Cristino Anaya, members of Local 1967, 
oldest PR local. 

El Presidente Campbell posa con Cirino 
Boria y Cristino Anaya ambos miembros 
del Local 1967 el mas aniiguo de Puerto 

Financial Secretary Rafael de Jesus addresses members at the presentation meeting. 

Rafael de Jesus, Secretario Financiero, se dirige a los miembros durante la reunion de 





A view of the United Brotherhood building 
in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Vista del edificio de la Fraternidad en San 
Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Below left. General President Campbell, Director of Organizing Parker, and Puerto Rico District Council Director 
Colon meet with Labor Secretary of Puerto Rico Hector Hernandez Soto. Below right, members of the press meet with 
General President Campbell and Director of Organizing James Parker. 

Abajo a mano izquierda el Presidenle General Campbell, el Director de Organization Parker y el Presidenle del 
Consejo de Distrito Colon se reunen con el Secretario del trabajo en Puerto Rico. Hector Hernandez Soto. A mano 
derecha miembros de la prensa se reunen con el Presidenle Campbell y con el Director de Organizacion James 

Retiree Clubs Chartered 
At Many UBC Local Unions 

The United Brotherhood's Retirees Club continues to 
grow, with a total of 18 charters issued by the General 
Secretary's office by mid March. 

The first to be chartered was a retirees' group in Roseville, 
Calif., followed by one in Kansas City, Mo., and another 
in Visalia, Calif. 

The complete charter list to date is as follows: 
Charter Number, City 


Roseville, California 


Fort Lauderdale, Florida 


Kansas City, Missouri 


Rock Island, Illinois 


Visalia, California 


Dallas, Texas 


Las Vegas. Nevada 


Salinas, California 


Bloomington, Illinois 


Detroit, Michigan 


Vista, California 


Chattanooga, Tennessee 


Elizabeth, New Jersey 


Scranton, Pennsylvania 


Fresno, California 


Everett, Washington 


Akron, Ohio 


Youngstown, Ohio 

General President Patrick J. Campbell is urging every 
fulltime UBC officer and every local elected officer to "do 
your utmost to help create a UBC Retirees Club in your 
city or town." 

"These local clubs will respond to the needs of the 
growing numbers of our retired brothers and sisters," 
President Campbell said. "The local UBC Retirees Club 
will provide them with a voluntary organization designed 
to perform many functions: recreation and social contacts, 
community activities, and legislative and political education 

The UBC has close to 70,000 retired members who are 
eligible for membership in the Retirees Club. 

A packet of information on how to establish local retiree 
clubs has been sent to all local unions and councils. The 
packet contains a charter application, a copy of the club 
constitution and by-laws, a sample membership card, a 
poster, and leaflets and brochures explaining the club 
program. For further information, retirees may contact 
local officers or General Secretary John S. Rogers. United 
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 101 
Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. 

Boycott Bumper Sticker 

Please... DON'T BUY 






A bright red-and-white bumper sticker urging consumers not to 
buy Louisiana-Pacific wood products has been printed and dis- 
tributed to eveiy local union of the United Brotherhood, in 
support of the Louisiana-Pacific boycott. (See Page 6 for a 
report on the L-P campaign.) 

CLIC's Bumper Sticker 




A green and white bumper sticker distributed to all local 
unions by the Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee 
proclaims to the general public that "Carpenters for Mandate 
Means Jobs." CLIC urges all UBC members to display the 
sticker on their automobiles. 

APRIL, 1984 



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Portsmouth, N.H. Navy Yard, one of the most active yards on the East Coast. 

One Local's Fight 
For a Safe Shipyard 


Shipyards can be hazardous places to 
work. One out of every eight shipyard 
workers lost time due to an injury in 
1981, each losing an average of almost 
20 days. Chemical hazards are every- 
where — from asbestos lagging (thermal 
insulation) and wood dust, to paints, 
rubber manufacturing compounds, and 
welding fumes. Workers must enter con- 
fined spaces that have high hazard po- 
tentials. Nuclear-powered ships present 
radiation hazards. Safety hazards run 
the gamut from electrical dangers to falls 
from scaffolds and staging. The following 
story describes the efforts of one UBC 
local union fighting for a safer shipyard. 
Hopefully, other locals can learn from 
their experience. 

Local 3073 of Portsmouth, N.H., be- 
came very interested in safety and health 
issues in August, 1982. One member, 
Steve Perry, was working in the reactor 
compartment of one of the submarines. 
He kept noticing a white fibrous ma- 
terial covering his clothing. After an 
investigation, it was found to be asbes- 

tos. Steve made several attempts to get 
shipyard management to correct the 
conditions but was told "I remember 
when we used to roll around in this 
stuff" and "asbestos won't hurt any- 
one, what are you complaining about?" 
Not satisfied with answers like these 
he became a shop steward and joined 
other stewards in Local 3073 and other 
locals in the yard to fight for a safer 

The more these stewards looked into 
the facts surrounding the Navy's as- 
bestos program the more concerned 
they became. They found that the Navy 
was not complying with two specific 
provisions of the OSHA standards. The 
two provisions gave employees access 
to their chemical exposure records, and 
required medical examinations for all 
employees exposed to asbestos above 
a certain trigger level of exposure. The 
Navy's adamant refusal to provide ac- 
cess to, or to maintain, exposure rec- 
ords led to the concerted efforts of 
Local 3073 and several other local 

It wasn't easy to obtain the Navy 
Department's cooperation, but with a 
lot of hard work and perseverance, it 
was accomplished. The results of a 
letter writing campaign to the shipyard, 
to OSHA, and to the Congressional 
delegations of Maine. New Hampshire, 
and Massachusetts were a Congres- 
sional hearing held on April 18, 1983 to 
investigate the asbestos issue and an 
OSHA inspection of the facility. (See 
Carpenter magazine, May, 1983.) The 
hearings found the Navy remiss in its 
handling of these serious safety and 
health issues. The Navy agreed to com- 
ply with OSHA's medical examination 
provision the Friday before the Con- 
gressional hearing. 

This pressure forced the Navy to 
upgrade its health and safety facilities 
with total impact on approximately 
321,000 employees. All of this because 
one member felt that he should not 
have to suffer an exposure to a known 
health hazard. 

One weapon the local used to its 
advantage was the media. The navy 
shipyard at Portsmouth is the largest 
employer in the area, with over 9,000 
workers. As a result, the local media 
are very interested in events at the 

The Navy yard on the other hand 
hates adverse publicity. Information 
leaked to the press hit the newspapers, 
built public support, and attracted at- 
tention of local Congressional repre- 
sentatives and Senators. This had an 
important effect on getting the Navy to 
provide a safer workplace. 

Hazard pay, compensation for doing 
hazardous work, is often a way to avoid 
cleaning up the workplace and encour- 
ages workers to take risks that they 
shouldn't have to accept. But in a large 
workplace like the shipyard, hazard pay 
can mean large sums of money. There 
has been a constant battle between the 
shipyard safety office, whose only job 
at times seems to be to fight hazard pay 

Local 3073 of the United Brother- 
hood of Carpenters and Joiners of 
America was chartered on October 6, 
1954, and is affiliated with the Ports- 
mouth, N. H., Federal Employees 
Metal Trades Council at the Ports- 
mouth Naval Shipyard. The executive 
board consists of: Richard Verville, 
president; Michael Chasse, vice pres- 
ident; Stephen Perry, recording sec- 
retary; Jim Pettis, secretary-treas- 
urer; Richard Heon, treasurer. The 
local's hard-working stewards are 
Richard Heon, chief steward; Robert 
Burleigh and Charles Ireland, shop 
stewards; and Stephen Perry, ship- 
yard-wide chief steward for the Metal 
Trades Council. 



awards, and the Council. Over the past 
year, though, with information and help 
from the International, Local 3073 has 
won major arbitration cases awarding 
thousands of dollars in back hazard pay 
due to asbestos exposures at the yard. 
The large cost of these awards has 
forced the shipyard to keep a tighter 
reign over toxic exposures. 

The asbestos case was only the be- 
ginning of Local 3073's involvement in 
safety and health issues on the shipyard. 
Steve Perry, the chairman of the Metal 
Trades Council's Safety and Health 
Committee is a member of Local 3073. 
It had come to the attention of this 
committee that there might be a serious 
health problem during an operation 
known as "hot-ops." This operation 
involves heating some systems of the 
submarines and results in irritation of 
the eyes, nose, and throat of some 
employees. The Council requested a 
NIOSH (National Institute of Occupa- 
tional Safety and Health) investigation 
of the process. The Navy resisted this 
intervention but, with the assistance of 
Joe Durst Jr., director of safety and 
health for the Brotherhood, and Scott 
Schneider, industrial hygienist, also with 
the safety and health department, and 
the help of Senator George Mitchell 
(D-Maine), the Navy ultimately capit- 
ulated. Preliminary results have shown 
three times the legal limits of a chemical 
known as acrolein as well as the pres- 
ence of formaldehyde, the carcinogen 
that the Brotherhood and the other 
unions have been attempting to move 
OSHA to regulate. 

In January, 1983, a potential problem 
was identified by the union: this being 
exposure to the chemical, 2-xhoxy- 
ethanol. This chemical had been re- 
ported to be associated with many se- 
rious health problems and the safety 
and health committee recommended that 
it not be used in the manner that it was 
being used. The Navy refused to correct 
the problem even after several com- 
plaints were made about it. Ultimately 
an employee was overcome by this 
chemical. This has led to another OSHA 

OSHA recently issued a pocket-size hand- 
book listing health and safety standards in 
the shipyard industry. (It is identified as 
OSHA 2268, Revised, September 1983) 

investigation and to the shipyard stop- 
ping the unsupervised use of this ma- 
terial. Another example of the Navy 
refusing to recognize a hazard until 
there is a catastrophe. 

The success of the Metal Trades 
Council's Safety and Health Committee 
has led to the formation of a safety and 
health committee for Local 3073. The 
purpose of this committee is to monitor 
more closely the safety and health is- 
sues that effect the members of the 
committee's local. Some of the issues 
that have already been addressed are 
exposure to wood dust and exposure 
to different chemicals associated with 
epoxy systems, as well as chemicals 
that are present in various rubber op- 
erations that come under the UBC's 
jurisdictional area in the shipyard. 

One of the most important reasons 
for our success was the hard work and 
dedication of a few stewards. They did 
their homework, studied the OSHA 
law, learned about the hazards and toxic 
chemicals in the shipyard, and trans- 
lated that knowledge into action. When 
the shipyard told them something was 
safe and they knew differently, the local 
could speak out and win since it was 
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The Portsmouth 
Yard, established 
more than a cen- 
tury ago, has a 
long history of war- 
time and peacetime 
service. Local 3073 
has been represent- 
ing the yard's car- 
penters and other 
craftsmen since 

Whats in 
this stuff? 

OSHA's New Hazard 
Communication Standard 

Exposure to toxic chemicals is an in- 
creasing problem in the workplace. An 
estimated 575,000 chemicals are cur- 
rently being used, with hundreds more 
added each year. UBC members are 
exposed to glues and resins, paints, for- 
maldehyde, asbestos, welding fumes and 
gases, solvents and degreasers, fiber- 
glass, and caustic acids among others. 
Most often workers are not aware of 
which chemicals they are using or how 
toxic they might be. 

To address this problem in 1981, OSHA 
issued a chemical labeling or "hazard 
communication standard. ' ' This was later 
revised by the Reagan Administration, 
and a less costly version issued in No- 
vember 1983. Though construction work- 
ers have many chemical exposures, the 
new standard (1910.1200) applies only to 
manufacturing plants (SIC codes 20-39). 

The standard requires those employers 
to label each container in the workplace 
with the contents (chemicals it contains) 
and appropriate warnings. They must 
keep material safety data sheets (MSDS) 
with detailed information on each chem- 
ical being used and give workers ready 
access to them. A chemical hazard. train- 
ing program must exist for all employees. 
And employers must develop a written 
hazard communication program. 

Employers are given broad latitude in 
how to comply with the standard. For 
example, if many containers have the 
same mixture in one area, batch tickets, 
signs, or placards can be substituted for 
labels. The standard also contains broad 
"trade secret" protections. If an em- 
ployer demonstrates the chemical iden- 
tity is a "trade secret," the identity can 
be withheld from the workers and re- 
vealed only to other health professionals 
who need the information and will swear 
to secrecy. 

But don't look for these labels yet. 
This standard won't go into effect until 
November. 1985, for chemical manufac- 
turers and distributors and May, 1986, 
for all other employers. 

Many states and localities have not 
waited for the federal government to act. 
They have passed their own state or local 
"right-to-know" laws, usually with la- 
bor's strong support. These laws are 
more specific and detailed than the fed- 
eral standard and cover more industries. 

One of the nation's toughest standards 
recently became law in New Jersey (Au- 
gust 29, 1983) and another was recently 
passed in Illinois (September 9, 1983). 

OSHA claims the federal law will pre- 
empt the state and local laws, but the 
AFL-CIO has filed a lawsuit against OSHA 
to block pre-emption. The courts will be 
discussing this issue during the coming 

APRIL, 1984 




Controlling Noise Hazards on the Job 

Is youi job noisy? Most UBC mem- 
bers would answer yes to that question. 
In sawmills, wood products plants, and 
on construction sites, noise is a serious 
problem. Unlike safety hazards, noise 
doesn't usually cause immediate harm. 
But gradually, after years of exposure, 
you realize you don't hear as well as 
you used to. Or you feel fatigued after 
work, have problems relaxing or sleep- 
ing at night, develop high blood pres- 
sure. These are other signs of the body's 
reaction to high noise levels. The ear- 
liest sign is a "temporary threshold 
shift" — a temporary hearing loss that 
occurs after high noise exposure. 
You find yourself turning the TV up 
or starting your car in the morning 
to find the radio blaring. You realize 
you don't hear as well after work as 
you do the next morning. This is the 
first danger sign. 

How Much Noise is Dangerous? 

Noise levels are measured in units 
called decibels; for comparison, nor- 
mal conversation is about 70 dBA. 
As noise levels get more intense, 
their decibel level rises — but on a 
logarithmic scale. For example, 80 
dBA is actually 10 times more in- 
tense than 70 dBA. A general rule 
of thumb when comparing noise lev- 
els: increasing 3 dB will double the 
intensity. Consequently, reducing 
noise levels by even a few decibels 
can make a dramatic difference in 
the effects the noise has on your 
ears and body. (See May 1982 Car- 
penter for more information). 

OSHA allows an exposure of up 
to 90 decibels (dBA) for an 8 hour 

Exposures to even higher levels 
are permitted for shorter time pe- 
riods (see table). 



Exposure (dBA) 





. 9<i 


. .100 







OSHA also allows exposures of up 
to 140 dBA for impact noise or noise 
of short duration (less than 1 second). 
The "threshold of pain" is at 135 dBA 
when the noise is so intense as to be 

Noise exposures on construction sites 
or in industrial plants can be very high, 
even if you are moving around on the 
site or plant. There are many machines 
and operations that generate high noise 
levels as is shown on the list below. 
These exposures represent a serious 

threat to UBC's workers' health and 

The following are examples of ma- 
chinery that commonly exceed 90 dBA: 

Noise Level 

dilation of 
the pupil 

secretion of 





of adrenalin 

secretion of 




movements of 

V the stomach 

and intestines 

—■ muscle reaction 

constriction of the 
blood vessels 


pile driver 
coarse grinding 

pneumatic hammer- 
punch press 
power saw 



circular grinder 

circular saw 

spray painting 



cutoff saw 

mobile cranes 

portable electric 



pneumatic diesel air 

106-127 dBA 

115 dBA 

105-115 dBA 

103-115 dBA 

101-114 dBA 

1 12 dBA 

1 10 dBA 

100-1 10 dBA 

90-1 10 dBA 

102-108 dBA 

102-106 dBA 

105 dBA 

96-104 dBA 

95-100 dBA 

95-100 dBA 

78- 98 dBA 

90- 97 dBA 
85- 95 dBA 

90 dBA 

In addition to causing hearing loss by destroying 
the inner ear, noise apparently can put stress on 
other parts of the body by causing reactions such 
as those shown. Source: OSHA Noise Control 
Guide for Workers and Employers. 

Even following the OSHA stand- 
ard for noise, however, may not 
protect you from these problems. At 
the current OSHA allowable noise 
level (90 dB, decibels, for an 8-hour 
day), up to 20% of workers exposed 
may lose their hearing. 

Attempts to lower the allowable 
noise level have been unsuccessful. 
However, OSHA, after several years 
of discussion and revisions, on March 
8, 1983, finally published a Hearing 
Conservation Amendment to the 
noise standard. This amendment went 
into effect on April 7, 1983. The 
purpose of the amendment is to pro- 
tect those workers exposed to high 
noise level from hearing loss by 
requiring monitoring of noise levels, 
the use of hearing protection, fre- 
quent hearing tests, and training of 
workers exposed to high noise levels 
on the hazards of noise and hearing 
protection. This amendment affects 
all workplaces where noise levels 
are above 85 dB to average over an 
8-hour day. However, this amend- 
ment does not apply to construction 

This material has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. U.S. Department of Labor, under grant number 
E9F3D176. These materials do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations 
imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 



In December, 1983, OSHA, because 
of court rulings allowing the use of 
hearing protection instead of requiring 
engineering controls (quieter machin- 
ery), told its inspectors not to cite 
employers for violations of the engi- 
neering control requirement of the noise 
standard if workers were wearing hear- 
ing protection- and exposures were un- 
der 100 dBA and the company had an 
effective hearing conservation pro- 
gram. Thus by an administrative act, 
OSHA has, in effect, raised the allow- 
able exposure limit in the work area 10 
times from 90-100 dBA if workers are 
wearing earplugs or muffs that reduce 
their actual exposure to below 90 dBA. 


A recent NIOSH study of hearing 
protectors showed that those which 
are supposed to give the most pro- 
tection in actual work situations gave 
the least. Most workers were getting 
less than half the protection they were 
supposed to get. These were the re- 

Laboratory Workplace 


earplugs 29 dB reduction 7 dB 

Acoustical wool 

earplugs 26 dB 10 dB 


earplugs 20 dB 14 dB 

Acoustical foam 

earplugs 36 dB 20 dB 

Custom-molded earplugs' perform- 
ance in the workplace came closest 
to the performance expected from lab 

Earplugs that provided good pro- 
tection in the lab did not work in the 
workplace because often the wrong 
size plug was wom or it was not being 
worn properly. 

How Can Noise Be Controlled? 

Noise exposure can be controlled. 
Regardless of what the noise problems 
are in your workplace, technology ex- 
ists to reduce the hazard. It may be 
possible to: 

— Design a quieter machine or use 
quieter work processes. 

— Alter or enclose equipment to re- 
duce noise at its source. 

— Use sound-absorbing materials to 
prevent the spread of noise by isolating 
the source. 

In the field of noise control, where 
there's a will, there's a way. Employers 
should further reduce worker exposure 
by job rotation on longer breaks before 
resorting to earplugs or muffs. 

Continued on Page 38 




sound level dB (A) 


Sound levels are measured in units of decibels (dB). If sound is intensified by 10 dB, it 
seems to the ears approximately as if the sound intensity has doubled. In measuring 
sound levels, instruments are used which resemble the human ear in sensitivity to noise 
composed of varying frequencies. The instruments measure the "A weighted sound 
level" in units called dB(A). As the diagram above indicates, pain begins at 125 dB(A)s. 

Sound from vibrating plates is called resonance. Resonance can be suppressed or 
prevented by damping the plate. (See example below.) It may often be sufficient to damp 
only part of the surface, and, in some rare cases, damping of a single point is effective. 


An automatic tooth culler for cir- 
cular saw blades produces intense 
resonance sound. 

Control measure 

A urethane rubber coaling clamped 
to the saw blade damps the 


APRIL, 1984 



. . . those members of our Brotherhood who, in recent weeks, have been named 
or elected to public offices, have won awards, or who have, in other ways "stood 
out from the crowd." This month, our editorial hat is off to the following: 


Special thanks to the Carpenters was the 
message of this award presented to James 
Viggiano. New York City District Council 
of Carpenters vice president. Louis L. 
Levine. right, former industrial commis- 
sioner of New York State, presented the 
award. Thomas Theobald, center, is 1983 
campaign chairman for the United Wav of 
New York City. 

The New York District Council developed 
a unique giving program because Carpenters, 
unlike most corporate employees, are work- 
ing at various job sites and are inaccessible 
to traditional United Way campaigns. Con- 
tributions from the NYC Carpenters 
amounted to $150,306 in 1981, and $153,662 
for the 1982 United Way of New York City 
campaign. Currently, contributions equal Wit 
for every hour a carpenter works on the job. 

"When the District Council of Carpenters 
donates to the United Way." said Viggiano, 
"an individual contribution is really made 
by each of our 30,000 members. When the 
District Council goes out to raise funds for 
United Way, these contributions come from 
the employers and affiliates of our industry 
who make our livelihood possible." 

Joseph Fater, managing director of the 
Building Contractors Association, Inc., was 
cited for his organization's cooperation in 
this unique campaign endeavor. 

First Sergeant Joseph Cope, U.S. Ma- 
rine Corps Reserve, is shown, above right, 
receiving a certificate of retirement from 
Colonel Vincent Spinella. Cope, a 25-year 
member of Local 257, New York, N.Y., 
has 28 years of Marine Corps Reserve 
service — the maximum number of years al- 
lowed his rank. Cope is a foreman for 
Nastasi White, Inc., on the Brooklyn Hos- 
pital Complex, a Turner Construction proj- 
ect. His last Marine Corps tour of duty 
was to every major city in the U.S. to 
instruct on chemical warfare. 


Local 1588, Cape Breton Island, Sydney, 
N.S., recently presented its annual schol- 
arship awards. Recipients are pictured 
above, front row, from left: Gerard 
Cooper, Clara Macintosh, Lisa Marsh, 
and Barry Jones, with Business Rep Law- 
rence Shebib. In the back row are the 
fathers of the recipients, from left: Wayne 
Cooper, Chester Macintosh, John Marsh, 
and Arthur Burns. 

Union Scholarships Guide Published 

A 1984 guide to union-sponsored schol- 
arships, student financial aid. and awards 
has been published by the AFL-CIO Dept. 
of Education. The 88-page guide lists more 
than 2.000 scholarships worth $2.5 million, 
including some individual scholarships that 
range up to $10,000. 

Although most scholarships are reserved 
for union members and their families, some 
are available to the general public. 

Single copies are available to AFL-CIO 
union members without charge. For all oth- 

ers, the cost of the guide is $3. Orders are 
being handled by the AFL-CIO Dept. of 
Education, 815 16th St., N.W., Washington, 
D.C. 20006. 

Editor's Note: The United Brotherhood 
does not sponsor scholarships itself. Some 
of its local unions and councils do, however. 
Your local union office can tell you whether 
or not the local or council has such a 

U.S. Savings Bonds 
Offer Higher Returns 

Dear UBC Member: 

The United States Savings Bonds Pro- 
gram has long had the support of this 
union, and all organized labor. That's be- 
cause Savings Bonds help protect working 
men and women and their families from 
financial hardship while also strengthening 
the nation's economy. 

Always a good deal in the past, Savings 
Bonds are now better than ever thanks to 
market-based interest. This interest for- 
mula gives bonds the flexibility to keep 
pace with market rates, no matter how 
high they may go. If rates plummet, bonds 
have the added protection of a guaranteed 
minimum return of 7.5%. All bonds held at 
least five years are eligible for this variable 
rate, including old Series E and EE Bonds 
and Savings Notes. 

Savings Bonds can be purchased at 
banks or through the popular payroll sav- 
ings plan. The plan provides an easy, con- 
venient, systematic method of accumulat- 
ing financial reserves. You decide how 
much to set aside from each paycheck to 
buy bonds, and when the purchase price is 
met, the bond is issued. 

Every bond you buy helps build a more 
secure future for you and for America, 
too. Bond sales help reduce the Treasury's 
need to borrow in the open market, mak- 
ing more funds available for business ex- 
pansion and modernization, which creates 
new jobs. 

Bonds are also guaranteed safe. If they 
are lost, stolen or destroyed, they are re- 
placed free of charge with no loss of inter- 

The United Brotherhood has been a 
longtime friend and enthusiastic supporter 
of the Savings Bonds Program, and we 
urge you to join us in supporting the pro- 
gram. If you are presently enrolled in the 
payroll savings plan for Savings Bonds, 
consider increasing your rate of saving. If 
you are not enrolled in the plan, think 
about how bonds can help you and your 
family to a more prosperous future, and 
then sign up. 


Patrick J. Campbell 
General President 

John S. Rogers 
General Secretary 

Sorry About That 

In our February issue we somehow got 
our pictures switched on the "We Con- 
gratulate" page. The George Meany Award 
recipient went with the Craftsmanship 
Award explanation, the Craftsman picture 
with the Sportsman of the Year caption, 
and the Sportsman picture with the Scout- 
ing caption. Sorry; we'll go back to start. 





In the federal budget tabled recently by Finance 
Minister Marc Lalonde, public sector wage controls 
will be phased out, with federal price guidelines 
extended in a bid to keep increases to 4% this 
year. Only $150 million will be added to job-creation 
programs despite predictions unemployment will av- 
erage 1 0.9% in 1 984, an anticipated federal elec- 
tion year. 

Also in the budget are changes to strengthen 
private and public pension plans — limits on contri- 
butions to money purchase plans, including retire- 
ment savings plans, will increase to a maximum of 
$10,000 in 1985 and $15,500 in 1988 if no other 
coverage is held; increased protection for home- 
owners against rapid rises in mortgage rates; and 
tax credits to companies that set up employee 
profit-sharing plans. 


As the federal government prepared to phase out 
public sector wage controls, Newfoundland Premier 
Brian Peckford announced a two-year wage freeze 
for Newfoundland's public employees. 

The freeze, which is expected to save the Gov- 
ernment $25-million during the next two years, will 
affect most of Newfoundland's 30,000 public em- 
ployees, including employees of provincial Crown 
corporations and institutions such as hospitals and 

Reportedly, the announcement was made before 
the provincial budget, scheduled for March 20, so 
public employee unions currently in contract negoti- 
ations would know they would be under the freeze 
when their collective agreements expired. 

The public servants' institute responded by con- 
demning the Newfoundland Government's move to 
freeze Government workers' wages for two years. 
Jack Donegani, president of the Professional Insti- 
tute of the Pulbic Service of Canada that represents 
18,500 professional employees in federal and pro- 
vincial public sectors of Canada, said, "Once again 
it is the public servant who is singled out to bear 
the brunt of whatever stringent measures are 
deemed necessary to combat the economic ills af- 
fecting the entire community." 


A group of union construction workers has ac- 
cused the Canadian Construction Association 
(CCA) of trying to "knock the props out from union- 
ized labor" by lobbying to get the federal govern- 
ment to repeal the Fair Wages and Hours Act. 
Close to 50 workers, representing major trades in 
the British Columbia and Yukon Building Trades 
Council, staged a demonstration in February as 
delegates were attending a closed-door session on 
labor relations at the annual CCA winter conven- 

Unionists also oppose the CCA's position that 
employers should have the right to run union or 
non-union shops in order to compete in the market 
place. Says Roy Guatier, president of the building 
trades council, any increase in non-union construc- 
tion "will ring the death knell for quality work in 

Gautier also attacked CCA for undermining 
unionized labor with its "subtle campaign to break 
down collective bargaining." "The CCA, acting as a 
national instrument, is promoting the concept of roll- 
ing back collective agreements." 


Canada's industries are producing more, but the 
employees are making less, recently released Gov- 
ernment figures reveal. During November and De- 
cember of last year, workers in the goods-producing 
industries saw their average weekly earnings de- 
cline to $465.79 from $472.27— before inflation. 

Statistics Canada says that industries are close 
to regaining the ground lost during almost three 
years of recession, but that new trouble spots are 
showing up in the economy. Industrial production 
has declined in several key areas. Production from 
Canada's mines and oil refineries fell for the second 
consecutive month. Production also dipped in the 
chemical and electrical products industry. Output 
also fell in the metal fabricating and primary metal 
industries during December. 

According to forecasters, if this trend continues — 
with demand for producer goods falling off while 
consumer demand remains weak — Canadians will 
be in for a rough time with their economy. 


Tax measures aimed at encouraging Canadian 
businesses to contribute to their employees' pen- 
sion savings are "the last chance" for the private 
sector to avoid a universal Government program, 
Health Minister Monique Begin warned recently. 

Speaking during a budget debate, Minister Begin 
said if employers do not use proposed tax breaks to 
invest in their employees' registered retirement sav- 
ings plans or registered pension accounts, manda- 
tory pension plans will be necessary. 

The proposals give workers under federal juris- 
diction "ideal pension plans," but millions of other 
Canadians will still have inadequate plans or none 
at all. 

APRIL, 1984 


local union news 

1984 UBC Training 
Seminars Scheduled 

A series of four training seminars for 
newly-elected, fulltime business represen- 
tatives or appointed assistant business rep- 
resentatives has been scheduled this year, 
with the first group holding sessions at the 
George Meany Center for Labor Studies this 

In a circular letter, announcing the 1984 
seminars. General President Patrick J. 
Campbell pointed out that the seminars are 
mandated by the UBC Constitution (Section 

"There have been occasions where the 
designated business representative of a local 
union or district council has not been able 
to attend these scheduled seminars due to 
various extenuating problems." Campbell 
noted. "Therefore, in order to afford those 
who have not yet participated in the training 
seminars conducted by this office, we are 
advising that the seminars will be held on 
the following dates at the George Meany 
Center for Labor Studies. 10000 New Hamp- 
shire Ave., Silver Spring, Md.:" 

April 8-13. 1984 
July 6 8-13, 1984 
August 26-31, 1984 
October 14-19, 1984 

Aid for Truman 
Boyhood Home 

Union members volunteering their efforts 
to restore the boyhood home of Harry S. 
Truman in Grandview, Mo., recently re- 
ceived some big financial backing when con- 
tributions from three nationally known per- 
sons materialized. Donating funds were 
former Missouri Senator Stuart Symington, 
former First Lady Ladybird Johnson, and 
former President Jimmy Carter. 

Charles Gates of Kansas City District 
Council said several unions and members 
have offered volunteer help "as things are 
really starting to develop" with the restor- 

CLIC Support 

Money from the Carpenters Legislative 
Improvement Committee went to work in 
Dallas, Tex., recently when N.J. Harde- 
man, a member of Dallas Local 198, pre- 
sented a CLIC check to Texas Congress- 
man Martin Frost. The occasion was an 
appreciation dinner for Congressman 
Frost. John Stewart, Local 198 business 
rep, also attended the dinner — Dallas 
Craftsman photo. 

'Hands' Donation 

Millwrights Local 1548 of the Baltimore, 
Md. . District Council recently collected 
funds for Carpenters Helping Hands, the 
UBC's charitable arm. An average of $5 
per member was collected for a total of 
$765. A check for this amount was turned 
over to First Gen. Vice Pres. Sigurd Luc- 
cassen by Local 1548 Business Agent John 
Schmitz, left. 

Business Furniture 
Firm Signs Pack 

The 260 Globe Business Furniture em- 
ployees at Gallatin, Tenn., recently signed 
a three-year pact with management which 
includes improved wages and benefits. They 
are members of UBC Local 2338, based at 
Hendersonville, Tenn. 

The wage package calls for a 15% increase 
over three years and averages out roughly 
at 5% per year. 

Benefits include increased personal leave 
policies, primarily if there is a death in the 
family when the employee is allowed more 
time off; an increase in the pension plan and 
a clarification of certain job classifications; 
and an increase in sick leave benefits. 

Globe's Industrial Relations Director Rick 
Sitler was quoted by the Gallatin News 
Examiner as saying, "Management is pleased 
with the settlement and the avoiding of a 
strike." (Editor's note: No strike was con- 
sidered by the employees, the majority of 
whom voted to negotiate for the new con- 

Mary Sherman 
Trust Fund Report 

At the UBC Illinois State Convention last 
year, the plight of the wife of Tom Sherman, 
a member of Local 725, Litchfield, 111., was 
brought to the attention of delegates. Mary 
Sherman was in need of a liver transplant, 
and her insurance would not cover the cost 
of the operation. Friends got together and 
formed the Mary Sherman Trust Fund for 
the surgery estimated at around $100,000 

Fund Chairman Bill Seipp, Local 725, 
received donations from all over the state, 
and wishes to convey his sincere thanks to 
all givers. Mary Sherman died last October 
during the surgery — the trust fund is contin- 
uing as a memorial fund to help other area 
people with medical problems not covered 
by insurance. 

Auxiliary's Senior Treat 

A Tulsa nursing home received a much-appreciated visit from 
members of UBC Auxiliary 331; Tulsa, Okla., last Halloween. 
The women delivered, by way of "treats," 80 bags of apples, 
oranges, and bananas. Members of the auxiliary are pictured, 
standing, from left: Judy Morton, chairman. Ways and Means 
Committee; Nellie Ashmore, financial secretary; Stephanie Kuy- 
kendall, recording secretary; and, seated, Kathy Abbot, presi- 

This year, this auxiliary and all other UBC auxiliaries in the 
United States are urged to participate in voter registration and 
political education programs. 



ABC Protest March 

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Leading a march to protest the anti-union 
policies of the Associated Builders and 
Contractors Association is AFL-CIO Pres- 
ident Lane Kirkland. A number of other 
AFL-CIO Executive Council members 
joined the informational picketing by 1 ,200 
demonstrators at a Miami Beach hotel 
where the non-union ABC was meeting. 
The march was organized by the Miami 
Building and Construction Trades Council 
and the South Florida AFL-CIO, and sev- 
eral United Brotherhood leaders partici- 

Local 964 Co-Sponsors 
Handicapped Housing 

The Help Me housing complex as pic- 
tured on an architect's drawing board. 

A 24-unit housing complex for the physi- 
cally handicapped is scheduled to open this 
spring in Rampo, N.Y. It is co-sponsored 
by UBC Local 964 and Help Me., Inc., a 
local organization. 

The Help Me Independent Living Center, 
as the complex is called, has 14 one-bedroom 
and 10 two-bedroom units. There are no 
stairs or curbs in the structure, and the units 
were constructed with wide doorways and 
low, built-in appliances and cabinets. 

The complex was developed for $1.4 mil- 
lion from the U.S. Department of Housing 
and Urban Development's Section 202 pro- 

Saginaw Retiree is 
Convention Honoree 

Jacob Michel is a well-known attendant 
at Michigan State Council conventions. The 
retired carpenter, a member of Local 334, 
Saginaw, Mich., has been the recipient of a 
variety of honors at recent Michigan state 

In 1980 when the convention convened on 
Michel's 82nd birthday, Michel was pre- 
sented with a framed copy of a resolution 
issued by the Michigan Legislature recog- 
nizing September 9 as "Jake Michel Day." 

In 1982 the guest delegate, widely known 
for the wood carvings he has distributed 
freely over the years to convention delegates 
and their spouses, was presented with a 
large woodcarving of a duck — -just like the 
smaller ones he carves. 

Most recently, Second General Vice Pres- 
ident Anthony "Pete" Ochocki presented 
Jake with his 65-year pin; the state council 
presented him with a carved commemorative 
plaque; and Local 334 Business Manager 
Jerry Neumann came up with a copy of the 
85-year-old honoree's original apprentice in- 
denture papers, commencing April 29th, 1916. 

"Said apprentice must faithfully and dil- 
igently work under the instruction of his 
employer during all week days and working 
hours, and shall not knowingly suffer or 
allow any material to be injured or wasted. 

"Should apprentice, through his own vi- 
olation or fault be absent from the service 
of employer, during any working hours while 
in his service, as compensation for any loss 
the said Jacob Michel shall be bound to 
work twice the number of hours he has so 
absented himself after the three-year ap- 
prenticeship has been served. 

"And for such service he shall be paid at 
the same rate he was paid during the last 
year of his apprenticeship. 

"The employer agrees to pay apprentice 
the following sums of money, viz: for the 
first year of his service, not less than 16 
cents per hour; for the second year of his 
service, not less than 22 cents per hour; for 
the third year, not less than 30 cents per 
hour. All payments to be made weekly." 

The agreement bore the Brotherhood seal 
and was signed by Michel, his father George 
Michel, the employer, and the local business 

Veteran retiree Jake Michel, right, re- 
ceives a carved wooden commemorative 
plaque from Second General Vice Presi- 
dent Anthony Ochocki at a recent Michi- 
gan State Council convention banquet. 
Looking on is Banquet Emcee Merle 

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'The Killing Floor' 

... a feature-length dramatic film about 
Chicago Stock Yard workers' efforts to 
build a union, will be broadcast nationwide 
as a special two-hour presentation on 
Tuesday, April 10, at 9:00 p.m. (ET)*. 
"The Killing Floor" is the first production 
in the MADE IN U.S.A. TV series on the 
history of workers in America. 

The Industrial Union Department (AFL- 
CIO) and its affiliates, including the UBC, 
gave major support to the production. 

"The Killing Floor" is based on actual 
characters and events and tells the story 
of Frank Custer, a black sharecropper 
from the South who becomes a union 
organizer during the World War I era. 

The film stars Damien Leake, Emmy 
Award winner Moses Gunn, and Academy 
Award nominee Alfre Woodard. Elsa Rass- 
bach was the executive producer. 

The MADE IN U.S.A. series has been 
seven years in the making. As the October 
1983 AFL-CIO resolution presented by the 
Industrial Union Department states, MADE 
IN U.S.A. is "the first major series on 
labor designed for prime-time program- 
ming" and "one of the most ambitious, 
potentially significant efforts in the field. 

' Check local listings for area broadcast dale and time. 

APRIL, 1984 


More UBC Construction 
Volunteers At Work; Oregon 
C-VOC Enlists Other Unions 


The United Brotherhood's C-VOC pro- 
gram (Construction Volunteer Organizing 
Committees) continues to expand and achieve 

Carpenters of the Coos Bay. North Bend, 
Ore., area have started a C-VOC program 
in Local 1001 as part of the state district 
council's ongoing commitment to Operation 
Turnaround, according to Task Force Rep- 
resentative Marc Furman. 

What makes this C-VOC group unique is 
that the committee is endeavoring to create 
a "Union Support Committee." not just 
from the ranks of the Brotherhood but by 
tapping into the rank-and-file membership 
from all of organized labor. 

The communities of North Bend and Coos 
Bay are located along the southern Oregon 
coast. The local economy is based in timber 
products and shipping exports. The area has 
been extremely hard hit by the practices of 

The group kicked off its "Labor Program 
Night" with the mailing of a notice to all 
bay area labor organizations. 

The purpose of the program is to form a 
group of men and women from all branches 
of organized labor who are interested in 
helping local bay area organizations gain 
more membership and public support. 

The organizers hope through a series of 
"Program Nights", in a social setting to 
show movies of the history of. and reasons 
for, organized labor, to present speakers 
with experience in and knowledge of labor 
unions, to create a social group that can 
discuss and seek solutions to labor problems 
and in any way possible help the local 
organizations with new membership, better 

communications, between themselves and 
the public, and more cooperation between 

While it is important to note that the local 
representative, the state district council or- 
ganizer, and the area Task Force Repre- 
sentative are working with the C-VOC group 
on local organizing activities, the "Union 
Support Committee" is a member-run and 
inspired group of working people seeking 
solutions to workers' problems. 

Former top spy on 
Reagan committee 

Max Hugel, forced to resign under 
fire early in the Reagan administration 
from the post of chief of the CIA's 
clandestine operations will work for 
the Reagan-Bush '84 re-election com- 

The Washington Post reported Feb. 
4 that Hugel is but one of three former 
Reagan appointees forced out by 
growing scandals who will work for 
Reagan's re-election. 

The others are Richard V. Allen, 
who was Reagan's national security 
adviser, and James G. Watt, until 
recently Secretary of Interior. 

Allen is helping write the Republi- 
can Party platform. Watt is to raise 
funds. Hugel is to be an adviser to 
the committee, promoting one ob- 
server to wonder if that portends 
another "Watergate" effort, only more 
neatly done. 

Local 475 Ashland, Mass., has a Con- 
struction Volunteer Organizing Committee 
that is very active. 

One of the programs it has implemented 
is to upgrade the image of the local union. 
Committee members are doing this 
through a "Do The Work" project. They 
have advertised to the area elderly, handi- 
capped, and disadvantaged that if they 
will provide the materials the union will 
"do the work" for them on such house- 
hold repairs as fixing doors, windows, 
porches, and roofs, building or repairing 
handicap ramps, etc. 

In one such effort. Local Member How- 
ard Sheppard. left, and BR Martin Ploof 
rear assisted Mrs. Adah Young of South- 
boro, Mass., unto a recently completed 
handicap ramp at her home, after mem- 
bers constructed the ramp for her. 



Local 424 Hingham. Mass., has organized a Construction 
Volunteer Organizing Committee, Committee Members include: 
Seated, left to right, Chris Arrone, Robert Riddle, Lenny Wil- 
liams, Dick Waitekaitis and Frank Morrissey. Standing, left to 
right, Dana Martinson, Jim Malerba, Harry Huddleston, B.R. 
Ken Osgood, Paul Fagan, Rod Nevergelt, Jack Wittekind, Dave 
Pirrotta, Ellsworth Rice. The Committee is working with Task 
Force Organizer Stephen Flynn on Operation Turnaround. 

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Task Force Representative Mike Shotland reports that Local 
1091 . Bismarck and Mandan, N.D., has an active Construction 
Volunteer Organizing Committee (C-VOC). 

Committee members include, front row, left to right, Gary 
Bockness, Johnalhan Doubek, David Lemar and Tim Lemar; 
back row, left to right, Henry Lemar, Orrin Panasuk, Clem 
Brunner, Roy Miller, Elden Evanson, Larry Stebleton, Bob Col- 
ton, and Charley Miner. 




San Antonio Contractors, Construction 
Trades Leaders Confer on Open Shop 

Carpenters Local 14, San Antonio, Tex., 
recently hosted a labor-management pres- 
entation at the world-famous Pearl Brewery 
in San Antonio. The presentation was open 
to all Building Trades crafts and the con- 
tractors they work for. More than 200 at- 
tended the function. 

Vernon "Chico" Gooden, Local 14 busi- 
ness representative, was the master of cer- 
emonies and spoke on the war with open 
shop contractors and how we are going to 
win it. The local union has completed Phase 
I of Operation Turnaround and is now in the 
process of implementing Phase II (Labor- 
Management Relations Committee) so it can 
get out and market its services. Local 14 
has signed a new residential agreement, the 

first in many years, plus their first new heavy 
and highway agreement. 

Don Rosson, owner of Rosson Builders 
and an ex-member and former officer of 
Local 14, was present and sitting at the table 
with his employees. Don is a small contractor 
who in a few short months has expanded 
his business considerably. 

