Convention Resolution

Resolution 70: Carpenters' Organizing Committee [subsumes 42 and 47]

Submitted by the Constitution and Governance Committee

WHEREAS, the need for solidarity among labor organizations representing different crafts is vital to the success of building and construction trades unions; and

WHEREAS, the participation of all crafts in the Building and Construction trades Department would immeasurably increase organizing potential and the bargaining position of all building and construction trades unions; and

WHEREaS, the united Brotherhood of Carpenters continues to pursue a “go it alone” policy and has acted in a manner inconsistent with the principles of solidarity, to the detriment of other building trades unions and the organized construction industry;

THEREFORE, BE it RESOlVED, that:

  1. the AFl-CiO urges the united Brotherhood of Carpenters to re-affiliate with the AFl-CiO and the Building and Construction trades Department.
  2. the Building and Construction trades Department, if and when it deems it appropriate, is authorized to establish a Carpenters’ Organizing Committee for the purpose of providing opportunities to workers in the carpentry trades to work in solidarity with the affiliates of the Building and Construction trades Department. 
  3. the structure of the Carpenters’ Organizing Committee shall be determined by the Building and Construction trades Department.
  4. upon the recommendation of the Building and Construction trades Department, the president of the AFl-CiO is authorized to issue a charter or certificate of affiliation to the Carpenters’ Organizing Committee.