HELP US HELP YOU…
PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR LOCAL OF-
FICE WITH A GOOD BER AND ADDRESS.
PHONE NUM- THAT NEXT
YOU’VE BEEN WAITING
WHETHER OR NOT CAN REACH YOU!
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Other than that, everything is going well in the Alaska Regional Council of Carpenters. John Palmatier, EST, has taken the lead on ironing out our jurisdictional disagreements with the IBEW over what work millwrights and carpenters per- form in the utilities. In addition, Dave Robinson of the Piledrivers is taking the lead for the Council at Kensington Mine and making some inroads in the petroleum industry. This is what it takes to succeed. Brothers helping Brothers.
STATEWIDE ORGANIZING REPORT—by Keith Montgomery
We are all organizers. That is the principle on which our Brotherhood will enter into the 21st century. Every local, coun- cil, and international staff member, regardless of position, must be an organizer in spirit and action. Every member must be an organizer, too. Our Union and the future of our crafts are in our hands to build strong and proud. We will build them by organizing all who share our trade and develop the pride and skill that comes with being unionists. Organizing is not a job that comes naturally. We all need to learn basic skills to be organizers. The skills are rooted in interper- sonal communications, such as: contacting workers; listening to the workers needs; persuading workers that they have the right to dignity, safety, and a good wage; and supporting workers as they develop the confidence to stand up to- gether to demand fairer standards of work and wages from their employers.
Recently the Spenard Builders truss plant in Big Lake, Alaska voted for workplace democracy by a large majority to be- long to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. We welcome our new brothers and sisters into the UBC. These brave members endured a very strenuous anti-union campaign. Thanks to each Truss Builder we can demand fairer stan-
dards of work and wages.
Piledrivers and Divers
Dave Robinson has been making inroads on North Slope projects. We will continue working with the Piledrivers in
The organizing department is developing an oil and gas and mining database. We are also researching a project at
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