Richard Arispe, Local 14 financial secre- 
tary-treasurer, delivered a blistering speech 
about the lies enemies of organized labor 
tell about the unfunded liability on our pen- 
sion plan. Richard, who is a pension fund 
trustee, also quoted the new laws passed in 
1980 that refute the lies our enemies spread 
about unfunded liability. He also pointed 
out bills are paid and the building is paid 
for, and UBC members have ample reserves. 

Jackie St. Clair, executive secretary of 
the Texas State Building Trades, spoke about 
the new statewide prevailing wage computer 
program developed by Carpenters Local 14 
Attorney Tino Guerre and Local 14 Organ- 
izer Art Chaskin. This computer program 
will be used to monitor all Davis-Bacon jobs 
and state prevailing wage jobs. It already 
has caught several contractors violating the 
law, and it still is not complete. This program 
will enable union contractors to compete 
with anyone for the work. 

St. Clair gave a report on the state of 
Texas and its unemployment. He also thanked 
Local 14 for all the work its staff has put in 
to set up the new computer program on 
prevailing wage. 


Alabama construction contractors met recently with leaders 
of the Jefferson County, Ala., District Council to discuss the 
establishment of a labor-management committee in Central Ala- 
bama. The committee would function under the premises of the 
UBC's Operation Turnaround, designed to bring more work to 
union contractors and union building tradesman. 

Participants in the gathering are shown at right. They in- 
cluded, first row from left, Tom Doster of Doster Construction 
Co., Inc.; William N. Rowell, vice president, Brice Building 
Co.; Henry Hagood, executive secretary, Alabama Branch, As- 
sociated General Contractors; and Horace Moore, business 
manager, Jefferson County District Council. In the back row, 
from left. Assistant UBC Organizing Director Steve Barger: 
Task Force Organizer Walter Darnell; Joe Hill, vice president, 
Sullivan, Long & Hagerty, Inc.; and T.V. Moates, assistant 
business agent, Jefferson County District Council. 

Don't Blame Unions 
For High Prices 

A daily newspaper in the San Francisco 
Bay area recently published a pro-union, 
pro-American-made article which is a good 
reminder to all UBC members. The article 
is sent to us by Ted Knudson, financial 
secretary of Local 1149. It reads: 

"Sure this is a free enterprise country, 
but don't blame the unions for the high price 
of American-made goods. It is really the 
consumers' and companies' fault. 

"If all the foreign car buyers would buy 
American, we wouldn't have a huge trade 
deficit. Instead of buying foreign-made goods, 
buying American would create demand which 
in turn would create jobs. The big companies 
are at fault because they close plants so they 
can move overseas, get cheap labor, sell 
products here for the same price and fill 

their fat bankbooks with money. 

"As far as compensation goes, what do 
people want the union workers to do — work 
until they're 70, then try to live on Social 

"Remember, if it weren't for unions we'd 
probably be working for minimum wages. 
We'd have poor working conditions, no 
health benefits, no retirement pension and 
we'd have to work until we died on the job. 

"This country can create jobs by cutting 
the amount of goods imported and by ex- 
porting more goods. Japan does this right 
now. Unions are the greatest thing to happen 
to this country since July 4, 1776. 

"Remember, Americans, you earn it here. 
Why not keep it here?" 




Young L-P Striker 

Continued from Page 8 

walked out for a few days before Christ- 
mas. She understands, she just can't 
always put up with it." 

If the public and other unions don't 
just disregard the LPIW's cause and if 
they heed the L-P product boycott called 
by the AFL-CIO and United Brotherhood 
of Carpenters, Roth said, he thinks his 
group and the company could come to 

"We're not a bunch of terrorists, we're 
family men who just want to go back to 
work," he said. Referring to his part in 
the strike. Roth added, "It's the most 
American thing I've ever done in my life 
... to walk away from it now would be 
a slap in the face of all those union 
organizers who died or lost everything 
they had in the '30s." 

APRIL, 1984 


December t> training session, Plainfield, N.J. 

December 8 training session. Plainfield. N.J. 

Local 155 Stewards 
In Training Sessions 

A steward's training program was con- 
ducted on two successive days in December 
for stewards of Local 155, Plainfield, N.J. 
The training sessions were conducted by 
Task Force Representative Robert Mergner 
and Business Representative David Briggs. 

Participants in a December 6 class were: 
Jeffrey Hart, Alexander Flash, John Dubni 
Jr., Robert Biffen, Stephen Zak Jr., Ronald 
Hazen, Todd Coddington, Richard Warrick, 
Joseph Bassett, Albert Caruso, Peter Delia 
Ventura, Patrick Ferro, Howard Graef, Ar- 
thur Aga Jr., Joseph Sawinski, Dennis Dar- 
row, Arthur Aga Sr., Henry Ahr, James 

Zabita, Stephen Zak III, Eugene Bakan. 
Frank Delia Ventura Jr. , George Alexander, 
Thomas Genavaro Sr., Peter D'Addario, 
Walter Smith, James Larry Pyles, John Hoey, 
William Gretkowski, Gary Gretkowski.Gae- 
tano DiNizio, Richard Wilson, Kerry Lush. 
Participants in sessions held December 8 
were: Francis J. Perelka, Philip Kuhlthau, 
Stephen Demba, Alexander Kellerman Jr., 
Edward Riordan, Julius Peterson, Nicholas 
Delia Ventura Sr., Nicholas Delia Ventura 
Jr., Thomas W. Harvey, Robert Paxson, 
Remson G. Kentos, Remson L. Kentos, 
Eugene Rinker, Ernest Muglia, Chester Huff, 
Kurt Frede, Alfred W. Schultz, Charles E. 
Moore, Wayne Paley, Wesley Moore, John 
J. McAloney Jr., John J. McAloney Sr., 
Patrick McAloney, Jeffrey S. Rettberg, Jef- 
frey Weingart, James Morgan. Michael Spa- 

dafora, James J. Puna, Eugene DeFillipo, 
Patrick Coughlin, Donald Ward, Albet Heu- 
bach, Richard Winzenreid, Stanley Shum- 
sky, James Coughlin. 

Shop Stewards Train 
in Silver City, N.M. 

An industrial steward training class was 
held recently by Local 2152, Silver City, 

Participants in the "Justice on the Job" 
class included: Manuel Arrey, Albert C. 
Arzola, Robert Dean, Alejandra Gonzales, 
Frances O. Gonzales, Mae Gutierrez, Isabel 
M. Martinez, Audrey McGahey, Arnulfo C. 
Morales, Lilly M. Placencio, Nellie G. Sa- 
vorillo, and Rachel Tellez. 

Glens Falls, N.Y., Stewards 

On February 9, 12 members of Local 229, Glens Falls. N.Y., 
completed the stewards training program "Building Union." 
They were instructed by Representatives Kenneth Huemmer and 
Kevin Thompson. 

Those who participated are shown at right, from left: Robert 
L. Allen, Terry L. Middleton. William Duett, Leonard Porter, 
Paul Campp. Charles Pratt, Theodore Plide, James Radliff, 
Charles Smith, Richard Viele, David Simonetta, and Philip Allen, 
business representative. 

DC District Council Stewards 

Fifty stewards from shops and plants in Maryland, northern 
Virginia, and the District of Columbia underwent training Feb- 
ruary 18 in the special skills needed as on-the-job union repre- 
sentatives. Sessions were held February 18 with Task Force 
Organizer Leo Decker and local leaders conducting the course. 

The training program for stewards in industrial plants and 
shops under contract with the United Brotherhood is called 
"Justice on the Job." It has a full curriculum of instruction in 
how to handle members' grievances, how to work with manage- 
ment on safety and in-planl programs, and how to conduct UBC 
representations. There is also general training on the history 
and purposes of the United Brotherhood. 




Spring Training 
Conference Reminder 

The National Joint Caropentry Ap- 
prenticeship and Training Committee 
is sponsoring a spring training con- 
ference at the Sheraton St. Louis 
Hotel, 910 North Seventh Street, St. 
Louis. Mo., during the week of April 

Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Tues- 
day, April 17. The conference will 
conclude at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 
19. The agenda calls for discussion 
on ways to improve training for the 
craft areas of carpentry millwright- 
ing, mill-cabinetry, and piledriving, 
as implemented by local joint com- 
mittees and/or affiliate bodies. 

The National Joint Committee 

Apprentice Receives 
Achievement Award 

Before key personnel at the O. Ahlborg 
& Sons company, the Ahlborg Achievement 
Award was recently presented to carpenter 
Steven Poy. Steven Poy, a fourth-year car- 
pentry apprentice, was cited for two out- 
standing achievements. Not only did he win 
first place in the Rhode Island state carpentry 
apprenticeship contest, but he also won third 
place in the 17th International Carpentry 
Apprenticeship Contest held in Las Vegas 
last year. 

The award was presented by Richard W. 
Ahlborg. president of the Cranston, R.I. 
firm, who told the group: "We strive for 
superior workmanship and feel that persons 
working with us, either as employees or sub- 
contractors, should be commended for dif- 
ficult work done well — and on time. This 
hardworking, young carpenter deserves to 
be commended for his initiative. He's ac- 
complished quite an achievement, and it's a 
well-deserved award." 

The group which oversees the year-round program of apprenticeship and journeyper- 
son training in the carpentry, millwrighting, and cahinelmaking crafts is the National 
Joint Carpentry Apprenticeship and Training Committee, a group made up of employer 
and union representatives from throughout North America. The committee is shown 
above. From left, seated, George E. Vest Jr., UBC; James E. Tinkcom, UBC technical 
director; Siguard Lucassen, first general vice president of the UBC and committee co- 
chairman; William Pemberton, Associated General Contractors, co-chairman; Arthur 
Ledford, employer; and Don Chambers, employer. Standing, from left, Louis Basich, 
UBC; Hans Wachsmuth, AGC; Christopher Engquist, committee secretary; Lewis S. 
Kimball, employer; Bradford M. O'Brien, advisory member; Martin Grant, employer; 
Peter Johnson, employer; Fred Humphrey, National Assn. of Home Builders; William 
Weber, employer; and Ollie Langhorst, UBC . 

Recent Graduates at Red Bank 

Richard W. Ahlborg, president of O. Ahl- 
borg & Sons, Inc., presents the Ahlborg 
Achievement Award to Steven Poy. 

Local 2250. Red Bank, N.J.. recently welcomed 13 new journeymen. The graduated 
apprentices are pictured above, front row, from left: Lawrence Maline. Gary Riker, Paul 
Krosnicki, Timothy Costello, Paul Borgen, Steven Ellis, and President Andrew D. Ness. 
Back row from left: James A. Kirk, Business Representative and J.A.C. Chairman, 
J.A.C., Peter Brown, Timothy Borsetli, Anthony Acerra, James Pierce, John Hilbert, 
and Charles E. Gorhan, Asst. Business Rep., Financial Secretary, and J.A.C. Secretary. 
Not present for the photo were new journeymen Jeffrey Clunie and Roger Keim. 

Ohio Graduates 

Local 356, Marietta, O., recently 
awarded two graduating apprentices their 
journeyman certificates following local pin 
presentation ceremonies at the union hall. 
Pictured at right with their instructor, 
John Lowe, center, are Kathy McNutl. 
left, and Clark Mackey, right. 

APRIL, 1984 


Decatur Apprentices' 
Two Service Projects 

"When we got the chance to do public 
service types of projects, we like to do 
them." says Harvey Hamilton, apprentice 

instructor for Local 742. Decatur, III. The 
apprentices' two most recent projects are a 
wheelchair ramp and a judge's chair for a 
tennis match fund raiser. 

The wheel chair ramp was built for Leon- 
ard Walker, a 67-year old who has lost both 
legs due to diabetes. Using funds raised by 
Frontiers International and Antioch Mis- 
sionary Baptist Church for supplies. Car- 
penter apprentices donated their labor. Also 
donated was labor for the judge's chair for 
the Michael Lite tennis tournament. A small 
wooden plaque on a crosspiece at the bottom 
of the chair notes the local union's assist- 

Leonard Walker and friend Shunta Henry 
watch as Harvey Hamilton inspects new 
wheel chair ramp. 

A judge sits atop the chair constructed by 
Local 742 apprentices for the Michael Lite 
tennis tournament. 

Western Connecticut Grads 

Local 210 in Western Connecticut recently graduated 33 new 
journeymen. Sixteen of the new journeymen are shown above. 
Seated, from left, are Christopher Heron. Chris Burke. Arthur 
LaVery. Phil Marcoun. Robert Schofield, with General Agent 
John Cunningham. Standing, from left, are James Balazs, Neil 
Barry. Ralph Fuugno, Fred Vamsgoy. Keith Kling. James Glea- 
son. Paul Gilbo. Gary DeWitt. John Rigby. Pat Conte, and 
Adrian Tucker. 





Threaded studs 
will be replaced 
without charge 

New guard rail "G" lock 
opens with slight pressure 

Locks automatically after 
guard rail slips into place 

SAFWAY has designed a new guard rail retention system for 
use on standard SAFWAY manufactured scaffolding. The new 
system, called a "G-Lock" T " (patent pending), is not interchange- 
able with existing guard rail posts. The purpose of this announce- 
ment is to urge all users of SAFWAY products to convert their 
existing guard rail retention systems to the G-Lock system. 

The existing guard rail system, which utilizes a threaded stud 
and wing nut to hold the guard rail in place, is safe when the 
scaffolding is properly constructed and 
used. However, it has come to our at- 
tention that improper construction and 
misuse of the existing guard rail system 
has resulted in a number of accidents, 
some of which have caused severe in- 
juries. The G-Lock system is designed 
to minimize such improper construction 
and misuse. 

For this reason the new G-Lock has been incorporated into 
all SAFWAY inventory and newly manufactured SAFWAY 
equipment. In addition, we are offering to convert all other 
existing SAFWAY manufactured equipment to the G-Lock 
system at our expense. 

We urge you to replace your existing SAFWAY guard rail 

system with the G-Lock system. You simply need to bring 

your SAFWAY guard rail posts to your SAFWAY dealer for a 

no cost modification or exchange for 

modified SAFWAY guard rail posts. 





P.O. Box 1991 • Milwaukee. Wl 53201 
(414) 258-2700 

If you have any questions regarding this 
announcement, contact your SAFWAY 
dealer or Robert Freuden, Manager, 
Customer Service, Safway Steel Prod- 
ucts, P.O. Box 1991, Milwaukee, Wl 
53201 (414) 258-2700. 






A Primer for 
Latchkey Children 

There are an estimated six million "latch- 
key children" in America — 6 to 13-year-old 
youngsters who are without adequate adult 
supervision during school vacations and be- 
fore and after school because their parents 
work. Many of these children only have a 
single parent. 

In an economy where mothers must work 
outside the home to make ends meet, it 
becomes essential that latchkey children 
know how to live unsupervised for some 
hours of the day. 

To prepare such children to meet after- 
school emergencies and to abide by the rules 
of a household, the Boy Scouts of America 
has prepared simple questionnaires which 
young children can read and fill out them- 
selves, such as the one at right. These 
questionnaires have been assembled in 
booklet form by the Boy Scouts of America 
and distributed by various sponsoring or- 

Because there are members of the United 
Brotherhood with "latchkey children," we 
are offering these questionnaires to our read- 
ers in serial form, with the suggestion that 
they discuss these questions with their 
youngsters themselves. Future installments 
cover the preparation of food, home safety, 
knowing the neighborhood, caring for young 
children, etc. 

Editor's Note: We would appreciate knowing 
from our readers how many have "latchkey chil- 
dren.'' Drop us a letter or postcard at 101 Con- 
stitution Ave., N.W.. Washington, D.C. 20001. 

Basement Drains 
and Sewer Gases 

Your local water commission offers the 
following advice to homeowners: 

Many older homes and commercial estab- 
lishments have floor drains in the basement. 
In these older homes, the drains are con- 
nected to the sanitary sewer and have a 
"U" trap under the floor, similar to that in 
the drain pipe under a sink. Water should 
always stand in this "U" trap, to act as a 
seal and to prevent the release of sewer 
gases into the home. For your protection 
and peace of mind, make a point of pouring 
a bucket of water into your floor drain 
regularly — at least twice a month. 

APRIL, 1984 

to be 

Home Alone 











Sometimes you must be home alone. Your folks will not 
worry if they know you can take care of yourself. They want 
to be sure you will be safe, not afraid, happy, really okay. 

Show you can handle 2 of these 4 things: 

Adult OK 1. Write down emergency phone numbers you 
need to have, and put them close to your 

phone (you could try to remember some to 

save time in dialing). 

• Police 

• Fire 

• Doctor 

• Mother at work 

• Father at work 

• Family friend on your block 

Adult OK 2. 

Talk with adult about what to do if a stranger 
comes to the door when you are alone and 
wants to come in. 

Adult OK 3. 

Talk with adult about how you should answer 
a stranger who calls on the phone when you 
are alone. 

Adult OK 4. Write down the things you should do when 
you leave your home. 

Turn off lights. 

Close and lock windows. 

Turn off water and check for leaks. 

Bring in cat or dog (or put them out). 

Lock all doors. 

Where is your key? 






AVE. NW, WASH., D.C. 20001 




A jealous wife was searching her 
husband's pockets when she came 
across a card on which was scrib- 
bled, "Peggy Brown, Center 722." 
She confronted him with the card. 

"Oh, that's nothing," her husband 
explained. "Peggy Brown is just the 
name of a race horse I bet on." 

"Oh, yeah? Well then, what does 
this 'Center' mean?" she de- 

"That's the name of the street 
where my bookmaker lives," he 
countered quickly. 

"How about 722?" she chal- 
lenged. "Get out of that one if you 

"Why, dear, those are the odds — 
seven to two!" he said in hurt sur- 

His wife was forced to give up 
her interrogation. 

But the following night when he 
came home he found his wife stand- 
ing in the doorway. 

"Anything new today, honey?" he 

"Oh, nothing much," she sneered, 
"except that your horse called up!" 


An unbearably irritating man be- 
longed to the club. While talking 
with some companions one day, 
one club member saw the obnox- 
ious fellow approach and girded 
himself for what might come. 

"Can you imagine?" snapped the 
arrival. "As I passed that group of 
people over there, I overheard 
someone say that he would give 
me fifty dollars to leave the club!" 

The other club members leaned 
forward as if to reassure him. "That's 
ridiculous!" he said. "By all means, 
hold out for a hundred! You'll surely 
get it!" 



An elderly Scotsman who was 
carrying a bottle of whiskey on his 
hip, slipped and fell on a wee patch 
of ice on the pavement. As he got 
up he felt something wet trickling 
down his leg. 

"I hope it's blood," he murmured. 



Game warden: "What's the idea 
of hunting with a last year's license? 
You know better than that, don't 

Frustrated hunter: "Nothing wrong 
in that as far as I can see. I am only 
shooting at the birds I missed last 


There was a young lion tamer from 

Who couldn't get the felines to mind 

She had a big spat 
With a big, hungry cat. 
Now where did she go? We can't 
find her! 

—George G. Wickersham 
Local 982 retiree, 
Clawson, Mi. 


A third grade teacher asked one 
of her pupils, "Where is the English 

The third grader replied, "I don't 
know. We only have American 
channels on our TV." 

— Bret Bachteler 
Libby, Mt. 



A young man left his wife on the 
beach for a few minutes while he 
went to buy some ice cream cones. 
When he came back, he saw a big 
crowd gathered around. "What 
happened?" he asked a bystander. 

"Some woman nearly drowned," 
was the answer. "They're working 
on her down there." 

The young man pushed through 
the crowd. Sure enough, it was his 
wife. "What are you doing to her?" 
he shouted to the lifeguard. 

"Giving her artificial respiration," 
replied the guard. 

"Artificial!" howled the young man. 
"Give her the real thing! I'll pay for 



A housewife left home for the day 
and locked the house up tightly, 
leaving a note on the door for the 
grocer: "All out. Don't leave any- 

On returning home, she found 
her house burglarized and all her 
valuables stolen. 

On the note to the grocer was 
added: "Thanks, We haven't left 



A lady went to the doctor and 
complained that she had a ringing 
noise in her head. The doctor said, 
"I can't cure it but I can give you 
an unlisted head." 




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£ Let's get it together. . . buckle up. 




APRIL, 1984 






A gallery of pictures showing some of the senior members of the Broth- 
erhood who recently received pins for years of service in the union. 

Memphis, Tenn. — Picture No. 1 


Members of Local 345 with 20 to 50 years of 

experience recently received service pins at the 

local's annual pin presentation ceremony. 
Picture No. 1 shows 20-year members, from 

left: Wm. D. Brents, Gary Hardin, B. F. 

Houston, 0. W. Jackson, Leroy Jordan, J. L. 

Kerley, T. E. Lepard, D. L. Metcalf, R. J. 

Roeder, C. D. Scarbrough, C. E. Starks, 

William Straks Jr., A. H, Swain, and T. G. 

Picture No. 2 shows 25-year members, from 

left: E. H. Cates, Sylvester Cole, R. F. Lackey, 

and T. N. Tillman. 
Picture No. 3 shows 30-year members, from 

left: Charles E. Burns Sr. , L. M. Butler, U. F. 

Fultz, John C. Hile, J. Allen Hunt, J. M. 

Jowers, J. J. Prescott, Mack H. Reed, and 

John W. Williams. 
Picture No. 4 shows 35-year members, from 

left: 0. L. Baker, L. E. Moore, and C. L. Ralph. 
Picture No. 5 shows 40- 
year member E. M. Sisk. 

Picture No. 6 shows 50- 
year members R. A. 
Harper, seated, receiving a 
commemorative pin from 
George Henegar, right. On 
left is Financial Secretary 
T. A. Jackson. 

Members receiving pins 
but not available for photos 

Picture No. 5 are as follows: 20-year 

members E. G. Beasley, Frank J. Forbis, H. H. 

Haynes, L. W. Leas, F. R. McCoy, Jeff Mills 

Jr., G. D. Reed, J. W. Rochelle, J. W. 

Swader, and E. M. Williams; 25-year members 

R. S. Allen, E. A. Black, J. L. Essary, B. J. 

Key, J. E. Lewis, E. W. Littlejohn, 0. F. 

Martin, J. R. Morris, J. J. Pittman, Woodrow 

Pitts, and J. D. Scott; 30-year members E. F. 

Allen, W. E. Anderson, E. R. Collier, R. C. 

Hall, T. H. Murphree, Slater Murphy Jr., Jack 

G. Phillips, and E. C. Rogers; 35-year 

members A. M. Bachmeier, Steve Boray, C. H. 

Earnest, W. E. Farrar, B. E. Jones, Jim B. 

Logan, J. B. McKeever, and A. T. Van Huss; 

40-year members D. L. Edmond and R. C. 


Memphis, Tenn. — Picture No. 2 

Memphis, Tenn. — Picture No. 4 

Memphis, Tenn. — Picture No. 3 

Memphis, Tenn.— Picture No. 6 


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Grand Falls, Nfld. — Picture No. 3 

Grand Falls, Nfld.— Picture No. 4 


Local 2564 recently awarded pins to 20-year 
members at a pin presentation ceremony. 

Picture No. 1 shows Oorman Gillard, left, 
receivng his pin from the late Everett Boyd, 
former business agent. 

Picture No. 2 shows Adolph Lodge, former 
local union trustee, left, and Edgar Barnes. 

Picture No. 3 shows Janes Terry. 

Picture No. 4 shows, from left: Richard A. 
Parsons, Owen Legge, and Richard Kelly. 

I'm Awful Well 

For the Shape I'm In! 

Maurice Lyman, 90-year-old member of Lo- 
cal 184, Salt Lake City, Utah, has attended 
every one of his local union's annual awards 
luncheons since 1973. At last year's gath- 
ering he recited from memory the following 

There's nothing whatever the matter with 


I'm just as healthy as I can be. 

I have arthritis in both my knees. 

And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze. 

My pulse is weak, and my blood is thin. 

But I'm awful well for the shape I'm in. 

My teeth eventually must come out. 
And my diet I have to think about. 
I'm overweight and can't get thin. 
But I'm awful well for the shape I'm in. 

I think my liver is out of whack, 

A terrible pain is in my back. 

My hearing is bad, and my eyes are dim. 

It seems most things are out of trim, 

But I'm awful well for the shape I'm in. 

I have arch supports for both my feet. 
Or I wouldn't be able to cross the street. 
Sleeplessness I have night after night. 
And in the morning I am a terrible sight. 
My mind is failing, my head is in a spin. 
I'm practically living on aspirin, 
But I'm awful well for the shape I'm in. 

Now the moral is, as this tale unfolds, 
That for you and me who are growing old, 
It's better to say "I'm fine" with a grin 
Than to let folks know the shape we're in! 

Sydney, N.S. 


Retired executive members were recently 
honored by Cape Breton Island Local 1588. 
Local President Pat Pertus presented gold 
watches to the honorees. Front row, from left, 
are Rod Black, John Gillis, Kaleem Thomas, Bi 
Doolan, and Task Force Organizer Jim Tobin. I 
the back row are President Pertus and Harry 

Dallas, Ore.— Picture No. 1 


Members of Local 2714 recently received 35 
and 40 years pins in recognition of their many 
years of service to the Brotherhood. 

Picture No. 1 shows 40-year members, 
seated, from left: Nathaniel Wilson and Frank 

Back row, from left: Norman Baker, Frank 
Fast, Oscar Neufeld, and Otto Chapman. 

Picture No. 2 shows 40-year members, 
seated, from left: Calvin Hinds and Theron 

Back row, from left: Curly Schroeder and 
Gordon Huntley. 

Picture No. 3 shows 40-year member Art 
May, seated, with 35-year members John 
Morris, left, and Harold Adolf, right. 

Dallas, Ore.— Picture No. 3 


TonyTrifiletti, a 
43-year member of 
the Brotherhood, " 
recently turned 85 
years old. Trifiletti is 
a member of Local 

APRIL, 1984 


Baytown, Tex —Picture No. 1 

Baytown, Tex. — Picture No. 2 

Baytown, Tex. — Picture No. 3 

Picture No. 6 

Baytown, Tex. — Picture No 


Local 1334 recently held a pin presentation 
ceremony honoring members with 20 or more 
years of service to the Brotherhood. 

For the City of Baytown, Mayor Pro-Tern 
Mary Elizabeth Wilbanks presented the local 
with a proclamation naming October 15, 1873, 
Local 1334 Day, in observance of the local's 
50th anniversary. International Rep Pete McNeil 
and Texas State Council of Carpenters 
Executive-Secretary Ken Magouirk participated 
in the presentation of pins. 

Picture No. 1 shows 20-year members that 
received pins. Those eligible for pins are as 
follows: Rusty Campbell, John A. Casey, 
Godfrey Coons, Danny R. Cranford, James H. 
Crooks, Frank H. Davis, John A. Gant, Milton 
J. Gobert Jr., Jesse J. Hajdik, Joseph T. 
Hebert, Ervin E. Hoff, Robert C. Jackson, A. 
W. Lamb, A. G. Lenamond, Wayne S. 
Luedicke, William T. Moore, Bennie E. Onken, 
Ernest T. Preston III, Lyman A. Reynolds, J. 
M. Riggs, BiH E. Ripkowski, Leon J. 
Ripkowski, Audie T. Stevens, Metton E. 

Baytown, Tex. — Picture No. 8 

Tomlinson, Jack H. Tompkins, Jake Troha, 0. 
J. Weems, and Oscar J. West. 

Picture No. 2 shows 25-year members. 
Those receiving pins are as follows: James 
Barton Sr., Robert A. Campbell, E. W. 
Cranford, Joe Dornak, Joe L. Gilbert, Henry J. 
Lalumandier, William E. Lee, Roy L. 
McLeymore, William J. Metcalfe, Ben H. Riggs, 
Claude G. Roguemore, Kenneth L. Shivers, 
Arnold Slessinger, and Harold E. Wilson. 

Picture No. 3 shows 30-year members. 
Those receiving pins are as follows: W. R. 
Barton Jr., M. E. Bazzon, Thomas A. Bearden, 
Samuel F. Bolmanskie, Fred Burns, Joe W. 
Campbell, Milton L. Dale, Thomas J. Davis, 
Lawrence B. Dickson, Doyle Havard, Marshall 
G. Horton, Donald Jenks, Ales Klop, Grodon L. 
Lee, Theddie Ray Lewis, Louis Luedicke, Billy 
Jack McGuffin, Cosby L. Morgan, William B. 
Register, James E. Roche, James W. Rodgers, 
and Lawrence Saucier. 

Picture No. 4 shows Texas State Council of 
Carpenters Executive-Secretary Magouirk 
receiving a 30-year pin from International Rep 

Picture No. 5 shows 35-year members. 
Those receiving pins are as follows: Johnny 
Albright, E. R. Allgood, James E. Anderson Jr., 
Anton Bender, James E. Choate, Joseph C. 
Cowart, Joe J. Cream, Alvin L. Dean, Thomas 
Ellender, Henry G. Eubanks, J. C. Graham, 
Cleo F. Gresham, Walter Groda, Albert P. 
Heckler, E. B. Holstein, Johnnie W. Lee, W. 0. 
McDonald, Calvin A. Mills, J. S. Mizell, Glenn 
A. Nowell, Alfred B. Pauliska, Eddie R. 
Pauliska, James T. Rodrigues, W. K. Sanders, 
Robert L. Scott, Carl J. Smith, Edgar W. 
Smith, Willie W. Spacek, Joe J. Stepanski, 
Frank 0. Stone, Johnnie Q. Thompson, Loyd 
W. Wood, and Roy L. Wood. 

Picture No. 6 shows 40-year members. 
Those receiving pins are as follows: Clyde 0. 
Ball, T. M. Beal, Fred E. Brown, Fred D. 
Clamon, Bill Cunningham, W. K. Fraysur, Leo 
A. Frost, Charlie Frothingham, A. W. Gray, Bert 
A. Gresham Sr., Elmer L. Hargis, Winston L. 
Henry, A. L. Jacobs, William J. Janacek, J. E. 
Knox, J. P. McManus, Raymond Oiler, Jerome 
Phillips, S. B. Phillips, Elmer L. Seymore, Leon 
D. Seymore, 0. C. Shoemaker, Bill C. Spivey 
Sr., Clyde Starling, Charles R. Stone, John H. 
Tompkins, Jesse C. Tucker, Lubie Warren, 
Floyd D. West, A. P. Wilson, and Leroy H. 

Picture No. 7 shows 45-year members. 
Those receiving pins are as follows: Jack 
Gregory, Bernard E. Herrington, W. F. Owens, 
Ernest T. Preston Jr., H. E. Skipper, H. M. 
Whittaker, R. E. Whittaker. 

Picture No. 8 shows Mayor Pro-Tern 
Wilbanks presenting a proclamation to Business 
Rep Rusty Campbell and President Dwight 




Members of Millwrights Local Union with 20 
to 57 years of service were recently awarded 
pins at a presentation ceremony. In the 
background of the pictures is Clarence E. Bean, 
financial secretary and business manager of 
Local Union 2232. 

Picture No. 1 shows 20-year members, from 
left: Jimmy Wise, Tony Legg, and Bill Fountain. 

Picture No. 2 shows 25-year members, from 
left: Neal Carter, W. F. Carlson Jr., Gerald 
Hoffman, Jimmy Herrod, Milford Royder, Louis 
Bounds, John Cagle, Monroe Gray, and Ira 

Picture No. 3 shows 30-year members, from 
left: Bobby Sanders, Jewell Norton, George 
Ridings, Bennie Lybrand, Jackie Davis, J. B. 
Prescott, D. A. Davis, Jack Ortiz, Dalton Guice, 
and Freddy Anderson. 

Picture No. 4 shows 35-year members, from 
left: Walter Hampton, Johnny Jones Jr., Glenn 
Palmer, Ralph Donovan, Henry Nivens, George 
Wells, A. A. Walding, Howard Ashley, Wade 
Feazle, J. E. McCain, and Al Heinroth. 

Houston, Tex. — Picture No. 1 


An honorary banquet was held recently by 
Local 2112 for members of longstanding 

Those receiving pins are pictured, front row, 
from left: Floyd Van Ooyen, 25-years; Gertz 
Magnussen, 30-years; and Gene Kelley, 35- 

Standing, from left: Harland Heuter, 30- 
years; Francis Schmidt, 35-years; Gus Johnson 
35-years, and Lyle Kelley 35-years. 

Not pictured is Layfayette Montour, 30-years. 

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Houston, Tex. — Picture No. 4 

Houston, Tex. — Picture No. 5 

Houston, Tex. — Picture No. 6 


Picture No. 5 shows 40-year members 
left: 0. G. Glasscock, William Huey, and R 

Picture No. 6 shows J. G. Van Wagner, 
right, receiving his 45-year pin from 0. G. 

Those receiving pins but not present for the 
photos are as follows: 20-year members 
Charles Anderson, Gerald Arnold, James Beaty, 
Murphy Bounds, Sidney Brashear, Bennie 
Douglas, Clayton Elwood, Vernon Green, 
Vernon House, Timmy Hubbard, Joe Lindley, 
Bob Malone, Hollis Marshall, Donald Matcheski 
Daniel Norman. Manley Pace, Lee Russell, 
Seymour Sconyers, Paul Tredway, Henry Willis, 
and Wilford Wilson; 25-year members J. C. 
Archey, Charles Arnold, Richard Ayres, Willard 
Brown, Roy Carter, Leonard Cordia, Claude 

Hill, Jimmy Hubbard, Edgar Johnson, James 
Luce, William Mercer, Wilbert Pfeffer, Donald 
Quinn, Walter Schmidt, Heinz Schmuck, Cecil 
Strunk Jr., Dorsey Willman, and Raymond 
Willman; 30-year members Kenneth E. Banks, 
Jack Beaty, Clarence Berry, Burlen Bounds, 
Paul Cooney, Glen Drummond, Kenneth 
Gardner, Ed Gautreaux, Charles Geisenberg, 
Ralph Harrington, Virgil Holton, Lamar Legg, 
Jack Mann, Conard Marsh, Royce Nutt, F. Z. 
Preston, Wayne Price, Larry Roberts, John 
Rockhold, Charles Sherr, Barney Smith, Rupert 
Taylor, Wesley Wall, and Sam Wilson; 35-year 
members Charles Braud, Walter Brock, Oliver 
Burke, Miles Carrington, Hugh Courtney, Orsel 
Davis, James Deel, Charles Donovan, Ralph A. 
Donovan, Jerome Flint, Ronald Gillis, Herman 
E. Guice Sr., Ray Hanf, John Heinecke, Calvin 
Holton, Rush Hubbard, A. B. Johnson, Lewis 
Joseph, Roy Mason, H. W. McCrary, Lenn 
Nichols, Earl Potter Sr., Elgin Rohde, John 
Rompf Jr., Harry Russell, Alan Siemsen, 
Hutson Smelley, and Clarence Wilhelm; 40-year 
members Bryan Dowdy, Olyn Hill, Charles 
Hodges, Jake Kolohaco Sr., Lonzo Marsh, Cecil 
Sparks, Wilson Sparks Sr., and John Wall; 45- 
year members C. A. Davis and John Sullivan; 
and 55-year member Sten Nordin. 

50 Years 


Samuel J. Caughron, 86, a member 
of Local 50, is shown above, right, 
receiving his 50-year pin from Financial 
Secretary Roy W. Hundley. 

APRIL, 1984 


Amarillo, Tex. — Picture No. 7 

Veteran members with 25 to 60 years of 
service were recently honored by Local 665. 
The local had 223 members eligible to receive 
pins. Those available for photographs are listed 

Picture No. 1 front row, from left: 50-year 
member Arch Crerar, 55-year member Bill 
Williams, 55-year member Phil Almquist, 45- 
year member Evan Phillips, and 45-year 
member M. B. Allen. 

Back row, from left: 40-year member Bob 
Beltz, 40-year member Q. J. Barker, 40-year 
member Hershell Baker, 45-year member Ed 
Urton, 45-year member Tom Rigdon, and 40- 
year member Marvin Bains. 

Picture No. 2 shows 40-year members, front 
row, from left: C. D. Coffee, R. D. Horton, Bob 
Hooks, Pete Burnett, and Gene Bishop. 

Back row, from left: J. T. Miller, J. W. 
Jackson, F. L. Hill. 25-year member Wm. D. 
Jones, Audubon Roberts, and Earl Stone. 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, front 
row, from left: Joe Ficke, Wilbur Chappell, Carl 
Brohlin, A. W. Brewer, and 40-year member 
Elmer Oakes. 

Back row, from left: Bob Kilman, Ed 
Johnson. Kenneth Houtchens, Jay Hamilton, 

R. D. Higgs, and David Gause. 

Picture No. 4 shows 35-year members, front 
row, from left: Sid Perry, Wilver Mark, Johnny 
Price, Kent Price, and George Scarberry. 

Back row, from left: Bill Nielsen, Bill 
Wilterding, Bill Smoot, Walter Smith, H. E. 
Sibley and S. W. Scivally. 

Picture No. 5 shows 30-year members, front 
row, from left: Anthony Danile, Alfred James, 
Hoover Harrison, Harold Haley, and Bill Butler. 

Back row, from left: Bill Kiser, Leonard 
Meier, L. H. Simpson, Ray Smith, Carl Tyrrell, 
and Guy Whitfield. 

Picture No. 6 shows 25-year members, front 
row, from left: James King, Bud Downs, Jack 
Carlton, W. W. Davidson, and Bob Williams. 

Back row, from left: Floyd Segler, Lawrence 
Scott, Elmer Nichols, Joseph Lane, Oscar Holt, 
and Bill Fetterman 

Picture No. 7 shows 25-year members and 
members of Ladies Auxiliary 180, front row, 
from left: 30-year member Anthony Danile, 
Kenneth Stevenson, V. C. Waddell, Jr. and 
C. A. Evans Jr, and Laverne Harrison. 

Back row, from left: Ladies Auxiliary 
members Jimmie Simpson, Pat Nielsen, Ella 
Fetterman, Roberta Wilterding, Rozella 
Fetterman, and Edith Danile. 

Biloxi, Miss. 


At a recent meeting of Local 1404, 25-year 
pins were awarded to deserving members by 
President Johnny Tiblier. 

Pictured are, from left: President Johnny 
Tiblier, J. E. Miller, Kenneth Hilliard, Raymond 
Seymour, and John Starks. 

Members receiving pins but not pictured are 
as follows: E. 0. Fortenberry, Edward Geiser 
Jr., Ernest Powell, and Robert Starks. 




Members with 25 to 45 years of service to 
the Brotherhood were recently awarded pins at 
a celebration ceremony held by Local 1797. 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year members, from 
left: Lyon Brock. Clayton Larson, Jack Jones, 
Leonard Brevik, and Joe Michaelson. 

Picture No. 2 shows 30-year members, front 
row, from left: Wildon Street, Oren Neal, Herb 
Fischer, Noah (Jim) Johnston, and Charles 

Back row, from left: Wayne Gores, Ole Haug, 
Charlie Rose, Emmett Budd, and Ernest 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year pins, from left: 
Worth Barrows, Paul Durand, Wally Harding, 
Harold Phillips, Hilton Brown, and Bill Paddock. 

Picture No. 4 shows 40-year members, front 
row, from left: John Cabe, Knut Knutson, and 
George Desjardins. 

Back row, from left: Dames Ellerbroek, 
Arville Twidt, Volney Earlywine, Ed Riel, Bud 

Picture No. 5 shows 45-year member Al 

Picture No. 6 shows John Davis who 
received a past vice president pin. 

Renton, Wash. — Picture No. 1 

Renton, Wash.— Picture No. 3 

Renton, Wash. — Picture No. 2 

Renton, Wash. — Picture No. 4 


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Point Pleasant, W.Va. 


Four members of Local 1159 received pins 
for long-standing membership recently, 
conferred by Vice President Hershall Ferguson. 

Pictured, from left, are: Vice President 
Hershall; Fred Brinker, 40-years; James E. 
Johnson, 35-years; James T. Howard, 
35-years; and George G. Hudson, 25-years. 



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A pin ceremony was recently held by Local 
626 to honor members with longstanding years 
of service to the Brotherhood. 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year members, from 
left: President George Pelkey Jr., Peter 
Wienkowitz, Joseph A. Barba, and Business 
Rep Robert A. McCullough Sr. 

Picture No. 2 shows 30-year members, from 
left: President Pelkey, Anthony Deluca, A. 
Rapuano, C. DeMott, F. Guns Sr., Floyd Hardy, 
and Business Rep McCullough. 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, from 
left: President Pelkey, J. J. Pedicone Jr., Alfred 
Howard Jr., Richard Toy Sr., and Business Rep 

Picture No. 4 shows President Pelkey; Alfred 
W. Howard Jr., former business rep and 35- 
year members; Alfred W. Howard Sr., former 
president and 65-year member; and Business 
Rep Robert A. McCullough Sr. 


The following list of 1,138 deceased members and spouses repre- 
sents a total of $2,004,548.44 death claims paid in January, 1984; 
(s) following name in listing indicates spouse of members 

LOCttt t fit."!. ( if) 

1 Chicago, II.— Anton Aniolak, H. J- Burmeistcr. Jack 
B. Laursen, L. VanMersbcrgen, Lcrov Marach. 

2 Cincinnati, OH— Edna Alford Is). James H. Hughes. 
Joseph Leinen, M. Thomas Willcford, Paul E, 
Robinson, Raymond Frede. Robert Flick. 

3 Wheeling. WV — Sylvester Pickens. 

4 Davenport, IA — Ray Buekwalter. 

5 St. Louis. MO— Gerhard Hardebcck. Stephen F, 

6 Hudson County, NJ — Alexander Ross. Frederick 
Kraft. Margaret Grasso (s), Robert Rieth. 

7 Minneapolis, MN — A. J. Perreault, Alpha L. Ras- 
muson (s>. Annie M. Pcvestorf (s). E. H. Stillings, 
Evert Sandford. 

8 Philadelphia, PA— James P. Keohane. 

10 Chicago, IL— Alfred G. Lauson. Frank J. Mancke. 

11 Cleveland, OH — George J. Mezie. 

12 Syracuse, NY— Fred Resch. 

13 Chicago, IL — Alex Fedosena, Frank Galemb. George 
Ohman. Jeremiah Murphy, John C. Wolf. Robert 
Lee Krause. Theodore R. Cravener. William H. 

14 San Antonio, TX— James B. Rylander. John L. 

15 Hackensack, NJ — Angelo Zandonella, George Thor- 

16 Springfield, IL— Carroll Buker. Lewis A. Under- 
wood. Robert N. Morrison. 

17 Bronx, NY — Andrew Benson, David Dudley, Devy 
O. Anderson, George W. Niles, Jack Perlmutter, 
Joseph C. Brois. Joseph H. Pomerantz. 
Hamilton, Ont., CAN. — Robert Francis Spicer. Vera 
Macleod (s). 

Detroit, MI— Frank Kisiel. 

New York, NY — Agnes Kettleson (s), Laurance 
Hendrickson, Mariano Siragusa, Pete Krippa, Theo- 
dora Meyer (s). 

