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10 Reasons Why the Trades IPs are the Punks of Management –

10 Reasons Why the Trades IPs are the Punks of Management –

Zero accountability to membership. It is even worse than the present state of politics in the U.S. and Canada. Politicians at the highest levels of government in North America can and do lose their jobs. When have you seen an International President of the trades lose an election? When have you seen them even have competition for the job? Members can go an entire career and never see this occur. We don’t have the best officers forged from the cauldron of ideas and risk taking. We have the old stale and pale leaders chosen behind closed doors of the “good ole boys” club, who have never missed a check! And we wonder why we are losing! Sold out to management. Can’t “sugar coat” this any longer! Since the early 70’s, and especially in the last 2 decades with the strategy of Value on Display, has this been clear. Not my… Continue Reading

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle –

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle –

Karl Rove’s (The Architect) masterful use of party partisanship is a political game that few in Washington can play. His plan was to build a permanent R Majority in the Federal Government. What he understood was that the U.S. has historically gravitated towards the center, with most citizens tilting right or left but not far from center! A few examples using labor legislation – In 1916 Congress passed the Keating–Owen Child Labor Act (left), the first national child labor bill. The American Plan of the 20’s (hard right), which deemed unions to be “un-American,” resulted in anti-union efforts of employers that decreased union membership and efficacy until the 1930s. The Norris Laguardia Act (left) passed in 1932. It banned yellow-dog contracts, barred the federal courts from issuing injunctions against nonviolent labor disputes, and created a positive right of noninterference by employers against workers joining trade unions. More examples – The… Continue Reading

The Building Trades Have Been Losing for a Long Time –

The Building Trades Have Been Losing for a Long Time –

50 Years of Shrinking Union Membership, In One Map https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/02/23/385843576/50-years-of-shrinking-union-membership-in-one-map The Building Trades have collapsed disproportionately during this period as compared to public sector unions – steady and consistent loss of market share irrespective of the economy and political administrations “NET” over decades! Robert Georgine, who was the Building Trades President from 1974 – 2000, was particularly effective in capitulation and conceding to management at the national building trades level. Many of the specialty agreements now used had their roots when Georgine was the S/T (1971) and President (1974) of the National Building Trades. The Oil Embargo of 1973 collapsed construction for several years. The path of least resistance to management was Georgine’s way – give the work away under specialty agreements! This was also the era of the expansion of the “good ole boys” club. Georgine never funded organizing and we became the “country club,” turning away all those… Continue Reading

Infrastructure and P3s – The Final Nail in This Version of The Trades –

Infrastructure and P3s – The Final Nail in This Version of The Trades –

P3s are Private Public Partnerships – and, the trades are in the wrong place with the wrong strategy if P3s are the primary way we (re)build infrastructure going forward. Just because there may be endless amounts of work in no way ensures that union trades will be doing the work with a P3. Right now, the senior leaders of the trades are working deals to use union pension money to fund investment vehicles for P3s. The trades’ senior leaders are working thru some complex deal making and evaluating how to deal with the financial risk regarding the viability of the projects and profit. Value on Display has been a massive failed strategy during its entire use as the go-to strategy of the trades – and the P3s are going to eat this strategy up (use it to their exclusive advantage). Yes, use it to their advantage. P3’s is in no… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door for Government/Private Sector to Run the Table Against Unions –

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door for Government/Private Sector to Run the Table Against Unions –

And these “leaders” listed below, and their immediate predecessors, sit and wait like a deer in the headlights to get run over! James P. “Bud” McCourt, Newton Jones, James Boland, Lonnie Stephenson, James P. Hoffa, Frank Christensen, Eric Dean, Daniel E. Stepano, Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, Kinsey Robinson, Joseph Sellers, Jr., Mark McManus, Terry O’Sullivan and James T. Callahan, along with their point man Sean Mc Garvey, preside over a totally failed culture of representing workers! They are the latest group of senior leaders spanning more than 40 years, silent on advancing workers’ rights in North America – bred to be silent and complicit with management, to rollover to nearly every management whim. EVERY piece of verifiable information, from all quadrants of business and government, indicates that the trades are going down! And yet the above leaders insist that Value on Display is working, and as Trump does quit often –… Continue Reading

