LOCAL ONE LOSES IT’S CHARTER
On June 1, 1923, the International launched a national organizing program to re-build the loss of members suffered during the 1921 recession with a $5.00 initiation fee for new members. This effort led to an influx of men applying for transfer into Local One.
The local required these men to appear before the Examining Board and rejected many who “do not know anything about our trade and some cannot even tie a square knot.” In addition, Local One required anyone with less than 12 months in the business to pay an additional $40.00 to $60.00 in fees to transfer in. If they refused, they had their book throw in their face and told to go back were they belonged.
After months of negotiations regarding the charging of excessive fees and the rejection of transferees, the International revoked the Charter of Local One on November 27, 1923 for violating the organizing agreements.
The International took over the property, books and funds of Local One. They retained Business Agents Dunne and Everson to look over the work in the field. Secretary Michael McDonald was retained to assist in collecting dues so that no member would become in arrears and re-registering members of Local One who would be allowed to work under the jurisdiction of the International.
From November 19th to November 27th over 125 transfers were taken out by Local One members who had not re-registered with the International. It was deemed by the International that such transfers should not be honored by any other locals, because of the revocation of Local One‘s Charter meaning that those members were no longer in good standing with the International. A telegram from the International to that effect was sent to every other local in the country.
After months of further negotiations, court cases and the return of all excess initiation fees in the amount of $3,370.00, the Charter was re-instated.
(The full story from The Ironworkers Magazine pages in the web-site illustrates the views of both sides and is well worth reading).