San Francisco, CA — Carl Johnson, Charles Wilburn. 
Eilif Paasche, J. E. Potts. Jack Debarros. Josephine 
U. Brown (s), Magdalene Robinson (s). 
Central, CT— Anthony Pilla, Karl Nilsen. Patricia 
Ann Pisani (s), Roger Despres. Jr. 
East Detroit, MI — Joseph Glowacki, Maurice Ver- 

Toronto, Ont., CAN. — Arthur Button, Catherine 
Kingsley (s). 

Missoula, MT — John Gasvoda. 
Trenton, NJ — Raymond J. Paszkiewicz. 
Boston, MA — Harry L. Cohen. 
Oakland, CA — Anthony D. Melanson, Ardith J. 

San Rafael, CA — Edwin J. Nelson. 
Oakland, CA — Ambrose J. Zolski, Lawrence E. 
Jones, Magnus Erickson, Nick Raudio. 
Boston, MA — Arthur C. Connelly, Roderick MacNeil. 
Woburn, MA — August F. Murray, Martin L. Potter. 
San Francisco, CA — Jack Janian, Joseph Grisler, 
Nestor Olazar. 

Champaign L'rba, IL — Caesar Rege. Carl L. Larson, 
George Williams. Mary L. Parsons (s). 
S. Ste. Marie, MI— Robert W. Sibbald. 
St. Louis, MI— John R. Wendt. 
Lowell, MA— Bernice May Shepherd (s). 
Knoxville, TN— Alvin Rader. Edna Festor (s). George 
S. Roden, Joseph E. Stamps, Lennie Matthews (s), 
Otis Shows. 

Boston, MA— William LaFlamm. 
White Plains, NY— John A. Anderson. 
Chicago, IL— Frank Stefka. 

Denver, CO — Blanche O. Stephan (s). Homer 
Homedale. James L. Walton. Jesse Stewart, Joe C. 
Kasenga. Lulu L. Petersen (s), Oma Leon Brown 
Is), Thomas S. Roberts. 

Chicago. II, — Edith E. Wilson (s). Laveme E. Sigle 
(s), Mina E. Lind (s). Per Adolph Hoglund. Richard 
Witzke. Thorstein M. Sogge. 

Indianapolis, IN— Arthur R. McDole, Robert H. 

Kansas City, MO — Sam Angotti. 
Chicago, IL — Columbus W. Ridge. Karla Nielsen 
(s), Magda Holt (s). Max Plotz. Theodore J. Celig, 
Virginia B. Johnson (s). 

Bloomington, IL — Raymond Wenger, Ruth Ann 
Stauffer (s). 

Louisville, KY— Anna P. Whalen (s), Charles L. 
Schramm. Dan Hockensmith. Fred Summers. 
Perth Amboy, NJ— -George Pedersen. Hans Nielson. 
Olean, NY' — Donna Milliman (s). Jack F. Motyka, 
John V. Swanson. 

Boston, MA — Edward P. Boylan. John R. Surette, 
Kenneth S. Welsh, Lester G. Bell. 
Canton, OH— Fred A. Fox. 
St. Louis, MO— Hollis W. Wallace. 
Hazelton, PA — Andrew C. Leonard. Harry E. Kleck- 
ner. Michael Kostelnick. 

Chicago, IL — Albert Anderson. Marguerite Mosley 
(s). Sam Shoemaker. 

Halifax. N. S.. CAN— Allan A. Clark, William A. 

Rochester,- NY— Peter Onufryk. 
Mobile, AL— Sandy Pitts. Walter E. Carleton. 
Evansville, IN — Ruth Wood (s). Theo H. Tisserand. 





Local Union, City Local Union, City 

91 Racine. Wl— Rolf Kocnig. 255 

93 Ottawa, Ont., CAN— Henry J. McMartin. Osborn 257 

94 Providence, RI— Frank Emery, Harold Edwin Hodg- 258 
don. Henry Bcaudoin. Marten Odynecky, Nels I. 259 

95 Detroit, MI— Fred Rohillard. Lewis Fettig. Solomon 261 

98 Spokane, WA— Alfred Fuller, Frank Lentes. Kcrmit 264 
C. Bergman. 267 

99 Bridgeport, CN— Frank Borea. 

100 Muskegon, MI — Hazel Dyke (s). Laverne Johnson, 

101 Baltimore, MD— Lynn D. McClaughlin, Maurice 269 
Maples, Philip C. Dcpowers. Wilbur W. Glover, 272 
William M. Buckmaster. 278 

102 Oakland. CA— Arthur M. Oppedal. Christopher 280 
Lloyd, Clement Hakanson, Ralph Flowers. 

104 Dayton, OH— Russell A. Dement. 281 

105 Cleveland. OH— Albert Solnok, Rudolph Russ, Wil- 283 
liam G. Buck, William Lovell. 

106 Des Moines, IA— Donald Talbot. George Albright, 287 
Joseph Ugolini, Lyle W. Hamilton. 292 

108 Springfield, MA — Laurent Trahan, Romeo F. Fon- 295 
tame. 302 

109 Sheffield, AL— Alma M. Isom (s). 

110 St. Joseph, MO— Elbert E. Roupe, Frank G. Taylor. 304 
George E. Henderson. 307 

111 Lawrence, MA — Bertha E. Quintal (s), Evelyn May 314 
Herold (s). 316 

112 Butte, MT— Otto W. Dierenfeldt. 

121 Vineland, NJ — Edward Leonelli. 

122 Philadelphia, PA— Genevieve Pavlik (s). 317 
124 Passaic, NJ — Andrew Hook. Luitzen Kuipers. 
128 St. Albans, WV— Arno Arthur, Arthur N, Wooddell. 319 

131 Seattle, WA— Edward J. Taratuta, Eric E. Carlson, 
Gustav Nordstrom, James R. Carroll. Leon Larsen. 329 
Orvin Brenden. Ray Forrest Ingraham. 331 

132 Washington, DC— Edward Rinney. Frank J. Bren- 335 
nan. Jerry F. Harrison, Lee R. Reed. P. W. Chris- 337 
tensen. Robert Bednarik. 

135 New York, NY— Rivia Fryman (s). Soil S. Kling. 338 

141 Chicago, IL — Eugene Horvath, Frank J. Gory, Jr.. 342 
Harold E. Mosier, Leo Jendrzejewski, Paul Holmes. 343 

142 Pittsburgh, PA— Ethel Cristiano (s). 344 
144 Macon, GA — Hugh E. Humphries, Jack Chapman, 345 

W. H. Harp. 

149 Tarrytown, NY — Pauline Gaultiere (s). 

155 Plainfield, NJ.— Edward F. Brzuzy. 347 

159 Charleston, SC— Linda Jeanette Skinner (s). . 348 

162 San Mateo, CA — Emerson Ivie, Marcus O. Jacob- 
son, Odneal Rice. 350 

165 Pittsburgh, PA— Joseph Kaper. Nicholas W. Greis- 355 
inger, Nick Granata, Norman Lebo. 

166 Rock Island, IL— Ralph Krabbenhoeft. 359 

168 Kansas City, KS— Ben B. Crain. Cecil H. Boyd. 

169 East St. Louts, II, — Victor Kreitemeyer. 361 
171 Youngstown, OH — Jack Tavolario, Naomi R. Na- 

politan (s). Samuel A. Bowser. 362 

180 Vallejo, CA— Carl F. Dahl. Vester J. Sturgess. Willie 378 
H. Purdy. 387 

181 Chicago, IL — Christine Baumann (s), John Buck. 

182 Cleveland, OH— James J. Emrick. 393 

183 Peoria, IL— Ray H. Wollard. Russell E. Fierce. 398 

184 Salt Lake City, UT— Asa Hancock, H. Lawrence 
Goff. Lucile Alice Collins (s), Peter Tonneson, 400 
Robert Reinertsen. 

186 Stuebenville, OH— Robert Vanhoy. 403 
189 Quincy, IL— Mildred Altgilbers (s>. 

191 York, PA— William E. Wiley. 404 
194 East Bay, CA— Ivory Mims, Pearl L. Keeton <s), 

Ronnie Alvarez. 407 

198 Dallas, TX— Benjamin F. C. Roe. George M. Brewer. 415 

Horace M. Smith. James W. Barber, Mervyn G. 417 

Mason. 422 

200 Columbus, OH— Charles R. McGuire, Dean F. Steele, 425 

Howard Glenn Shover, Jack H. DeVoe. Robert 433 

202 Gulfport, MS— John E. Shoemake. Nell Evelyn 
Dunaway (s). Ruth L. Saucier (s). 

203 Poughkeepsie, NY— Mildred E. Wennersten (s). 437 

210 Stamford, CN— George Carl Specht. 

211 Pittsburgh, PA— James L. Hanable. John J. Burrel. 446 
213 Houston, TX— Herbert Niemeyer, John Lapscik, 

Paul Granger, William T. Auld. Wm. A. Wager. 448 

215 Lafayette, IN— John W, Ward. 452 
218 Boston, MA — Antonio Moro. 

220 Wallace, ID— Joel T. Mason. 453 

222 Washington, IN— Ralph C. Clevy. 454 
225 Atlanta. GA— Luther Jackson, Sr., R. A. Wood. 

232 Fort Wayne, IN— Ester W. Salerno (s), John Salemo. 458 

235 Riverside, CA— Andrew L. Wingard, Judith Carol 460 

Mabery Is), Norman L. Roberts, Ray Hofmeister. 461 

William Weingart. 465 

241 Moline, IL— Jacob C. Suchanek 469 

242 Chicago, IL— Helen 1 . Carstens (s), Theodore Benes. 470 

247 Portland, OR— Esther May Aikins (s). Jacob B. 
Kraus, John L. Wall. Lars Kaarhus, Nora Gyda 472 
Amess (s). Raymond Minden. 475 

248 Toledo. OH — Clarence Spearman. Louise M. Palmer 476 
(s). Marie L. Amstutz (s). 483 

254 Cleveland. OH — Joseph Kaminsky, Thermon L. Ro- 
den. 494 

Bloomuiflbura, NY— Irwin S. Clark 
New York, NY — Ingcborg Holmquisi (s). Max Huck- 
Stadt, Osker Larson. Ruth Johanson {s). 
Oneonta, NY — Aage Richardson. 
Jackson, TN — James A. Hines, Kenneth H. Ross, 
Robert O. Lockhart. 

Scranton, PA — Alex Bcgey, Chester Watts, Harry 
Hinklcy. John Petrilak, John Zukauskas. 
Milwaukee, WI — Albert Chvosta, Herman G. Lange. 
Dresden, OH— Doris O. Holtz (s), Elenora Pearl 
Jenkins (s). Julius Vernon Shaw, Lawrence Paul 

Danville, IL— Wilbur C. Troxel. 
ChJcgoHgt., IL — Nick J. Zaranli, Thomas J. Yadron. 
Watertown, NY — Marguerite H. Seneca! (s). 
Niagara-Gen. & Vic, NY — Armondo Donimari. 
Charles Harding, Duncan J. McDougall. 
Binghamton, NY — Alden Paquette, Alwyn Ormsby. 
Augusta, GA — Crews McDaniel Bland, Ernest J. 

Harrisburg, PA — Louvick A. Mobley. 
Linton, IN — Pansy B Rooksberry (s). 
Collinsville, IL— Walter P. Roach. 
Huntington, WV — Paul Ray Haynes, Thomas Palmer 

Denison, TX — Harold Richard Stevens. 
Winona, MN — Irwin Nelton. 
Madison, WI — Carl Pridat, Craig Custer. 
San Jose, CA — Carl E. Gerdes, Eugene E. Batten. 
Matilde Garcia, Tomy Mary Salazar (s). Vaughn 

Aberdeen, WA — Louise Sandberg (s), Morgan W, 
Daivs, Olaf J. Pernela. 

Roanoke, VA — Clyde Russell Taylor, Othniel Forest 

Oklahoma City, OK— Jerry Haskell Cloud. 
Norfolk, VA— Willie C. Lipscomb. 
Grand Rapids, MI— -George Sullivan. 
Detroit, MI— David E. Lundin, Roy W. Miller, 
William J. Mclntyre. 
Seattle, WA— Beatrice M. Pratt (s). 
Pawtucket, RI — Felix Goulet. 

Winnipeg Mani., CAN— Frank Preisler, H. S. Ford. 
Waukesha, WI— Edwin H. Dable. 
Memphis, TN — Charlie Norman, G. D. Grimes. 
Herbert Gentry, J. E. Winberry, Myrtle Lee Synder 
(s), Ruby M. Peacock (s). 
Mattoon, IL — Albert Adren Swinford. 
New York, NY — Carlo Diresto, Henry Sutherland. 
Markos Gennias, Salvaatore Conti. 
New Rochelle, NY — Harry Heintz, Louis J. Male 
Buffalo, NY— Arthur F. Schneider, William Klaus- 

Philadelphia, PA — Leslie J. Zane, Valentino Depas- 

Duluth, MN— David B. Pearson, Ethal D. Rinta (s). 
Hazel Hutchins (s). Lillian E. Muehr (s). 
Pueblo, CO— Harold L. Shriver. 
Edwardsville, IL — Joseph Manns. 
Columbus, MS — Daniel M. Pounders, E. G. Hy- 

Camden, NJ— Clyde W. Nelson. 
Lewiston, ID — Nile Vandemark, Vernon Snook, Wil- 
bur Pearson. 

Omaha, NE — Alvin E. Kingery, Nelleman Bernth, 
Niles Jorgensen, Ralph Marshall. 
Alexandria, LA — Bobby G. Cloud, James C. Hanley, 
Lemuel L. Honeycutt. Sudie Mae Poisso (s). 
Lake Co.. OH — Aimer A. Moisio, Harry W. Sarles, 
Richard Nagy, Shirley A. Filla (s). 
Lewiston, ME — Lucien H. Rivard. 
Cincinnati, OH — Marianne R. Armacost (s). 
St. Louis, MO— Philip T. Forys, Ralph Todd. 
New Brighton, PA— Milton L. Bush. 
El Paso, TX — Maria N. Cardenas (s). 
Belleville, II. — Richard J. Wegner. 
Chicago, II, — Carlos Vazquex. Gene CubaJchini, 
Herman Mayes, Leroy M. Madsen. Nels Johnson, 
Paul Andras. 

Portsmouth, OH — Elmer E. Carpenter, Frelen Riggs, 
Roy Meeks. 

St. Ste. Marie, Ont., CAN— Albert Bourgeois, Forest 
W. Duggan. 

Waukegan, IL — Frances M. Hamilton (s). 
Vancouver, B.C., CAN— John G. More. Josephine 
Marie Sundin (s>, Nels Mickelson. 
Auburn. NY— Charles J. Dec. 
Philadelphia, PA— John Ausland, Joseph A. Zamor- 
ski. Ruby Cower (s). 
Clarksville, IN— Allen B. Staples. 
Wausau, WI — Andrew Smugla. 
Highwood, IL — Howard Arne Korsmo. 
Chester County. PA— Helen M. Powell (s). 
Cheyenne Wyoming — Dragica Juraco (s). 
Tacoma, WA— Edward Mezen. Sr.. Gerald D. Odom. 
Herbert A. Finlay. Sam Classen. 
Ashland, KY— Grant Holley. 

Ashland, MA — Henry E. Browning, Romeo Basley. 
Clarksburg, WVA— John B. Davis. Jr. 
San Francisco, CA — Ernest Winkler, Milja Bosnic 
(s), Olof Einar Olson. k 
Windsor, Ont., CAN— Maria Delmistro (s). 



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Butler, PA — Anna Mae Bartley (s), Hillman Francis 

Lancaster, NY — John McKinnon, Sam C. Stewart. 
Nashville, TN — Mildred Jean Rayburn (s). 
Ann Arbor, MI — Earl Suggitt. 
Wilkes Barre, PA — Dominick Sando, Joseph Skar- 
bowski, Lauren Sayre, Matthew Remely, Stanley 

Colo. Springs, CO — Layton Henry Moore. 
Washington, DC— Stanley Peter Stanish. 
Concord NH — Lillian I. Carson (s). 
Washington, PA— William H. Sweger. 
Everett, WA— Jack D. McKiniey. 
Glendale, CA — Henry L. Benson. 
Elkhart, IN— Harvey G. Mates. 
Lincoln, IX — Harold S. Krusz. 
St. John, N. F., CAN— Archibald Drover. 
Sacramento, CA — Herman L. Norsworthy, James 
M. Graham, John Paul Jackson, Mary T. McPeak 
(s), Raymond J. Dahlberg. 
Montezuma, IN — Samuel O. Pearman. 
Hammond, IN — Edward Hupke, Guy B. Smith, 
Linda L. Ruttledge (s). 

Ithaca, NY— Burden Weinerth. Jessie P. Warren (s). 
New York, NY— Dominick Battel, Elizabeth O'Con- 
nor (s), George William Heering. Gunner Dangbuerg, 
John J. Kem, John McGuire, Peter Cichlenski. Ralph 
Kadesh, Richard Weinert. Robert Elkner, Rose 
Deangelis (s). Vincent Daltorio. 
Port Arthur, TX— James H. Deckard. 
Madison, NJ— Charles NaJly, Harold Percy. 
Bangor, ME— Archie F. Elliott, Clayton A. Stod- 
dard, Sr., Glennie G. Bloodsworth (s), Harry Parson, 
Jackman A. Zande, Owen L. Conary. 
Waco, TX— Abner Lee Hutchison, Willie Vickrey. 
Atlantic County, NJ — Albert J. Elvanian, Anthony 
J. Previti, Francis E. Marsh, Sr. 
Wilmington, DE — Albert M. Torp, Clarence Biggs, 
Joseph D. Bruce, Ralph Deamond. 
Jacksonville, FL — Ben F. Scott, Sr., Fritz Hugh L. 
Metts, Reid A. Wilson, Willie Hodges Bulford (s). 
Akron, OH— Mary Elizabeth Darrah (s). Salon C. 
Thayer, Victor N. Oliver. 

Chicago, IL — Ben Haave, Karl E. Johanson, Sven 

Pekin, IX — Charles Joseph Lewis. 
Ottawa, IL— Wenzel Satek. 
Amarillo, TX— Clarence A. Evans, Jr. 
Palo Alto, CA — Ellinor Jensen (s). 
Harrisburg, IL — Arthur Ozee. 
Dubuque, IA — Andrew J. Richard, Frank I. Kenkel, 
Robert J. Gielessen. 

Tampa, FL— Frank B. Rockwell, Harris K. Pugh, 
Sam N. Ficarrotta, Sam Veenstra, William Hall. 
Covington, KY— Henry C. Wetzel, Sr., James C. 
Davis, Lillian Presser (s). 
Fresno, CA— Thomas D. Scott. 
Lorain, OH— Walter Kozloski. 
Long Beach, CA — Archie N. Peterson, Joyce J. John, 
Percy E. Spear. 
Olathe, KA— Wayne Russell. 
Elizabeth, NJ— Carol T. Faser (s), Ellen M. Fitz- 
gerald (s). 

Baton Rouge, LA — Tom C. Williams. 
Los Angeles, CA — George D. Self, ldonna Therese 
Harrod (s), Leonard J. Sokol, Mary Katharina Kar- 
ger (s). 

Litchfield, IX — Henry Hasse. 
Hialeah, FX — Lucuis C. Purvis. 
Kokomo, IN — Max Bums. 

Cincinnati, OH — Casper Kramer, Charles Rehfues. 
New York, NY — Augusta Marie Staats (s), Russell 
J. Terwilliger, William J. Callahan, Sr. 
Bakersfield, CA — Alex Tillman, Leonard I. Curtis, 
Raymond Fredrick Thompson. 
Honolulu, HI — Charles T. Kono. Daisuke Onohara. 
Kaoru Otomo, Kiyoichi Kishida, Robert K. Sonoda, 
Seiyei Aragaki. 

Oswego, NY — Gerald Hollenbeck. 
Santa Rosa, CA— Richard Newfield. 
Beaumont, TX — Evelyn Revia (s). 
Bellingham, WA— Alfred Frank Stolle, Orvin L. 

Shreveport, LA — Anna L. Sipes (s). 
Pasadena, CA— Marvin R. White. 
Yakima, WA — Dennis Stevenson, Grace May Craw- 
ford (s). 

Clinton, IA — Thomas K. Wiebenga, Woodrow D. 

Harrisonville, MO— Elbert R. Moore. 
Princeton, NJ — Frances G. Debiec (s). 
Fond Du Lac, WI— Norbert J Grebe 
Sioux Falls, SD— Raymond Flagel. 
Dixon IL — Leroy KJeckler. 

Rockford, IL — Howard Walker, Matthew Uzarski, 
Monral S. Belknap. 

Beverly MA— John D. Sample, William K. Wilson. 
West Palm Bch., FL— James R. Nowling. 
Santa Cruz, CA — Arliey E. Hamby.Carl W. Hansen. 
Delbert W. Nehf, Jack H. Stevens. 
Beatrice, NE— Ludvik R. Wanek. 
Canoga Park, CA — Emest F. Souders. 
Clifton Heights, PA— Bernard T. Stromberg. 
Lethbdge, Alta., CAN— Arnold Dogterom. 
San Bruno, CA— Charles R. Young, Nick Premenko. 
Anoka, MN— Orval V. Wheeler. 
Brunswick, GA — Robert J. Morris. 
Spokane, WA — Loski Allen. 
Cincinnati, OH— Raymond C. Hatke. 
St. Joseph, MI — Guy M. Gray, Rudolph Bouwknegt. 
Brooklyn, NY — Annie Mabel Murphy (s), Bemhard 



















Thompson, Dominic Gemelli, Edward L. Olsen, 
Maureen Pettit (s). 

Glendale, AZ — James R. Colburn, Wensel L. Music. 
Kalispell, MT— Ed Hazelton. 

Aurora, IL — Dennis D. Snyder, Gerhardt Geye, 
Peter J. Sliauter. 
Salinas, CA — Edmond Reynolds. 
Sandusky, OH— Hedley Bartlett. 
Tulsa, OK— Kermit L. Castleberry, Ola Lander (si. 
-Vollie D. Hughes. 

San Bernardino, CA — A. D. Cheek, Sr., Benjamin 
R. Hill. 

Sioux City, IA— Floyd W. Deverell. 
Lake Charles, LA — Felix Labauve. 
Appleton, WI — Myron Paulson. 
Reno, NV— John Frank, Sr. 
Texas City, TX— Nigel E. Thorne. 
Springfield, MO— Dale W Fields, Roy A. Johnson. 
Detroit, MI — Archie Barrows, Arnold L. Nielsen, 
Clarence Knoy, Fred E. Wood, Hazen Karp. 
Miami, FL — Vera Lee Reep (s). 
Royal Oak, MI— Arnold W Kain, Bert D. Suther- 
land, Harold D. Ellison, Henry Steinbrueck, Lloyd 

Knoxville, TN— Embree C. Stapleton. 

Merrillville, IN — Joe Depine, Virgil Ward. 

St. Johns, NFLD., CAN— William King. 

Muncie, IN — Andrew E. Woods, Lester S. Horner. 

Cortland, NY— Kay A. Jones (s). 

Cumberland, MD— Clyde E. Baker, John Polantz. 

Medford, WI — Ferdinand F. Viergutz. 

Pittsburgh, NY— Adlor Obert. 

Gary, IN— Jessie B. Gondell (s). 

Palm Springs, CA— Paul W. Collins. 

Philadelphia, PA — Harry Triolo. 

Milwaukee, WI — Rodman A. Forbes. 

Everett, WA — Edward J. Strumpfer, Sr. 

Lincoln, NE — James B. Naughton. 

Schuylkill County, PA— Kenneth W Harris 

Salem, OR— Robert A. Wilkison. 

Port Huron, MI — Fred Maedel. 

Eau Claire, WI — Jack M. Hendrickson. 

Fredericksburg, VA — Atwell Dewey Hall. 

Steubenville, OH— Bruce W. Fogle, Herman R Rush. 

Owensboro, KY — Otis A. Boswell. 

Angleton, TX — Charles Aubrey Dotson, Frank R. 


Phoenix, AZ — Frank Tetiva, Fred J. Kroenke, Nor- 

val L. Schulenberger. 

Marseilles, IL — Richard John Jurzak. 

Glencove, NY — Anne Swenson (s), Helen Yula (s). 

Albany Corvallis, OR — Junior McCuIlough. 

Baton Rouge, LA — Carroll W. Draper, Ernest J. 

Kish, Grady E. McMorris, James A. Bruce, Jessie 

Wyatt Purvis, Michael M. Acosta, O. J. Lewis. 

FlagstafT, AZ— Jack Harold Myers. 

Detroit, MI — Clarence A. Vinyard, Kenneth L. Jones. 

Woodlawn, AL — Edna Vera Garrison (s). 

Cleveland, OH — Hoover C. Akers, Paul J. Foumier. 

Visalia, CA — Frank Kenwood. 

San Bernardino, CA — Clarence M. Anderson. 

S. Milwauke, WI— Floyd Watkins. 

Portland, OR— Frances M. Setness (s), William A. 


Alpena, MI — Dale Ranger. 

Toledo, OH — Edwin Wisniewski, Henry F. Schmuhl. 

San Pedro, CA — Henry C. Drews, Hugo Chicoli, 

Joe Rotert, Joseph Bourget, William Thebaut. 

Green Bay, WI — Elaine Norton (s). 

San Francisco, CA — Charles Loyd, Francisco Ma- 

chado. James Allan, Pietro Azzarelli. 

Thunder Bay, Ontario, CAN — Roma Mustofic. 

Columbus, IN — Roscoe E. Stillabower. 

Point Plasant, WV— Delbert G. Fisher. 

Pittsburgh, PA — Erna Nincke (s), Hans Fabricius, 

Ruth M. Cooper (s). 

Rochester, NY — John E. Leavy, Michael Smelkoff. 

New York, NY — Julius Konrad. Louise Toscano (s). 

Shakopee, MN — Henry N. Schoenecker. 

Seattle, WA — Faith Elizabeth Haaversen (s), Vernon 


Chicago, IL— Martha B. Collier (si, Michael J. Sto- 

larczyk, Raymond J. Wilson. 

Charleston, WV — Clarence K. McDerment, Eston 

C. Worthington, Serena Mabel Eades (s). 

Mesa, AZ — Hjalmar N. Peterson, William C. Dror- 


Emporia, KS — Herman H. Siegele. 

Dawson Crk., BC, CAN— Conrad Weisheit. 

Columbus, OH — Edgar E. Henderly. 

Fairbanks, AK — Gordon L. Hagen. 

Marinette, WI— Stanley Bizjak. 

Chillicothe, OH— Alfred Ball. 

Sarnia, Ont„ CAN— William Tumey Ullrich. 

Austin, TX— Charlie E. West, Joseph P. Hester, R. 

A. Walker. 

Clearwater, FL— Joseph P. Flad. 

Mountain View, CA — David R. Stonebarger. 

Seattle, WA— Britt O'Neal, George P. Clark, Homer 

Hayward Dare, Pete L. Wolvert. 

Huntington, NY — lsadore Maybaum. 

New London, CT — Steven Hopkins. 

Fall River, MA— Walter J Hollis. 

Evanston, IL — Arthur Hacker. 

Lake Worth, FL— Edna S. Fritz (s). Phronita Boger 

(s), Vaino Talas. 

SI. Louis, MO — Maxine Marine Wisdom (s). 

Albuquerque, NM — Albert Quintana. 

Edmonton, Alta., CAN — Fernand Foumier. 

Independence, MO — Hugh F. Johnson, Sr., William 

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State College, PA — M. Louise Bolopue Wright (s). 
Tuscaloosa, AL — Admiral D. Orr. 
Owensboro, KY— Hubert E. White. 
Irvington, NJ— Mary Palo (si. Nathan Choda- 
kowsky, Nicola Muoio. 

Buffalo, NY — Clarence F. Ulmer, George Elliott. 
Sante Fe, NM — Raymond Bransford. 
La Jolla, CA— William Roy Hauck. 
Ada Ardmore, OK — Olcn Lewis Shores. 
Oshkosh, WI— Ray Dehart. 
Cleveland, OH — Anton Offenberger. 
Gadsden, AL — J. B. Ingram, Leo Fischer. 
Flint, MI — Anthony Murch, Jerry Grant. 
Rochester, MN — Thomas McNary. 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL— Albert P. Davis, Walter A. 

North Hempstad, NY — Julia Evessa (s), Theodore 

Okmulgee, OK — Hercules Jones. 
Santa Monica, CA — Lester E. Mitchell. 
San Pedro, CA — Francisco R. Rodriguez. Thorsten 

Redwood City, CA — Charles A. Brown, Jesse Mc- 
Ilrath, Parley Peterson. 

Lodi, CA — Alfred J. Swanson, Orvall S. Snelling. 
Corpus Christie, TX— Otto L. Breitkreutz. 
Elyria, OH — Siegfred Rostkoski. 
Compton, CA — Kenneth E. Glass, Lon C. Miller. 
Malvin B. Hinsvark. 
Topeka, KS— Hubert Huddleston. 
Vero Beach, FL — Pearl Prock (s), Thomas Oscar 

Lansing, MI — Wayne E. Wilkinson. 
Detroit, MI — John C. Folkers, Samuel D. Holder. 
Huntington Bch, CA— Clair Paul Phillis, Eli Weck- 
lich, Forrest F. Feece, Ona May Feece (s), William 
F. Lade, William Scott Bryant. 
Cincinnati, OH— Jesse S. Oldfield, Teddy E. Blair. 
New York, NY — Chester O. Farry, Fred Calhoun, 
Gerhard Gronnrod, Hans Hagen, Henning Verme- 
dal. Selmer Ellersten, Walter Snyder. 
Charlotte, NC— Nadine P. Marshall (s). William E. 
Mosley, William Lewis Flowe. 
Lake Charles, LA — Jerry L. Williams. 
Redondo, CA — Jack H. Kripps, Peter Mausbach, 
Randall Thompson, Thomas O. Dodds. 
La Port, IN— Wallace Beckman. 
Auburn, CA — Einer P. Nelson. 
Burlington, VT— Royal Perry 
Burlington, NJ — Blanche C. Johnston (s). 
San Diego, CA — Allan Hayes, Ralph H Moore. 
Chico, CA — Evelyn V. Enns (s). 
E. Los Angeles, CA — Francis Dubrall, Millard Ash- 

Provo, UT— Clarence Middleton. 
Los Angeles, CA — Charlene Meadors (s), Mary Ellen 
Herndon (s), Wilbur R. Higbie. 
Miami, FL— Warren A. Rempher. 
Ironton, OH — Teresa Simmons (s). 
Martel, CA — Herbert Myer Keams, Louis Eldred 

Denton, TX— Elmer M. Clack. 
Kansas City, KS — Hubert L. Knifong. 
New York, NY — Allen Warren, Bruno Pinciaro. John 

Culver City, CA — Barbara Maxine Richards. 
Muscatine, IA — Lois L. Wagg. 
Casper, WY — Minnie M. Schauss (s). 
Abilene, TX— Ottis E. Self. 
Marysville, CA. — Stephen E. Eden. 
East San Diego, CA — Emily Mae Vestergaard (s). 
Ivan E. Younkin, John C. France. Warren J. Pettis. 
BufTalo, NY— Walter J. Cooper 
Lawton, OK — Dorsie L. Jones. 
Washington, D.C.— Carl Conrad, Norman W. Weh- 

Wausau, WI. — Lorina A. Steckbauer (s). 
Montgomery County, PA — Alexander F. Rakowski, 
Ignatius M. Zaffarano. Karl W. Kratzer. 
St. Louis, MO — Charles T. Ryckman, Frank Som- 
mer, Jr. , Pauline E. Ehrhard (s), Walter W. Michler. 
Bremerton, WA — Dewey R. Stevenson, Robert P. 

Victoria, B.C., CAN— Arthur S. Ward, Ernest H. 

Redding, CA — A J. McDonald, James H. Johnson, 
Sr., James J. Ford. 
Sacramento, CA — Ben J Abila. 
Hayward, CA — Andrew L. Kuiper, Grace Rose (s). 
Joseph F. Bennetti, Otis, A. Loney. 
S. Luis Obispo, CA — Reagan L. Lacy. 
Lexington, KY — David C. Moss, Ella Marian Hart 

Midland, MI— Thelma E. Bedell, (s). 
Bartlesville, OK — Chester Perkins. 
Ft. William, Ont„ CAN— llmari Ylijoki. 
El Dorado, AR — Edna Charline Barlow (s). 
Melbourne-Daytona Beach, FX — Jack D. Broome, 
Owen B. Nettles. 

Auburn, WA— William R. Peterson. 
Vancouver, WA— Ebbert Earl Neal, Madelen Kav 
Neal (s), Verne I. Cowell. 
Ambridge, PA — Charles J. Strickler. 
Marshfleld, WI— Michael J. Wagner. 
Kirkwood, MO— Robert A. Villhard. 
Milwaukee, WI — George Raymond. 
Anniston, AL — Ross Wilkins. 

Cleveland, OH— Eddie Yurkovich, Joan Bodak (s). 
Morris Epstein. 

Pomona, CA— Allen J. Cook, Glen Bonham. Harvey 
Hawkins, John Allen Zollinger. Rjchard A. Parker. 

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Wayne W. Rcnz. 

[.ockport, II. — Stanley W. Hawkey, Jr. 
Orlando. FL— William E. P. Bales. 
Cape Girardeau, MO — Ernest L. Jenkins 
Columbus, IN — Wm. Francis Guthrie 
Las Vegas. NV — William E. French. 
B(Jou, CA— Robert Williams. 

Farmington. MO — Anna Lee Edgar (st, Robert Coale. 
Renlon, WA— Harold B Miles. Lloyd A. Sturgeon. 
Dayton, OH — Donald Ray Tanner. 
Wood River, It.— Ralph A. Schubert. 
Santa Ana, CA — C. F. Roberts, Carroll J. Ellingson. 
Martha Ellen Krysko (s). Robert F. Landry, Wilson 

Clarksville, TN— Alma K. Long (s). 
Fort Worth, TX— Alvin D. Earp, Arthur Wade 

Philadelphia, PA— Allan J Baird. 
Babylon, NY — Charles Simanek, Nicholas Norelli. 
Washlngton, MO — John Wilson Dickinson, Richard 
H Huffman. 

Snoqualm Fall, WA— Hazel W. Moore Is), Julius W 

New Orleans, LA — Alex Engvall, Edgar LePeyrouse, 
Lawrence C. Thonn. Lloyd J. Naquin, Nancy B. 
Valure (s). Pauline Weathersby is), Percy L. Wil- 

Pasco. WA — Bergman C. Giles, Erma Leone Still- 
well (s), Frank W. Dunham. George Rogge, Helen 
F. Rees (s). 

Bryan. TX— Ervin D. Autry. 
Philadelphia, PA — Constance Canale (s). John J 
Vanhom. Raymond Weldon. 
Minneapolis, MN — Cornelius W. Weckauff, George 
E. Engfund. Hilding V. Thoreen, Vernetta Francis 
Peter (s), Walter Chlebeck. 
Manteca, CA — Euel Lewis Harp. 
Cleveland, OH — Harrison Browning. 
Downers Grove, IL — Ethiel S. Phelps. 
Lafavette, LA — J. B. Faul. Jaunita Louvierre (s). 
Philadelphia. PA— Mark J Maillett. 
Van Nuys, CA — Barton Benoit. 
Phoenix, AZ— Alice F. Ross (s). Walter B. Proctor. 
Hempstead, NY — Jean Guter (s), Nora M. Przwara 
(s), OtloC Trappe. 

Chicago, II, — Ernest Gaegar, Grank B. Castiglione. 
Bemidji, MN — Russell Anderson. 
London, Ont.. CAN— Erik Christensen, Lome Hunter 

Hollvwood, FL — Ronald W. Flanigan. 
Temple, TX— A. J. Reed. Charlie C. Zuehlke 
Crossville, TN — W. J. Freeman. 
Natchez, MS— Earl A. Smith. 
Libertyville, IL — Gerhard Noble. 
Los Gatos, CA — Pierce O. Cosbie. Raymond Trout- 
man. William A. Oakes. 
Santa Paula, CA — Joe Burke Price. 
Ocean County, NJ — Arthur T. Hawken. 
San Diego, CA — D. Kurtz Heiny, Oscar Navarro. 
Miami, FL — Roy Terjesen. 
Rapid Citv, SD— Herman Trautman. 
Kingsbeach, CA— Robert S. Wrigt. 
Adrian, MI — Artie E. Robison. 
Moncton, N. B. CAN — Jean Boudreau. 
Oxnard, CA — Donald Nichols, Eural H. Souther- 
land. Walter Burrows. 

Martinez, CA — Arne Ahola, David R. Root, Earl 
Estepp, Pauline A. McVicker (s), Stephen Grice, 
Victor A. Kaufenberg. Warren L. Wolff. 
Columbus, OH — Robert M. Grimm. 
Chicago, IL— William Schult. 
Antigo, WI — Louise Catherine Magnusson <s). 
Centralia, WA — Eugene I. Schwarz. Juanita Au- 
milier (s). 

New York, NY — Anton Frank. John Moscato. Joseph 
Ligus, Josephine Dubovy is). Wilhelm Nolte. 
Rock Island, IL — Earl T. Raymond. Gregory Bjur- 
strom, Howard V. Barto. 
San Francisco, CA — Robert L. Bell. 
Sturgeon Bay, WI— Eli A. Peterson. Sr. 
Anaheim, CA — Dorothy E. Everett (s). F. F. Jones. 
Paul J. Spady. 

Newark, NJ — David T. Love. 
Houston, TX — Clelus Addison Davis. 
Fremont, OH — Gilbert Walters, Henry Lindhorst. 
Fennimore, WI — Merle O. Lee. 
Juneau, AK — Kenneth Dee Anderson. 
Piqua, OH — Damon Terrell. 
Adams Co., CO— John S. Kelly. Ritchie Savage. 
Red Bank. NJ — Charles Frantzen. Peter MacKellar. 
Pittsburgh, PA— Agnes McArdle is), Harry F. Wat- 
son. Thelma Beck (s). 

Detroit, MI — George Syrett. Kenneth Jones. 
Pittsburgh, PA— James A. Smith. 
Clanton, AL— Henry V, L. Ballard, Willie Daniel 

New York, NY — Joseph Messina. 
Los Angeles, CA — Charles Reed III. Jesus Munoz. 
Ruben Uribe Martinez. 
Washington, DC— James R. Cathell. 
Monon, IN — Alden Dean. 
Milwaukee, WI — Peter Lewandowski. 
Bradnton-Sarastafl — Johan W. Liljekvist. 
Merrill, WI — Leonard C. Baumann. 
Spokane, WA— Elmer J. Wyckoff. 
Lebanon, IN — James A. Hill. 
Seattle, WA — Alvah Williamson (s), James A. Dy- 
son. R. G. Osbom. 
Portland, OR— Walker W. West. 












Fort Payne, AL — Charles H. Hayncs. 
New Orleans, 1. A — Kenneth Jcntry Herrin. 
Ventura, CA— Walter Ulawski, 
Tullahoma, TN- Benjamin Roy Cates. 
Longvlew, WA — Mana E. Hcndrickson. 
Seattle, WA — Charles W. Schweinhart, Emmilt Ver- 
million, Louis E. Ward. Ralph Woodard. William 

Port Angeles, WA— Vergil W. Findlcy 
San Francisco, CA — James Tyler (s>. 
Louisville, KY — Francis S. Barksdale. 
Llhhy, MT — Archie J. Kinney, Frank E. McClain, 
Herbert Hamann, Norman L. Pabst. 
Seneca, OR — Paul C. Mulcare. 
San Diego, CA — Corcna Anderson (si 
Lafayette, IN — Roy S. Nease. 
Tacoma, WA — Lars Johanscn. 
Valsetz, OR— Kenneth L Blochcr. 
Sumdard, CA— Paul R. Macias, Jr. 
Everett. WA— George E Holt 
Fordyce, AR — Lee Odis Robinson. 
New York, NY — Joseph Tucker. Wilfredo Arroyo. 
PI. Arthur, Onl.. CAN— Gilbert Beaudry. Ivan El- 
liott. Jack Laponen, Paul E. Simard, Stephen Col- 

Center, TX — Annie D. Holman. 
No. Manchester, IN — Anna Mae Gerber. 
N.W. Mlnst. B. C. CAN— Alfred Charles Renard. 
Pcder Martinsen. 
Yakima, WA— Fred A. Holmes. 
Springfield, OR— June Bvrl Wilson (s) 
McNary, AR— Elizabeth McDowell (s). 
Morton, WA — James A. Anderson. 
The Dalles, OR — John A. Dickenson. 
Sweet Home, OR — Aden D. Arnold 
Quebec, Que., CAN — Almanzor Dupont. 
Denver, CO — Eugene L. Kucera. 
Dallas, TX— John F. Halamik. 
Portland, OR — Evar O. Lowenburg. 
Weed, CA — Thomas D, Hopson. 
Shippigan, N. B. CAN— Aurele Paulin. 
Jasper, IN — Jerome Kiefer. 
New York. NY— Bill Melvin. 
Roseburg, OR — Alfred V. Perron, Charles L. Lewis, 
Clarie P. Nichols (s), George R. Wood. Herman 
Amorde. Jack J. Crittenden. Nancy L. Bishop (s). 
Alexandria, VA — John M. Hatzel. 
Toronto, Ont., CAN— Frederick Welsh. 
Chester, CA — Samuel R. Barnicle, Sylvester Tollett. 
Stockton, CA — Bobbie R. Young, Manuel J. Lopez, 
Martha Sue Borelli (s). 
Vaughn, OR — Orvin E. Streeter. 
Maywood, CA — Cita Rodriguez. Curtis L. Perdue. 
James E. Riley, Lonnie Sais. 
Grand Ford, B. C. CAN— Micha Barzal. 
Province of Quebec LCL 134-2 — Gerard Comtois. 
Raymond Gauthier, Severin Gagnon. 
Detroit, MI — Frederick J. Michon. 
Philadelphia, PA— John W Boggs 
Oakland, CA — Henry J. Brown. 




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armed with the facts. Also, success fed 
success: the union kept pushing be- 
cause it knew it was right and that it 
was working for the good of all our 
members and co-workers. 

It has taken a lot of work from many 
people in order for Local 3073 to ac- 
complish so much in the last couple of 
years, however our efforts have led to 
a much safer and healthful workplace. 
We have used every weapon at our 
disposal from the grievance procedure 
all the way up to the Congress of the 
United States. When it comes to safety 
and health, we go wherever we have to 
to get the job done. 

— Stephen Perry 

Say That Again 

Continued from Page 17 

Some ways noise can be reduced in 
the workplace are listed below: 

• Workers can be isolated from noise 
exposures. For example, crane and 
piledrive operators should have sound- 
proofed cabs. 