Our Building Trades Pensions – Updates on Relief – “IF” – “WHEN” – “HOW MUCH” –

Our Building Trades Pensions – Updates on Relief – “IF” – “WHEN” – “HOW MUCH” –

As articles #1 & #2 below point out – Pension Reform of the multi-employer plans is now on the table, and time is quickly running out! As you read the news snip of #1 & #2, pay attention to the wording used. ALL parties will compromise in dealing with pension underfunding solutions – if any solutions are achieved at all! The caveat is WILL the anti-union legislators support at least some reasonable compromise. No sure thing! Also, in NO plan which is trying to address this underfunding to date, is the participant/member made whole. Whole is defined by what the participant/member was told they earned towards retirement before they find out about being in an underfunded pension! Two different funding issues are at play, both are no wins for participants/members and in some cases retirees, dealing with an underfunded pension. So, if you look at #4 below – these are… Continue Reading

The Construction Chart Book – 6th Edition –  and this means what to me!?!

The Construction Chart Book – 6th Edition – and this means what to me!?!

People ask all the time – how do we at Labor Rising/Labor Combat get the numbers that are contained in our research and blogs? One of those sources is The Construction Chart Book. The Construction Chart Book, now in its 6th Edition, started in 1990. Here is the link: https://www.cpwr.com/publications/construction-chart-book The Chart Books are a LAGGING indicator and the 6th Edition, which has been recently released, deals with info thru 2015. Although history to some, for any organizer/market planner it is invaluable information to use to see where we HAVE BEEN, so we know where we ARE GOING! This is “our” book of Building Trades specific information, dealing exclusively with the trades in North America. And yet, it is not released or widely shared throughout the trades. So, as President of North America’s Building Trades Unions and Board Chair and President, CPWR, where is it Sean? Is it in a… Continue Reading

Coxey’s Army?

Coxey’s Army?

Today is the anniversary of “Coxey’s Army” arrival in Washington on April 30,1894. The story of “Coxey’s Army” is written by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians. Joe DeFilippo: vocals, bass and acoustic guitar; Bill Phelan: lap steel, 6 string electric and 12 string guitar; Patrick McAvinue: fiddle; Leslie Darr: background vocals; Bill Pratt: drums, organ, background vocals. Produced & recorded by: Bill Pratt @ the Bratt Studio, Baltimore,MD. Enjoy the music – https://soundcloud.com/user660132316/coxeys-army Music has underpinned workers protests for decades – it joined all in support! Coxey’s Army and other activist are the “shoulders” the current “Labor Leaders” of the trades stand on. So, when members post what has labor has done for North America workers. These are the types of Brothers & Sisters that fought in the trenches in the past, that helped secure our rights today. Those workers “Rights”… Continue Reading

Trades Founders Must be Turning Over in Their Graves –

Trades Founders Must be Turning Over in Their Graves –

Under the premise that we must “organize or die,” our Building Trades unions have invested heavily for the last 30 years in the following efforts (note that I am not calling these initiatives strategies, because they have proven that they are not): Market as a brand Sell a product, placing control of the Building Trades’ future in the hands of businesses and politicians Refer to the construction community as our customers Abandon all economic pressure on anti-union entities (i.e., end-users, developers, construction managers and GC’s), including strikes, controlling the means of production, legal civil disobedience and other forms of legal labor unrest Negotiate with emphasis on concession after concession – “being competitive” Operate as a business organization (e.g., TEMP agency), de-emphasizing the trades as UNIONS and in many cases, quite literally running away from the U word But the ironies are striking – we’re not talking about recruit or die,… Continue Reading

Value on Display – A Disaster

Value on Display – A Disaster

Value on Display – A Disaster The Annual Building Trades business meeting is in session. The closest the trades got to be a Trades Movement last year is when #Resist Building Trades members were in attendance. Hopefully they are there, and in bigger numbers. Perhaps vocal this time! Below are the Trades’ membership numbers in 2017, 2016 & also the highest number since 2000. As you review the numbers, know that there is a lot of massaging of the total membership numbers, which you’ll find in the LM-2’s. Some of the inflated categories under membership include: life, special limited, early retired, retired, limited, withdrawal, honorary and superannuated members, and agency fee payers. And, notice that there is a steady decline over years despite the last 3 years of $1.5 trillion or more in construction spending. IBEW 671,076/372,223 A Card – 2016-666,602 – 2001 -740,869 LM File# 000-116 Laborers 576,475 –… Continue Reading

 


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