Get the facts before you vote for the Union

You have seen a lot of communication from Boise Cascade management. Much of which is nothing more than a scare tactic. In fact, this is pretty typical for management to employ these misinformation campaigns. Boise Cascade would rather NOT have to pay you a Union wage and benefit package on all its projects. We want to see you make a fair wage anywhere you work with Boise Cascade. It is your choice to do what is best for you, and your family.

Management’s claim: You will lose your rate of pay if you vote for the Union.

Fact: It is illegal for the Company to cut your pay and benefits because you vote the Union in. The company is insulting your intelligence when they claim you will lose money…who would vote to approve less than you have. 

Management’s claim: You’ll end up on strike

Fact: The last time the Carpenters Union had a strike with Boise was in 1989, 31 years ago.  The last strike PNWRCC had was in 2007 and lasted 18 days. The Boise contract with the Union prohibits a strike during the life of the contract. The only way there would ever be a strike at your plant is if you vote for one.

Management’s claim: You won’t lose any benefits if you stay non-union

Fact: Union represented employees in Kettle Falls, Elgin and Woodinville don’t suffer a loss of benefits like Medford employees because they have a Union contract that protects their benefits.  Without a Union the Company’s management will undoubtedly continue take away benefits from Medford employees so they increase corporate profits and their bonuses. Workers in unionized facilities receive better benefits AND more secure benefits

Management’s claim: This is “forced unionism”

Fact: This is a secret ballot vote. The choice is yours- stick with the Union? Or not. It is that simple. 

Management’s claim: The union is an outside group trying to disrupt your workplace

Fact: The Union is you. You make the decisions that effect your union, including election of its officers. You will also see employees from Boise Cascade on the negotiating committee who will bargain the contract that YOU will end up voting to approve, or not. Unions remain one of the most democratic organizations in existence.

Management’s claim: The union only wants dues money

Fact: The Union wants to see all workers have a voice in the workplace. As a union member you will be expected to pay dues, which some members refer to as “job insurance”. Dues help the organization run, including further organizing campaigns and job site representation for you and your coworkers.

For more information, please call Trampas Simmons (971) 288-8980

Did You Know?

UBC started on job sites across the country.

Our founding president, Peter J. McGuire worked tirelessly on the job sites across the country with his fellow Carpenters to organize the union. In 1881, he organized a Chicago convention to form a union. Representatives from 11 cities joined him and they produced a constitution and structure. Learn More


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