• All vehicles such as earth moving equip- 
ment should have exhaust silencers 
(mufflers), sound-proof cabs, and get 
frequent maintenance to reduce noise 

• Power tools often have quieter models 
available. These are "vibration-damp- 
ened" or contain sound-absorbing ma- 
terials. They should also be kept sharp 
and in good working order. 

• The shrieking sound from sharp bends 
and multi-valve arrangements in steam 
lines can be reduced by making softer 
bends and adding tubing pieces between 
the valves to reduce or eliminate the 
turbulence before it reaches the next 

• The noise from compressed air-driven 
machines can be reduced by use of a 
straight lined duct-type muffler, or by 
a tube filled with a porous sound-ab- 
sorbing material between two fine- 
meshed gauzes. 

• Fan noise can be reduced if fans are 
placed in smooth, undisturbed flow 
streams. This can be done by increasing 
the distance between a fan and a sharp 
bend in the pipe or duct. 

• Machines that vibrate can be isolated 
by use of various materials and in var- 
ious shapes — such as foam material, 
rubber-plastic, mineral wool, cellular 
material (rubber-plastic), dense rubber- 
plastic, cork, horizontal wire coils, spi- 
ral springs, leaf springs, or plate springs, 

• Some machinery can be partially or 
completely enclosed or separate rooms 
for operations can be built to remove 
workers from the machinery noise. 

Editor's Note: More information on noise 
in the workplace can he obtained from the 
UBC Department of Occupational Safety 
and Health, 101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20001 





Here's a handy tool for anyone working 
with ceiling hanger systems, acoustical ceil- 
ings, telephone wires, and other overhead 
work. DonTruluck, a member of UBC Local 
101, Baltimore, Md., has patented and mar- 
keted the Tm-loc Bar Joist Hook, a tool 
which permits you to work from the floor, 
without scaffolds, in most situations. 

Your looped wire or chain is placed on 
the Tru-Loc Hook by means of an installa- 
tion plug which fits into any Va inch conduit 
pipe found on the job. Raise and slip hook 
to the bar joist, slip hook through the joist, 
and with a half twist of the wrist the hook 
is installed. You can buy the hooks ($20.00 
per 100), an extension pole ($8.00 each), and 
a magnetic lift-off ($5.00 each) by mail or 
get a brochure and order blank from: Truluck 
Ceiling Hanger Systems, 313 Alameda Pkwy. 
Arnold, Md. 21012. 


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Up to now, marking, measuring and cut- 
ting large surfaces of various kinds of build- 
ing material took time at each step along the 
way. What has been needed is a single tool 
that did these jobs quickly and accurately. 
And Adjust-a-Square did it. This new tool, 
made of extruded aluminum, rotates both 
arms of the traditional T-square from zero 
to 360 degrees. The 50" king-size length of 
the Adjust-a-Square arm increases the ver- 
satility of this new tool. For additional in- 
formation you can contact Adjust-a-Square 
by mail at 405 N. King St., Hendersonville, 
North Carolina 28739. 


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Don't fall for that pitch about 'steady 
work' and 'good pay' with a non-union 
contractor or employer. You can be out on 
the sidewalks tomorrow without union pro- 
tections. Stick with the union contractor 
and the union industrial shop. 

Attend yor local union 
meetings regularly. Be an 
active member of the UBC. 

APRIL, 1984 


Is Safety and 

Health at 

Work a Luxury? 

UBC makes continued progress in 
its efforts to expand labor- 
management programs 

Without much fanfare but with a lot of hard 
work, the United Brotherhood in recent years 
has embarked on a strong health and safety 
program for its members. 

We have a fulltime, experienced safety direc- 
tor and a trained industrial hygienist. These two 
staff members have conducted seminars for local 
union leaders and stewards in many parts of the 
United States and Canada. 

You will note that recent issues of Carpenter 
magazine have contained articles of importance 
about safety and health on the job. This is part 
of our program of safety and health education. 

This month, I'd like to discuss with you some 
of the reasons why we place such importance 
on good health and safety on the job. 

As you know, many of our industries are still 
feeling the effects of the recession. Plants have 
been closed, thousands of workers laid off, and 
everywhere non-union, lower-paid work is un- 
dercutting fair employers. Under such circum- 
stances, is safety and health in the workplace a 

The OSHA law guarantees a safe workplace 
to every worker covered by the Act. A safe 
workplace is a right, not a privilege, but can 
hard-pressed employers afford to make their 
workplaces safe and healthy? 

Is money spent on safety money taken away 
from other productivity improvements? In some 
cases, improvements made to correct hazards 
actually result in greater productivity or cost 
savings. Installation of dust collection has al- 
lowed some plants to burn wood dust — saving 
on fuel bills. Solvents in paints or degreasers 
have been recovered through collection systems 
and recycled — saving on raw material costs. In 
other cases some jobs have been partly auto- 
mated — removing workers from exposure to 
hazardous conditions. This may, however, result 
in a loss of some jobs. 

Many times the costs of health and safety 

improvements are overestimated. When OSHA 
issued a stricter standard for exposure to vinyl 
chloride (used in making plastics), the industry 
claimed it would cost millions of dollars and 
would shut down the industry. The changes 
made to meet the new OSHA standard resulted 
in actual cost savings as less raw material was 
lost when the process was more automated. 

This does not mean that all safety improve- 
ments are inexpensive. A comprehensive pro- 
gram to protect workers from exposure to toxic 
chemicals is not cheap. Providing people with 
respirators is not in itself protective. They must 
also be trained in how to use and maintain the 
respirators correctly, provided with medical ex- 
ams to make sure they are capable of wearing a 
respirator, and given the best respirator for the 
job, not merely a paper dust mask. The respi- 
rators must also be tested for proper fit. 

Will less injuries at work save the employer 
money? When it comes to safety hazards, the 
answer is yes. The costs of an injury include 
not only an employee's doctor bills but also lost 
productivity. Whenever an accident happens, 
work stops. Other workers must come over to 
help out, the accident must be investigated, 
OSHA may come in for an accident investiga- 
tion, a new worker with less experience may 
have to take over the job temporarily, and the 
accident may put expensive machinery out of 
commission and in the repair shop. All of this 
takes time and costs money. One company 
estimated that it costs $14,000 for each lost work 
time accident and $100,000 for each fatality when 
all these factors are taken into account. 

These cost arguments can be powerful medi- 
cine for an employer reluctant to spend money 
on safety improvements. 

For health hazards the situation is not as clear. 
Many health hazards take years to develop. 
Employers usually think in terms of short-term 
gains rather than using long-term planning. They 
may not want to spend money now to prevent 
diseases that won't show up for 20-30 years 
since they have no proof that a problem will 
arise or that they will be held responsible. Also, 
although workers compensation premiums for 
accidents may catch up with an employer as 
their "experience rating" gets worse and pre- 
miums increase, most occupational illnesses never 
get compensated and the costs get spread out 
among all employers and little impact is felt. 

What about workers who are afraid to complain 
about safety and health? Some workers believe 
that complaining about safety and health hazards 
will get them fired. They feel they must accept 
hazardous work in order to feed their families. 
The OSHA law was supposed to solve that 



problem, but it is obvious that the problem still 

We must ask ourselves, though, how much 
risk will we accept. Where do we draw the line? 
Some people will refuse to work with an un- 
guarded machine. Others will not climb an unsafe 
ladder. They know that these situations present 
a risk and if they take such a risk, they may get 
injured. Most injuries will be minor and involve 
little time away from work, but some will be 
serious and those will hurt not only them but 
also their families. Some injuries such as back 
injuries can permanently damage a worker's 
future earnings. And many of the injuries are 
not compensated or inadequately compensated. 
Is it worth taking that risk? That each person 
must decide for him/herself. Only you can decide 
where you draw that line. 

The union can also protect workers against 
discrimination. In the past, before the union was 
voted in, workers were afraid to complain about 
other workplace discrimination such as getting 
suspended arbitrarily for "insubordination." Now 
they have protection in the grievance procedure. 
Discrimination for safety and health activism is 
a similar situation where the union can help 
protect members. 

Correcting hazards in the workplace is not 
easy, especially during hard economic times. 
Financial problems do not relieve an employer 
of the responsibility under the law to provide a 
safe work place, but they can be considered as 
a factor in determining how quickly a hazard 
must be corrected. OSHA in citing violations 
gives the employer varying amounts of time to 
abate hazards depending in part on how dan- 
gerous the problem is and also how costly it is 
to correct. Installing a complete ventilation sys- 
tem is a long and expensive process, whereas 
putting on a machine guard is not. That doesn't 
mean it should not be done, only that it may 
take longer to do. And alternative means of 
protection must be used until it is installed. 
Respirators can be provided for dust or chemical 
hazards and dust can be vacuumed up fre- 
quently. The local union must work with the 
employer to design reasonable priorities, appro- 
priate abatement plans, and protective alterna- 
tives for the interim period. 

Employers are pleading poverty and asking 
for wage concessions. In return for smaller wage 
settlements, locals can ask for strengthened 
safety language in their contracts. They can push 
for contract rights to set up safety committees, 
or to refuse unsafe work. Even a contract clause 
requiring the employer to abide by OSHA law 
will be beneficial since violations can be cor- 
rected by in-plant grievance procedures rather 

than going through OSHA and discrimination 
for safety complaints can be handled more easily 
as a labor relations issue. 

The support of the local union is one of the 
most important elements in getting hazards cor- 
rected. If the membership sees safety as a vital 
issue and fully supports efforts to correct prob- 
lems, management will be more likely to act. 
This means that the members must be educated 
about safety, the risks such hazards represent, 
and what can be done to correct them. 

The Brotherhood was founded over 100 years 
ago to improve working conditions for its mem- 
bers. Safe and healthy working conditions are 
an important part of that goal. The union's 
purpose is to raise standards and make all 
workplaces safer rather than allowing our work- 
places to be just as unsafe as the non-union 
shops. Injured and diseased workers are a poor 
legacy for any employer, even during recession- 
ary times. It is every member's responsibility to 
make safety a priority rather than a "luxury." 


General President 


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VOLUME 104 No. 5 * "* MAY, 1984 


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L-P Boycott Reaches Wall Street, NYC, and Portland, Ore., 2 

Repair, Rebuild Nation, Say Building Trades 4 

Shadow of the Bankruptcy Decision 7 

U.S. Solidarity Movement Formed Robert Cooney 9 

Retired General Treasurer Nichols Honored 10 

Mondale Strong on Key Worker Issues 12 

The 1983 Election Calendar 14 

Canadian Conference 17 

Back Pains: Safety Is Every Member's Business 18 

Members in the News 21 

Eight Oldtimers Prove UBC Members Longlived 28 


Camden Harbor on Penobscot Bay 
certainly exemplifies the serene beauty 
that is Maine. Camden is situated about 
halfway up the east coast of Maine, less 
than 40 miles from the state capital of 

Fishing is an important industry along 
the Maine coast with its many inlets and 
islands. Catching and selling lobster is 
certainly one of the biggest and best- 
known of Maine's coastal industries. Other 
fishery products include sardines, cod, 
herring, haddock, clams, smelts, hake, 
sword-fish, and mackerel. 

There are a dozen UBC local unions 
in the Pine Tree State, all affiliated with 
the Northern New England District 

And as our cover shows, Maine is also 
a place for just taking it easy . Vacationers 
have long found pleasure boating on the 
lakes and along the coast of Maine an 
experience worth traveling to the far 
northeast tip of the United States for. In 
fact, the Encyclopedia Britannica has 
"Maine's position as a favorite resort for 
summer vacationists" dating back to about 
1870, "when camps, summer hotels, and 
boarding houses began to multiply 
throughout the State." — photo by James 


Washington Report 6 

Ottawa Report 16 

Local Union News 23 

Plane Gossip 26 

Service to the Brotherhood 31 

Consumer Clipboard: Latchkey Children Series, No. 2 35 

In Memoriam 37 

What's New? " 39 

President's Message Patrick J. Campbell 40 

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Printed in U. S. A. 

Wall Street Rally Protests 
Louisiana-Pacific's Actions 

UBC Members join Woodworkers in rally at L-P headquarters in Oregon 

Over 1500 United Brotherhood and 
other trade union members rallied on 
Wall Street on March 22 to support the 
Louisiana-Pacific strikers and to inform 
Wall Street of L-P's irresponsible union- 
busting tactics. 

The dramatic noon rally, which also 
included members from the Teachers 
Union, the Teamsters. UFCW, and the 
Hospital Workers (1199), took place 
across from the New York Stock Ex- 
change where Louisiana-Pacific's stock 
is traded. Thousands of Wall Street 
analysts and investors witnessed the 
lively rally attended by Brotherhood 
members from construction sites 
throughout lower Manhattan. 

On the same day, another protest 
rally was held on the West Coast outside 
L-P's corporate headquarters in Port- 
land, Ore. Scores of delegates to the 
convention of the International Wood- 
workers of America assembled with 
members of the UBC's Western Coun- 
cil to let L-P executives know that labor 
stands united against the union-busting 
tactics of the company. (See pictures 
on the opposite page.) 

In the hours preceding the New York 
rally. Brotherhood members passed out 
nearly 10,000 leaflets to Wall Street 
investors and brokers informing them 
of the continuing strike at L-P and the 
national consumer boycott called by 
the UBC. and that "Louisiana-Pacific 
Workers Will Not Be Sold Short." 

Addressing the rally. First General 
Vice President Sig Lucassen detailed 
the Brotherhood's total campaign to 
win justice for the L-P strikers, to be 
carried out from "Main Street to Wall 
Street." Harry Van Arsdale. president 
of the New York City Central Labor 
Council, cited the need for labor unity 

in the face of anti-union attacks from 
corporations such as Louisiana-Pacific. 
Humphrey Donahue, regional AFL-CIO 
director, read a message from AFL- 
CIO President Lane Kirkland stating 
that Louisiana-Pacific's "bottom line" 
must include justice for its workers. 
James Bledsoe, secretary of the West- 
ern Council of Lumber, Production and 
Industrial Workers, the Brotherhood 
affiliate conducting the strike in the 
Northwest, outlined L-P's tactics lead- 
ing to the strike and described the 
resolve of striking L-P workers. Also 
addressing the rally, which was chaired 
by UBC Board Member Joseph Lia, 
were New York State Assemblyman 
Frank Barbara and former Secretary of 
Labor Peter Brennan, who is president 
of the New York State Building Trades. 

Later in the afternoon, James Bled- 
soe testified at the New York State 
Labor Committee's hearings on "The 
Plight of Collective Bargaining," where 
he outlined L-P's efforts to undermine 
collective bargaining in the Northwest, 
particularly through the use of strike- 
breakers. The hearings were chaired by 
Assemblyman Frank Barbara. 

UBC General President Patrick J. 
Campbell said the rally was called to 
show that the union intends to take its 
campaign "from Main Street to Wall 
Street" to spotlight the company's un- 
justified demands for wage rollbacks 
and other concessions. 

Nearly 1,600 workers have been on 
strike against L-P since last June at 18 
company facilities in Washington, Or- 
egon, California, and Idaho. L-P, the 
nation's second largest lumber com- 
pany, makes home repair and construc- 
tion products. 

The union is broadening its consumer 

boycott to include a formal proxy so- 
licitation at the company's next share- 
holders' meeting. It also has begun an 
organizing drive at L-P plants in the 
South to which the company has been 
shifting production. 

In another concerted action, many 
union members are writing to the pres- 
ident of State Farm Mutual Automobile 
Insurance Company, which is Louisi- 
ana-Pacific's largest stockholder, in- 
forming him of their disapproval of L- 
P's labor policies. 

"Louisiana-Pacific has adopted a to- 
tally irresponsible labor relations policy 
which has resulted in a major strike in 
the Pacific Northwest," a typical letter 

Continued on Page 15 

Historic Win 
At L-P, Eufaula 

By an almost two-to-one margin, 
workers at Louisiana-Pacific's Eu- 
faula, Ala., fiberboard plant voted in 
late March to be represented by the 
UBC. It was the most dramatic union 
organizing win ever recorded at an L- 
P plant in the South and was achieved 
despite L-P's persistent efforts to por- 
tray the UBC, rather than L-P itself, 
as the cause of the Northwest strike. 

This win was attributed to L-P's 
takeaways in the areas of vacation, 
insurance, and overtime, and to an 
effective in-plant organizing committee 
which "knew what it wanted and was 
determined to get it" according to UBC 
International representative Earnie 


New York City 

11^ ti ■ 

Among the speakers, shown above from left, Harry Van Arsdale, Humphrey Donahue, 
Frank Barbara, and Peter Brennan. At upper right is James Bledsoe, secretary of the 
Western Council of Lumber, Production and Industrial Workers, — Pictures of speakers 
above and demonstrators, right, by Christopher Bedford of Organizing Media; all other New 
York rally views by Images Unlimited. 

Portland, Ore. 

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Western Council members came by the 
busloads to the L-P corporate headquar- 
ters in Portland, Ore., to demonstrate 
their solidarity with 1WA members in pro 
testing company tactics. 

MAY, 19 84 


Expand housing 

and energy programs, 

remove restrictions on 

\ \ pension funds investments 

\ for jobs, deiegates tef/ 


Repair of the nation's crumbling in- 
frastructure deserves as high a legisla- 
tive priority as the nation's defense 
because it actually is a part of the 
national defense, AFL-CIO Building 
and Construction Trades Department 
President Robert A. Georgine told 3,000 
delegates to the Department's National 
Legislative Conference, last month, in 
Washington, D.C. 

The consequences of failure to re- 
build or repair the infrastructure are 
clear, Georgine said. "People are being 
killed, because bridges are collapsing. 
We're poisoning our rivers and our 
people, because our waters aren't clean. 
We'll starve ourselves and the world, 
because we don't have enough water 
to grow our crops." Georgine urged 
alternate financing sources and a com- 
mitment to rebuild the vital infrastruc- 


Instead of complaining, Georgine said 
trade unionists "can take our fate in 
our hands — at the ballot box. on the 
jobsite, and in the banks which hold 
our pension money." 

For the first time, said Georgine, 
unions are faced with the need "to 
create work for their members." One 
way is stronger investment policies of 
pension funds for job-creating projects, 
he said. 

Another way, he said, is by being 
more cost competitive on the job to 

Put America back in shape, 
Building Tradesmen 
tell 98th Congress 

"recapture work that is now going non- 
union." He said "that's why the de- 
partment launched the Market Recov- 
ery Program" to establish a continuing 
dialogue between local construction la- 
bor and management groups across the 

Georgine said a third way to create 
jobs is for building trades workers and 
their families to become active in grass- 
roots lobbying at the local and state 
level for needed public works and en- 
ergy projects. 

Striking an election year chord, he 
encouraged the delegates, most of them 
construction union local leaders, to be- 
come more politically active. 

The leader of the nation's four million 
union construction workers criticized 
politicians who have talked about trans- 
forming the U.S. economy from one 
based on industrial strength to a service 

Following Georgine' s keynote ad- 
dress opening the conference, AFL- 
CIO President Lane Kirkland ad- 

dressed conference attendents. Kirk- 
land discussed the Reagan administra- 
tion's "nibbling away" at Davis-Bacon 
and the changes that have occurred at 
the National Labor Relations Board 
under the current administration, mak- 
ing it easier for companies to resist the 
legitimate efforts of workers to organize 
and to thwart the collective bargaining 


"The building trades are not afflicted 
in isolation. The hardships your mem- 
bers have suffered cannot be separated 
from the problems of the poor, the 
decline of industry, disastrous trade 
policies, outrageous interest rates, and 
repressive social policies that have 
brought pain to your brothers and sis- 
ters in other trades. We are all in the 
same boat." 

Kirkland pointed out that, under the 
Reagan administration, at least 30 mil- 
lion American families have been im- 
paired by unemployment; nearly 1 1 mil- 


lion families lost their health insurance 
coverage; 494,000 families lost their 
homes; 73,000 small businesses went 
bankrupt; average real wages have de- 
clined 3V2 percent and five million peo- 
ple have been added to the poverty 

"Against this stark economic back- 
ground, this Administration has created 
an atmosphere of anti-unionism that has 
encouraged every regressive instinct of 
the employer class. With a friend in the 
White House and a surplus labor mar- 
ket, employers have been emboldened 
to force cutbacks in workers' wages 
and benefits; to exploit bankruptcy laws; 
to unilaterally tear up labor contracts; 
to threaten workers with plant closings; 
and to pervert the purposes of the 

Originally scheduled to be in Wash- 
ington, D. C, Tuesday morning for 
the conference, Walter Mondale spoke 
to the delegates by telephone from New 
York, where he was campaigning, re- 
ceiving a standing ovation from confer- 
ence attendents. 

"The issues are with us," said Mon- 
dale. "This campaign is about people and 
about rebuilding this country, about fair- 
ness for the average working family." 

A new addition to the convention 
was the use of "modules, ' ' audio-visual 
presentations using slides with narra- 
tive and music. The first day of the 
convention, attendents previewed a 
module about the AFL-CIO Building 
Trades. Prior to Mondale's telephone 
call, a similar-type presentation on 
Mondale was shown, tracing Mondale's 
political career and highlighting his youth 
and family background. 

Speakers addressed a variety of sub- 
jects at the three-day conference in- 
cluding legal issues, energy, rebuilding 
the infrastructure, ERISA and the con- 
struction worker, travel expenses, and 
attacks on labor. 

Those who addressed the conference 
included Labor Secretary Raymond J. 
Donovan; Transportation Secretary Eliz- 
abeth H. Dole; Gov. John D. Rockefeller 
IV (D- W. Va. ) ; Senators Max Baucus (D- 
Mont.), Joseph Biden (D-Del.), and Arlen 
Specter (R-Pa.), and Reps. John Dingell 
(D-Mich.), Morris K. Udall (D-Ariz.), 
Daniel Rostenkowski (D-I1L), and Wil- 
liam Clay (D-Mo.). 

During an afternoon of lobbying on 
Capitol Hill, the delegates stressed the 
need for a comprehensive program to 
rebuild the nation's crumbling public 
infrastructure, expansion of housing and 
energy programs, removal of unneces- 
sary legal restrictions on pension fund 
investments in job-creating projects, 
immigration reform legislation, unem- 
ployment insurance extensions, and the 
allowance of legitimate travel to distant 
job sites. 

The UBC Car- 
penters Affiliated 
Processing System 
(CAPS) was on ex- 
hibit and demon- 
strated, offering 
members informa- 
tion on computeriz- 
ing their records. 

UBC President 
Patrick J. Campbell 
sits on the dais 
during AFL-CIO 
Building Trades 
President Robert 
Georgine's keynote 

Associate Gen- 
eral Counsel for the 
United Brotherhood 
Robert Pleasure, 
seated in the fore- 
ground, addressed 
a conference work- 
shop on legal is- 


MAY, 19 8 4 



Labor is supporting the Medicare Solvency and 
Health Care Financing Reform Act of 1 984, intro- 
duced by Senator Edward Kennedy and Congress- 
man Richard Gephardt, as the first major step to- 
wards real reform of the health care delivery 
system. Its two major goals, to restrain the rate of 
increase in overall health care costs and to ensure 
the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund without 
cutting benefits or raising taxes, call for the highest 
Congressional priority. 

The Kennedy-Gephardt bill is a workable and 
badly needed alternative to the Reagan Administra- 
tion's strategy of reducing health care costs by cut- 
ting and gutting necessary benefits. By restraining 
health inflation in the private as well as public sec- 
tor, this bill will benefit all Americans and help ena- 
ble workers to preserve hard-won, collectively bar- 
gained health care protection. 


Small businesses played a leading role in creat- 
ing new jobs in the first year of economic recovery, 
increasing their work forces about twice as fast as 
large companies, according to the 1984 annual re- 
port of the Small Business Administration to Con- 
gress. In the year ending in September, 1983, small 
firms increased their employment by 2.58% com- 
pared to 1.17% for large companies. 

Small firms reported the largest job gains were in 
computer and data processing services (13%); 
masonry, stonework, and plastering (12.4%); and 
radio-TV-miscellaneous stores (1 1 .7%). 


With the support of more than 40 House mem- 
bers, Congressman Bruce Vento, Minnesota Demo- 
crat, has introduced a Congressional resolution 
which would strengthen a worker's "right to know" 
about health and safety hazards in the work place. 

Several states have already passed such legisla- 
tion, and Congressman Vento's bill would create a 
national law. His proposed legislation would also 
guarantee any community's right to know about 
toxic hazards created by local industries which 
might harm its citizens. 


The AFL-CIO is urging Congress to set standards 
for the Social Security disability program to ensure 
that the nation's disabled citizens receive the 
benefits to which they are entitled. 

In a letter to Chairman Dole of the Senate 
Finance Committee, AFL-CIO Legislative Director 
Ray Denison said that "without Congressional 
authorization, the Administration has restricted the 
standards by which disability is evaluated and has 
terminated the benefits of hundreds of thousands of 
severely disabled social security beneficiaries." 
Denison emphasized that "legislation is imperative 
to ensure fair, accurate and humane review for all 
disability beneficiaries" especially in light of a recent 
statement by the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services that 23% of those whose cases are being 
reviewed will be removed from the rolls. 

The AFL-CIO recommended five standards that 
would ensure fair treatment by the Social Security 
Administration in its review of disability cases. 
These include the continuation of benefits 
throughout the entire appeals process, a 
moratorium on investigations for the mentally 
disabled until fair and appropriate procedures are 
developed, and a more thorough evaluation where 
a person suffers from combined impairments. 


Knowing that the Congress won't touch many 
controversial issues during an election year, labor 
has turned much of its attention in 1 984 to state 

In 1983 it achieved success in several state 
houses: bills to ease the tragedies of plant closings 
were enacted in five states; "right to know" laws 
passed in eight states requiring employers to notify 
workers about toxic substances in the workplace; 
employer-required polygraph tests were banned in 
West Virginia and Iowa; equal pay for women 
measures won in Washington, Montana, and Iowa; 
eight states hiked the minimum wage. 


A proposal to convert the Food Stamp Program 
into a system of block grants to states would "start 
the dismantling of Federal anti-hunger efforts," the 
National Council of Senior Citizens has charged. 

The charge was made in a statement in which 
NSCS joined a coalition of 42 national organiza- 
tions who said they were "disappointed and dis- 
mayed at the report of the President's Task Force 
on Food Assistance." The coalition included a large 
number of religious groups, as well as organizations 
representing seniors, labor, minorities, children, and 
the poor. 

The task force was created by President Reagan. 
The report concedes that "there are a number of 
people who find it necessary at various times to 
avail themselves of food assistance programs in 
order to get enough to eat," but concludes that 
"general claims of widespread hunger can neither 
be positively refuted nor definitely proved." 



Shadow of the Bankruptcy 

Decision Hangs Over the 1 984 

General Elections 

Presidential Appointments During the Next Four Years 
Must be a Major Consideration in Casting Your Ballot 

The real importance of the national 
elections this November is the tremen- 
dous impact they will have on the future 
of each American, especially those who 
are associated with organized labor. 

In 1984 citizens should go to the 
polling places in the largest numbers in 
the country's history, because this time 
it is their own security, their own way 
of life which will be determined, per- 
haps in a greater degree than ever before 
in the United States. 

This time it is not a question of which 
presidential candidate is the better look- 
ing or smoother talking or more expe- 
rienced or makes more promises or has 
newer ideas. Nor is it a question of 
whether a certain aspirant for the Con- 
gress is a Republican or a Democrat. 

The significant consideration now is 
this: What philosophy of government, 
what understanding of the problems of 

working people, all 90-million of them, 
would they bring to their elected office? 
What type subordinate would they place 
in appointive administrative judicial and 
legislative positions? 

If any proof were needed that it is 
the appointees, the staffs, the agency 
personnel, the judicial selections of a 
president who determine the matters 
that affect the manner of living, if not 
the very lives of Americans, that proof 
has been provided in the last few years — 
indeed, in the last few months. 


The United States Supreme Court on 
February 22 issued the so-called "bank- 
ruptcy ruling," which threatens the very 
foundation of collective bargaining 
agreements (and thereby the very foun- 
dation of organized labor) by giving 
companies filing for bankruptcy the right 
to cancel labor union contracts without 

even having to demonstrate that those 
contracts threaten the companies' abil- 
ity to survive. 

The next President of the United 
States, be he Ronald Reagan or Walter 
Mondale or whoever, in all probability 
will have the opportunity to name three 
new justices of the nine-member Su- 
preme Court. 

Present Supreme Courtjustices. their 
ages and the name of the President who 
nominated them are: 

Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. 
76, named by President Nixon. 
William J. Brennan, Jr.. 78, named 
by President Eisenhower. 
Byron R. White, 66, named by 
President Kennedy. 
Thurgood Marshall, 75. by Presi- 
dent Johnson. 

MAY, 1984 

Harry A. Blackmun, 75, by Presi- 
dent Nixon. 

Louis F. Powell, Jr.. 76, by Pres- 
ident Nixon. 

William H. Rehnquist, 59, by Pres- 
ident Nixon. 

John Paul Stevens, 64, by President 

Sandra Day O'Connor, 54, named 
by President Reagan. 

Quite beyond the question of the 
philosophy of a Court, seven of whose 
nine members were chosen by a Re- 
publican president, is that relief from 
rulings such as the bankruptcy case can 
come only from members of Congress 
who will have to pass corrective amend- 
ments or a new law to change the 
devastating results of the Court's ruling. 
Which, obviously, also makes the phi- 
losophy of the majority U.S. senators 
and representatives a prime consider- 

Here is another very important ex- 
ample of how the nation is affected by 
the philosophy of an agency, in this 
case the National Labor Relations Board, 
whose members are appointed by the 

President Reagan's three appointees 
to the NLRB — Chairman Donald L. 
Dotson, Robert P. Hunter and Patricia 
Diaz Dennis — took control of the agency 
in May, 1983. 

The President also named Hugh Reilly 
NLRB solicitor and William A. Lubbers 
NLRB general counsel. 

Chairman Dotson has been called the 

nation's No. I union buster, a consult- 
ant who once said: "We have too many 
people in this country who think they 
have a right to stay in the same place 
and do the same job forever, for more 
and more money." Reilly was a prin- 
cipal attorney for the Right-to-Work 

Incidentally, President Reagan's first 
nominee to chair NLRB, which tradi- 
tionally is supposed to be an unbiased 
mediator between management and la- 
bor, was John Van de Water, whose 
views were so intensely anti-labor that 
he could not gain confirmation from 
even the Republican-dominated U.S. 

Since the new NLRB team assumed 
command, its policies have cracked 
down on unions under the Landrum- 
Griffin Act while taking it easy on 
employers and union-busters. 

Chairman William L. Clay of the 
House Labor-Management Relations 
subcommittee said he was "aston- 
ished" that "this administration" is 
enforcing the law only as it applies to 
unions and virtually ignoring the pro- 
visions that apply to consultants and 

Chairman Barney Frank of the House 
Government Operations subcommittee 
on manpower and housing, said the 
NLRB has denied an unprecedented 
number of recommendations from its 
own general counsel's office and has 
delayed, for many months, acting on 
others. It has sought injunctions in 
seven out of eight complaints brought 
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Justice Brennan's 
opinion of the 
Supreme Court's 

"The Court has completely ig- 
nored important policies that un- 
derlie the N.L.R.A.,* as well as 
Parts I and II of its own opinion. 

However correct the Court may 
he in its description of the manner 
in which the Bankruptcy Code 
treats executory contracts gener- 
ally and the policies that underlie 
that treatment, there is an un- 
avoidable conflict between the 
Code and the N.L.R.A. with which 
the Court has simply failed to 
grapple. Permitting a debtor-in- 
possession unilaterally to alter a 
collective-bargaining agreement in 
order to further the goals of the 
Bankruptcy Code seriously under- 
mines the goals of the N.L.R.A. 

Plainly, the need to prevent 
"economic warfare" resulting 
from unilateral changes in terms 
and conditions of employment is as 
great after a bankruptcy petition 
has been filed as it is prior to that 
time. I do not think that there is 
any question that the threat to la- 
bor peace stemming from a unilat- 
eral modification of a collective- 
bargaining agreement is as great 
one day after a bankruptcy petition 
is filed as it was one day before 
the petition was filed. We cannot 
ignore these realities when con- 
struing the reach of the N.L.R.A. 

The Court's holding that an em- 
ployer, without committing an un- 
fair labor practice, may disregard 
the terms of a collective-bargain- 
ing agreement after a bankruptcy 
petition has been filed deprives the 
parties to the agreement of their 
"system of industrial govern- 
ment." Without this system, reso- 
lution of the parties' disputes will 
indeed be left to "the relative 
strength . . . of the contending 

*The National Labor Relations 
Act, also known as the Wagner 


Fear 'de-unionization' in Reagan era: 

U.S. Solidarity Movement Formed 
To Help Defend Trade Unionism 

By Robert B. Cooney 

PAI Staff Writer 

Expressing alarm over the possible 
"de-unionization of America," more 
than 150 prominent Americans have 
launched a national campaign of soli- 
darity with the labor movement. 

The campaign, which is named the 
American Solidarity Movement, was 
announced in an ad in the New York 
Times on March 18. 

The ad called on fellow citizens to 
take a three-point pledge: to honor 
union picket lines; to boycott goods and 
services of anti-union corporations; to 
support labor law reform when it again 
comes before Congress. 

"American unions are under attack — 
more than at any time since the great 
organizing drives of the Thirties," the 
ad declared, adding: 

"Employers are not simply fighting 
workers on issues of wages and hours. 
They are threatening wholesale firings, 
strike-breaking, trying to win contracts 
where new workers no longer have the 
same rights as those already employed. 

"For the first time in half a century, 
there is a real possibility of the de- 
unionization of America." 


The ad said that none of its 1 50 signers 
is a union official or staffmember. Some 
belong to unions, others do not. They 
said they have had their criticisms of 
labor, but "all of us believe that those 
criticisms must now take second place 
to our expression of solidarity in Ronald 
Reagan's increasingly anti-union Amer- 

The ad, which will run in other news- 
papers around the nation, said "we 
believe in unions, not simply as a means 
of the struggle for a better economic 
life, but as the basis for human dignity" 
and continued: 

"We believe that an American econ- 
omy which achieves an 'equilibrium' 
through chronic high unemployment and 
low wages is preparing the way for an 
economic crisis in which the society is 
too poor to buy its own output. That 
will strike not only at the union worker, 
but at practically every member of the 

"Above all, we recognize a moral 

claim upon our conscience when the 
working men and women of this country 
ask our help." 

The signers said they are in solidarity 
with the "magnificent struggle" of Pol- 
ish workers for union rights and the 
battle of South Africa's black workers 
against economic and social apartheid. 
Likewise, they said, they are in soli- 
darity with American workers. 

In addition to respecting economic 
picket lines and boycotting anti-union 
companies, the pledge said that labor 
law reform should protect the right to 
organize rather than allowing the law 
to defeat that right as at present. Reform 
is needed, the Solidarity group said, so 
unionism can be brought to "the vast 
mass of the unorganized, many of whom 
are low paid, members of minority 
groups, and women." 

Michael Harrington, an author and 
socialist activist and a leader of the new 
group, said. "This is not a 1930s coa- 
lition, but one of a new politics of the 

In the 1930s, he noted, there was no 
organized feminist movement, no en- 
vironmental movement, no massive mi- 
nority movement, and no peace move- 
ment as exists today. 

"What is remarkable about the 
American Solidarity campaign is that it 
brings together the old and new social 
movements and creates the basis of 

unity among them. That has never hap- 
pened before." 

Signers of the New York Times ad 
included Msgr. George G. Higgins; Judy 
Goldsmith, president of the National 
Organization for Women; Bayard Rus- 
tin, chairman of Social Democrats USA; 
economist Lester Thurow of the Mas- 
sachusetts Institute of Technology; 
Georgia State Senator Julian Bond ; car- 
toonist-playwright Jules Feiffer; Pu- 
litzer Prizewinning author Alice Walker; 
Gloria Steinem of Ms. magazine; and 
stage stars Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. 

Some 15 U.S. Representatives signed 
the ad, including Sala Burton (D-Calif.); 
Ronald Dellums (D-Calif.); John Con- 
yers (D-Mich.); Barney Frank (D-Mass.); 
Parren Mitchell (D-Md.); Bruce Vento 
(D-Minn.); and Henry Waxman (D- 


The American Solidarity Movement 
plans to circulate the pledge; publish 
educational material about the role of 
unions in the economy; and sponsor 
local teach-ins. 

Although no union officials or staffers 
signed the ad, a number of unions have 
contributed to the campaign. Those 
wishing to learn more about the Soli- 
darity Movement can write to it at 853 
Broadway, Suite 801, New York, N.Y. 

MAY, 1984 

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The retirement dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Wash- 
ington Hilton Hotel, above. At upper right, Nichols acknowledges 
the tributes extended him during the evening. At right, 8th District 
Board Member M. B. Bryant presents a floral bouquet to Mrs. 

Retired General Treasurer 
Charles Nichols Honored 
At Washington, D.C., Dinner 

Building Trades leaders, UBC mem- 
bers, and well-wishers from across the 
country gathered together in Washing- 
ton, D.C., April 2, to pay tribute to 
retired General Treasurer Charles E. 

Many were in the nation's capital for 
the 76th Legislative Conference of the 
AFL-CIO Building Trades. The Inter- 
national Ballroom of the Washington 
Hilton Hotel was filled with close to 
1200 people as labor and civic leaders 
joined in honor of Nichols' over 40 
years of service to the United Broth- 
erhood of Carpenters and Joiners of 

Among those on the dias to recognize 
the retired general treasurer were AFL- 
CIO President Lane Kirkland, Building 
and Construction Trades Department 
President Robert A. Georgine, Califor- 
nia Congressman Tony Coelho, and 
Retired General Presidents William Si- 
dell and William Konyha. Rt. Rev. 
Msgr. James F. Cox, episcopal vicar of 
Rockland County, N.Y., gave the in- 
vocation and benediction. Toastmaster 
for the occasion was First General Vice 
President Sigurd Lucassen. 

Born in Texas in 1921, Nichols at- 
tended school in Oklahoma. He left 
Northeastern Jr. College after 1940 to 

go into the military service. He served 
four years during World War II. re- 
ceiving four battle stars, the Soldiers 
Medal, two Arrowhead Awards for 
beach landings, and was discharged a 
master sergeant. 

Nichols' rise to one of the top lead- 
ership positions in the United Broth- 
erhood was constant. Joining the UBC 
in June 1946, during his early years with 
the UBC, he held several local and 
state council offices in California, rep- 
resenting the Carpenters on the 42 
Northern Counties negotiating commit- 
tee which was successful in getting the 
first health and welfare plan in Northern 

Appointed a general representative 
by General President Maurice Hutche- 
son in 1956, Nichols was assigned to 
organize Hawaii. He started with 126 
members, and organized the local into 
the largest local in the Brotherhood, 
with an excess of 9,000 members. 

Another historic achievement in Ni- 
chols' outstanding career was the ne- 
gotiating of the historic Off-Shore Plat- 
form Agreement covering the jurisdiction 
from the Mexican border to the Bering 
Straits in Alaska. This agreement has 
been in effect for almost 20 years and 

has supplied millions of dollars in con- 
struction for piledrivers. 

Nichols also led the drive for lumber 
and sawmill workers legislation result- 
ing in the Redwood Employment Pro- 
tection Act, which gave forest product 
workers full pay, fringe benefits, and 
retraining if they were laid-off from jobs 
as the result of commercial land being 
legislated to park land or wilderness 
land. Workers have received over 100 
million dollars in benefits due to this 

Nichols was chosen to represent AFL- 
CIO President George Meany at the 
International Labor Organization in Ge- 
neva, Switzerland, and the Irish Trade 
Conference in Killarney, Ireland. 

On December 31, 1983, Charles E. 
Nichols stepped down from his final 
official post with the United Brother- 
hood of Carpenters and Joiners of 
America, General Treasurer and Leg- 
islative Director, a position he held for 
12 years under four general presidents. 

Charlie and his wife Ruth are now 
settled back in sunny California where 
Charlie's looking forward to the "good 
things in life that the labor movement 
and especially the Brotherhood of Car- 
penters has made possible." 



Master of ceremonies for the dinner was 
First Gen. Vice Pres. Sigurd Lucassen. 

Gen. Pres. Patrick J. Campbell offers a 
fond recollection of the past. 

AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland offers 
his congratulations and best wishes. 

Nichols mulls over a comment from for- A personal friend and home-district Con- Gen. Sec. John Rogers adds a jibe or two 

mer General President William Konyha. gressman Tony Cuelo of California. in his tribute to Nichols. 

General President Emeritus William Sidell, Building Trades President Robert Georgine Words of tribute and best wishes from 2nd 
a fellow Californian, with a few words. applauds the legislative work of Nichols. Gen. Vice Pres. Anthony Ochocki. 

Tributes and reminiscences mark gala evening 

The honoree with his granddaughter, son- 
in-law, daughter, and wife following the 
retirement dinner. 

Two retired officers: Peter Terzick, former Roy Johnson and Dale Zusman. president 
general treasurer and Richard Livingston, and secretary-treasurer of the Roofers, 
former general secretary. with Nichols. 

MAY, 1984 


Mondale's Record 

Strong On Key Worker Issues 


A decisive factor in organized labor's 
support of Walter F. Mondale's bid for 
the Democratic presidential nomination 
was his firmness in taking positions on 
bedrock issues that affect the quality 
of life for working people and their 

The AFL-CIO and its affiliates, be- 
fore endorsing Mondale, looked closely 
at his policies, examining not only what 
he has said, but also what he has done — 
and at his specific ideas for the future 
of the nation under his leadership. 

What labor found was a candidate 
with a strong allegiance to the goals of 
working people — and with a record of 
public service to back it up. 

The AFL-CIO's analysis of Mon- 
dale's record brings him into sharp 
contrast with President Reagan — both 
in philosophy and in action — on the 
issues that deeply concern workers and 
their families. 


That agenda ranges from the critical 
need to rebuild the nation's industrial 
base, to the economic health of both 
cities and farmlands, the fading dream 
of home ownership, the affordability of 
health care and education, a safe work- 
place, a clean and healthy environment 
and protection from the economic havoc 
wreaked by plant closings. 

The damage already done to the qual- 
ity of life in America under the Reagan 
Administration — and the prospect of 
more of the same if Reagan has a second 
term — led to the AFL-CIO's early en- 
dorsement of Mondale as a proven ally 
of workers who shares their view of 
America's future needs. 

One threat to that future is the erosion 
of the nation's "infrastructure" — roads, 
bridges, water supply and waste treat- 
ment systems, railroads and other pub- 
lic facilities. 

The AFL-CIO supports programs and 
funding to get the rebuilding effort started 
quickly in both urban and rural areas. 

