William Huber


William Huber

William Huber (? - ?) was a carpenter and an American labor leader. He was president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America from 1900 to 1912. As president of the Carpenters, he built a powerful personal machine among the international union's organizers. He expanded the union's jurisdictional claims, and forced the American Federation of Labor to formally recognize and enforce the union's jurisdiction. He was also a critic of racial discrimination within union.

After his election, Huber was ordered by the international union's executive board to assist founder and general secretary-treasurer Peter J. McGuire with his duties. But McGuire's failing health, alcoholism and general unpleasantness led Huber to abandon this role. Huber, along with Frank Duffy, was one of a group of union leaders who sought to force McGuire into retirement. He personally presented the charges of incompetence and corruption which led to McGuire's dismissal from the union in 1902.

Huber was a key figure in the formation of the Structural Building Trades Alliance in 1902. He also led raids on the American Wood Workers Union, and forced the union to merge with the Carpenters in 1912.

Huber did not get along well with the generally autonomous members of the international union's executive board. Although he was able to win passage of constitutional amendments that centralized power within the office of the international president, he was exhausted by the battles with the board.

Huber retired as president of the Carpenters at the end of his term in 1912, and was succeeded by James Kirby.

References

*Christie, Robert. "Empire in Wood: A History of the Carpenters' Union." Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1956.
*Fink, Gary, ed. "Biographical Dictionary of American Labor." Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984. ISBN 0313228655
*Galenson, Walter. "The United Brotherhood of Carpenters: The First Hundred Years." Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1983. ISBN 0674921968.


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