Welcome to “Respect Our Crafts.”
The purpose of this website is two fold:
1. To commemorate and reaffirm the one singular ideal that gives strength to the union construction industry. And that ideal is UNITY.
2.To prevent the spread of an insidious and poisonous plague of “raiding” the work of other crafts that is being perpetrated by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters under the leadership of its General President, Doug McCarron.
Duane Moore – National Director of Respect our Crafts
Duane Moore is the new National Director for Respect our Crafts.
Duane served an inside apprenticeship and graduated as an Inside Journeyman Wireman in 1980 and is a 33 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Duane has been involved in organizing since 1987 and has been on the International staff as an Organizer since 2005.
As National Director of Respect Our Crafts, it is my responsibility to coordinate, assist and advise those Building and Construction Trades Department Affiliates who are under attack by the leadership of the UBC.
I do not consider the UBC a Trade Union, and neither should you. They are no more a trade union than the ABC, Associated Builders and Contractors. The UBC has gone from a reputable labor organization, which represented their rank and file and was a main stay of the Building Trades, to an association representing corporate America at the expense of their membership and all Building Trades Unions. The UBC is leading the race to the bottom.
There is never a good time for unions to be at odds with each other. However, we did not pick this fight. From coast to coast and everywhere in between, for over the last ten years the Carpenters, under Doug McCarron’s leadership, have been raiding work from other construction trade unions. Not only are they attempting to expand their scope of work by attacking individual craft unions, they are signing wall-to-wall agreements throughout the country, and appearing in front of governing bodies and customers speaking out against PLA’s, that help their members and well as all the Building Trades. Enough is enough.
Through the Respect Our Crafts website, we will attempt to keep the rank and file members of the Building Trades Unions informed along with customers and users. Only by organizing, and not cannibalising, will the Union Construction Industry grow stronger.
Strength In Unity.
You will be able to hear from him on Duane Moore’s new blog.