The Reagan Administration, how- 
ever, has attacked and cut the federal 
programs to do the job, gutting a range 
of community development, economic 
development, and environmental pro- 

GOP Plans $52 
million; double its 
1980 outlay 

The Republican National Commit- 
tee plans to spend a record $52 mil- 
lion, about two times more than the 
Democrats, in this year's elections, 
the Washington Post reported re- 

That's more than double the GOP's 
spending in 1980, when it won the 
White House and control of the Sen- 

Biggest new item in the Republican 
Party campaign budget distributed to 
a meeting of party leaders is $4 million 
for voter registration. The separate 
Reagan re-election committee will 
spend another $4 million for registra- 
tion. Chief targets include areas around 
military bases and higher income sub- 
urbs, the Post reported. 

Other items in the budget include 
$13.9 million for fund raising, $3.9 
million for political organizers, $1 
million for polls, $3.8 million for TV 
ads, $2.3 million for publications. $2.5 
million for White House activities, $1 
million for computer time and $850,000 
for researching the opposition. 

grams, and the agencies that once ad- 
ministered them. In their place, Presi- 
dent Reagan proposes "enterprise 
zones" which translate into big tax 
giveaways to business, takeaways of 
wage and job protections for workers, 
and fewer public services for commu- 

In contrast, Mondale strongly sup- 
ports programs to restore the infrastruc- 
ture along with urban and rural pro- 
grams aimed at rebuilding the nation's 
strong economic base. 

The AFL-CIO also backs a compre- 
hensive national transportation policy 
that would insure the system's strength 
and the continued availability of all 
forms of transportation to citizens, 
business and industry, and both urban 
and rural communities. 

The Reagan Administration has 
slashed funding for transportation pro- 
grams, ignored the chaos created by 

deregulation and mounted an active 
campaign to destroy safety standards 
and other protections for transportation 

Mondale. in comparison, has pledged 
strong government support of programs 
to rebuild the transportation system. 

Many workers and their communities 
have already felt the devastating losses 
of jobs, income, stability, and public 
resources that come from corporate or 
government decisions to close or relo- 
cate plants. 

The AFL-CIO supports passage of 
plant closing laws requiring both private 
and public employers to recognize their 
responsibilities to workers and their 
communities before they shut down. 

Mondale is already on record on the 
issue. While he was a U.S. Senator, he 
sponsored plant closing legislation that 
paralleled reforms sought by labor. 

Mondale's record also is clear on 
occupational safety and health. 
Throughout his career, he has been 
labor's solid ally in seeking workplace 
protection, and he has pledged to con- 
tinue that alliance. 

Beyond the workplace, the future is 
clouded for many workers and their 
families by the sky-high interest rates 
produced by Reagan policies. These 
rates have put home ownership beyond 
the reach of many middle-income 
Americans. And many jobless workers 
have suffered or faced mortgage fore- 
closure and the loss of their homes. 

For the elderly, minorities, and low- 
income people, the Reagan Administra- 
tion's housing budget cuts mean that 
not enough shelter is being built to meet 
their needs. 


The AFL-CIO has called for credit 
controls to help keep mortgage rates 
down, relief from mortgage foreclo-' 
sures for the jobless, and government 
assistance in building housing for the 

In his policies, Mondale stresses the 
link between the Reagan budget deficits 
and interest rates and their impact on 
home ownership and on construction 
employment. He proposes controlling 



A discussion of 
national issues 
between Mondale 
and a group of 
union members was 
videotaped in the 
UBC General 
Office cafeteria. 

the deficit through genuine tax reforms 
and a more moderate growth in defense 

The AFL-CIO and Walter Mondale 
also agree that the raging inflation in 
health care costs jeopardizes the ability 
of many Americans to pay for health 
services for themselves and their fam- 


An upward explosion in premiums 
for private health insurance plans has 
prompted employers to demand take- 
aways to trim costs. And millions of 
jobless workers have lost coverage for 
themselves and their families. 

The Reagan Administration's budget 
cuts have added to the crisis by re- 
ducing health services for the el- 
derly, the poor, and other disad- 
vantaged Americans, and the 
Administration is eyeing even 
deeper cuts in the Medicare sys- 

The Admini stration ' s " blame 
the victim" answer to high 
health insurance premiums 
is a plan to tax workers on 
the benefits they receive. 

Mondale, in contrast, actively sup- 
ports cost containment legislation to 
slow the increases in hospital costs and 
doctors' fees. He has offered a program 
to prevent the collapse of the Medicare 
system without hurting beneficiaries, 
and he is on record in support of com- 
prehensive national health insurance. 

Today, workers are also worried about 
the health of the nation's educational 

Among the challenges the system 
faces are the need for higher educational 
and teaching standards, access to ed- 
ucation for every student, more class- 
rooms and essential courses, and ade- 

quate teacher salaries. 

While all education costs are going 
up, the price of higher education is 
particularly straining many family 


The Reagan Administration has gut- 
ted federal education programs, includ- 
ing sharp restrictions on student aid. 

As a program, Reagan offers only 
tuition tax credits to reduce the cost of 
private school education at the expense 
of public schools. 
Mondale sees eye to eye with orga- 
nized labor on the need for a federal 
role to restore and strengthen student 
aid programs and insure that schools 
have the facilities, funds, and staff 
needed to teach. He also backs a 
program to provide scholarships 
to attract talented students into 
teaching. Mondale is on record 
opposing tuition tax credits 
while favoring measures to 
assure that private as well 
as public school students 
share in a variety of other 
federal programs. 



MAY, 19 84 


1984 Conj 


onal, State Election Calendar 







U.S. Senators 


Current lineup 


Dates t 


Deadline ! 

terms expire 


U.S. House Seats 


Sept. 4/Sept. 25 

July 6 

Aug. 24/Oct 26 

Heflin (D) 

5 D, 2 R 


Aug. 28 

June 1 

July 29/Oct. 7 

Stevens (R) 

1 R 


Sept. 11 

June 28 

July 23/Sept. 17 

2 D. 3 R 


May 29/June 12 

April 3 

May 8/Oct. 16 

Pryor (D) 

Clinton (D) 

2 D, 2 R 


June 5 

March 9 

May 7/ Oct 8 

28 D, 17 R 


Sept. 11 

July 27 

Aug. 10/Oct. 5 

Armstrong (R) 

3 D, 3 R 


Sept. 11 

Aug. 10 

Aug. 28/Oct. 16 

4 D, 2 R 


Sept 8 

July 27 

Aug. 18/Oct. 20 

Biden (D) 

du Pont (R)# 

1 D 


Sept. 4/Oct. 2 

July 20 

Aug. 4/Oct. 6 

13 D, 6 R 


Aug. 14/Sept. 4 

June 13 

July 16/Oct. 9 

Nunn (D) 

9 D, 1 R 


Sept. 22 

July 24 

Aug. 23/Oct. 9 

2 D i 


May 22 

April 6 

May 1 1 /Oct. 26 

McClure (R) 

2 R 


March 20 


Feb. 21 /Oct. 9 

Percy (R) 

12 D, 10 R 


May 8 

March 9 

April 9/Oct. 8 

Orr (R) 

5 D, 5 R 


June 5 

March 30 

May 26/Oct. 27 

Jepsen (R) 

3 D, 3 R 


Aug. 7 

June 1 1 

July 17/Oct. 16 

Kassebaum (R) 

2 D, 3 R 


Aug. 28tt 

May 30 

July 30/Oct. 12 

Huddleston (D) 

4 D, 3 R 


Sept. 29 ' 

July 20 

Aug. 30/Oct. 13 

Johnston (D) 

6 D, 2 R 


June 1 2 

April 1 

June 12/Nov. 6 2 

Cohen (R) 

2 R 


May 8 

Feb. 27 

April 9/Oct. 8 

7 D, 1 R 


Sept. 18 

June 5 

Aug. 21 /Oct. 9 

Tsongas (D)* 

D, 1 R 


Aug. 7 

July 5 

July 9/Oct. 8 

Levin (D) 

12 D, 6 R 


Sept. 11 

July 17 

Aug. 21 3 /Oct. 16 

3 Boschwitz (R) 

5 D, 3 R 


June 5/June 26 

April 6 

May 5/Oct. 6 

Cochran (R) 

3 D, 2 R 


Aug. 7 

March 27 

July 11 /Oct. 10 

Bond (R)# 

6 D. 3 R 


June 5 

April 16 

May 6/Oct. 7 

Boucus (D) 

Schwinden (D) 

1 D. 1 R 


May 15 

March 16 

May 4/Oct. 26 

Exon (D) 

3 R 


Sept. 4 

July 3 

Aug. 4/Oct. 6 

1 D, 1 R 


Sept. 11 

June 20 

Sept. 1/Oct. 27 

Humphrey (R) 

Sununu (R) 

1 D, 1 R 


June 5 

April 26 

May 7/Oct. 9 

Bradley (D) 

9 D, 5 R 


June 5 

Feb. 28 

April 24/Sept. 25 

Domenici (R) 

1 D, 2 R 


Sept. 11 

July 26 

July 13/Sept. 7 

20 D, 14 R 


May 8/June 5 

Feb. 6 

April 9/Oct. 8 

Helms (R) 

Hunt (D)** 

9 D, 2 R 


June 12 

April 18 


Olson (R) 

1 D 


May 8 

Feb 23 

April 9/Oct. 8 

10 D. 11 R 


Aug. 28/Sept. 18 

July 11 

Aug. 17/Oct. 26 

Boren (D) 

5 D, 1 R 


May 15 

March 6 

May 15/ Nov. 6 

Hattield (R) 

3 D, 2 R 


Apnl 10 

Jan. 31 

March 12/Oct. 9 

13 D, 10 R 


Sept. 11 

June 1 1 

Aug. 1 1/Oct. 6 

Pell (D) 

Garrahy (D)* 

1 D, 1 R 


June 12/ June 26 

April 30 

May 12/Oct. 5 

Thurmond (R) 

3 D. 3 R 


June 5 

April 3 

May 2 1/Oct. 22 

Pressler (R) 

1 D 


Aug 2 

June 7 

July 3/Oct. 6 

Baker (R)* 

6 D, 3 R 


May 5/June 2 

Feb 6 

April 5/Oct. 7 

Tower (R)* 

21 D, 6 R 


Aug. 21 

Apnl 16 

Aug. 16/Nov. 1 

Matheson (D)* 

3 R 


Sept. 11 

July 16 

Aug. 25/Oct. 20 

Snelling (R)* 

1 R 


June 1 2 

April 12 

May 12/Oct 6 

Warner (R) 

4 D, 6 R 


Sept. 18 

Aug. 3 

Aug. 18/Oct 6 

Spellman (R) 

5 D, 3 R 


June 5 

March 31 

May 7/Oct. 8 

Randolph (D)* 

Rockefeller (D)# 

** 4 D 


Sept. 11 

July 10 

Aug. 29/Oct. 24 

4 D, 4 R 4 


Sept. 11 

July 13 

Aug. 11 /Oct. 6 

Simpson (R) 

1 R 

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runoff primary. Runoffs are required 

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L-P Rallies 

Continued from Page 3 

Local Unions Rally Behind L-P Boycott 

Sample Letter 
to State Farm 

[Add your address and date in the 
upper right-hand corner.] This sample 
letter is for use in expressing to State 
Farm your views on Louisiana-Pacif- 
ic's labor policy. Additional infor- 
mation, such as any State Farm In- 
surance policies held by you or your 
family may also be included. Do not 
threaten to drop your policy or to 
boycott State Farm Insurance. The 
UBC is not conducting or advocating 
any boycott or campaign against State 
Farm. Rather, our goal is to publicize 
the facts about our labor dispute with 
Louisiana- Pacific. We believe that 
truthful public expression of infor- 
mation and views will demonstrate 
the justice of our position and con- 
tribute to informed policymaking. 

Mr. Edward B. Rust, President 
State Farm Mutual Automobile 

Insurance Company 
1 State Farm Plaza 
Bloomington, Illinois 61701 

Dear Mr. Rust: 

I am writing to you because State 
Farm Insurance is the largest holder 
of Louisiana-Pacific stock and I want 
to voice my disapproval of L-P' s labor 
policy. Louisiana-Pacific has adopted 
a totally irresponsible labor relations 
policy which has resulted in a major 
strike in the Pacific Northwest. The 
United Brotherhood of Carpenters 
(UBC), which represents striking L- 
P workers, is conducting an active 
lawful campaign against Louisiana- 
Pacific because of Louisiana-Pacif- 
ic's irresponsible labor policy. The 
UBC is not conducting any campaign 
against State Farm Insurance. 

I would be very disappointed to 
learn that State Farm would approve 
of L-P' s labor policy^ I will continue 
to keep myself informed about this 


The list of Louisiana-Pacific products 
to be boycotted include the following 
brand names: L-P Wolmanized, Cedar- 
tone, Waferboard, Fibrepine, Oro-Bord, 
Redex, Sidex, Ketchikan, Pabco, Xono- 
lite, L-P-X, L-P Forester, and L-P Home 

^^^^ m PLEASE 00 NOT BUY 



Three of the five retail stores handling for- 
est products in Standard, Calif, are no 
longer handling Louisiana-Pacific items, 
thanks to the boycott efforts of Local 
2652. Here, local president Ed Engle and 
member Robert Barajas remind consumers 
of the LP dispute. 

James Watts, president of Local 198 and 
Jesse Sillemon of Local 2848 picket out- 
side an LP retail outlet in Mesquite, 
Tex. "We have no dispute with this store, 
but please don't buy L-P wood products," 
the sign tells consumers. 



Consumer-information picketing in the 
Fort Worth-Dallas area of Texas finds 
Sonny Brownlee and Clark McDonald, 
business representatives of Local 1822, 
handbilling at a retail store. 

Members of Local 1622, Fremont, 
Calif, took their case to a local Louisi- 
ana-Pacific distribution yard. On picket 
duty are Manuel Alho, L. "Babe" Garcia, 
and Gary Gober, all of Local 1622. 

The L-P boycott got off to a vigorous start in the Southwest' s largest city early in 
March when 20 members from the Houston, Tex., District Council and the Southwest 
Organizing Office leafleted customers at nine stores which handled Louisiana Pacific 
products. This was followed by a large rally on March 24. 

Some of those participating in the initial leaflet distribution are shown above, from 
left: Frank Dillard. with the Southwest Organizing Dept; Joe Cones, council representa- 
tive: Pete McNeil, general representative: Paul Dobson, executive secretary, Carpenters 
District Council of Houston; Jerold Sauter, Local 1226 business representative, council 
president: Gilbert Vigil. Southwest Organizing Dept, New Mexico; David Martin, Hous- 
ton District Council organizer; Benny Garza, Local 213 business representative; Gloria 
Rubac, Local 213 member; Royce Justic, Local 213 member; Pablo Garza, Local 213 
member; Joe Copes, Southwest Organizing Dept., Ducet, Tex.; Al Cortez, Southwest 
Organizing Dept. 

MAY, 1984 




Organized labor rejected as unfair and untrue a 
suggestion by Bank of Canada governor Gerald 
Bouey last Thursday that wage increases won by 
workers are partly to blame for the high interest 
rates in this country. 

Workers' wages increased by less than the rate 
of inflation last year but that's still not good enough 
because U.S. wages increased by even less, Bouey 

Bouey, whose salary last year of $104,500 is 
more than 20% higher than the $69,800 earned by 
his U.S. counterpart Federal Reserve Board chair- 
man Paul Volcker, suggested workers here keep 
their wage hikes below those of their U.S. counter- 

Last year Bouey warned labor that wages here 
were rising faster than in the U.S. and that was 
adding to inflation which in turn was forcing the 
government to keep interest rates up. 

Although entirely comparable figures were not im- 
mediately available, U.S. Department of Labor fig- 
ures show that between October, 1982, and Octo- 
ber 1983, private sector hourly earnings in the U.S. 
rose by 4.1 %. Labor Canada figures show union- 
ized wages here rose by 4.9 % in 1 983. 

But Canadian Labor Congress spokesman 
Charles Bauer criticized Bouey saying that, in fact, 
wages here are lower than in the U.S. once the 
exchange rate and other factors are taken into ac- 


Illegal picketing at a non-union construction site 
by out-of-work union members is in contempt of 
court and must end at once, the chief justice of the 
British Columbia Supreme Court has ruled. 

The picketing amounts to anarchy, Chief Justice 
Allan McEachern said recently in what could be- 
come a landmark ruling in the province's turbulent 
labor history. 

"What is happening at the site is an affront to the 
rule of law, and no right-thinking person can partici- 
pate in it or condone it," he added. 

McEachern found that officials and members of 
the B.C. and Yukon Building Trades Council are 
deliberately breaking the law. 

"There have been several potentially explosive 
situations and intimidation, and now unlawfulness 
and anarchy prevail at that site." 

Union leaders met for more than six hours yester- 
day before announcing that they would "reluctantly" 
call off the picketers. 

"We considered all the options and concluded 
any other decision could lead to developments that 
would weaken the trade union movement," such as 
police intervention, said Roy Gautier, president of 
the building trades council. 

The battle to save union jobs from non-union 
workers will continue, he vowed. 

The month-long uproar began when one of B.C.'s 
largest nonunion contractors, J.C. Kerkhoff and 
Sons Construction Ltd., won a contract for the sec- 
ond and third phases of a $17 million luxury condo- 
minium project that began with union labor. 

The provincial government project was the latest 
in a series of jobs that have gone to non-union 
firms, whose pay and benefit scales are up to one- 
third below union rates. 

Seventy per cent of the trades council's member- 
ship is unemployed, many for a year or more. 


The royal commission into the Newfoundland 
Ocean Ranger disaster ended its public hearings 
yesterday with participants still arguing about what 
killed the oil rig's crew of 84. Chief Justice Alex 
Hickman of the Newfoundland Supreme Court's trial 
division and five colleagues have 2Vz months to 
mull over the 88 days of testimony and produce a 
report for the federal and provincial governments. 

Constructing a chronology of the Ocean Ranger's 
final hours from messages received from the rig 
and including some of what he admitted was con- 
jecture, George Frilot, the attorney, suggested that 
the rig sank not because a huge wave shattered a 
porthole in the ballast control room but because 
workers were never told how to use a manual over- 
ride system when the regular ballast-control system 

One of the commission's biggest problems is that 
nobody survived the sinking and not all of the rig 
was recovered, so there has been no definitive ac- 
count of what sent the world's most modern and 
supposedly safest rig to the bottom of the North 
Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 15, 1982. 


For all employed persons, average usual hours 
worked per week have shown a downward trend 
since 1975, declining from 39.2 hours per week in 
1975 to 37.8 hours in 1983, according to Statistics 
Canada. However, no such trend is evident for 
either full-time workers or those employed part-time. 
In both cases, average usual weekly hours have 
remained largely unchanged. 

The decline in overall average hours is, therefore, 
due to the fact that part-time workers have been a 
steadily increasing proportion of total employment 
(from 10.6% in 1975 to 15.4% by 1983). In other 
words, in 1983 their shorter hours weighed more 
heavily in the calculation of overall average usual 
weekly hours than they did in 1975. 




Bob Sass, former director of the occupational 
health and safety division of Saskatchewan's Minis- 
try of Labor, recently told 200 unionized women 
attending a Toronto conference on Women and 
Economic Survival that occupational health and 
safety is a political issue unions have been down- 
playing at workers' peril. 

"Occupational health and safety is not just noise 
and dust, but the whole of your working environ- 
ment," he said. Mr. Sass listed higher levels of 
noise and dust, speeding up of production, the in- 
creased use of fixed positions and doubling up of 
workers' duties as current health and safety issues 
to be addressed. 

"Many workers in this country live in absolute 
terror of losing their jobs," accepting hazardous 
work conditions in return for steady employment, he 
said. "Workers are saying they eat more crap. What 
they mean is they eat more dust, lead and silica." 

Mr. Sass dismissed judgments of workplace 
safety made by industrial hygienists, occupational 
health physicians and industrial engineers. "Occu- 
pational health and safety is the most underdevel- 
oped medical field. You know if these conditions 
make you feel dizzy or nauseous. You are the best 
instruments to monitor your working environment." 


Wage settlements in British Columbia in 1983 
yielded an average increase of 4% in the first year 
according to information published by the Employ- 
ers' Council. 

Statistics calculated from 412 collective agree- 
ments covering 146,787 workers showed an aver- 
age wage increase that was almost identical in both 
the public and private sectors. While the average 
increase in the public sector was 4.1% in the first 
year, the average increase in the private sector was 

The current rate of increase in the Consumer 
Price Index in Vancouver is about 5% per year, 
which means that in the current economic situation 
workers' wages are falling behind the rate of infla- 

Local 452 Member Doug Lavoie points out his name on the 452- 
1251 dispatch board in Vancouver, B.C. The unemployment 
crisis is so serious in the province that it takes 19 months on 
this board before a member is dispatched to a new job. 

MAY, 19 84 

First Gen. Vice President Lucassen calls for greater action 
against the open shop in his talk to Canada Conference dele- 
gates. William Zander, conference president and president of 
the British Columbia Provincial Council, is at left, beside 
Al Weisser, president of the Alberta Provincial Council. 

Tough Decisions Ahead, 
Canada Conference Told 

Canadian leaders representing provincial councils and locals 
from all over the country met in Toronto. Ont., for two days 
in March for the annual UBC Canada Conference. 

Prior to the meeting, the Conference sponsored a one-day 
educational seminar. Futurist John Kettle spoke on "The 
Carpenters Union in the Future." A consultant with 15 years 
of experience in futures research. Kettle scanned the sectors 
of the Canadian economic structure and developed forecasts 
using computer models designed by himself to show the impact 
of an information economy on the labour force, employment, 
hours of work, labour income, construction activity, and the 
future of the Canadian economy in general. And according to 
Kettle's study, "there appears to be much less work ahead for 
Carpenters Union members." He highlighted significant trends 
on h,ow people will work and live in an age where job skills 
may have to change or be greatly upgraded four or five times 
before a person retires. 

The object of Kettle's presentation was to create an aware- 
ness in UBC negotiators of these trends and to help the unions 
plan for the unexpected. "To have an understanding about the 
future is to know more about the lives of our members since 
they are depending in large measure on the skills and services 
of the union to help them get through the future." 

Tough decisions are ahead for UBC members was First 
General Vice President Sigurd Lucassen's message in his 
address to Canada Conference attendents. Lucassen stated 
that North America is in a depression and that open-shop 
contractors can adjust faster in depression times. 

"Unions are adopting new programs, new methods for 
settling collective agreements in order to provide job oppor- 
tunities for our members ... To get the highest rates possible, 
our members must be productive — their output must surpass 
the non-union worker — their skills must be fine-tuned and it's 
our responsibility not only to promote training and upgrading 
but to insist that our members attend these courses." 

Citing Operation Turnaround as a positive approach to 
organizing projects across the country which would probably 
have been non-union, Lucassen stressed that although "work- 
ing members will not readily vote to cut working conditions 
and wage rates, if drastic changes are not made when they are 
required, union jobs will gradually disappear until finally there 
are none left." 

Representatives from Canada Employment and Immigration 
representing Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS), 
distributed material about COPS and appealed to the UBC for 

Continued on Page 30 



BACK INJURIES can happen to you 

More workers suffer from back injury 
and back problems than any other oc- 
cupational ailment. Each year about 
400,000 workers in the United States 
experience a disabling back injury and 
an even greater number suffer from low 
back pain as a result of lifting and 
lowering heavy loads, or uncomfortable 
work positions. Three-fourths of all 
adults suffer lower back pains at least 

Once incurred, back injuries are often 
slow to heal, leading to years of dis- 
comfort on and off the job. In addition, 
because of the difficulty in documenting 
the cause of many back injuries and 
ailments, it is difficult and complicated 
for workers to collect compensation. 

Oftentimes, because others can't see 
the injury, fellow workers don't under- 
stand how much pain a worker who has 
injured his or her back is in. They may 
think the injured worker is loafing. A 
back injury can change your lifestyle. 
Lifting light objects, previously an easy 
task, is now approached with trepida- 
tion. Even getting out of bed and getting 
dressed can be difficult. This also has 
a dramatic psychological impact on your 

For all these reasons, and because 
most occupational back injuries can be 
prevented, union safety and health 
committees would do well to investigate 
back injuries and ailments in their work- 


Back pain is usually due to either a 
ruptured disc or strained muscles and 
ligaments. Ruptured discs occur when 
stress is placed on the spinal cord. The 
discs, composed of spongy tissue, even- 
tually wear out and break injuring the 
spinal nerves. The result is chronic 
long-term back pain. Strained muscles 
and ligaments result in short-term back 
pain that is eliminated as the muscles 

Sometimes back pain can also be due 
to bone damage, arthritis, sprains or 


Between 150,000 and 1.2 million 
workers are given pre-employment 
physicals each year to screen out work- 

ers who may be "susceptible" to having 
back injuries. 

Unfortunately, studies have shown 
that these exams are essentially useless 
in predicting who might injure their 
back. Two case studies showed 29-40% 

Safe Lifting and 
Carrying Practices 

• Bring object close to body. 

• If object is small enough to lift 
between legs, squat down and use leg 
muscles to help lift. Do not bend over, 
keep back straight. This is called the 
"straight-backed, bent-knee" method 
and depends on strong, well-coordi- 
nated thigh and abdominal muscles. 

• If object is too big to fit between 
legs, stoop over and bring it up as 
close to your body as possible. 

• Always lift in a slow, even mo- 
tion. Jerky movements strain mus- 
cles, tendons, and ligaments. 

• Do not overextend your back. 

• Do not twist around to pick up 
an object. Face it head-on. 

• The basic rules about lifting ap- 
ply to carrying also. Weight should 
be as evenly distributed as possible 
and held as close to the body as 

• Keep the work environment safe. 
Floors should never be slippery. Traf- 
ficked lanes should be clear of objects. 

• Workers should never be en- 
couraged to strain against a load. 
While they may have the muscular 
strength to overcome an excessive 
load, they may be building up to 
devastating long-term effects. 

• Workers should rest when they 
are tired. Tired muscles are less well 
coordinated and may not be able to 
safely perform even a light task. 

• The use of mechanical lifting de- 
vices, such as forklift trucks, hand 
trucks, conveyors, lifting tackle, 
hoists, and cranes, should be used to 
assist the worker whenever possible. 

• Two workers should perform lift- 
ing and carrying which is too difficult 
for one. 

• Lowering a load improperly can 
also cause back injury and should be 
done using similar precautions. 

• Remember, you are the real ex- 
pert when it comes to knowing what 
is comfortable and how much you can 
lift or carry. If it feels like you are 
straining, don't be macho; get some- 
one to help or change your work 

of those screened were rejected by such 
physicals. The American Medical As- 
sociation has advised against using low- 
back X-rays for screening and warns 
about the hazards of excessive X-rays 
from such useless screening. 


Step 1 . Investigate Extent and Causes 
of Back Problems. 

The Safety Committee or steward 
should conduct a survey covering the 
questions below. Surveys may be con- 
ducted in personal interviews at lunch 
time or during work breaks. Be sure to 
protect the confidentiality of workers. 
Workers may be afraid of being singled 
out by management because of their 

Suggested Questions for Survey: 

— Which workers have had back in- 
juries on the job? 

— How have these injuries occurred? 
(Be specific about the cause.) 

— Which workers have back prob- 
lems that are related to their jobs? 

— What are the symptoms of these 
back problems — soreness, inability to 
lift heavy object? 

— What jobs do these workers do? 

— What type of work is involved in 
these jobs? (Be specific. Include lifting, 
bending, carrying of loads, stretching, 
uncomfortable work positions or move- 
ments. The Safety Committee members 
may want to observe these jobs being 

Step 2. Inform Workers of Back 
Problems in Workplace. 

— The Safety Committee should draw 
conclusions from the survey such as: 
the extent and seriousness of back in- 
juries and ailments in the shop; type of 
work or unsafe practices (lifting or 
carrying heavy loads) that have caused 
injuries or ailments. 

— Survey results should be publicized 
to workers in shop — perhaps at a local 
union meeting. Results should be care- 
fully explained so workers understand 
what back problems are possible and 
what has caused problems in the past. 
Workers' names should not be used 
when explaining survey results. 

— A discussion of the survey results 
should be encouraged at the meeting in 

Continued on Page 20 

This material has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, under grant number 
E9F3D176. These materials do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations 
imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 



Fighting back with exercises avoids bach aches 








Able to sit up with knees 
bent and hands behind 

Abte to sit up with knees 
bent and arms folded 
across chest 

Able to sit up with knees 
bent and arms held 
out straight 

Unable to sit up with knees 



Abte to keep back fiat 
against floor while raising 
legs 6 inches for a 10 count 

Abte to raise legs for 
several counts, but 
back curves part way 
through test 

Abte to lift legs bui back 
curves immediately when 
legs are raised 

Unable to lift both legs tor 
10 couni and or lifting legs 
causes pain 




Abte to raise shoulders 
12 inches off floor without 
difficulty, holding for 
10 counts 

Able to raise shoulders 
12 inches off floor but with 
difficulty Cannot hold 
for 10 counts 

Able to raise shoulders 
Slightly of* floor but with 

Unable lo raise shoulders 
oil floor 



Able to hold one leg firmly 
against chest with other leg 
flat against floor 

With effort able to hold one 
knee against chest while 
straightening other leg flat 

to floor 

With one knee fixed firmly 
against chest, other leg 
nses off floor 

Unable to get one leg 
firmly against chest without 
causing pain or discomfort 





Get on an fours and 
arch your bach upwards 
touching chin to chesi Hold 
for 5 counts and breathe 
out deeply 

Return to the fiat position 
Then curve you' back 
downwards like a 

suspension bridge Hold 
for 5 counis and breathe 
out deeply 



Lie on your back with knees 
beni Place your hand 
between the small of your 
back and the floor 
Flatten your back against 

your hand and the floor by 
contracting your stomach 
muscles and rotating your 
hips backwards Hold tor 5 
counts then relax 


i Sit up with arms fo'ded 
on chest or 2 Sit up with 
arms clasped behind neck 

Lie on the floor knees bent yourself toward knees Hold 

arms extended in front o' for 10 counts and return to 

you Assume pelvic tilt starting position 
Slowly raise body, curling 


Sit on the floor with knees 
bent and arms extended in 
front of you Slowly curl 
your trunk down to the floo 
to a count of 7 Hold the 
pelvic till throughout 

Lie on the floor with knees 
beni and arms extended in 
front of you Assume pelvic 
tilt and slowly sit up 
keeping feel fiat on floor 
Then tower to starting pos-lion 


Lte on your side one 
hand under your head, and 
assume the pefvic tilt 

position Raise both legs off 
floor 2 to 6 inches and keep 
body straight Now raise 

upper leg 12 inches Hold 
and return to starting 



Lie or back on tloor with there with hands Stretch right leg and straighten the 

legs bent Bend right leg led leg toward floor Breathe left Hold lor 10 counts 

snugly to chest, holding it out slowly as you bend the Repeat on other side 

Lie on your side one 
hand under your head and 
assume the pelvic titt 

position Raise upper leg 12 
inches Hotd and lower 


ma to oust 

Lie on back with knees 
bent Assume the pelvic tilt 
position Bend one knee to 
chest Use your hands to 
pull it more snugly to the 

chest Slowly return to 
starling position Repeat 
with other leg 

This back fitness lest and exercises could help you from be- 
coming an accident statistic. Take some time and try a few of 
these, it can't hurt. And it may prove very beneficial in the long- 
run, because back aches are no laughing matter, especially 

when it prevents you from providing for your family. So go 
ahead, give it a try. 

Reprinted from National Safety News a National Safety 
Council publication. 

MAY, 19 84 


Back Injuries 

Continued from Page 18 
an effort to uncover additional hack 
ailments suffered by workers. Individ- 
uals who may have been hesitant to 
respond to questionnaire may volunteer 
information in a group discussion. 

— Safe work practices such as good 
lilting techniques — see box below — 
should be explained by Committee. Or 
an expert — -such as from the Red Cross 
or from an insurance company — could 
be invited to the meeting. The Com- 
mittee should try to link these safe 
practices to specific injuries and back 
problems uncovered by the survey. 

Step 3. Discuss Problems With Man- 

— Union Safety and Health Commit- 
tee should discuss its findings first with 
Local Union leadership. What prob- 
lems should management be asked to 
correct — uncomfortable work stations, 
asking workers to lift or carry loads 
that are too heavy, shortage or una- 
vailability of mechanical lifting devices 
such as forklifts, hand trucks — and 
poorly designed machinery? 

— How should problems be presented 
to management? At a specifically called 
meeting? At next negotiations? 

— What arguments should the union 
use in presenting problems to manage- 
ment? Back injuries and problems cost 
the company money in terms of absen- 
teeism, loss of skilled workers, and 
higher insurance rates. Management 
concerns about safety lead to better 
union-management relations and a more 
productive atmosphere in the shop. 

It is management's responsibility, not 
the union's, to provide a safe and healthy 
workplace. In conducting the above 
survey and discussing the results with 
other workers and management, the 
union is helping management fulfill its 
safety and health responsibilities. The 
union is not taking over these respon- 
sibilities from management. (This could 
lead to legal liability for the union and 
must be avoided.) 

The purpose of the above activities 
are to correct unsafe working condi- 
tions and practices. Some workers — 
such as older workers or women or 
workers with a history of back prob- 
lems — are more prone to back injuries 
on the job, but efforts to lay blame for 
back problems on particular workers 
should be resisted. If certain workers 
have problems in lifting heavy loads, 
then special provisions should be made 
for them. Remember, the solution in 
dealing with safety and health problems 
does not lay in singling out individual 
employees, but in making it possible 
for all employees to work safely and 

Foreign Labor Leaders 
Visit General Office, 
Study UBC Methods 

In recent weeks, the UBC General 
Office in Washington. D.C., has been 
host to trade union leaders from Turkey 
and Sweden. 

We were asked by the Asian-American 
Free Labor Institute, an organization 
sponsored by the AFL-CIO, to show 
three Turkish labor leaders our daily 
operations and discuss with them the 
North American methods of organization 
and administration. The three men spent 
a day touring the General Office in late 

In March, the General Office was also 
host to an international secretary of the 
Swedish Confederation of Trade unions. 
This visit was arranged by the Interna- 
tional Affairs Office of the AFL-CIO. 

The Turkish labor leaders discuss 
their visit with their interpreter, Erol 
Koseoglu, right. The three men in- 
clude, from left, Gural Ercakir, presi- 
dent, Wood Workers; Oktay Kurtbokc, 
president, Journalists, and editor of a 
leading Turkish newspaper; and Ibra- 
him Ozturk, president, Civil Aviation 

Hans Fogelstrom, international sec- 
retary of the Swedish Confederation of 
Trade Unions (LO-Sweden) and an ap- 
prenticeship and training leader in the 
Swedish construction trades, examines 
audio-visual materials with James Tink- 
com, the UBC's technical director. 

. The Turkish labor leaders showed 
special interest in the Brotherhood's 
modern record keeping system and in 
the CAPS program which permits local 
unions to tie into the main computer 
data at the General Office. Their inter- 
preter explains above. 

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Readers liked our back cover of the March CARPENTER, "A Lot of 
Things Can Go Wrong On A Construction Job," so much, we've had it 
reprinted and blown-up — in black and white on 10" x 13" glossy paper. If 
you'd like a reproduction, send 50# and your name and address to CAR- 
PENTER, 101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. 




Steve Gombocz's name is no stranger to the pages of such 
magazines as American Rifleman and The American Marksman. 
A champion rifleman, Steve was scheduled for the qualification 
events for the Olympics canceled during the Carter Administration. 
Steve is an 11-year member of Local 600, Bethlehem, Pa. His 
father, Kalman, is retired with 37 years of service in the United 

Steve recently took second overall in the 1983 National Small- 
bore Rifle 3-Position Championship, finishing first in the National 
Rifle Association 3-Position Any Sight Championship and third in 
the NRA 3-Position Metallic Sight Championship. 

"Steve is such a good shot," laughs James Filyac, Local 600 
business agent, "that I had to teach him to hold his hammer with 
two hands, so that he would not hit his finger while driving nails." 


Norman Wriggles worth, Local 452, Vancouver, B.C., takes his 
anti-smoking crusade seriously enough to build a 12'1" x 1 2 ' 1 " 
no-smoking sign on his garage roof. His house, on No. 1 Road in 
Richmond, B.C., is directly across the Frazer River from Van- 
couver International Airport, and on the flight path of many 
incoming jets. Wrigglesworth, who's sign made news in two area 
papers, is the director of TOPCAT — The Organization Protecting 
Children Against Tobacco, and also furnishes interested persons 
with the names of "non-smoking hotels" in Richmond. 



Building antique cars and wagons is Pasquel Chasco's hobby. 
Chasco. a member of Local 1 140, San Pedro, Calif., builds the 
cars from "scratch" with parts he has collected from all over 
the country. He's shown above with one of his finished prod- 
ucts; other creations appear below. 

Wrigglesworth on his roof next to the no-smoking sign that he 
claims is the largest (and union-made) no-smoking sign in the 

MAY, 19 8 4 


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iocbl union news 

Top Interior Design Winners Employ Local 1120 Members 


Business Representative, 

Millmen's and Cabinet 

Makers Local 1120 

Reprinted from the 
Oregon Labor Press 

Each year the Institute of Store Planners 
and the National Association of Store Fix- 
ture Manufacturers invite all store planners, 
designers, and manufacturers to participate 
in the Annual Store Interior Design Contest. 
Entries are judged in one of six categories 
which are: New shops within a department 
store; new specialty stores up to 10,000 
square feet, new specialty stores over 10,000 
sq. ft., new full department stores, remod- 
eled stores up to 50,000 sq. ft., remodeled 
stores over 50,000 sq. ft. 

The purpose of the competition and awards 
is to encourage interest and understanding 
of the profession of store planning, and to 
give proper recognition to invidividuals and 
organizations for making outstanding con- 
tributions to the profession. Any individual 
or firm engaged in the profession of store 
planning and construction is eligible to enter. 

This year, in the 14th annual competition. 
Images Woodworking of Tualatin, Ore., and 
Tom Boden Store Fixtures of Portland, Ore., 
were the recipients of the "Grand Award" 
in the category of "Remodeling of Depart- 
ment Stores over 50,000 Sq. Ft." for their 
work at the Frederick and Nelson store in 
Bellevue Square. Bellevue, Washington. Both 
companies were involved in the manufacture 
and installation of millwork, doors, and free- 
standing and perimeter store fixtures and 
perimeter store fixtures and fitting rooms. 
This was completed in two phases over a 
six-month period; first, as the old Nordstrom 
store at Bellevue Square was remodeled to 
add 80,000 sq. ft. of additional floor space 
to Frederick and Nelson, and then as the 
basement of the existing Frederick and Nel- 
son was transformed into the new Arcade, 
adding another 40,000 sq. ft. of sales area. 

Both companies are good union employers 
who feel the union can provide them with 
skilled craftsmen that produce a good quality 
product. They are willing to work together 
with the union in the spirit of cooperation 
between labor and management. 

Tom Boden Store Fixtures employs over 
60 members of Millmen's and Cabinet Mak- 
ers Local 1120. 

Images Woodworking employs over 30 
members of Millmen's and Cabinet Makers 
Local 1120. 

AT TOM BODEN Store Fixtures in Portland, members of Millmen's and Cabinet 
Makers Local 1120 are working on the remodeling of scanner checkout stands for 
Safeway Stores. From left are Greg Geisler, John Algie, Wayne Druliner and 
Mark McDonald. Craftsmanship of Local 1120 members recently won an award 
for Tom Boden Store Fixtures and Images Woodworking of Tualatin from the 
Institute of Store Planners and the National Association of Store fixture Manufac- 

AT IMAGES WOODWORKING in Tualatin, members of Millmen's and Cabinet 
makers Local 1 120 are building store fixtures for Macy's in Monterey, Calif. From 
left in foreground are Henrik Granfeldt. Arnold Klann, shop steward Ben Swanson 
and John Burley. Local 1120 members at Images, a division of Robert E. Bayley 
Construction in Seattle, and Tom Boden Store Fixtures in Portland were honored 
when their employers won an award for the remodeling of the Frederick and 
Nelson store at Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Wash. 

Support the Louisiana-Pacific Boycott; Bring Justice to 1500 UBC Members 

MAY, 1984 


Campbell Building Dedicated in Western Connecticut 

The Patrick J. Campbell Building is the new home of Local 
210, Western Connecticut. The recently constructed building has 
1200 square feet of office space and 4000 square feet of meeting 
halls and rooms. On hand to dedicate the new building, above 
left, was President Campbell, above right, shown reading the 
building plaque with First District Board Member Joseph F. 
Lia, right. 

Teamwork Session 
With Westinghouse 

Members of Local 1615 of Grand Rapids. 
Mich., employees of Westinghouse Furni- 
ture Systems, recently joined with manage- 
ment representatives in a public, problem- 
solving session sponsored by the Ionia Area. 
Mich.. Chamber of Commerce. 

Lee Raterink, president of the local union, 
was one of four speakers at the evening 
meeting, held in the auditorium of a local 
high school. Raterink presented "a union 
overview of employee participation, includ- 
ing the pros and cons, job security, and 
advancement opportunities, and adversarial 
vs. advocacy roles." 

The other three speakers included the 
Westinghouse manager of human resources, 
the manufacturing manager, and the cham- 
ber of commerce director. The program was 
designed to stimulate teamwork in the West- 
inghouse plant. 

Grievance Effort 
Reinstates Member 

Douglas Garber, Carpenter of Local 714, 
Olathe. Kan., was suspended from his job 
at Hercules Inc. and then terminated last 
January. According to reports, he had vio- 
lated company rules regarding the contents 
of a washroom locker, discovered during a 
routine check by fire inspectors. 

Business Representative Dale Short of the 
Kansas City. Mo., District Council took up 
his case, and on February 20, after talks 
with management, he won reinstatement for 

"It's very hard to win a grievance there," 
Short commented later. It was the first 
grievance he had ever won at the plant, in 

Garber's supervisor says now that he has 
seen "a great improvement in the worker's 
attitude" since returning to work, proving. 
Short noted, that giving a man a second 
chance can be worthwhile. 

20 Years With Employer 

One American worker in 10 has been 
with the same employer more than 20 
years, according to survey results reported 
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the 
U.S. Department of Labor. Among workers 
45 years of age and over, nearly one-third 
have been with the same employer for 20 
years or more. 

Tenure with the current employer is 
significantly higher for men than women, 
the survey shows. The proportion with 
over 20 years of tenure is 38% for men and 
16% for women 45 years of age and over. 

The findings, from the January 1983 
Current Population Survey, also indicate 
that one in ten workers was in a different 
occupation that month than a year earlier. 

Backdrop for Lamp 

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When Local 222 of Washington, Ind., 
completed work on its meeting hall in 
1982, it installed a Tiffany-style lamp com- 
menorating the Brotherhood' s centennial, 
which was created and sold, that year, by 
the Greater St. Louis, Mo., District Coun- 

The lamp is mounted above the head 
table and in front of a backdrop wall of 
individual blocks mounted on dark ply- 
wood— Photo by C.L. Oberst. 

