Local 36 of the United Union of Roofers & Waterproofers became the first U.S. union to affiliate with the WFTU since 1949 when it joined the 92 million member Federation at the 17th World Trade Union Congress in Durban, South Africa last October 5-8.
Cliff Smith (C), Bus. Mgr. of Local 36 of the United Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers, a WFTU affiliate, is flanked by the Roofers International Union’s First International Vice-President Douglas Ziegler (L) and International Representative Gabriel Perea (R).
" I passed out leaflets until [Sean] Mc Garvey's chief of staff threatened to throw me out of the conference before it started" Smith said. The Roofers union officials protested that Sean McGarvey, President of the class collaborationist North American Building Trades Council, invited U.S. President Donald Trump to speak at their conference. The Roofers took a class oriented trade union protest to Trump, who supports the repeal of the Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage law, and is proposing a national Right-to-Work (for a lot less) national labor law. He addressed the Building Trades to court rank and file support for his anti-worker Private-Public Infrastructure plan. McGarvey and the American Building Trades unions officials support Trump’s sellout over the best interests of their membership. How do they sleep at night?
Cliff Smith (L) Business Manager of Roofers Local 36 (Southern California) confers with George Mavrikos, General Secretary, WFTU
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