According to court documents Mike McCarron is the elected Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) of the SWRCC. His brother Doug McCarron is the General President of the UBC. The court documents claim the brothers are embroiled in a bitter personal dispute, in which Doug McCarron has now dragged the UBC into. The complaint alleges Doug McCarron is abusing his position as General President to gain leverage over Mike and push him out of the union. On July 22, 2013, Doug allegedly caused the UBC to impose an improper emergency trusteeship on the SWRCC, effectively removing Mike from his elected position. And to destroy Mike’s political base, Doug has even allegedly placed a de facto trusteeship over their home local, Local 1506.
The court documents further allege the dispute between Doug and Mike erupted in December 2011, over a $66,000.00 raise to Doug’s girlfriend. Relations were further strained when Mike found out that Doug was collecting his Southern California Carpenter pension in spite of UBC summary pension plan rules to the contrary. The situation completely deteriorated after the death of their mother on May 21, 2013. Mike is a trustee to his late mother’s estate and this fact infuriated Doug, because he had no control over the estate and Mike did not want to liquidate it as Doug demanded.
According to the SWRCC’s LM-2, a financial report filed with the Department of Labor, the SWRCC has approximately 65,000 members and $250,000,000.00 in assets. It is one of the largest Regional Councils in terms of membership and is the most profitable Regional Council in the Carpenters Union. According to Mike McCarron’s declaration filed in federal court, the SWRCC has operated and expanded under his direction since his election to its top post in 1999. Many throughout the Brotherhood considered Mike to be the top contender for General President, and the only person who could overthrow Doug's reign as General President.