Ohio Poll Gives High 
Marks to Unions 

By a landslide, Ohioans believe that labor 
unions are necessary to protect workers' 

A statewide opinion poll conducted by the 
Institute for Policy Research at the Univer- 
sity of Cincinnati found that 72% of those 
surveyed agreed with the statement that 
unions continue to be essential in American 

Asked for reasons, 48% said unions are 
needed to protect both individual and worker 
rights, and 19% said unions provided a 
necessary "counterweight to management." 
Fourteen percent said unions are needed 
generally in society, and smaller percentages 
pointed to the need to protect job security 
and obtain fair wages. 

The institute's analysis of the telephone 
canvass, known as the Ohio Poll, pointed 
out that each of the subgroups identified in 
the survey showed similar wide margins of 
support for the continued existence of unions. 
Professionals and technical workers said 
they believe unions are necessary by a 74% 
majority, and managers and administrators 
supported the existence of unions by 60%. 

The highest marks were given by skilled 
workers, 86%, and by semi-skilled workers, 
85%. Laborers and service workers said 
unions are necessary by 79%, and 71% of 
sales and clerical workers agreed. 

Both men and women agreed by 77% 
majorities on the value of unions. Blacks 
favored the existence of unions by 87% and 
whites by 76%. 

Along party lines, people who said they 
were Democrats supported the need for 
unions by 84%, Republicans by 68% and 
independents by 76%. 

At least three-fourths of all respondents - 
in all age groups agreed on the need for 
unions, and similar across-the-board high 
approval ratings were given by respondents 
in low, middle, and upper income brackets. 

Only 22% of those surveyed answered 
that unions are not a necessity in society. 
Of those, 16% gave as a reason "demands 
hurt the country," and 13% felt "unions do 
more harm than good." the poll showed. 



New Orleans Stewards 
Study 'Building Union' 

Three dozen construction stewards of 
Local 1846, New Orleans, La., assembled 
recently for the steward training program, 
"Building Union." Business Representa- 
tive Davy Laborde worked with the in- 
structor, James McConduit, and Assistant 
Business Representative Frank D'Angelo 
to make the training sessions a success. 

The New Orleans training group, shown above, included: 

First row, kneeling, left to right, James McConduit, trainer, 
Phillip C. Perera, Albert J . Jefferson, Jim Mason, John Dale 
Pitgh, and Lucien J . Rome Jr. 

Second row, left to right, Tony Campo, Douglas Jason Pugh, 
Barbara Murray, Gloria Franklin, Cherrel Thompson, Sandra 
Fontain, Frank Stabile, Dorothy Gonsalves, Norman Landry, 
Leroy P. Kilburn Jr., Marc N. Provenzano. Raymond Williams 
Jr. and Davy P. Laborde, business representative. 

Third row, left to right, Frank D'Angelo, assistant business 
representative, Michael Furr, Carey Haynes, Guy Johnson, 
Ronald Firmin, Leonard J . Ardeneaux, William Weaver, Iven B. 
Caldwell, Carl Harris, Ed Lampman, Joseph A. Bonvillain, 
Rickey J. Valentour, Jonathan Brashear, Melvin Vicknair, Jody 
Campo, Milton J. Jacobs Jr., Teddy Oggs, Harold J. Richoux, 
and Michael A. Tassin. 

Three Night Sessions Train 
Stewards of Central Connexticut 

On three evenings in February Local 24, Central Connecticut, 
conducted steward training programs. Instructors were Business 
Representatives David Saldibar, Francis Rinaldi, Anthony Limo- 
sani, and Stephen Flynn, task force organizer. 

The sessions consisted of a evening on occupational safety and 
health and first aid. The other two nights were the "Building 
Union" steward training program. A presentation was made by 
Connecticut State Associated General Contractors' representa- 
tives on union and management cooperation. 

Certificates of completion were awarded to all members attend- 
ing the three sessions. 

Picture No. 1 

Seated, left to right, Vincent Farzzino Jr., Jerry Brule, Henry 
Kozuch, Harry Andricoli, Ed Corcoran, Anthony Tagliatela. 

Standing, left to right. Matt Gremile, Lino Perantoni, Walt 
Lewis, Nick DiGioia, Lenny Gomes, Brian Grant, Alastair 
Scott, Rebecca Nelson,' Business Representative David Saldi- 

Picture No. 2 

Seated, left to right, Thomas Williams, John Trantales, Ed- 
ward Zajac, Paul Gardner, Anthony Zajac, Peter Spirito. 

Standing, left to right, Raymond Shimkevich, L. C. Kaprie- 
lian, Edward Sampson, Keith Grenier, George Meadows, Ron 
Verderame, Mike Pieksza Sr., Rich Monarca, Donald Ricco, 
Lou Cleats Colavito, Business Representative Francis Rinaldi. 

Picture No. 3 

Seated, left to right, Alphonse Savaslano, Alphonse Spata- 
fore, Louis Ehrits Jr., Charles J. O'Hagan, William Curran. 

Standing, left to right, Anthony Limosani, business represent- 
ative, Michael Sabel, Salvatore Sapia, Jeffrey Adams, Donald 
Voss, F.S., John Mazako, Stephen A. Flynn, taskforce repre- 

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One day before the advent of 
winter a handsome young seed fell 
out of a birch tree and rolled along- 
side a dainty little acorn. 

Said the seed: "I love you madly 
and want to share your life. Let's 
burrow down together. Will you be 
my soul mate?" 

The dainty little acorn shook her 
burred caps in sorrow, "No, no, 
no!" she said as she departed with 
a lurch. "I'm a mighty oak's daugh- 
ter, but you're only a son of a birch." 
—Joseph E. Hicswa 
Passaic, N.J. 



A carpentry student named Terry 
Covert at Sir Sandford Fleming Col- 
lege in Peterborough, Ontario, is 
reported to be developing a new 
breed of dog. It's going to be called 
a Stringer Spaniel. It won't point. It 
just stairs. (You don't get it? Ask a 

—Jack Clancey, Past. Pres., 
Local 1450, Peterborough, Ont. 


A man who lived in the Bible belt 
of Tennessee came upon a stop- 
light. He noted that the pickup truck 
in front of him had a bumper sticker 
which read, "If you love Jesus, 

The man, who was a church- 
going individual, said to himself, "I 
love Jesus," so, he honked his horn. 

To his great surprise, a very burly, 
bearded man bolted from the pickup 
truck and obviously very angry, 
came up to the man's car. He said, 
"You &?!*#(&*, can't you see this 
light is red!?" The man from the 
Bible belt concluded that the burly 
man had undoubtedly bought the 
pickup truck with the bumper sticker 
already on it. 

— Donna D. Sale 
Marion, Va. 



"What are those holes in the 
"They're knotholes" 
"If they're not holes, then what 
are they?" 

— Joseph Apichell 
Kulpmont, PA. 



The apprentice arrived on the job 

"Sorry," he apologized to the 
foreman, "but I had car trouble this 

"What happened?" asked the 

"I was a little late getting into it." 


A skinny old dame from Hoboken, 

After 69 years, gave up smokin'. 

Now at 300 pounds she bounces 


Like a big rubber ball. 

That's no jokin'. 

— Katheryn J. Johnson 
Everett, Washington 


A carpenter was late getting back 
to the construction site after lunch. 

"Where the hell have you been?" 
shouted the foreman. "You're 
an hour late!" 

"I was only getting my haircut," 
was the reply. 

"You shouldn't do that on com- 
pany time." 

"It grew on company time . . ." 

"It didn't all grow on company 
time," snapped the foreman. 

"Well, I didn't get it all cut." 



A recently-married salesman was 
at the airport, about to leave on an 
extended business trip. At the last 
moment, he became conscience- 
stricken and returned home to his 
gorgeous bride. 

■ No sooner was he back in her 
arms when the phone range. He 
answered it. 

"I'm not in the Navy," he said into 
the receiver. "How would I know?" 

He hung up and returned to his 
bride. A few minutes later, the phone 
rang again. 

"I'm not in the Navy," he re- 
peated. "How would I know?" 

Again he hung up. Curiosity got 
the better of his bride. 

"Who is it, dear?" she asked. 

"Oh, I don't know," he replied. 
"Some guy keeps calling and ask- 
ing if the coast is clear!" 



A carpenter in Texas was ar- 
rested as a counterfeiter the other 
day, because he made a counter 
fit in a store. 

—From the October 
1890, Carpenter 



Old age is feeling your corns 
more than you feel your oats. 






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Read UBC History 


By Dr. Walter Galenson 

The long-awaited second book of 
the two historical studies commis- 
sioned to commemorate the Broth- 
erhood centennial is now available. 
Walter Galenson, one of North 
America 's foremost labor histori- 
ans, has written a detailed history 
of the Brotherhood and its related 
crafts and industries since the early 
colonization in North America. 

Dr. Galenson was given free 
reign to explore the records of the 
United Brotherhood. His book is a 
worthy addition to any resource li- 

As the book jacket states, "Wal- 
ter Galenson details the reasons for 
union success. He finds that the 
Carpenters survived the vicissitudes 
of rapid industralization and mod- 
ernization because it was a con- 
servative, businesslike union . . . 
admirably suited to the American 
political and economic environ- 

Copies can be purchased singly 
or in quantity from: General Secre- 
tary, United Brotherhood of Carpen- 
ters and Joiners of America, 101 
Constitution Ave., N.W., Washing- 
ton, D.C. 20001. The prices, in- 
cluding handling and shipping, are 
as follows: Single copies, $15; 10 
to 24 copies, $12.50 each; 25 or 
more, $11 each. 

Eight Oldtimers 
Prove UBC Members 


Fred Payne and "daughters" span four 
generations, from left: Daughter Mrs. Roy 
Coffin, Granddaughter Jean Roetzel, and 
Great-granddaughter Amy Roetzel. 



William Mitchell receives a cake from Lo- 
cal 43 President Joseph Baranauskas, left, 
and Business Manager Francis McDonald, 
right. Also attending Mitchell's birthday 
party were Secretary-Treasurer of the 
Connecticut State Council David Saldibar, 
Carpenters Fund Manager Philip Carter, 
and Business Rep. Joseph Coombs. 

Locals all over the country are honoring 
their senior members, and it seems that 
carpenters are a long-lived group. 

John Wyllie, a 10I -year-old member of 
Local 80, Chicago, 111., was recently honored 
by members of his local for 76 years of 
continuous membership in the same Broth- 
erhood local. According to General Office 
records, Wyllie is the third oldest member 
of the Brotherhood. He and his wife Mary 
have been married for 69 years. 

In addition to a 76-year pin, Wyllie was 
presented with a U.S. flag that flew over the 
U.S. Capitol on Labor Day, September 5, 
1983; a birthday congratulatory card from 
Nancy and President Reagan; and a letter 
of congratulations from Local 80 signed by 
Local President John F. Lynch and General 
President Patrick Campbell. 

Edward (Lars) Roseland, a 100-year old 
member of Local 998, Royal Oak, Mich., 
was recently visited by Fifth District Board 
Member Leon Greene and General Repre- 
sentative Howard Christensen. Roseland was 
presented with a 70-year pin. Brother Rose- 
land met his wife Nancy when they were 
going to Norway from the U.S. to visit 
relatives. They then met again on the same 
boat back to the U.S. — which they laugh- 
ingly refer to as the "Love Boat" — and the 
result was marriage. 

Samuel W. Gray, Local 340, Hagerstown, 
Md., recently celebrated his 100th birthday. 
He was honored by the local at a special 
meeting during which he presented service 
pins to longstanding members. Gray is a 
charter member of Local 340. 

William Mitchell, or "Uncle Lummy" as 
he is affectionately known, celebrated his 
100th birthday last Saturday. Mitchell joined 
Local 43 in 1909, two years after coming to 
the U.S. from Ireland. He retired in 1959 
after 50 years as an active member. 

John Wyllie seated with, from left: Allan 
H. Opensky, vice president: James J. Tar- 
aba, business representative: Mary Wyllie: 
Charles E. Gould, financial secretary; 
Daughter Ann Marie Folds: and John F. 
Lynch, president. 

After making service pin presentations. 
Samual Gray receives a birthday cake 
from Business Rep. Kenneth Wade, right, 
while Secretary Treasurer William Halbert, 
far left, and International Rep. Lewis 
Pugh look on. 



Edward (Lars) Roseland is visited by Gen- 
eral Rep. Howard Christensen, left, and 
Fifth District Board Member Leon Green, 
in honor of his birthday. 

H. W. Bowman, left, receives 
his 50-year pin from Roy W. 

Stephan Sharich, 90 at his 
birthday celebration with Lo- 
cal 3141 Secretary and Busi- 
ness Rep Mario Rosario. 

Mitchell built the house where he lived 
until he was 82, and has also built numerous 
pieces of furniture, a grandfather clock, his 
violin, and most of the tools he used to craft 
these items. A birthday party was held for 
Mitchell by his niece on the evening of the 
big day, attended by several UBC members, 
and Mitchell announced he felt "more like 
90 than 100." Mitchell also received a birth- 
day card from Nancy and President Reagan. 

Fred Payne, Local 783, Sioux Falls, S.D., 
was the guest of honor at a birthday coffee 
held in honor of his 100th birthday. He has 
been a UBC member for 50 years. 

Payne gave a brief history of his life, from 
the day he was bom, December 23, 1883, in 
a log cabin in the woods, through his child- 
hood working the family farm, to his en- 

trance intoacareerof carpentry. Said Payne, 
"It is nice to live to a ripe old age if you are 
physically able to take care of yourself . . ." 

At 96, Otto Achtmann may be a bit of a 
youngster compared to the centenarians, but 
Achtmann has the proud distinction of being 
a 79-year member of the United Brother- 
hood. He joined the Brotherhood at age 16, 
attending night school at age 20 to study 
blueprint drawing, moving on to a position 
as a construction foreman, and later a trav- 
eling superintendant. From Achtmann 's early 
years as a carpenter remains a photo of the 
local in 1909. Achtmann is the only member 
still living of those pictured. 

Achtmann recently received honors from 
the Fox River Valley District Council of 
Carpenters and Wisconsin State Council of 

Carpenters. He has been honored several 
times with pin presentations, most recently 
with his local's first 75-year pin. 

H. W. Bowman, 93, recently received his 
50-year pin from Local 50, Knoxville, Tenn. 
Bowman is credited with making the motion 
to combine Local 225 with Local 441 to form 
Local 50. He was then elected the first 
president of Local 50. 

Stephan Sharich, Local 3141, San Fran- 
cisco, Calif., was recently honored by his 
local on the occasion of his 90-year birthday. 
Sharich was also born on December 23, in 
1893, in Zalgreb, Croatia under the Emperor 
Franz Josef. He arrived in the U.S. at the 
age of 11. Sharich became a member of the 
UBC in 1947, doing wood working for the 
furniture industry. 

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Presenting a plaque and certificate of appreciation to Otto Achtmann are, from left: 
Local 252 President Quentin Clark, Business Rep Ron Kopp, (Achtmann). Wisconsin 
State Council Executive-Secretary John Lima, and International Ron Stadler. 

Circled below is 79-year member Achtmann, 96, in a 1909 photo of Local 252. 

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h> employers, But o( 34 complaints 
filed by unions, it has denied 12 and 
has 7 "pending.'' All of the complaints 
now awaiting NLRB action were filed 
by unions, not employers. 

To sum it up. it seems clear that the 
corrosive etTects of the new NLRB 
approach go much deeper than exposing 
the agency's instinctive bias against the 
right to organize. That bias means that 
the victims of employer unfair labor 
practices receive no aid from their gov- 
ernment. Instead, the beneficiaries of 
the NLRB's dereliction of its duty are 
the employers who would block orga- 
nization and deny bargaining and are 
given encouragement to do so, secure 
in the knowledge that there will be no 
effective redress for defying the law. 

What has happened to the Davis- 
Bacon Act furnishes another clear il- 
lustration of how important it is to elect 
to office persons whose philosophies 
and that of their appointees will prevail. 

On September 29, 1981. President 
Reagan wrote this personal note to 
President Robert A. Georgine of the 
Building and Construction Trades De- 
partment. AFL-CIO: 

"Dear Bob: I want to acknowl- 
edge the Building and Construction 
Trades letter of September 1 1 con- 
cerning efforts to repeal the Davis- 
Bacon Act. I have asked the Sec- 
retary of Labor to respond directly 
but 1 want to assure you and your 
General Presidents that I will con- 
tinue to support my campaign pledge 
to not seek repeal of the Act. With 
best wishes, very sincerely, Ronald 

The Davis-Bacon statute was enacted 
more than 50 years ago to protect tax- 
payers, employers and workers from 
unscrupulous contractors. It is a law 
designed to stabilize the fragile econom- 
ics of local communities by protecting 
workers from exploitation and employ- 
ers from unfair cutthroat competition. 


Repeal was, in fact, not sought. It 
could not have been attained in the 
Congress anyhow. What happened, 
however, is that the Department of 
Labor issued a set of regulations that 
gutted and almost completely destroyed 
the Davis-Bacon Act. Despite a stren- 
uous appeal by the Building and Con- 
struction Trades, the Supreme Court 
refused to review the challenge to the 
regulations that did by executive fiat 
what could not be obtained in the Con- 
gress. Arid then the Department of 
Labor followed up by issuing regula- 

tions which will virtually destroy the 
Service Contract Act. 

As voters go to the polls in Novem- 
ber, they also should be aware of what 
might be called the "integrity gap." 

U.S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum 
(D.-Ohio) in a recent letter to Demo- 
cratic colleagues pointed out that in 
past administrations instances of im- 
proper conduct have been quickly and 
sharply denounced. In the Truman 
administration, there was the gift of a 
freezer to a cabinet official. In the 
Eisenhower administration, there was 
the gift of a Vicuna coat to top presi- 
dential aide Sherman Adams. Then, of 
course, there was Watergate and related 
transgressions in the Nixon administra- 
tion and the Bert Lance affair in the 
Carter administration. 

But this Reagan administration, which 
has compiled an unmatched record of 
illegal and ethical misconduct somehow 
has managed to escape the criticism of 
the press and the American people. At 
least 41 top officials throughout the 
government have been implicated in 
conflicts of interest, illegal activity, mis- 
use of government funds or other ethical 
misconduct. Fifteen of these officials 
have resigned and one has been fired. 

So, as you vote for a President this 
fall, as you ballot for members of Con- 
gress, ask yourself if this particular 
candidate will help you attain realiza- 
tion of the American dream of a steady 
job, home ownership, college for the 
kids; will all segments of our society 
be treated fairly. 

This time you are fighting for your 

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assistance in obtaining information on the 
number of the tradesmen in the various 
divisions and sub-divisions of the trades in 
the UBC. The Canada Conference decided 
to endorse the COPS program, but to mon- 
itor the use of the data when it is released, 
stating that should there ever be evidence 
of misuse or abuse of the information given 
to COPS, the unions would cease coopera- 
tion in gathering data. 

Conference delegates repeatedly reported 
high unemployment among their members 
and projects that are being built non-union. 
By-laws were reinterpreted to charter prov- 
ince-wide district councils, possibly replac- 
ing provincial councils already in existence. 

Canadian Research Director Derrick Man- 
son noted the work of the National Pension- 
ers and Senior Citizens Federation and urged 
locals to promote the affiliation of UBC 
Retiree Clubs to this national organization 
in Canada. The Pro-Temp Canada Commit- 
tee of Carpenters on Apprenticeship also 
met and drafted a list of topics to be ad- 
dressed by the committee for a standard 
national policy. 

Few U.S., Union-Made 
Motorcycle Tires 

A motorcycle-riding UBC member from 
Texas looked over our list of union-made 
auto tires in the March issue and could find 
no union-made motorcycle tires listed. 

We called the United Rubber, Cork, Lin- 
oleum & Plastic Workers of America at their 
headquarters in Akron, ()., and their re- 
search director, Steve Clem, supplied the 
following information: 

There are now only two American com- 
panies manufacturing union-made motor- 
cycle tires — Dunlop Tire & Rubber Co. and 
Denman Rubber Company. Denman, how- 
ever, only produces off-the-road specialty 
tires which are marketed under the brand 
name Tera-Flex. Dunlop, meanwhile, man- 
ufactures a more complete line, including 
tires for street use. 

Goodyear once produced motorcycle tires 
but began phasing out of the business in 
1982. Another firm, Carlisle Tire and Rubber 
Co. still makes motorcycle tires, but they 
are non-union, we're told. 

'Labor Omnia Vincit,' 
Homer or Virgil? 

It didn't take long after publication of our 
March 1984 cover reproducing a portion of 
a mural from the Washington, D.C., AFL- 
CIO building for an alert West Coast reader 
to point out the disparity of a Latin motto 
"Labor Omnia Vincit" attributed, in mosaic, 
to the Greek poet Homer. 

According to a reference librarian at the 
Martin Luther King Library in Washington, 
D.C., in the volume A Book of Latin Quo- 
tations, the phrase is attributed to the Roman 
poet Virgil. 

We passed this information along to the 
AFL-CIO and got this reply: 

"Your sharp-eyed, intelligent reader has 
caught one of those small embarrassments 
that comes back to haunt the federation from 
time to time. Various parts of the federation 
have used "Labor Omnia Vincit" for well 
over a century. Yes, it is generally attributed 
to Virgil, the famed Roman poet (70-19 
B.C.). And our able tile genius did install 
the slogan in the Latin version in our lobby. 

"However, our intrepid librarian tells me 
that Homer, the Greek poet, who lived about 
eight centuries earlier, reportedly said: 'La- 
bor conquers all things.' In Greek, presum- 

"Now, did Virgil copy Homer? Is there 
an older source? Could Homer have known 
Latin? Did the founding fathers of the AFL- 
CIO have a bias against the Greek tongue 
in favor of the Latin? 

"Thus, everyone can claim to be partly 
right in solving this conundrum. What we 
should do is have a door prize for every, 
sharp-eyed visitor who catches the contra- 

Look for the union label or union shop 
card when you are purchasing goods and 
services. They're your assurance of quality 
at fair prices. 








Members of Local 2250 with 25 years of 
service recently received commemorative pins 
at a local meeting. 

Pictured, from leit, are: Business Rep James 
A. Kirk; George Decher; Donald Raab; William 
Kozabo; John Schulz; Charles Gorhan, 25-year 
member, asst. business rep. and financial 
secretary; and President Andrew D. Ness. 

Twenty-five year members not present for the 
photo are Allen Clayton, Andrew Kiefer, Richard 
Megill, and Vernon Silk. 

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Hazleton, Pa. 

Members with longstanding service to the Brotherhood were recently 
honored by Local 76. 

Pictured are pin recipients, from left: President Clyde Drasher; 
Bernard Smithrovich, 30-years; Anthony Super, 35-years; Frank Casey, 
25-years; Joseph Yutz, 35-years; Carl Lutz, 25-years; Domenic 
DeStefano, 25-years; Robert Clark, 30-years; and Business Rep Frank 

Red Bank, N.J. 

New Rochelle, N.Y.— Picture No. 2 

New Rochelle, N.Y. 

Local 350 recently held its annual award 
dinner-dance for members with 45 years or 
more of service to the Brotherhood. 

Picture No. 1 shows 50-year members, from 
left: Emil Toften, Peter Ciccolini, and Business 
Rep. Victor Cristiano. 

Picture No. 2 shows members with 45 to 49 
years of service, from left: Frank Intas, Bernard 
Armiento, Past Business Rep. Arthur Kniesch, 
Business Rep Cristiano, Guiseppe Cozzi, James 
Rituno, and Salvatore Pisani. 

Members honored but not pictured are as 
follows: 50-year members Hannibal Acocella, 
Philip Anderson, Anthony De Cola, Mario Oe 
Lauretis, Thomas Delia Badia, Joseph De Rosa, 
C A. DeSimone, Arthur Johnson, Frants Liik, 
Louis Picone, Lionel Richard, Torleif Ryen, and 
Frank Smith; and 45-49 year members Patsy 
Caiazzo, Joseph Calafati, Conrad Caspar, Frank 

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New Rochelle, N.Y.— Picture No. 1 

Caruso, Michael Cestone, Andrew Choffletti, 
Vito Covino, Fred Haaland, Kristen Hansen, 
Harry Heintz, Ignazio llardi, Peter Lanza, Ralph 
Metallo, Joseph Pesacreta, Harry Schwab, and 
Michael Staus. 


Local 2396, recently 
celebrated Haakon 
Edwards 50th 
anniversary as a 
member of the local. 
"Haak" was initiated on 
November 21. 1933, at 
the age of 27, and is 
the first member to 
have all 50 years of his 
service with Pile Drivers 
Local 2396. 

Haak has worked his 
entire career with 
Manson Construction 
and Engineering Co. in 
Seattle. Until a recent sick leave, Haak worked 
in the company's yard engineering and 
supervising maintenance and new construction 
of company floating derricks, and dredges. 

To celebrate the anniversary, the local took 
Haak to lunch. Present were Haak's two sons. 
Glen and Robert, Manson Construction and 
Engineering Co. President Peter Haug, and 
other members/ superintendents that work with 
Haak. A brief party at the company's yard 
warehouse followed lunch. Business Rep. 
William T. Sullivan presented Haak with a 
statue of a pile driver (pictured), noting Haak's 
dedication and loyalty to the local as well as the 

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Chicago, III.— Picture No. 1 

Chicago, III. — Picture No. 5 

Chicago, III.— Picture No. 2 


At the annual pin party, members of Local 1 
with 25 or more years of service were honored. 

Picture No. 1 shows 60-year member W. F. 

Picture No. 2 shows 55-year members, from 
left: John Langhout, I, A. Miller, and Michael 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, from 
left: Walter Begitschke, Max Baumann, Glenn 
Husby, Walter Jozwiak, James Dalber, Bill 
Topping, and Ed Michalski. 

Picture No. 4 shows 30-year members, front 
row, from left: Roger Heth, Joe Fuchs, Don 
Duffy, and Jim Valone. 

Back row, from left: Ray Kemppainen, Frank 
Chereck, James Barclay, and Len Olsen. 

Picture No. 5 shows 25-year members, from 
left: Joe Kremza, John Hickey, and Tony 

Chicago, III.— Picture No. 3 

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Marietta, Oh.— Picture No. 4 


At Local 356's recent dinner celebration, 
members with 20 to 40 years of membership 
were awarded service pins. 

Picture No. 1 shows 40-year members, front 
row, from left: Homer Meredith, Robert Pride, 
James Kuhn, Harold Klein, and Harvey 

Back row, from left: Dwight Weiss, Business 
Rep George Harlow Jr., Capital DC Executive 
Secretary Robert Jones, Capital DC President 
Larry Sowers, and Capital DC Apprentice 
Coordinator Robert Woods. 

Picture No. 2 shows 23-year members, front 
row, from left: Harold Tornes, Clark Samples, 
Robert Cummingham, and Wade Storer. 

Back row, from left: Rep. Harlow, Sec. 
Jones, Pres. Sowers, and Coord. Woods. 

Picture No. 3 shows 30-year members, front 
row, from left: Tom Armstrong, Local 356 
Local President William Nicholas, Aldin Harris, 
and Chester Parsons. 

Back row. from left: Rep. Harlow, Hollie 
Thomas, Gerald Sorrell, Sec. Jones, Pres. 
Sowers, and Coord. Woods. 


Picture No. 4 shows 25-year members, from 
left: Local Pres. Nicholas, Rep. Harlow, Sec. 
Jones, Don Cox, Dorsey Burkhammer, Harley 
Kehl, Pres. Sowers, and Coord. Woods. 

Picture No. 5 shows 20-year member 
Raymond Teaford, center, flanked by attending 


Local 107 recently honored members with 25 
and 30 years of service to the United 

Pictured are, from left: Frank Campaniello 
Jr., 25 years; Jacob Van Dyke, 25 years; 
Walter Zukas, 30 years; and Francis Roukat, 30 




A special call meeting was recently held by 
Local 911 to honor members of longstanding 
UBC membership. After the ceremony, the local 
auxiliary served coffee and doughnuts. 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year members 
Kenneth Storie, left, and Carlton Huston. 

Picture No. 2 shows 30-year members, from 
left: Emory Kemp, Frederich Styler, and Wesley 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, 
kneeling, from left: Raymond Petersen, Carl 
Daley, Robert Gates, Joseph Vernon, and John 

Back row, from left: James Hume, Ernest 
Hanson, Fred Eastman, Edward Chilson, 
William Kortun, and Thomas Stearns. 

Picture No. 4 shows 40-year members, from 
left: Harold Cottet, Kelsey Bradley, James 
Daley, and Harry Kunda. 

Picture No. 5 shows 45-year member Ernest 

Kalispell, Mont.— Picture No. 1 


Kalispell, Mont. — Picture No. 3 



Van Nuys, Calif.— Picture No. 1 

Van Nuys, Calif.— Picture No. 3 

Van Nuys, Calif. 
Picture No. 4 

Van Nuys, Calif.— Picture No. 2 
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Kalispell, Mont.— Picture No. 2 

Kalispell, Mont. — Picture No. 4 


At the annual pin presentation, Local 1913 
awarded service pins to 28 longtime members. 
The dinner ceremony was held at Knob Hill 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year members, front 
row, from left: Joel Carter; Joseph Eickholt, 
business agent; Joe Bencivenga; and Edward 

Back row, from left: Matti Tuunanen, Thomas 
Rizza, Leonard Moisant, and Salvador Aceves. 

Picture No. 2 shows 30-year members, front 
row, from left: Fred Staible; Bill Adair, 
president; Eddie Jo Gaynor; Joe Bencivenga, 
business agent; Reuben Rehfeld, and B.A. 

Back row, from left: LeRoy Clark, John 
Ockelmann, Harry Mafveld, Gerald Pelton, and 
Don Hoel. 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, front 
row, from left: Arthur Gibson; Robert 
Talamanted; Marvin Luellen; John McGill; and 
Marty Trenouth; business agent. 

Middle row, from left: Harold Button, Lyle 
Poppelman, L. Leonard, and Joe Hoggaft. 

Back row, from left: David Aespuro, Thomas 
Baretich, Ivan White, and Frank Bacchilega. 

Picture No. 4 shows 45-year members, from 
left: Joseph Eichholdt, Paul Landia, and Bill 

Picture No. 5 shows Financial Secretary Vern 
Lankford, 60-year member Edwin Nelson, 
President Adair, and Business Agent Eickholt. 

Van Nuys, Calif.— Picture No. 5 


Harrisburg, Pa. 


At its annual Recognition Night, Local 287 
awarded pins to members with 25 and 40 years 
of membership. 

Pictured are, seated, from left: 25-year 
members Roy Leitzel, 25-year member Truman 
Noll, 40-year member Stanley Light, 40-year 
member Robert Gtez, and 25-year member 
Herbert Bittinger. 

Standing are 25-year members, from left: 
Ray Good, Ray Houser, Gary Reichenbach, 
Donald Baker, Eugene Eichelberger, and James 


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Local 419's annual dinner at Pryzbylo 
of the White Eagle, was attended by 
approximately 400 members, spouses, and 
guests. Service pins were given to 31 
members, with service from 25 to 60 years. 

Pictured are, kneeling, from left: John Faubl 
30 years; Leo Weber, 30 years; Manfred Nitz, 
30 years; Alois Steinbichler, 25 years. 

Sitting, from left: Frank Clarkin, 25 years; 
Edward Burchardt, 35 years; Sam Durso, 
president; Joseph Loch, 60 years; Paul 
Schroeder, 60 years; and John Stengl, 35 

Standing, from left: Don Manchester, 
recording secretary; Dean Lisinski, 25 years; 
Walter Bumke, 30 years; Bernhard Rosauer, 
years; Oliver Baldassari, 30 years; Karl Roth, 
25 years; Arthur Kerber, 35 years; George 
Einfalt, 30 years; and Gerhard Kolb, financial 

Pin recipients not available for the photo are 
as follows: 25-year members Frank Mahr, 
Alecander Mueller, and Fred Wallstein; 30-year 
members Walter Juengling, Rudi Roll, and 
Erwin Schmidt; 35-year members Charles 
Moelter, Robert Walleck, and Peter Weber; 55- 
year members John Dorfmeister and Otto 
Frischolz; and 60-year members William Braun, 
Fred C. Holzer, and Herman Moritz. 

Ashland, Mass. — Picture No. 3 



Local 475 recently held its holiday party and 
awards ceremony at the Chateau de Ville 
Restaurant in Framingham. President George 
Heinig presented service pins. 

Picture No. 1 shows 25-year member 
Richard DiPietri, left, and Business Rep Martin 
Ploof Jr. 

Picture No. 2 shows 30-year members, from 
left: John Tervo, Dennis Morrison, Carl 
Tosches, and Alexander Thibeault Sr. 

Picture No. 3 shows 35-year members, from 
left: Albert Borelli, Robert Ablondi, Louis 
Ablondi Sr., Firmin Collin, Fred Borelli, George 
Piga, and George Benjamin. 

Knoxville, Tenn. 

Harvey Eugene Stamps, right accepts his 50- 
year pin from his brother, Local Business Rep. 
Paul T. Stamps. 
Harvey is a member 
of Local 50, initiated 
in 1934. 

Merrill, Wise. 

Local 2344 President Harold Robl recently presented service pins to 
members with 25, 30, and 40 years of service to the Brotherhood at 
a buffet lunch held by the local. 

Pictured are, from left: Paul Kysely, 25 years; Randall Peterson, 25- 
years; Dale Hoffman, 25-years; Elmer Luedke, 40 years; President Robl; 
Olaf Kirn, 30 years; and Edward Cherwenka, 25 years. 



Good Nutrition 
Starts At Home 

Last month our "Consumer Clipboard" 
column featured the first installment of a 
"primer for latchkey children" prepared by 
the Boy Scouts of America. This month's 
installment, at right, is a simple exercise to 
educate children, whether they're preparing 
a meal for themselves or members of the 
family, to the basic food groups necessary 
for good nutrition. 

Babies, Booze 
Just Don't Mix 

While babies don't stop at the mini-mart 
for a six-pack of beer and down it before 
they get home, or sit by the fire sipping 
glasses of brandy all evening, they can still 
get drunk — before they're born. 

Researchers note that when a mother-to- 
be drinks, the alcohol level in the blood of 
her unbom child will closely match her own. 
Unfortunately, while the mother may get a 
hangover that makes her grumpy for a better 
(or worse) part of a morning, damage done 
to the unborn child can be a kind that lasts 
a lifetime. 

Such damage, known as Fetal Alcohol 
Syndrome (FAS), is characterized by chil- 
dren who are shorter and lighter in weight 
than normal and don't "catch-up" even after 
special postnatal care. They also have ab- 
normally small heads, several facial irregu- 
larities, joint and limb abnormalities, and 
poor coordination. Most are also mentally 
retarded and show a number of behavioral 

How much alcohol does it take to cause 
FAS? Is any amount safe? Are there times 
during pregnancy when the dangers may be 

According to the National Institute on 
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, pregnant 
women who consume six or more drinks a 
day are at high risk of having an FAS child. 
So are those who get drunk, even occasion- 
ally. For those who drink between one and 
six drinks a day, there is a chance of causing 
fetal damage, but the amount of risk is not 

Studies also indicate that just following 
conception, before a woman even knows 
she is pregnant, may be one of the most 
critical times for fetal alcohol sensitivity. 

While FAS is a problem, it's a preventable 

Not drinking while pregnant can give a 
child a better chance at a healthy tomorrow. 
At that age, what better gift can you give? 

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Prepared to 
Fix Something to Eat? 

At times you may need to be prepared to fix yourself a 
meal. Sometimes you may need to fix a meal for your family. 
You may even learn to be able to plan the meal and do the 
shopping for it 

To be healthy, your body needs foods from four groups 
every day. In order not to get sick, foods, dishes, and utensils 
must be clean. 

Do 2 of these 4 things. 

Adult OK 1. Name 4 kinds of foods in each of these groups: 

A Fruits and vegetables (4 servings each day) 


B. Bread and Cereal (4 servings each day) 


C. Dairy Products (3 servings each day) 


D. Proteins (meats, beans, etc.) (2 servings 
each day) 


Plan meals for one day. List things your family 
should have from the groups of basic foods 
(see above) in order to have a balanced diet 


Adult OK 2. 

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Prepared to Fix Something to Eat? 

Continued from Page 35 



Adult OK 3. Tell why it is important that fruits, vegetables, 

pots, pans, knives, forks, and spoons are clean 

before using. 

Adult OK 4. Prepare and eat one meal — for yourself or your 

family. You need not cook anything. This 

could be a sandwich, salad, or leftovers. It 
could be something to be warmed up or heated. 
If your parent(s) agree and you are ready, you 
could cook something. 
What did you do? 


hard work 

Take Vaughan Claw Hammers, for example. 

Whether you choose hickory, fiber- 
glass, tubular steel, or solid steel 
handle, you get a hammer that's 
been triple-zone heat-treated for 

toughness in striking face, claws, and tools, each crafted to make hard 
eye. Claws are beveled for gripping work easier. 

both brads and spikes, and entire head 
is polished for a quality look and feel. 

We make more than a hundred 
different kinds and styles of striking 

Make safety a habit. 
Always wear safety 
/ goggles when using 
striking tools. 


11414 Maple Ave., Hebron, IL 60034 

Health Records 

An up-to-date record of health care 
procedures can help avoid needless 
duplication, says Kalhy Prochaska- 
Cue, a family economics and man- 
agement specialist for the University 
of Nebraska extension. 

She suggests separate notebook 
pages for each family member to in- 

• Birth dale, place, and any special 

• Any regular exposure to toxic 

• Blood type, Rh factor. 

• Dates of immunizations, vacci- 
nations, booster shots. 

• Results of recent blood pressure. 
Pap, and any diagnostic tests with the 
name of the doctor who ordered them. 

• Dates and types of X-rays. 

• Details of pregnancies and births. 

• Major illnesses, accidents, and' 
operations with dates and outcomes. 

• Medications currently used, in- 
cluding the reasons they are pre- 
scribed, dosages, and any experi- 
enced side effects. 

• Allergies. 

• Severe illnesses of parents, 
grandparents, and other close rela- 

• Name, address, phone number 
of family doctor, dentist, pharmacist 
and specialists regularly consulted. 

For people who take pride in their work .. .tools to be proud of 

Tax health insurance? 
Reagan budget 

Though it has been opposed by both 
business and labor. President Reagan 
again is proposing to limit the amount 
of employer-paid health insurance 
premiums that are tax free, according 
to the Wall Street Journal. 

Reagan's budget for the next fed- 
eral fiscal year calls for employees to 
pay income tax on any employer-paid 
premiums that exceed $175 a month 
for family plans and $70 a month for 

The Reagan administration believes 
the step would encourage the pur- 
chase of less comprehensive health 
plans or switches to "cost-limiting 
care by physician organizations," the 
Journal reports. 



in mEmoRinm 

The following list of 651 deceased members and spouses represents 
a total of $1,125,124.63 death claims paid in February, 1984; (s) 
following name in listing indicates spouse of members 

Local Union. City 

1 Chicago, IL — Jacob Herrmann, Ludwig Fuchs. 

2 Cincinnati, OH— Robert P. Kay, Sr. 

3 Wheeling, WV— Joseph P. Namey, Joseph W, Botl. 

5 St. Louis, MO— Charles F. Galaske. Henry L. Kai- 
ser, Melvin J. Fischer. 

6 Hudson County, NJ — Anthony Gospodarek. 

7 Minneapolis, MN— Chester A. Klug, Edith C. Sko- 
glund (s), John R. Carlson, Ray Jarmusic. Victor S. 
Formo. Walter F. Fudro. 

8 Philadelphia, PA— Ann Walker (s). Bernhard Pet- 
terson. Francis P. Conard, Fred Parker, Olaf Cal- 
strom, Robert Crout, Thomas Deitz, Jr. 

10 Chicago, IL — Frank M. Groff, George Wahlgren. 
Mrs. Wilner Cobb (si. 

11 Cleveland. OH— Dorothy Nasont (s). 

12 Syracuse, NY — John E. Greene, Tracy La- 

13 Chicago, IL — Nora Frances Hoglund (s), Richard 
L. Smith, Robert Lee Krause. 

15 Hackensack, NJ— Ethel Platvoet Is), Fred Breitling. 
Leif Hansen, Leonard Romaneili. 

17 Bronx, NY — Hyman Jolkower, Michael Kierych, 
Rafael Martinez. 

18 Hamilton, Ont., CAN— Robert McGhie 

19 Detroit, MI — Edward Ronning. Ethel Choma (s), 
Frank Barnes, Gonzalo Valverde. Gordon S. Emer- 
son, Orville Ramin. 

22 San Francisco, CA — Ernest Vasheresse. 

24 Central, CT— Domenick Goglia, Ofa E. Chadsey. 

27 Toronto, Ont., CAN— John Kotyk. 

28 Missoula, MT— Lars Clifford Olson. 

33 Boston, MA — Josephine T. Long (s). 

34 Oakland, C A — Mary Kiesling(s). Thomas N. Moran, 
William Edward Patsel. 

36 Oakland, CA — Lawrence E. Jones. 

38 St. Cathrns, Ont.. CAN— Joseph Mewett. 

42 San Francisco, CA — Eric Anderson. 

43 Hartford, CT— Angus MaCaulay, James Wright. 
Joseph Henry Damours, Olivette Marquis (s) 

44 Champaign-Urbana, IL— John Tokarchick, Jr. 

47 St. Louis. MO — Fred K. Weissenborn. Joe A. Kem, 

Lacey R. Cross Sr., Philip H. Winter. 
50 Knoxville, TN— Clyde Barnard. 

53 White Plains, NY— George Barry. 

54 Chicago, IL— Frank Paloucek, Herman Moritz. 

55 Denver, CO — Raymond Staudenraus. 

58 Chicago, IL — Anders Hanson. August Anderson, Jr. 

60 Indianapolis, IN — Harry L. Madden. 

61 Kansas City, MO — Emmett J. Phillips, James L. 
Bryant. Louis E. Dancer, Peter Schmidt, Walter B. 
Hettinger. William R. Dennis. 

63 Bloomington, IL — Kenneth C. Pearl. 

64 Louisville, KY — Joseph T. Greenwell. Thomas Sum- 
merfield, Winifred M. Pfister (s). 

65 Perth Amboy, NJ— William J. Toal. 

73 St. Louis, MO — Carl Fairleigh. Herbert Eastham. 

74 Chattanooga, TN — Frank Waselues. James E. Miller. 

77 Port Chester, NY— Emil Blechner. 

78 Troy, NY' — James Kordana. 

80 Chicago, IL— Fred B. Zoebel, Harold E. Rades. 
Helen Zobel (s). Marie Uutala (s), Patrick J. Coyle. 

81 Erie, PA — Oran Larue Trick. 

83 Halifax, N.S., CAN— Barry Edward Hennigar. Gar- 
field Grandy. 

85 Rochester, NY — Anthony Madalena. Jean Marie Reich 

87 St. Paul MN— John J. Wagner. Leonard Bystrom, 
Leonard Nielsen, Martha J. Resner (s), Martin 
Malaske. Robert Ganzer. William J. Yechout. 

