Douglas J. McCarron
(born 1950) is a labor union
activist and, since 1995, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
Early life and career
McCarron was born in 1951 in Chatsworth, California
. His father was a meat cutter
in a supermarket
. While still in high school, he married and had a daughter. Dropping out of high school his senior year, he took a job as a construction worker, hanging drywall
. He quickly joined the carpenters' union.Cleeland, "Organize or Die," Los Angeles Times,
March 10, 2002.
In 1980, McCarron was elected president of his local union. He was named to the negotiating team of the Southern California Council of Carpenters
, a regional body covering contractors and other employers in 11 counties. During this time, he came to the attention of leaders with the national carpenters union.
In late 1984, McCarron was named a trustee of the Southern California Pension Fund, the carpenters' union retirement fund. In late 1985 and early 1986, McCarron discovered that $130 million in loans to construction companies were delinquent but no action had been taken by the other trustees. Working with Ron Tutor, a construction company owner and co-chairman of the fund's board of trustees, McCarron and others filed a federal civil suit alleging that the pension fund trustees had made sweetheart loans to employer trustees, masking the loans as... Read More