89 Mobile, AL— John D. Stubblefield. 

90 Evansville, IN — Auda Mae Farmer (s). 

91 Racine, WI — Gust E. Lindell, Irving Christianson. 

94 Providence. RI — Alphonse Ciullo. Amy C. Johnson 
(s), Clarence King, James West. Nels Haroldson. 

95 Detroit, MI— Earl E. Biggs. Thomas Galoch, William 

98 Spokane, WA — James Conrad, John Clarence Stew- 
art. Mary Loretta Meredith (s). Orris G. Wilcox. 
Vera Irene Schroder (s). 
101 Baltimore, MD— Dorothy M. Hogarty (s) 

104 Dayton, OH— Clara Lucille Rawlins (s). Daniel J. 

105 Cleveland, OH — Alfredo Fiaviano Frezza, John Or- 

106 Des Moines, IA— John F Riley 

107 Worcester, MA — Clarence McDonald. 
109 Sheffield, AL — George Swinea, Jr. 

112 Butte, MT — Ann A. Zemljak (s), John M. Topsick, 

John W. Crowley. 
124 Passaic, NJ — Pietro Carrara. 

131 Seattle, WA — Barry J. Keegan, Elsie O. Honeyman 
(s), Erling Holm, John S. Misner, Ken O. Hawley. 
Kenneth C. Loken. 

132 Washington, DC— Nancy Elizabeth Bishop (s), 
Thoedore Yates, Troy S. Huffman. 

133 Terre Haute, IN — Clarence Liston, Orla E. Baber. 

141 Chicago, IL— Earl White. Karin C. Moline (s). 

142 Pittsburgh, PA — Thomas Novak. 

146 Schenectady, NY — Fred Montgomery. 

153 Helena, MT— Clarence D. Lease. 

159 Charleston, SC— Phillip B. Ackerman. 

163 Peekskill, NY— Marshall Stumpfel. 

Local Union, City 

168 Kansas City, KS— Victor P. Wog. 

171 Youngstown, OH — Ernest H. Juillerat, Sr. . Raymond 

A. Lindquist. 
174 Joliet, IL— Carl Harmon. 

181 Chicago, IL— Arvid P. Moe, Christian Holt. Edward 
A. Siok. Harold Farland, Louis J. Ventura. 

182 Cleveland, OH— Clamor H. Paul, Stanley Domanski. 
184 Salt Lake City, UT— Ladonna J. Liedtke Is), Warren 


194 East Bav, CA— Arne E. Olsen. 

195 Peru, IL— Joseph T. Dooley. 

198 Dallas, TX— Alice Mae Pasley (s). Dorothy Klassen 

(s). Earl F. Dougan. Edwin E. Mauser, William R. 

200 Columbus, OH— Carlton Mayfield. Edna Mae Rucker 

(s), Fred D. Kenrick. Victor L. Buzard. 
202 Gulfport, MS— James Gray. 
211 Pittsburgh, PA— Lois Davis (s) 
213 Houston, TX— Joseph L. Rip. 
215 Lafayette, IN— Harold Oland. 
225 Atlanta, GA— Agnes Hilton Barnhardt (s). Millard 

E. Murphy, William C. White. 
235 Riverside, CA — Charles W. Andrews, Helen Louise 

Johnson (s). Virgil T. Scott. 

241 Moline, II. — Frank J. Covemaker. 

242 Chicago, IL— Ruth C. Peterson (s). 

246 New York, NY— John Kigik. Otto Butrite. 
250 Lake Forest, IL— Alice P. Grim (s). Calla D. Mattson 
(s), John J. Petersen, John Lewis Randall. 

255 Bloomingburg, NY — Fred Decker. 

256 Savannah, GA— Betty Jane McCall Webb (si. Willie 
Lee Pittman Sumner (s). 

257 New York, NY— Peter Skylstad. 
261 Scranton PA— Creighton Winters. 
272 Chicago Hgt, IL — Sam Marovich. 
278 Watertown, NY— Richard Lozo. 

280 Niagara-Gen. & Vic, NY— Donald Zartman, Ray 

Meisner. Robert Westley. 
2S6 Great Falls, MT— Charles A. Petty, Eugeina A. 

Kessler (s). 

296 Brooklyn, NY— Jack Baker. 

297 Kalamazoo, MI — Allan C. Young. 

302 Huntington, WV— Golden B. Hazelett. 

314 Madison, WI— Harold Vetter. Lester Randall, Lyle 

316 San Jose, CA— Grace L.Bybee(s), Robert W.Weiss, 

Sylvia Eugenia Stark (s). 

319 Roanoke, VA— Erby Horace Kelly. 

320 Augusta, Mli — Francis E. Bonin. 

333 New Kensington, PA — Elmer E. Shoemaker. Elphie 
T. Knapp, Emanuel V. Kovac. 

334 Saginaw. MI — Clarence A. Parth. 

337 Detroit, MI — Clarion Stoltman, James A. McLellan. 

338 Seattle, WA— Andrew M. St. Nicholas. Ralph Hobbs. 
345 Memphis, TN— Alfred T. Vanhuss, Charles L. Pos- 

ton. Homer Lee Jeter, Wiley Leland Rowland. 

348 New York, NY— Hubert Wells. 

359 Philadelphia. PA— Alexander Herskovitz. 

360 Galesburg, IL — Fred Icenogle. 

361 Duluth, MN— Karl Felix Seaberg. 
374 Buffalo, NY— Matthew Anstey. 
379 Texarkana, TX— Rachel burson (s). 
393 Camden, NJ— Joseph B. Campbell. 
396 Newport News, VA — Marion C. Savage. 

400 Omaha, NE— Thomas E. Flynn. Walter B. Womack. 
403 Alexandria, LA — Mary Catherine Hicks (s). Robbie 

G. Barnes. 
405 Miami, FL— Kenneth G. Skidmore. 
417 St. Louis, MO— Charles S. Stones. 
437 Portsmouth, OH — Burrell E. Craig, George L. Himes. 
442 Kopkinsville, KY— William V. Boyles. 

452 Vancouver, B.C., CAN— Pekka Hautala, Rose Elva 
Tiefisher (si. Saini Sinikka Kokko (s). 

453 Auburn, NY — James Ferro, William Musco. 
470 I annua. WA— Irvm H. Hansen. 

483 San Francisco, CA — Erik Holger Hanson. John E. 

492 Reading, PA— Jean L. Covely (s). 
504 Chicago, IL — David Pearlman. 
508 Marion, IL — Floyd Ervin. 
512 Ann Arbor, MI— Clyde E. Clark. 
514 Wilkes Barre, PA— Dorothy L. Brown (s), John C. 

Link. Sr. 
517 Portland, ME— Marion Ida Hubbard (s), William 

531 New York, NY— Arthur Olsen, Ludvig Knutsen. 
548 Minneapolis, MN— Arthur J. Cherry. 
556 Meadville, PA— John Schauer. 
562 Everett, WA— Dorothy J. Summers (s). Nels Erick- 

596 St. Paul, MN— Donald L. Davidson. 
600 LeHigh Valley, PA— Casper M. Simmers, Dale J. 

Butler, Harrison L. Troutman, Ida M. Heckman (s). 

Lyona Nicholas (s). Roy Knipe. 

607 Hannibal, MO— Aletea Lucas (s), Elmer N. Lucas. 

608 New York, NY— Charles Schnepf, John J. O'Sulli- 
van, Patrick Mockler. 

620 Madison, NJ — Adam Scheppe. 

627 Jacksonville, FL— Daniel W. Hartman, Sr. 

633 Madison, IL— Charles W. Foley. 

635 Boise, ID— George H. Hill. 

637 Hamilton, OH — Edward Askren. 

Local Union. City 

639 Akron, OH— Loren L. Sowell. 

642 Richmond, CA — Oscar F. Warner. 

644 Pekin, IL — Richard A. Hammer. Robert R. King. 

668 Palo Alto, CA— Sheila Mary Moeller (s). 

690 Little Rock, AR— Rozalue Siegler (s). 

701 Fresno, CA— Virgie O. Bagwell (s). 

704 Jackson, MI — Stanley L. Herman. 

710 Long Beach, CA — Glenn Corgan, Hugh McClure, 
Robinson A. Threlkeld. 

715 Elizabeth, NJ — Maurice Lospinoso. Peter Rusciano. 

721 Los Angeles. CA— Cyril E. Howe. Donald W. Chap- 
man. Mary Eleanor Gouka (si. Olive Frances Demp- 
sey (s). Wayne Braun, William L. Derr. 

725 Litchfield. IL — Mary Etta Sherman (s). 

727 Hialeah, FL— Daniel Pompi, John F. Wells. 

739 Cincinnati, OH — Charles Bauscher, Joseph Kelly 

743 Bakersfield. CA— Basil Ott, Norma Maxine Oberg 

745 Honolulu, HI — Daisuke Onohara, George G. Tanino. 
Michael Santos. 

755 Superior, WI — Fred Peterson. 

756 Bellingham, WA— Floyd S. Chandler. 

758 Indianapolis, IN — Mabel M. Montgomery (sh 

769 Pasadena. CA— Bernhardt Schubert. George H. 

Mitchell. George W. Litch, Jr.. Joy O. Page. Mary 

E. Webb (s), Paul L. Barnhouse. 
783 Sioux Falls, SD— Orlo V. Peppmuller. 
785 Cambridge, Ont.. CAN— Herbert Chappel. Lucien 

Beauvais, Violet MacDonald (s). 
790 Dixon, IL— Claude Welker. 
801 Woonsocket. RI — Joseph Cournoyer 
803 Metropolis, IL— Lilly Lindsey (s). 
819 West Palm Bch, FL— R. E. Seabolt. Samuel N. 

824 Muskegon, Ml — Jay Vanderlaan. 
836 Janesville, WI— Robert Pfanzelter. 
839 Des Plaines, IL— Rudolph Milo. William E. Sersen. 

844 Canoga Park, CA — Domenic Milone, John G. Harris, 
Robert E. Roehrman. 

845 Clifton Heights, PA— Pasqual M. Trio. 
857 Tucson, AZ— Robert L. Cochran. 

865 Brunswick, G A— Walter C. Drawdy. 

899 Parkersburg, WV— Ernest J. Fauss. 

902 Brooklyn, NY — Harry Tangen, Nicholas Arpino, 

Petter Pedersen. 

911 Kah'spell, MT— Leland L. Jacobson. 

929 Los Angeles, CA— Edwin Wiltsey, Glen Cale. 

944 San Brnardno, CA — Leslie M. Robbins. 

948 Sioux City, IA— Floyd W. Deverell. 

953 Lake Charles. LA.— Martin K. Fontenot. 

978 Springfield, MO— Evelyn Peterie (s). 

981 Petaluma. CA— Velimir Budinsky. 

982 Detroit, Ml— Howard Telling. R.A. Mouland. 

993 Miami, FL — Gerard Intmdola. Molly E. Moore (s), 

Raymond M. Robert. 
1007 Niagara Fls. Ont., CAN— Francis McGlade, William 

K. Murray. 
1017 Redmond. OR— Leslie C. Mallorov. 
1027 Chicago, IL— Elizabeth Wagner (si. Elvira Schmidt 

(s), George Bingham. Simon Slov. 

1042 Pittsburgh, NY— Clark A. Kirby. Irvin G. Fobare. 

1043 Gary, IN— Grace Seitz (s). 

1044 Charleroi. PA— James J. Paulev. Jr., William Ran- 

1048 McKeesport, PA— Dorothy Evelyn Franks (s). 

1052 Hollywood, CA — Alonzo Milton Johnson, Floyd Car- 
penter. John Anthony Lormans. 

1053 Milwaukee, WI — Henry Cukjati, Henry H. May. 
1067 Port Huron. MI— Clifford Maxwell. 

1074 Eau Claire, WI— Carol E. Hughes (s). 

1080 Owensboro, KY— Ray L. Sandefur. 

1089 Phoenix. AZ— Chester E. Cook. Harold J. Koepke. 

Harold N. Lane, Ruth D. Steele (s). 
1091 Bismarck Mandn. ND— Oscar Hoynes. 
1098 Baton Rouge. LA — Jack Simpson. Josie A. Burleigh 

(s), Lillian Louise Dixon (s). Michael R. McMonis. 

1108 Cleveland, OH— Carl W Moll. Jr.. Edward Zielinski. 

1109 Visalia. CA— Albert Bock. 

1114 S. Milwauke, WI — Tellef E. Gunderson. 

1121 Boston Vicnty. MA — Albert J. Robichaud. Edwin T. 

1126 Annapolis, MD— William O. Smith. 
1134 Mt. Kisco, NY — Hiram Misner. Matthew Obrian. 

Olive P. Kelly (s). 
1140 San Pedro, CA— Daniel P. Martin. Marie E. Faucon 

1144 Seattle, W A— Gregory J. Miller. 
1149 San Francisco, CA — Arvin Herbenson. James Bryant, 

Lewis R. Tucker. 
1155 Columbus, IN— Lester B. Wilson. 
1172 Billings, MT— Llovd M. Hartley, Vemon T. Moore. 

1184 Seattle, WA— Edgar Lindh. 

1185 Chicago, IL— Edwin J. Choate, Marv O. Ryan (s). 
1194 Pensacola, FL — Berta C. Goldsby. Brooks G. Gris- 

1235 Modesto, CA— Mary Skillings (s). 

1250 Homestead, FT — Andrew G. Sanford. Donald W. 
Lewis. Robert M. Lee. 

1251 N. Westmnstr. B.C., CAN— Adolph Kirmis. William 

1263 Atlanta, GA— Geraldine Keith Crider (s). 
1266 Austin, TX— Charles S. Boatner. 

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'America Works' 
Moves to Public TV 

The acclaimed weekly issues series. 
"America Works", moves in 1984 from 
commercial TV syndication to public tel- 
evision. The Labor Institute of Public Af- 
fairs (LIPA) and local labor officials began, 
last month, offeringthe original 12 episodes 
for rebroadcast by public television sta- 
tions and cable broadcasters (LIPA is an 
arm of the AFL-CIO created two years 
ago to give labor a voice in broadcast 

Joint efforts between local labor officials 
and LIPA have resulted in agreements with 
public TV stations in six cities so far, 
according to LIPA Executive Director Larry 
Kirkman. The PBS stations are located in 
New York; Washington. D.C.; Lansing. 
Michigan: Providence. Rhode Island: Ba- 
ton Rouge, Louisiana: and in the state of 
Hawaii. Most of the stations agreed to 
rebroadcast "America Works" at the urg- 
ing of local labor leaders serving on boards 
of PBS affiliates. The series will also be 
broadcast on at least a dozen local cable 
TV systems. Check your local television 
listings for time and station. 

In Memoriam 

Continued from Page 37 

Locril Union. City 

1267 Worden, II-— Beatrice E. Gcrdes (s). 

1274 Decatur, AL— Ben C. Clark. John C. Darmer. John 
W. Bcardcn, Mary Louise Allen (s). 

1277 Bend, OR— Arlcnc Lucille linker (s). 

1280 Mnntain View, CA— Avclino Olivo (si. Charles Bar- 

1289 Scuttle, WA — Fred E. Saari. George A. McCown. 
Scth Forsgren. Theodore N. Perron. 

1292 Huntington, NY— Robert Deckman. 

1296 San Diego, CA — Casper J. Anderson, Ivan Bell. Jess 
F. Montee. 

1305 Fall River, MA — Albert Frenetic. Henry Dupras. 

1307 Evanston, II- — George Krinninger, Russell Frees. 

1311 Dayton, OH— Carl Edward Human. 

1325 Edmonton, Alia., CAN — Fernand Fournier. Paul 
Nielsen, Simon Gedeon Beaulieu. 

1332 Grand Coulee. WA— Roy N. Taylor. 

1342 lrvinglon. NJ— James W. O'Neill. 

1345 Buffalo, NY— Ellen Cowley (s). 

1353 Sante Fe, NM— Robert C. Oakley. 

1355 Crawfordsville, IN— Albion Phelps. 

1365 Cleveland, OH— John F Fende. 

1369 Morgantown, WV — John W. Cordray. 

1370 Kelowna. B.C., CAN— Adam Franz. Darrell Rob- 

1373 Flint, MI— Mary S. Reszka (si. 

1379 North Miami, FL — Albert Lightsey, Lester Stewart. 

1386 Province of New Brunswick — Lucien Roy. William 

1393 Toledo, OH— Robert J Carter 
1400 Santa Monica, CA — Clarence M. Schaaf. Gabriel H. 

Gomez, William L. Corlew, Jr. 
1402 Richmond, VA — Ashby Lee Shaw, Jr. 
1404 Biloxi, MS— Joseph E. Brune. 
1407 San Pedro, CA— Anthony Autrand. Olaf E Allen. 
1418 Lodi, CA— Clarence A. Colvin. 
1438 Warren, OH— James M. SutlifT 
1452 Detroit, MI— Wanda M Baginski. 
1456 New York, NY — Charles Cameron. Frank Halonen. 

Karl Olsen, Lillian Cahill (s), Louis Rea. Michael 

1478 Redondo, CA— Gladys Lee Odle (si, Peter John 

Kole. Robert W. Hanson. 
1486 Auburn, CA — Eleanor Margaret Petersen (s). 
1489 Burlington, NJ — Irving E. Manset. Russell E. Lam- 

bertson Sr.. William Lee Gait. 
1498 Provo, UT— George Knuteson. 
1507 El Monte, CA— Luther Hagan. 
1509 Miami, FL— Willie Hearon. 
1526 Denton. TX— Ralph R. White. 
1536 New York, NY— Antonio Divito 

1553 Culver City, CA — Harrison Garfield Adams. Michael 
Lawrence Dunda, Omer Frederick Berry. 

1554 Miami, Fl — Jose Luis Garcia, Peter Narish. 
1564 Casper, WY— Wm E. Copperfield. 

1571 East San Diego, CA— Dorothy C. Mhoon (s), Janet 

R. Nelson (si. 
1583 Englewood, CO — Ben Manuel Juarez. 

1595 Montgomery County, PA — Arthur C. Thomas, Fred 

1596 St. Louis, MO — Ernest Scheible, Harry Myers. 

1597 Bremerton, WA— Walter F. Voegeli. 

1598 Victoria, B.C. CAN— John Neilson, Robert Gerth. 

1599 Redding, CA— Alice Theresa Peoples (si. 
1607 Los Angeles, CA — Garrison Floyd. 

1622 Hayward, CA— Bill H. Presley, Robert S. Miranda. 

1631 Washington, D.C.— Charles W Padgett. 

1632 S. Luis Obispo, CA— Donald L. Ward, Oliver A 

1635 Kansas City. MO — Charles C. Ayers. Raymond G. 

1644 Minneapolis, MN — William Knox. 
1650 Lexington. KY— Dale S. Combs. 
1669 Ft. William, Ont. CAN— Allan Ojala. 
1685 Melbourne-Daytona Beach, FL— Edward C. Mc- 

1693 Chicago, II- — Benjamin L. Fecke, Ernest H. Baum. 
1699 Pasco, WA— Paul Edward Ashworth. 
1708 Auburn. WA— Henry E. Bonnett. 
1734 Murray. KY— Ellen Orr (s). 

1749 Anniston, AL— William W. Gauldin. Woodie L. 
Fan-ell, Jr. 

1750 Cleveland, OH— Frank A. Valenti. 
1752 Pomona, CA— Erich Koeth. 

1759 Pittsburgh, PA— Adolph Papst, Robert L. Nolan. 

1765 Orlando, FL— William L. Hodges. 

1772 Hicksville, NY— Julian Martinsen. 

1778 Columbia, SC— Creola Kathleen Wells Luke (s) 

1779 Calgary, Alia. CAN— Andrew Szamko. 

1784 Chicago, II- — Edward A. ShefTner, Frank J. Csinc- 

sak, John L. Broberg, Nikolaus Getzinger. 
1811 Monroe, LA — David Rayburn. Thornton. 
1815 Santa Ana. CA— Harriet C. Walker (s). 
1837 Babylon, NY— John Heller, William Little. 

1845 Snoo.ualm Fall, WA— William E. Kehrer. 

1846 New Orleans. LA — Alton Olivier. Bemice Gaskin 
(s), Harry P. Saucier, John Deogracias. 

1855 Bryan, TX — Louis A. Kosarek, Myrtle Gertrude 
Dominik (s). 

1856 Philadelphia, PA— John L. Vincent. Ronald H. 

1865 Minneapolis, MN — Donald D. Danielson. Jonas R. 

Lien, Walfred G. Rohr. 
1883 Macomb, IL— Mildred Carolyn Hobart (s). 
1889 Downers Grove, IL— Howard F. Spuehler. 
1904 North Kansas, MO— Charles Houk 
1913 Van Nuys, CA — Fausto Moreno, Leon G. Wilson. 

Theodore H. Dow. 

Local Union. City 
















Hamilton. Ont. CAN — Eugene William Kayorie. 
Stevens Point, WI — Angclinc F. Stroik (s), Raymond 

Hempstead, NY — John Pettersen. 
Vancouver, BC, CAN — Leonard R. Owens. 
Hollywood, FL— -Maxine Elizabeth Flanigan (s). 
Temple, TX — Charles Thomas Wilson. 
Los Angeles, CA — Augustine Figucroa, Hilario Al- 
varado, Jovita Q. Telles (si, Morris Pass. 
Los Catos, CA— Wanda D. Cates (s). 
Orange, TX— D H Askew. 
Scaford, DE — Milton Tracey. 
Barrington, IL — Frances B. Siers (si. 
San Diego, CA— Burah S. Allen (s), Lucille T. 
Mendcnhall, (si. 

Martinez, CA — Janet Bergeron (s), Ralph A. Skoog. 
Hartrord City, IN— Howard Elliott. 
Medford. OR— David B. Brabbin. 
Milwaukee, WI — Steve Kleibor. 
Columbus, OH — Garnet C. Wilson (s). 
Chicago, II- — James Farris. 
Portland, OR— Stanley M. Helzer. 
San Francisco, CA — Charles C. Metcalf. 
Misson Cty, B.C. CAN— Bela Pataky. 
Pittsburgh, PA — Frank J. Nagy. Fred L. Seebacher. 
Fremont, OH — John Kovach. 
Pittsburgh, PA— Harry E. Miley, Jr. 
McMinnville, OR — Russell E. Denman. 
Los Angeles, CA — Alex B. Perez. Michael Williams. 
Fullerton, CA — Donovon J. Shields, Richard A. 

Toronto, Ont. CAN — Marie Fergueson (s). 
Washington, D.C. — Thomas Earl Swann. Sr. 
Bradnton-Sarastafl — Herbert A. Satow, Margaret C. 
Columbus (s). 

Los Angeles, CA— Goldie M. Bright (s). M.L. Bur- 

Seattle, WA — J. G. Gunnar Johnson. James A. 

Vancouver, B.C. CAN— Robert H. Kendrick. 
Jacksonville, FI- — Alan M. Swanwick. 
Portland, OR— Lloyd W. Stearns, Norlin H. Kowtiz. 
W. Sulphr Sprg. WV— Hubert W. Morgan. Ralph 
Grady Lowe. 

Charleston. WV— Pat M. Wilson Jr. 
Inglewood, CA— Billie Alvis Pleich (s), Charles F. 
Casale, Prentice F. Kelly, Ted A. Buseman. 
Washington, DC — Richard Camille Bamber. 
Cleveland, TN — James Cue Hooper. 
Pembroke, Ont. CAN— Agnes Loretta Kilby (s). 
Sudbury, Ont. CAN — Joseph J. Dumontelle, Louis 
Philippe Leduc, Marjorie V. Pen (s). 
Seattle. WA— Louis E. Ward. 
Lebanon, OR — Glen Simons, Leslie Harris. 
San Francisco, CA — Delphine Grassi. (s). 
Libby, MT — Richard Rufenach. 
Eureka, CA — George W. Derryberry, Sebastian Spi- 

Valsetz, OR— Kenneth L. Blocher. 
Standard, CA— Edger Hill. Fred H. Kahl. 
Lakeview, OR — Rudolph Minor. 
Birchwood, WI — Roszella F Applebee. 
Medford, OR— Wayne G. Carter. 
McCleary, WA — Signe Madel Payne (s). 
Flagstaff, AZ— Nellie M. Juarez (5). 
St. Croix, Que. CAN— Gerard Godbout. 
Tigerton, WI— Chester J. Jelinski. 
Emmett, ID — Richard L. Shepherd. 
Denver, CO— Charles Edward Bechtle. Waino W. 

Roseburg, OR — Eva Annetta Lawson (s). 
Atlanta, GA — Eddie Lou Baskin (s). 
Stockton, CA— Walter M. Stovall. 
Vaughn, OR— Ruby Adelle Jones (si. 
Maywood, CA — Hector Martinez. 
Pompano Beach FI- — Robert Padecky. 
Grand Fork, B.C. CAN— Peter G. Reibin. 
Covington, IN — Charles Peyton. 
Province of Quebec LCL 134-2 — John Pejanic. 

During the past year, the Brotherhood 
has mourned the passing of several General 
Representatives who gave devoted service 
to our membership. They included: Everett 
Weller, who died a year ago, April; Harold 
McKenzie and James Dwyer, who died in 
May, 1983; James Hunt, September, 1983; 
and Enos Dougherty, March 1984. 

Attend your local union meetings regu- 
larly. Be an active member of the United 
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of 





Here's a circular saw blade which simul- 
taneously sands and cuts any hard wood, 
particleboard, plywood, Corian, 2-sided 
laminates or soft wood in one pass. Sold by 
a New Jersey firm, the blade has improve- 
ments such as 80 grit instead of 60 for finer 
sanding and easier feed, 80 grit for thinner 
abrasive discs, making the entire unit cut 
easier with less stock removal, and enlarging 
the abrasive discs 1" in diameter thus af- 
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Sanblade features extra thick heavy-gauge 
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to run true, extra-large carbide tips, and 
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edges. Customized 60- to 80-teeth cutting 
edges are also available. Cutting and sanding 
in one pass totally eliminates the second 
step of time-consuming sanding. 

Future research at USTI will yield a San- 
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total kerf, an open coat abrasive for less 
loading on the abrasive's outer edge and 
possible 100 grit thinness. 

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Hydrolevel 39 

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Preston Mason of Oakland, Calif., has 
developed a multipurpose device which should 
prove useful to builders. It saves scribing 
time, cuts down on the use of your level, 
serves as a cutting guide, and helps in your 

Called the Speed Block Cutting Guide, 
the device has manufactured into it all the 
various angles, degrees and measurements 
necessary for marking rafter cuts to desired 
pitches. It will perform ridge cuts, seat cuts, 
and plumb cuts. It provides a handy chart 
for allowable spans for ceiling joist and floor 
joist and will layout stair stringers. As a 
cutting guide, it adjusts to any size block 
from H'/z" to down to IW. 

The Speed Block Cutting Guide can be 
purchased by sending $20.00, tax included, 
by check of money order to: GUIDE, The 
Building Machine General Contractors, 903 
44th Street, Oakland, Calif. 94608. Please 
allow 8-10 weeks for delivery. To telephone, 
call (415) 652-9001. 


An apparatus for accurately cutting tim- 
bers has been patented by Lynn Marshall, 
a member of UBC Local 50, Knoxville, East 
Tennessee District Council. 

An illustration of Marshall's invention is 
shown above. The device consists of a metal 
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Picking candidates 

from what they say 

and what they do 

Labor's endorsement 

still looks appropriate 

seven months later 

Since America's labor unions came out with their 
precedent-setting early endorsement of a candidate 
for the U.S. Presidency, last October, the voters of 
the 50 states have been subjected to public debates, 
caucuses, political charges and countercharges, opin- 
ion polls, exit polls, and network projections. Soon 
they will stare bleary-eyed at their television sets 
until late in the night as the Democrats convene in 
San Francisco in July and the Republicans assemble 
in Dallas in August. 

By November 6, Election Day, the average voter 
will either be "turned on" or "turned off by all the 
hoopla generated by parties and the candidates this 
election year. 

In a period like that it is hard for the average voter 
to make the distinctions between truths and half- 
truths, between the shadings of meaning and outright 

We must look beyond the TV makeup and the 
campaign slogans and consider the candidates' public 
and private records. We must make our own "pro- 
jections" for the next four years: Do we, as wage 
earners, stand to gain more prosperity and security 
under a Reagan Administration or a Mondale Admin- 
istration? Will multinational corporations, defense 
contractors, and right-wing rabble rousers gain more 
from Reagan or Mondale or Hart or whoever? 

We have the U.S. Senate voting records of two of 
the candidates, Mondale and Hart, by which to make 
judgments. We have the civil rights record of Jesse 
Jackson and his record of administering federal funds 
for social programs in Chicago. We have the record 
of the governorship of California under President 
Reagan. (Oh, how we have heard about how they 
did it in California!) And we have the President's 
statements as a campaigner in 1980, as President for 
three years, and as a weekly Saturday afternoon radio 
broadcaster and public persuader. 

Let's look at some of these sources of information. 
We might start by comparing the voting records of 
Walter Mondale and Gary Hart. Walter Mondale last 
served in the U.S. Senate during the 94th Congress 
in 1976, before his election to the Vice Presidency. 
At that time labor kept voting records on such issues 
as flood insurance, housing construction, energy 
development, the Labor-HEW override, the public 
works override, job safety, clean air, and several 

other issues. On 1 1 key issues of concern to workers 
and their families, Gary Hart voted right 18 limes 
and wrong 6 times (including votes on amendments); 
Walter Mondale voted right 18 times and wrong 4 
times. So, both men can be considered "friends of 

In the current 98th Congress, the Building Trades 
judged Senate voting on such issues as disability pay, 
health insurance, budget cuts, mortgage aid, Clinch 
River nuclear power development, and other matters, 
for a total of 12 major concerns. Mondale is no longer 
in the Senate, so we can't compare him to Senator 
Hart. We can, however, compare Hart to 99 other 
senators. Hart voted 67 times right and 32 times 
wrong, according to the Building Trades record, for 
a 68% cumulative voting record in favor of labor- 
oriented issues. That doesn't compare favorably with 
the voting records of the late Sen. Henry Jackson of 
Washington State (89%), Senator Sarbanes of Mary- 
land (86%), Sens. Reigle and Levin of Michigan (both 
85%), Eagleton of Missouri (86%), Dodd of Con- 
necticut (84%), Cranston of California (81%), Wendell 
Ford of Kentucky (83%), Huddleston of Kentucky 
(80%), George Mitchell of Maine (81%), Kennedy of 
Massachusetts (80%), Melcher of Montana (81%), 
Bradley of New Jersey (85%), Moynihan of New 
York (83%), Burdick of North Dakota (85%), Pell of 
Rhode Island (85%), and, with the best record of all, 
Jennings Randolph of West Virginia (90%). 

When the late Sen. Hubert Humphrey and Walter 
Mondale were serving together in the U.S. Senate 
during the 1970s, the workers of America truly had 
a winning team. Their records were invariably in the 
80s and 90s. 

So, of the two leading Democrat candidates, we 
prefer the sound ideas of Walter Mondale to the 
unspecified "new ideas" of Gary Hart. 

Now let's look at the third Democratic candidate, 
Jesse Jackson. We have admired what Jackson has 
done to get more blacks registered and voting this 
year. We continue to stand behind efforts to protect 
the civil rights of minorities. Labor, for more than a 
century, has been the leading spokesman for those 
elements of our society Jackson calls the "rainbow 
coalition." Labor has been disturbed by Jackson's 
seeming lack of knowledge about labor's accomplish- 
ments and its role in government, politics and the 
economy. But it seems to be generally agreed — and 
the delegate count bears this out — that Jackson will 
not be the choice of the Democratic party. 

That leaves the standard bearer of the Republican 
Party, the man who came out of the West with 
promises to reduce the federal government and bal- 
ance the federal budget, among other things. 

Mr. Reagan once told an aide that "politics is just 
like show business," and he is a master of political 
communication. Waving to the crowd as he boards 
a helicopter for another rest at Camp David or riding 
his horse at this ranch in California, he is every bit 
the matinee idol of John Wayne's day. 

But let's look at the record. 

The federal deficit has soared to about triple what 



it was under any previous administration. The only 
ways that interest rates can be kept from going sky 
high again are by trimming Reagan budget requests 
and laying on more taxes. The trouble is that the 
GOP rode into office with a promise to cut taxes. It 
did, during the first year in office ... for already- 
wealthy individuals and corporations, leaving the 
heaviest burden on the rest of the population, namely, 
you and me. 

We get a few letters in from members telling us 
that we are treating Mr. Reagan badly in our editorial 
columns. One member recently wrote: "I live in an 
area which is far from being rich, mostly poor or 
average income. For the first time in many years I 
see housing starts all over the place. Three years ago 
our daughter and family were able to buy a house. 
In the Carter-Mondale period they couldn't even 
come close to qualifying for a loan. I see new cars 
now all over. Lots of them American made. The 
workers are again taking pride in their work ..." 

Granted ... in some communities and in some 
families this is true. 

The crazy thing about such developments in the 
economy is that President Reagan is given credit for 
all of this economic recovery. Congresswoman Pat 
Schroeder coined a phrase the other day, calling Mr. 
Reagan "the Teflon president," meaning that the 
stuff boiling in the kettle doesn't stick to him. He is 
still able to convince much of the public that the 
Carter administration caused all of today's troubles, 
even though the unemployment rate is higher today 
than it was when he took office and the Carter 
administration is three years gone. He continues to 
blame Congress for much of his foreign policy diffi- 
culties in Lebanon and Central America. 

Yes, the housing picture has improved and more 
new cars are on the road . . . but at what a price. 
For every young couple able to buy a house there 
are dozens who still can't afford to buy . . . even 
with both husband and wife working. And have you 
checked the prices of new automobiles lately? Those 
new record profits in the auto industry are not going 
to the car buyer in discount prices, or to the taxpayers 
who made it possible, or even to the workers who 
have been called back from mass layoffs. 

The nation is undergoing economic recovery. There 
is no question about that. The hard money policies 
of the Federal Reserve Board amounted to reducing 
inflation and overcoming recession the hard way — at 
the expense of millions of unemployed workers. But 
now it is done; the depressed economy has bottomed 
out, and President Reagan is taking the credit. 

Let's make some comparisons between what Mr. 
Reagan says and the actual facts: 

Mr. Reagan said in November, 1982, "A propa- 
ganda campaign would have you believe these deficits 
are caused by our so-called massive tax cut and 
defense buildup. Well, that's a real dipsy doodle, 
because even after our tax cuts are fully in place, 
they will barely neutralize the enormous Social Se- 

curity tax increase approved in 1977 . . . Current and 
projected deficits result from sharp increases in non- 
defense spending." 

There he goes again. The 1981 tax cut will actually 
cut revenues by $377 billion over the 1982-85 period, 
while increased revenues from Social Security and 
Medicare taxes will be only $78 billion. Thus, the 
federal government looses $299 billion. Ignoring the 
effects of inflation, the only areas of increased spend- 
ing aside from defense are interest on the debt, Social 
Security, Medicare, and other health and pension 

Remember when the President asked reporters, 
"Is it news that some fellow out in South Succotash 
someplace has just been laid off?" and when he 
waved the classified ads of the Washington Post and 
suggested, "Well, one of the things that's needed 
was illustrated in the local paper on Sunday. J made 
it a point to count the number of pages of help- 
wanted ads in this time of great unemployment. 
There were 24 full pages of classified ads of employers 
looking for employees. 

In other words, many unemployed workers just 
don't want jobs. They'd rather be on welfare. (Ac- 
tually, many didn't qualify for the job openings in 
computer technology, etc.) 

If there's one thing American trade unions don't 
understand, it's this overview of the economy. 

So whom should we endorse? 


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VOLUME 104 No. 6 • -. JUNE, 1984 



John S. Rogers, Editor 



L-P Workers Take Dispute to Corporate Stockholders 2 

Reagan's War Against Organized Labor Dick Meister 5 

CAPS Program Spreads Across the Continent 6 

The Harry Truman Farm Home 7 

Are You That Every Third Person'? 9 

The Retirees Club Charters New Units 10 

Medicare, Is It for Doctors or the Elderly? 10 

First 1984 Seminar at Labor Studies Center 14 

UBC Affiliates with AFL-CIO Public Employees 14 

A Member Reports: Safety in Scandinavia 22 

Safety and Health Resource Guide 24 


Washington Report 4 

Retirees' Notebook 11 

Local Union News 15 

We Congratulate 17 

Apprenticeship and Training 19 

Ottawa Report 21 

Plane Gossip 26 

Consumer Clipboard: Latchkey Primer, No. 3 29 

Service to the Brotherhood 31 

In Memoriam 36 

What's New? 39 

President's Message Patrick J. Campbell 40 

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Reaching high to catch the wind, two 
spinnaker-rigged sailboats head for the 
setting sun over the horizon. The trian- 
gular spinnaker sails billowing from these 
boats take advantage of as much wind 
as possible when sailing with the wind 
and are replaced with smaller, more rig- 
idly anchored sails when tacking against 
the evening breezes. 

From the earliest days of the North 
American colonies, the hardy inhabitants 
were dependent on sailing vessels for 
trade, transportation and fishing, which 
provided food and a livelihood. 

The sailing tradition served the colo- 
nies well during the War for Independ- 
ence and the following War of 1 8 1 2, when 
American seamanship thwarted superior 
British fleets and kept vital lines of com- 
merce open to supply the American war 

In those days, most settlements were 
near to the sea or inland waterways, and 
a high percentage of workers made their 
living on boats. This dependence on sturdy 
hulls and efficient sails made Americans 
innovators in the field of shipbuilding and 
sailmaking. Before the coming of the 
steamboat and the iron-bottomed steam- 
ship, the American Clipper was the best 
built, best sailed method of speedy in- 
tercontinental transportation. 

Despite the decline of the sailing ship, 
the American sailor has an enviable re- 
cord as a competitor. A visit to American 
lakes and harbors on a breezy day shows 
that the interest in recreational sailing is 
far from over. — Photograph by S. Lissau 
for H. Armstrong Roberts 

Printed in U.S.A. 


Rocky mounT 

Striking Western Lumber 
and Sawmill Workers confront 
L-P at Shareholders Meeting 


Press Associates Staff Writer 

The strikers and members of the Louisiana-Pa- 
cific Workers for Justice Committee arrived at 
Dulles Airport. Washington, D.C., the day before 
the meeting. 

Coffee and doughnuts provided a quick breakfast at the 
rally, as local labor supporters joined the group. 

As they arrived at the General Of- 
fice, they were given a meal in the 
UBC cafeteria. 

General President Campbell greeted them k 
and assured them that the Brotherhood 
will stay with them all the way. 

High school students directing visitors. The sign on the 
door says: "Absolutely no cameras or recording devices 
. . . No signs, posters, banners, leaflets allowed . : . 
Shareholders who have already voted by proxy ..." 
were to use this door. 

L-P President Harry Merlo. 
right, and his management 
group, left hurriedly from a side 
entrance to the school, pursued 
by reporters and cameramen. At 
far right. UBC leaders were left 
to answer reporters' questions. 

Elmer Chatak, secretary-treasurer of the 
AFL-CIO's Industrial Union Department, 
gave rousing support at the rally and at 
the shareholders meeting. 

A representative of a reli- 
gious group spoke. 

Special Projects Director Ed Durkin. back to 
camera, discusses rules of the meeting with an 
L- P attorney. 

Striking Lumber and Sawmill Work- 
ers from the West Coast crossed the 
continent by plane and bus to confront 
their employer, the Louisiana-Pacific 
Corporation, at its shareholders' meet- 
ing about its admitted union-busting 

Some 1,500 L-P Corp. workers have 
been on strike since June 1983, when 
L-P broke ranks with the other seven 
companies in an industry bargaining 
group and rejected a modest three-year 
contract which included a first- year wage 

freeze. Company concession demands 
included elimination of the union se- 
curity provision for new hires. 

The workers at 16 of the 18 struck 
plants are members of the Western 
Council of the Lumber Production and 
Industrial Workers Union, a United 
Brotherhood affiliate. The workers at 
the two other plants are members of 
the International Woodworkers of 

Some 40 strikers from northern Cal- 
ifornia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and 

Montana came by plane to Carpenters' 
union headquarters in Washington, D.C., 
where they and union supporters boarded 
two buses for the five-hour drive to 
Rocky Mount. 

While at the Carpenters' building, 
they dined while they listened to labor 
music by singer-guitarist Laurel Blaydes 
and watched a Carpenters' video pres- 
entation about the lO'/z-month long 

Continued on Page 14 

i 'er-guitarist Laurel 
i des entertained 
I strikers as thex 

It was dark as the strikers and their support- 
ers boarded two buses outside UB headquar- 
ters for the trip to Rocky Mount. 

The UBC Special Projects Team had 
charts and data ready, . . . which they 
were not allowed to show. 

A rally at a former 
Rocky Mount 
school the follow- 
ing morning. 

' ?ph Lowery, president of the Southern 
'. istian Leadership Conference, shown 
i he rally, was lead-off speaker at the 
I ' meeting. 

Rocky Mount senior citizens arrived by spe- 
cial buses to lend moral support. Many served 
as proxies at the L-P meeting. 

Outside the Rocky Mount Senior High 
School, site of the L-P shareholders meeting, 
there were reporters, TV teams and strikers, 
and shareholders. 

3 .v Nee r, a California 
leer, was one of several 
^lern Council speakers. 

There were few outside brokers or shareholders but 
plenty of strikers and their supporters in the auditorium. 

The UBC group was orderly, and when the 
meeting was concluded, they filed out the 
front door. 



A Seattle, Wash., federal building is the first to be 
managed by a private company under a pilot pro- 
gram of the U.S. General Services Administration 
(GSA), in which overall management, including 
maintenance, custodial work, tenant alterations, 
grounds work, and miscellaneous services are per- 
formed commercially under a single contract let by 

GSA's pilot program to test commercial manage- 
ment of federal facilities ultimately will include at 
least one building in each of the agency's 11 geo- 
graphic regions. Tentatively, buildings in Concord, 
N.H., and Newark, N.J., are planned as the next to 
go under commercial management. Philadelphia, 
St. Petersburg, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, Og- 
den, San Jose, Pasadena, Washington, D.C., and 
possibly Portland, Ore. are other cities in which the 
program may be tested. 

The intent of this project is to develop and test a 
comprehensive approach to private sector manage- 
ment of public facilities. The company, under con- 
tract to GSA, would be responsible for general 
management, including day-to-day operation of the 
buildings, and would subcontract services as neces- 
sary. In the past, management of these buildings 
has been by GSA personnel, with agency personnel 
also doing maintenance, custodial and repair serv- 
ice, and when necessary, contracting work to pri- 
vate companies. 


Citing "unprecedented cooperation between con- 
sumers and industry," the consumer Federation of 
America and the Manufactured Housing Institute 
have asked the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development to require mobile home manufacturers 
to alert buyers to health hazards linked with formal- 
dehyde in building materials. The groups submitted 
a proposed "Important Health Notice" to HUD 
which warns of eye, nose, throat and respiratory 
irritation, headaches and nausea associated with 
formaldehyde emissions in sealed energy-efficient 
rooms. The notice will be distributed to mobile 
home manufacturers for voluntary use until HUD 
acts on the request. 


Legislation allowing federally-chartered commer- 
cial banks to develop land and engage in the full 
range of housing development activities would be 
deterimental to home builders, home buyers, and 
bank depositors, according to John Koelemij, first 
vice president, the National Association of Home 

Under present law and regulation, savings and 
loans are permitted to invest through their service 
corporations a small percentage of their assets in 
direct real estate development. Legislation pending 
in the Senate would extend these powers to bank 
holding companies. 

"In recent years, some financial institutions have 
begun to compete directly in real estate develop- 
ment with independent builders and developers," 
Koelemij said. "The added authority of banks to 
participate in real estate development, finance, and 
sales would provide an enormous concentration of 
power in financial institutions, and promotes several 
anti-competitive practices." 


The Occupational Safety and Health Administra- 
tion has proposed a new system of accident pre- 
vention tags, which temporarily label a workplace 
hazard until it is eliminated. OSHA's proposal would 
require that the tags be legible from a minimum 
distance of five feet and would allow the use of 
symbols or pictographs to identify the hazard. The 
agency also proposed a color tag system to signify 
different types of hazards: red tags for danger or 
immediate hazards; yellow tags for caution or po- 
tential hazards; and fluorescent orange or orange- 
red tags for biological hazards. OSHA has asked 
for comments on the proposal by June 8. 


The Executive Board of the AFL-CIO Maritime 
Trades Dept. has called for re-evaluation of the 
effects of deregulation compared to original goals. 
In a report, "Deregulation: A Time to Re-evaluate,' 
the MTD board said "the goal of an equitable and 
balanced national transportation system has not 
been achieved by deregulation nor is it likely that 
further experimentation will bring us any closer to 
that goal." The board said, "it is time to return to 
the drawing board to remedy this situation." 


Major collective bargaining contracts negotiated 
in the January-March quarter of 1984 will result in 
average wage increases of 3% in their first year 
and 3.4% annually over the life of the contracts, the 
U.S. Department of Labor recently reported. 

The last time the same parties bargained — two or 
three years ago in most cases — average wage in- 
creases were 9% in the first year and 8.1% an- 
nually over the contract term. In most cases, this 
was before the economy had slid into deep reces- 



Reagan's War Against Organized Labor 

This administration has been more antiunion than any of its recent 

GOP predecessors. Budget cuts and conservative officials are gutting 

the federal agencies that are supposed to be protecting workers. 

By Dick Meister 

Don't be misled. It is not mere elec- 
tion-year hyperbole, the charge you've 
been hearing from union leaders and 
their Democratic Party allies that 
Ronald Reagan is attempting to cripple 
organized labor. It is fact. 

Republican presidents never have had 
much regard for labor, which invariably 
has opposed their election. But until 
now, none had dared challenge labor's 
firm legal standing, gained through 
Democratic President Franklin D. 
Roosevelt in the 1930s. 

Dwight Eisenhower didn't dare. Ger- 
ald Ford didn't. Not even Richard Nixon 
dared. But Reagan does. 

Reagan has not followed his Repub- 
lican predecessors' practice of treating 
union leaders much as they treated 
Democratic members of Congress — as 
people to be fought with at times, surely, 
but also as people to be bargained with 
at other times. Reagan has engaged in 
precious little bargaining. Rather, he 
has been waging almost continuous war 
against organized labor. 

The former leader of the Screen Ac- 
tors Guild may claim to be a supporter 
of labor. But the President very clearly 
shares the antilabor views of his fellow 
ideologues on the political right. 

Reagan also is closely in tune with 
public opinion. Recent polls show that 
only 55% of the citizenry approves of 
unions. The polls show, too, that 35% 
would be "less likely" to vote for a 
union-supported presidential candidate 
while only 18% would be "more likely" 
to do so. 

The President's war on labor began 
in the summer of 1981, when he fired 
striking air traffic controllers and de- 
stroyed their union. As AFL-CIO Pres- 
ident Lane Kirkland notes, that was the 

Dick Meister, a San Francisco-based 
labor reporter, is coauthor of "A 
Long Time Coming: The Struggle to 
Unionize America's Farm Workers" 
(Macmillan). This article first ap- 
peared in Newsday, Long Island, N. Y. 

Newsday Illustration /Ned Levine 

signal to employers seeking to weaken 
unions — if not destroy them — that "they 
would have the support of this admin- 

Reagan has provided the support by 
reversing the role of those federal agen- 
cies which were designed originally to 
protect the rights of workers and their 
unions. The President has given control 
of the agencies to union foes. They, in 
turn, have transformed the agencies 
into tools of those Kirkland describes 
as "the reactionary businessmen the 
administration delights to serve." 

Reagan's key action has been to ap- 
point Donald Dotson, former labor 
counsel for Westinghouse, Western 
Electric and other corporations, as 
chairman of the National Labor Rela- 
tions Board. As a result, the agency 
which oversees union representation 
elections and labor-management bar- 
gaining is being run by a man who 
believes — as Dotson acknowledged 
during his Senate confirmation hearing 
last year — that "unionized labor rela- 
tions . . . have been the major contrib- 
utors to the decline and failure of once- 
healthy industries" and have caused 
"destruction of individual freedom." 

The President's two other appointees 
to the five-member NLRB; Robert 
Hunter, former aide to Sen. Orrin Hatch 

(R-Utah) and Patricia Diaz Dennis, for- 
mer lawyer for the American Broad- 
casting Company, have backgrounds 
and views similar to those of Dotson, 
as do the staff people the appointees 
have hired to enforce the labor laws. 

Since they took over, the board has 
had a backlog of unsettled cases three 
times larger than that during the Carter 
years, while the annual number of set- 
tlements has dropped to half the Carter 
rate. The Reagan administration has 
refused to increase the agency's oper- 
ating budget or take any other steps to 
speed up its pace. 

Delays of up to two years — or more — 
between the filing and resolution of 
complaints have become common. The 
board has been taking as long to act on 
petitions from workers seeking union 
representation elections and another 
year or two to certify winning unions 
as the workers' bargaining agents. 

Most of the complaints being delayed 
are against employers who have re- 
sponded to organizing drives by firing 
sympathizers, knowing it will be a long 
time before the NLRB acts— if it acts 
at all — and that the board will at any 
rate do no more than order the workers 
reinstated with back pay. 

Working people can't even rely on 
Continued on Page 35 

JUNE, 1984 

CAPS spreads 
to 27 locals; 
job referral 

The UBC's customized computer system, 
CAPS, which is making local-union paper- 
work almost obsolete, has acquired several 
new features in recent months to make it 
even more useful to local secretaries and 
business agents. 

New job referral capabilities have been 
added, so that local officers and clerical 
personnel can see quickly who's unem- 
ployed and who's underemployed in the 
local. Every member's job skills and work 
availability can be fed into the computer. 
The local office can identify individuals who 
qualify for job openings by asking the com- 
puter for particular data in "a menu mode." 
A list of members qualified for a specific 
job, including their telephone numbers, will 
appear on a "print out" in a matter of 

Locals 194 and 102 of Oakland, Calif., and 
Local 213 of Houston, Tex., have found the 
job referral functions helpful for roll call of 
members as well as the generation of job 
referral slips and out-of-work lists. Local 
102 is using the job referral function to 
maintain eight out-of-work lists, divided by 
the geographical areas which it serves. 

CAPS (Carpenters Affiliates Processing 
System) has been installed in 27 local unions 
since December, 1982, when it was inau- 
gurated. In addition, there are 76 proposals 
to other local unions which are seriously 
being considered for entrance into the CAPS 

Local 642 of Richmond, Calif., was the 
first of six locals in California to install 
CAPS. It initially used the letter generation 
feature of the computer system to produce 
the dues rate change notices. Local officers 
of 642 are particularly excited about CAPS 
ability to generate members' reports using 
a selection of material such as member skill, 
level, or type. Local unions using CAPS are 
also pleased with the ease by which end-of- 
the-month reports are prepared. There are 
dozens of additional "program enhance- 
ments" distributed to all CAPS users. 

The CAPS program is under the direction 
of General Secretary John S. Rogers. He is 
working with local unions interested in the 
system and with Computer Data Systems, 
Inc., the Washington area firm involved in 
all phases of the program. 

CAPS was demonstrated recently to local leaders in the Chicago area. 

A diagram illustrating the components and advantages of CAPS. 








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Some of the recordkeeping functions performed by CAPS. 


A Local 61 retiree 
and a team of 
Kansas City 
District Council 
restore . . . 

The front view of 
the Truman Farm 
Home as restora- 
tion work began. 
Old siding was 
ripped away and 
the porch roof was 
shored up. 

The Harry Truman Farm Home 

On the northern edge of Grandview, 
Mo. a few months ago, stood a run- 
down, neglected, farmhouse. In recent 
years, the house had sheltered a number 
of tenants on a rental basis. 

Finally, a group of area residents, 
realizing the historical value of the 
structure, formed a restoration com- 
mittee, sought and received grants suf- 
ficient to purchase the 5'/2-acre site, and 
embarked on a very ambitious project 
to restore and preserve the Harry S. 
Truman Farm Home. 

The late President Harry S. Truman, 
32nd President of the United States, 
lived on the 160-acre farm from 1906 
until April, 1917. Mr. Truman made his 
living by farming and serving as post- 
master of Grandview. Most of that 160 
acres is currently a large shopping cen- 
ter, and dotted with fast food establish- 
ments. The Harry S. Truman Farm 
Home Foundation acted barely in time 
to save this remainder of that important 
part of history from a fate of commercial 

George Foglesong, a 43-year member 
of Carpenters Local 61, stepped for- 
ward and volunteered his services to 
supervise the restoration. Brother Fog- 
lesong, who celebrated his 72nd birth- 
day on the jobsite recently, has at this 
time completed about 60% of the res- 
toration with the assistance of several 
other journeymen and apprentices who 
have volunteered their time. In late 
April, Brother Foglesong had less than 
two months to complete the work. On 
May 5, 1984, the City of Grandview, 
Mo., dedicated the restored home. It 
was attended by the governor, lieuten- 
ant governor, and Cong. Alan Wheat. 
This is part of the celebration of the 
100 anniversary of Mr. Truman's birth — 

Bob Simpson and 
Local 61 Retiree 
Joe Dorman of the 
Kansas City Dis- 
trict Council rein- 
force the roof at 
the rear of the 

General Executive 
Board Member 
Dean Sooter with 
George Foglesong, 
a retired member of 
Local 61, who su- 
pervised the resto- 
ration work. 

May 8, 1884. Brother Foglesong's ef- 
forts have created a very positive effect 
with community leaders. By the time 
the project is completed, the Union 
Carpenters will have donated labor worth 
more than $30,000. The 5.5 acres and 
the home are owned now by Jackson 
County, Mo., and will become part of 
the county's park system. 

Foglesong. in restoring the home to 
its exact appearance when Mr. Truman 
resided there, has been confronted with 
repairing deterioration caused not only 
by age and weather but extensive termit 
damage. Foglesong, in addition to 
spending abour 40 hours a week on the 
site, has worked evenings and week- 
ends in his own workshop at home to 

JUNE, 1984 

Among the UBC participants in the restoration of the Truman 
[■'arm Home were those shown assembled at left. They include, 
left to right, Virgil W. Heckathorn, secretary of the Kansas City 
District Council; Boh Simpson; 6th District General Executive 
Board Member Dean Sooter; Joe Dorman; General Representa- 
tive Richard Cox; Richard Abbott; Charles R. Cates. district 
council business representative; Dick Goddard; and Charles E. 

Truman Farm Home 

Continued from Preceding Page 

make millwork and trim items original 
in appearance but no longer available 

Statement by the 

AFL-CIO Executive Council 


Harry S Truman 

Harry S Truman, born a century 
ago, embodied the highest virtues of 
American democracy. Celebrations 
of his life and legacy being planned 
by the Truman Centennial Committee 
are especially welcomed by working 

Because he saw all of human rela- 
tions in terms of right and wrong, 
justice and injustice, he carried out 
his duties as 33rd President of the 
United States with the same fairness, 
decency, and human compassion that 
he expected of himself and his fellow 
citizens in private life. He never per- 
mitted himself or his country to shirk 
the duty to protect the weak from the 
strong and to defend and secure hu- 
man rights, whoever and wherever 
they were challenged. 

In the struggle of working people 
to organize in pursuit of a better life 
for themselves and their children 
against the power of accumulated 
wealth, Harry Truman left no doubt 
which side he was on. 

When Congress overrode his Taft- 
Hartley veto and armed state legis- 
latures with the power to impose 
compulsory open-shop laws, Harry 
Truman noted that some still pro- 
claimed they were not opposed to 
unions and he said: "This is absurd — 
it's like saying you are for mother- 
hood but against children." 

Harry Truman — and the labor 
movement — lost that skirmish, but 
the struggle goes on into the centen- 
nial year of his birth. 

The AFL-CIO Executive Council 
urges all trade unionists to honor the 
memory of Harry S Truman and to 
measure every candidate for high 
public office by the qualities through 
which he won our affection, loyalty 
and gratitude. 

from material suppliers. Assisting Fog- 
lesong almost daily, another retired 
member of Local 61, Joe Dorman. has 
been very important, and a third retired 
member from the same local. Dick God- 
dard, in his basement woodworking 
shop, built all new window frames for 
the structure. 

There were delays because of bad 
weather, and, for a time, donors of 
funds and building materials were in 
short supply. It was hard to get a full 
crew of volunteer workers at times, 
because of the changing work situation. 

When the building was dedicated, the 
interior of the structure still needed 
work. The restoration committee is 
drawing up additional plans for the 
refurbishing of the rooms. 

Exterior work in addition to new 
window frames includes new siding, a 
new wood shingle roof, and a new 
summer kitchen. The summer kitchen 
was identified by photographs. Two 
rooms added in more recent times were 
removed in an effort to obtain original- 

On March 6, 1984, Jackson County's 
top administrative office holder, Bill 
Waris, presented a check for $75,000 
to the Foundation. This amount should 
be sufficient to complete the work and 
purchase authentic furniture for the 
house. The county will provide tours 
of the completed facility. 

On this same day, many of Mr. Fog- 
lesong's family and friends gathered to 
have birthday cake and coffee on the 
job. Friends included Dean Sooter, 6th 
District Executive Board Member; 
Richard Cox, International Represent- 
ative: Virgil W. Heckathorn, executive 
secretary-treasurer of the Kansas City 
District Council; and Charles R. Cates, 
business representative, K.C.D.C. 

Another retired member of Local 61 , 
who is a hunting and fishing buddy of 
Foglesong's, Charles E. Cates, at- 
tended and celebrated his 75th birthday 
with the group. Cates, Sr. is the father 
of Charles R. Cates. 

I mCHU dlMnvi o 

Stamp Collectors: 
First Day Covers 

The Samuel Gompers Stamp Clubs 
has announced that First Day Covers 
honoring President Harry S Truman 
are available from the club now. 

The 33rd President of the United 
States was a particular friend of the 
working men and women. This was 
highlighted in June of 1947 when he 
vetoed H.R. 3020, the "Labor Man- 
agement Relations Act of 1947". 

He said of this bill: "As our gen- 
erous American spirit prompts us to 
aid the world to rebuild, we must, at 
the same time, construct a better 
America in which all can share eq- 
uitably in the blessings of democracy. 
The Taft-Hartley bill threatens the 
attainment of this goal. For the sake 
of the future of this Nation, I hope 
that this bill will not become law." 

The veto message was long and 
detailed. Even on the final draft, as 
preserved in the Truman Library in 
Independence, Mo., Truman made no 
less than 12 changes in his own hand- 
writing. His veto was not just routine, 
but came because of his genuine in- 
terest in the welfare of the working 
people of his time. 

The First Day Covers are available 
from the SGSC at P.O. Box 1233, 
Springfield, Va. 22151, for $1.00 each, 
3 for $2.50 SASE #10, please. 


Are You That 'Every Third Person 9 ? 

The right to vote is a privilege beyond 
price. To not exercise that right is to 
disparage our hard-won freedoms and 
the democratic country we live in. And 
yet, in the past election, one out of 
every three eligible voters didn't vote. 
According to this statistic, EVERY 
THIRD PERSON will not vote in the 
upcoming November presidential elec- 

This type of apathy is a serious blow 
to democracy, no doubt arising from 
the serious misconception that one vote 
doesn't make a difference. But those 
"one votes" can add up. In 1968, Rich- 
ard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey were 
separated by only 510,000 votes from 
a total of over 73 million. Nixon became 
president with 43.4% of the popular 
vote — less than one percentage point 
lead over Humphrey. And one vote 
can't make a difference? A few of those 
one votes certainly would have made a 
difference in that election. 

Your one vote goes a long way in 
ensuring that the people who govern 
our country are people you believe in. 
Throwing away your right to vote is 
like "putting out the welcome mat for 
bad government." As one political 
commentator has said: "How much 
time is your government worth to you? 
It costs you a fair chunk of your income. 
It may cost you your life — it can draft 
you and send you off to die in a war; 
it can fail to protect you against mur- 
derers ... it can destroy your job and 
let you starve." 

Given that we live in a system where 
elected officials decide the regulations 
that govern every aspect of our lives — 
from education for your children to the 
interest rate you pay, unemployment 
benefits to the quality and safety of 
streets and highways, quality of health 
care to availability of police and fire 
protection, social security benefits upon 
retirement to the cleanliness of the air 
you breath, can anyone honestly be- 
lieve a vote doesn't matter? 

And of course tantamount to the 
voting process is being registered to 
vote. Even if you've missed the pri- 
maries in your state, it's not too late to 
register for the presidential election in 
November. In most states, registration 
cut-off dates are during October; Ari- 
zona, New Mexico, and New York have 
cut-off dates in September. Labor has 

Elected officials decide the regulations 

that govern every aspect of our lives ... can 

anyone honestly believe a vote doesn't matter? 

Percent of Men and Women Who 
Reported Registering and Voting 
in Presidential Elections 




' Percent of men's VAP* ' 


1968 1972 

Percent of women's VAP* ««— ■ 

*VAP = Voting Age Population 

Source: U.S. Bureau ot the Census. Census Bureau interviewers have lound that citizens tend to 

overreport their voting rates. 

compiled by League of Women Voters 

been pushing for a simplified voting 
registration procedure, and indeed, in 
some states, postcard registration is 

So now's the time to make sure 
you're registered to vote in the Novem- 
ber presidential election and that every 
eligible member of your family is reg- 

istered to vote. 

Will we continue to have government 
of the people, by the people, for the 
people? Or will we let the rights and 
privileges we and our ancestors have 
struggled for slip away because we fail 
to exercise our most precious right . . . 
the right to vote. 

JUNE, 1984 

UBC retirees are welcome at all UBC retirees clubs. For the 
location of the retiree group nearest you, write General Secre- 
tary John S. Rogers, United Brotherhood, 101 Constitution 
Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. 


292 Retirees in Charter No. 21, St. Louis; Total Charters Installed: 30 

A large contingent of St. Louis, Mo., retirees — 292 in 
all — swelled the ranks of the UBC Retirees Club in April, 
as the General Secretary's office in Washington, D.C, 
continues to accept applications and issue charters for the 

The Retiree Club of St. Louis is one of the largest in the 

Charter No. 


Roseville. California 

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Rock Island, Illinois 

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Kansas City, Missouri 

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Dallas, Texas 

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Visalia. California 

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Salinas. California 

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Las Vegas. Nevada 

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Detroit, Michigan 

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Bloomington. Illinois 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee 

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Vista. California 

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Scranton. Pennsylvania 

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Elizabeth. New Jersey 

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Everett, Washington 

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Fresno, California 

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Youngstown. Ohio 

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Akron, Ohio 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

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Orange. California 

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United Brotherhood, overshadowed only by the retiree 
group of Local 745, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Ollie Langhorst, secretary of the St. Louis District 
Council, reports that St. Louis retirees have scheduled a 
full slate of activities for their first year of organization. 

Retirees clubs now issued charters include: 

St. Louis, Missouri 
Lakehurst, New Jersey 
Toledo. Ohio 

San Luis Obispo, California 
Cumberland. Maryland 
Des Moines, Iowa 
Hammond, Indiana 
Norristown, Pennsylvania 
Redwood City, California 
Atlanta, Georgia 


Is It for Doctors or the Elderly? 

Medicare, established in 1966 follow- 
ing years of pressure by senior citizen 
and labor groups, is in financial trouble. 

The government estimates that the 
Medicare trust fund probably will begin 
running in the red by 1990 and that its 
deficits will grow sharply after that if 
nothing is done. 

While there is general agreement that 
Medicare payments will exceed its rev- 
enues before too long, the question of 
what to do about it is becoming a subject 
of sharp debate. 

The stakes are high — not only for 
Medicare's 29 million elderly and dis- 
abled beneficiaries, but for all present 
and future consumers of medical care, 
and for taxpayers as well. 

On one side of the debate are senior 
citizens, labor and consumer groups 
which propose to keep Medicare sol- 
vent by reforming its open-ended reim- 

House Kills 
Medicare Freeze 

In April the U.S. House of Representa- 
tives passed the Fiscal Year '84 Budget 
Reconciliation Bill without the strong Med- 
icare cost-saving Amendment that Labor 
and the National Council of Senior Citizens 
staunchly supported and the American 
Medical Association vigorously opposed. 
The amendment was defeated by a voice 

The amendment would have placed a 12- 
month freeze on Medicare's annual cost- 
of-living increase in physician fees, begin- 
ning this month. This would have saved 
Medicare $800 million over three years. 
Other provisions would have kept hospital 
costs from rising. 

Such is the strength of the Medical lobby! 

bursement system and controlling phy- 
sician and hospital charges. 

This approach is embodied in a bill 
sponsored by Senator Edward M. Ken- 

nedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. Richard Ge- 
phardt (D-Mo.) and titled the Health 
Care Cost Control and Medicare Sol- 
vency Act of 1984. 

Reasonable as this approach is, one 
might think it would be universally 
embraced. Not so. Powerful monied 
interests are opposed to reforming a 
system which has enriched them over 
the years. 

Ironically, many of these special in- 
terests, like the American Medical As- 
sociation, had attacked the Medicare 
program as a step toward "socialized 

But that was before they learned how 
well they could profit from the system. 
Today, $20,000 of the average doctor's 
$100,000 income comes from Medicare 
and its beneficiaries. 

The nation's $322 billion a year health 
Continued on Page 35 




A periodic report on the activities 
of UBC Retiree Clubs and the com- 
ings and goings of individual retirees. 

NY Retiree Solves 
Old-House Problem 

Back in 1919, Carpenter magazine de- 
scribed for its readers how to build a circular 
tower roof. By chance, a subscriber to a 
publication called The Old-House Journal 
bought some old Carpenter magazines and 
read the article. He passed it along to the 
editors of The Old-House-Journal, with the 
suggestion that they adapt the how-to-do-it 
feature for their modem-day readers. 

The editors were confused enough by 
some of the terminology to ask Harry Wal- 
demar, a retired UBC stairbuilder and a 
consultant to their publication for assistance. 
Two weeks later, Waldemar went back to 
them with a complete scale model of a 
circular tower and detailed instructions on 
how to build one. As a result, the March, 
1984, Old-House Journal contains complete 
information on old-style conical towers. 


March 1984 /Vol. XII No. 2 


Fan 1 

Building A 




toe nnot 

designing and laying out 

difficult aspects: describing the profile, especially if tic 

roof ha* a bell curve: laying out rafter*; finding the curve 

of nailers or sheathing. 

BUILhlhC a CIKCtllAK TOlifR is a«suhjccr that hasn't seen pt in 

for a long tine. Having this article in hand r.ny give 

restoration woodworkers the confidence to put back socc of 

those Hissing tower roofs. 

Editor's Note: Many members of the 
Brotherhood — particularly those involved in 
restoration work — may be interested in sub- 
scribing to The Old House Journal. It's 
published 10 times a year and contains a 
wealth of helpful information on where to 
obtain restoration products and how to solve 
restoration problems. Each issue has three 
holes punched along the inside margin for 
permanent binding. Subscription price is $16 
a year in the U.S., $20 per year in Canada 
(payable in U.S. funds). The address: The 
Old-House Journal Corporation. 69 A Sev- 
enth Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217. 

NCSC offers 
Florida condos 

The National Council of Senior Citizens 
(NCSC), the largest developer of Section 
202/8 housing for the elderly and handi- 
capped, has entered the middle-income 
housing market with the purchase of a 99- 
unit condominium complex. Centre Court, 
in Fort Myers, Fla. 

NCSC is offering its Gold Card Members 
an opportunity to purchase two-bedroom 
homes in the building for as little as $58,000. 
"Because of NCSC's non-profit status, we 
can sell these beautiful homes for $10,000 
less than the prices asked by the original 
builder," reports NCSC Executive Director 
William R. Hutton. 

"When NCSC first became involved in 
senior citizen housing, our number one prior- 
ity was to secure decent housing for poor 
people," Hutton said. "During the past ten 
years, NCSC has played a major role in 
securing Section 202/8 funding for govern- 
ment-assisted housing for the low-income 
elderly. We will continue to fight for these 
programs. However, for a long time we have 
wanted to assist middle-income retirees — 
people whose incomes don't qualify them 
for low-income housing, but who can't afford 
the enormous down-payments and high in- 
terest rates needed for a home in the sun. 
Centre Court is our first opportunity to do 
something about this inequity. 

"NCSC has taken an option on two parcels 
of land adjoining the Centre Court complex. 
Each lot has been approved by the local 
housing authority for an additional 100-unit 
building. If Centre Court generates the in- 
terest that we anticipate, we plan to con- 
struct similar buildings on these lots," he 

The homes range in price from $58,000 to 
$61,000. Each condominium has 938 square 
feet of living space, plus an enclosed screened 
balcony with an additional 100 square feet 
of space. 

Centre Court enjoys an excellent location 
in Southwest Florida. It is situated near an 
enclosed shopping mall with four large de- 
partment stores, an 18-hole golf course, 
public tennis courts, two hospitals, a VA 
out-patient clinic, banks, a post office, and 
numerous restaurants. 

For additional information about Centre 
Court, contact James L. Womack, Director, 
Senior Citizens Housing Development In- 
stitute, Inc., 2121 Collier Avenue, FortMyers. 
Florida 33901. 

Missouri Retiree 
In Public Service 

Retiree William H. Mooney, Local 185, 
St. Louis, Mo., writes in that after finding 
his first four years of retirement "boring," 
he ran and was elected to the city council 
of Eminence, Mo., the county seat of Shan- 
non County in Southern Missouri. Mooney's 
been a council member since April, 1982, 
and was up for re-election this year. It is a 
non-salaried position; Mooney just enjoys 
working for the city, as he "enjoyed work 
as a union Carpenter." 

Aid History Museum 

Two active retirees are Dalton Israelson. 
Local 783, Sioux Falls, S.D., left, and A. 
Leonard Holland, Local 1644, Minneapo- 
lis, Minn. Both live in Benson, Minn., and 
do volunteer work for the Swift County 
Historical Museum. The men are also on 
the board of directors for the museum, 
and have worked on many projects to- 

Canadian Retirees 
Have Senior Support 

There is a Canadian organization, like the 
National Council of Senior Citizens in the 
U.S., which works on the special problems 
of senior Canadians. It is the National Pen- 
sioners and Senior Citizens Federation, 3505 
Lakeshore Boulevard, West; Toronto, Ont. 
M8W.1N5. Jack Lerette is the director of 
NP and SCF. 

Pittsburgh Retiree 
Adds to Belt Buckle 

George D. Jones, retired from Lo- 
cal 288, Homestead, Pa., and a resi- 
dent of Pittsburgh, is proud of his 
UBC service record. With a little 
ingenuity, he drilled two small holes 
in his official belt buckle, then took 
his 25 and 30-year service pins and 
countersunk them on the face side of 
the buckle to receive the back side of 
the pin. He then cut the stem of each 
pin to the right length and slipped 
them through the holes to the back 
of the buckle and soldered them in 

"I personally am very proud to 
wear it," he comments. 

JUNE, 1984 


NLRB reversal affects organizing: 

Employers May Question Workers 
If No Threats Or Promises Made 

The National Labor Relations Board 
has ruled that an employer may ques- 
tion employees who are open union 
supporters during an organizing effort 
if there is no blatant threat or promise. 

The 3-1 ruling, which drew a sharp 
dissent from board member Don A. 
Zimmerman, reversed a 1980 board rul- 
ing which held that questioning workers 
about their union sympathies is inher- 
ently coercive. 

The April 25 NLRB decision came 
in a case involving unfair labor practice 
charges filed by Hotel Employees and 
Restaurant Employees Local 1 1 against 
Rossmore House, a residential retire- 
ment hotel operator in Los Angeles. 

At issue was the legality of two in- 
stances of employer questioning of a 
union sympathizer who had openly stated 
in a mailgram to his employer that he 
and other employees were forming a 
union organizing committee and that 
their rights were protected under the 
National Labor Relations Act. 

In the first incident, the hotel manager 
questioned the employee immediately 
upon receiving the mailgram. In a later 
incident, the hotel owner asked the 
employee why he wanted a union and 
whether it charged a fee. The owner 
also stated that he would talk to the 
manager about it. 

In overturning its 1980 ruling, the 
board majority said it was returning to 

a 30-year-old standard for evaluating 
whether interrogation of employees vi- 
olates the NLRA: "whether under all 
of the circumstances the interrogation 
reasonably tends to restrain, coerce, or 
interfere with rights guaranteed by the 

The board majority said the 1980 
ruling in the case of PPG Industries, 
Inc. "improperly established a per se 
rule that completely disregarded the 
circumstances surrounding an alleged 
interrogation and ignored the reality of 
the workplace." 

In his dissent, Zimmerman rejected 
the majority claim that the PPG ruling 
established a per se standard. He charged 
that it is his board colleagues who have 
established a rigid rule that, in the 
absence of "an accompanying threat or 
reprisal or promise of benefit, the in- 
terrogation of an open union adherent 
will not violate" the NLRA. 

Zimmerman stated that the new board 
ruling "gives no weight to the setting 
and nature of the interrogation. It ig- 
nores the reality that employers some- 
times use subtle coercion during an 
organizing campaign and fails to rec- 
ognize that even open union adherents 
may be intimidated by such coercion. 

Zimmerman's dissent maintained that 
the second, but not the first, questioning 
incident violated the NLRA. 

Supreme Court backs union contract rights 

The Supreme Court refused to tamper 
with a long-standing National Labor 
Relations Board policy that an individ- 
ual worker who exercises a right pro- 
vided by union contract is engaged in 
"concerted activity" and that employer 
retaliation against the worker therefore 
is an unfair labor practice. 

The 5-4 decision involved a truck 
driver who refused to drive a vehicle 
that he had reasonable grounds for 
considering unsafe. 

Although the worker did not cite his 
Teamsters contract provision in refus- 
ing to take out the truck, his action was 
clearly covered by a clause specifying 
that "the employer shall not require 
employees to take out on the streets or 
highways any vehicle that is not in safe 
operating condition." 

Despite the contract language, City 
Disposal Systems, Inc., a Detroit trash 

hauling firm, treated the driver's action 
as a "voluntary quit," in effect firing 

The NLRB upheld an unfair labor 
practice charge brought by the worker, 
relying on its so-called "Interboro doc- 
trine," named for a 1966 precedent 
which held that an employee who as- 
serts a right embodied in a union con- 
tract is engaged in "concerted" activity 
because the contract itself is the product 
of group activity. 

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals 
rejected the NLRB's reasoning and the 
doctrine on which it was based. There 
was no evidence that the employee 
"asserted an interest on behalf of any- 
one other than himself," the appellate 
court had ruled. 

In the subsequent Supreme Court 
review, the AFL-CIO filed a brief sup- 
porting the position taken by the NLRB. 

Former Gen. Counsel 
Frank Ward Dies 

Francis X. Ward, who served as general 
counsel of the United Brotherhood for 19 
years before his retire- 
ment in 1969, passed 
away in April. Funeral 
services were held April 
24 in Gardiner, Me. 

Ward would have 
been 80 years old next 
month. He joined the 
Resident Staff of the 
UBC on June I, 1948, 
when the headquarters 
was in Indianapolis, 
Ind., serving at that time as assistant to the 
general counsel, Joseph O. Carson. Prior to 
that he had been associated with the law 
firm of Breed, Abbott, and Morgan of New 
York City. Born in the Chelsea section of 
New York City in 1904, he graduated from 
City College of New York in 1927 and New 
York Law School in 1932. Proud of his union 
affiliations, Ward was a member of the 
American Federation of Musicians for many 
years, having played in orchestras during 
college undergraduate days. 

While no AFL-CIO affiliate was in- 
volved, the federation told the Supreme 
Court that union members have an 
important stake in the question at is- 
sue. "When workers join together, 
form a labor union, and engaged in 
collective bargaining, they fundamen- 
tally transform the nature of the em- 
ployment relationship from an individ- 
ual to a collective one," the AFL-CIO 
brief asserted. 

The majority decision was written by 
Justice William J. Brennan Jr.; the dis- 
sent by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. 

In another area, the Supreme Court 
granted the request of the National 
Labor Relations Board and dismissed 
a case involving a policy the board's 
Reagan-appointed majority has now re- 

The case that the Supreme Court had 
accepted for review was based on a 
ruling that verbal threats made during 
a strike but unaccompanied by any 
hostile acts were not grounds for denial 
of reinstatement to a striker. 

Since then, the NLRB has switched 
to a position that a striker may be denied 
reinstatement if he or she had engaged 
in "misconduct," even if merely verbal, 
that in a strike situation "may reason- 
ably tend to coerce or intimidate" an 
employee into joining the strike or re- 
specting the union's picket line. 

The Supreme Court vacated an ap- 
pellate court decision that went against 
the NLRB's prior position and sent the 
case back to the labor board for recon- 



Star-spangled banners were raised in the Court of Flags, upper left, as the New Orleans Worlds Fair got underway May 12. The bench 
planters in this picture, as well as in the picture at upper right, were constructed by UBC-trained Job Corpsmen. The space shuttle 
Enterprise, a visitors' attraction at the fair, is a backdrop in the picture at upper right. 

Job Corps Trainees Construct Bench Planters 
for the U.S. Pavilion at New Orleans Fair 

Thirty-six combination planter boxes and 
benches, constructed by UBC-trained Job 
Corpsmen at two centers in Arkansas, have 
been installed in the Court of Flags at the 
United States Pavilion during the Louisiana 
World Exposition, which opened last month 
in New Orleans, La. 

The 450-pound planters , made of pressure- 
treated pine and exterior plywood, were built 
and donated to the Pavilion by 90 pre- 
apprentice carpenters at the Cass and 
Ouachita Job Corps Centers in Arkansas. 

The young men, aged 16-21 , worked more 
than 80 hours building each planter under 
the supervision of instructors from the United 
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of 
America and the International Brotherhood 
of Painters and Allied Trades. The Job Corps 
Civilian Conservation Centers operated by 
the Forest Service for the U.S. Department 
of Labor, is a residential training program 
which helps young men and women learn a 

skilled trade and earn a high school equiv- 
alency diploma. 

"We are delighted with the quality crafts- 
manship and substantial contribution of time 
and effort these young men have made to 
the U.S. Pavilion," says David J. Ryder, 
deputy commissioner general of section at 
the Pavilion. 

The bench planters are used as containers 
for shade trees and as seating for the esti- 
mated 6 million visitors to the U.S. Pavilion 
during the World's Fair in New Orleans. 
They have been placed among 50 American 
flags representing the "united states" at the 
entrance to the Pavilion in the ceremonial 
Court of Flags. 

The Court of Flags 
was the site of opening 
ceremonies for the 
U.S. Pavilion May 12 
and numerous national 
and state day observ- 
ances during the Fair. 

Bankruptcy Reform Laws Still Needed 

As the Carpenter goes to press, the Con- 
gress is still considering legislation to reform 
America's bankruptcy laws. Senate negoti- 
ations on legislation to prevent corporations 
from misusing bankruptcy law to break union 
contracts failed to produce an acceptable 
compromise. The Senate, facing a May 25 
deadline on a separate bankruptcy issue, 
was set to consider corporate bankruptcy 
"reform" legislation which, in fact, does 
almost nothing to stop the abuses. So the 
AFL-CIO is urging support for an amend- 
ment offered by Sen. Robert Packwood (R- 
Or.) which will: 

• Prevent companies from breaking their 
contracts upon filing for Chapter 1 1 bank- 
ruptcy reorganization, and leave the matter 
to a bankruptcy judge to decide, and 

• Establish a reasonable standard for the 
judge to use, ensuring that contracts will be 
broken only when absolutely necessary. 

This issue probably was scheduled to 
come to the Senate floor the week of May 

New Threat: Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), 
adding an unwanted complication, will try 
to attach to the bankruptcy legislation his 
bill to prohibit unions from communicating 
with their members on political matters. Not 
even unions' get-out-the-vote drives would 
be permitted if Sen. Helms gets his way. 

What You Can Do: Urge your Senators to 
support the Packwood amendment to the 
bankruptcy bill, and to oppose the Helms 

The Carpenters Legislative Improvement 
Committee (CLIC) and the AFL-CIO's Leg- 
islation Department urge that union mem- 
bers continue to write their Congressmen 
and Senators urging legislation to reform the 
nation's bankruptcy laws, so that they can- 
not be used to break unions. 

Primaries Ahead for 
Many UBC Members 

There is still time to register and vote in the 
primaries of many states. Primaries which will help 
to determine the Democratic candidate for the 
U.S. Presidency are scheduled in June, including 
those in California (June 5), Iowa (June 51, Maine 
(June 12). Mississippi (June 5 and 26). Montana 
(June 5), New Jersey (June 5), New Mexico (June 
5), North Dakota (June 12), South Carolina (June 
12 and 26), South Dakota (June 5), Virginia (June 
12), and West Virginia (June 5). 




A bumper sticker bearing the slogan shown 
above is available from your local union or 
council . . . or write the UBC General Office in 
Washington, D.C. 

JUNE, 1984 


UBC Notes Concern for Public Employee 
Affiliates with AFL-CIO Public Employee 


Craft and industrial workers em- 
ployed by local, state, provincial, and 
federal governments are facing difficult 
times, as the United States and Canada 
adjust to their changing economies. 

On the one hand, public employees 
are expected to perform their vital pub- 
lic services despite the ups and downs 
of defeated bond issues, reduced public 
budgets, and uncertain governmental 
appropriations. On the other hand, many 
public employees do not have the ben- 
efit of collective bargaining to improve 
their working conditions. 

The United Brotherhood has mem- 

bers employed at all levels of govern- 
ment — as maintenance workers for lo- 
cal school boards, as workers in public 
construction, shipyard workers, as 
skilled employees in research facilities, 
and in many civil service jobs. 

To give UBC members in the public 
sector a greater voice in deliberations 
with their employers, the Brotherhood 
in March made application for affiliation 
with the AFL-CIO's Public Employee 
Department. Then, in April, the Gen- 
eral Executive Board authorized affili- 
ation, based on a limited per capita 
dues structure. 

The Public Employees' President 
Kenneth Blaylock, who is also presi- 
dent of the American Federation of 
Government Employees, called the 
Brotherhood's affiliation "a significant 
help in efforts to meet the challenges 
facing workers at all levels of govern- 

PED, as the department is abbrevi- 
ated, is currently playing a leading role 
in efforts to combat exposure to asbes- 
tos in the workplace. The UBC's safety 
director, Joseph Durst, and its indus- 
trial hygienist, Scott Schneider, are at 
work with PED leaders in this area. 

L-P Shareholders 

Continued from page 3 

General President Patrick Campbell told 
the strikers that "whatever aid you need 
we're going to continue giving you." 

The video production included a television 
interview with an L-P spokesman, who ac- 
knowledged that the company wants an open 
shop in all its plants and a return "to the 
work ethic of the 1920's and '30s." 

The union charged that L-P, headquar- 
tered in Portland, Ore., had chosen the town 
of Rocky Mount for its annual shareholders 
meeting because of its distance from the 
company's striking workers and from urban 
media centers. 

The May 14 "Reckoning at Rocky Mount," 
as it was called, was meant to show L-P 
President Harry A. Merlo and other com- 
pany officials that the union and its allies 
are prepared to confront L-P at every level 
across the nation until the company agrees 
to bargain in good faith for a fair contract. 

Under the banner of the Louisiana-Pacific 
Workers for Justice Committee, the 40 
strikers were joined in Rocky Mount by 
more than a hundred trade unionists and 
allies from senior citizen, church and envi- 
ronmental groups. 

They entered the morning shareholders 
meeting armed with nearly 2 million proxied 
shares of L-P stock which had been garnered 
through mail solicitation of the company's 
shareholders. Union-sponsored shareholder 
resolutions challenged the company's strike- 
provoking and other policies. 

The proxy fight was part of a many-sided 
"corporate campaign" aimed at pressuring 
the company at its weakest points. The 
campaign is accompanied by a stepped-up 
organizing drive at many of L-P's nonunion 
mills and a national consumer boycott of 
L-P wood products which last December 
won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO. 

The corporate pressure campaign has in- 
cluded the instigation of a House subcom- 
mittee investigation of L-P's use of Urban 
Development Action grants to finance its 
waferboard expansion efforts. It included 
blocking the company's start-up of its new 
waferboard plant in Montrose, Colo, after 
state health officials were told of L-P's failure 
to disclose that formaldehyde emmissions 
would come from the plant. 

Dave Bigby , a striker from Oroville, Calif, 
and chair of the bargaining committee for 
LPIW Local 2801, was among those who 
spoke at a rally preceding the shareholders' 

Bigby called the campaign against L-P 
part of the "the beginning of a new era for 
the labor movement in America, a demon- 
stration that working people are still together 
on the things that matter to them." 

Elmer Chatak, secretary-treasurer of the 
Industrial Union Dept. of the AFL-CIO, 
declared at the rally, "I don't want to go 
back to the 1920's and '30's when the greedy 
people had control of this nation. That's 
what we have done, with Reagan setting an 
example that many are trying to mimic, 
including Merlo." 

Joseph Lowery, president of the Southern 
Christian Leadership Conference, said, 
"We're not going to let anybody turn back 
the clock, including the cowboy in the White 

"Companies can't escape to the South, 
where they think blacks and whites are 
divided. We're not as togethe