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Consolidation Contraction & Roll-ups – Organizing Part 9 –

As we all know, Value on Display (VOD) as a strategy to improve market share has proven to be a disaster. Every number that can be measured over decades clearly indicates this. VOD has several major weaknesses. Let’s discuss one of the major ones. Consolidation, contraction & roll-ups of companies and contractors. For the last couple of decades contractors have been consolidating in total numbers, contracting in total hours needed to do a job and being rolled-up by bigger regional/national companies/contractors for their book of business. According to business experts, if contractors aren’t in the top tier of competitive spots, they will not have enough market to support work, so they look or will be merged, dissolved or sold off in parts. Markets like industrial, maintenance, new construction, etc., are all consolidating, contracting & being rolled-up. This is a big deal because the trades should be putting their thumbs on… Continue Reading

Building Trade Owned and Operated Construction Management Company – Organizing Part 8 –

A brief history: Nearly 30 years ago the Milwaukee Building Trades Council put into place a Construction Management Company called CCM (Complete Construction Management). It was designed by Brother Brent Emons to combat the construction managers then coming into being. A construction manager’s entire purpose is to reduce costs to the end-user/clients they are working for, along with making a very substantial profit themselves – adding yet another layer to the total cost of the project. Take a guess where the money comes from to achieve the 2 purposes above. If you guessed union contractors and union wages, you’d be right! This is big reason why we continue to have all the specialty agreements along with the increased use of PLAs (Project Labor Agreements), with more and more concessions and less and less market share. Can’t get blood from a turnip much longer!  This concept of CCM was nearly 30… Continue Reading

The Infamous “They” the Building Trades Presidents Bow Down Too – Organizing Part 7 –

The Infamous “They” the Building Trades Presidents Bow Down Too – Organizing Part 7 –

Labor Day – Organizing Part 6 – Recognition and Secondary Activities in the U.S. –

Labor Day – Organizing Part 6 – Recognition and Secondary Activities in the U.S. –

Not a day for those in the trades to continue to play victim – victims who blame laws, rich people and politicians for the demise of labor power. Our Founders dealt with the exact same entities on steroids! Plus, blacklisting, physical threats and, for many, death itself – hence Labor Day or May Day! (Google the history of the 2). Not for those with bad ass shirts and little else. Not for posts you see today – that you should thank labor for all they have done because what have any of us alive today in the trades done to advance the plight of workers? Zip! All the LABOR GIANTS are dead, and with them the LABOR MOVEMENT they built along with the middle class! Labor Day in the trades is to recognize what “has been” won. Not to pat ourselves on the back for losing most of what has… Continue Reading

Build the Damn Puzzle – Part 5 Organizing –

Build the Damn Puzzle – Part 5 Organizing –

So, some of you, approximately 150 or so, have done some work on SIC codes with the You Tube videos in the last blog. And approximately the same number have opened the master SIC/NAICS tables. Now think about this – the You Tubes teach you how to find & use the numbers in the tables. Those tables are nearly impossible to get in the format provided in the blog. The industry does what is needed to suppress our ability to find them in internet searches. For some of the trades the words on the SIC table are in your constitution. It is also how jurisdiction is developed and disputed. All your contractors know about this because it is used for insurance and for banks – how risk is accessed, plus much more. Then WHY haven’t market development reps in the trades been taught these? As we said, Reference USA and… Continue Reading

The 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle of SIC/NAICS Codes – Part 4 –

The 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle of SIC/NAICS Codes – Part 4 –

The cartoon shows the 2 pieces of Value on Display – the rest of the pieces are the market and what is NOT taught completely and by design to give an organizer or even a market rep the ability to win. Many of those pieces on the table would be the pinch point of the market. Links to Organizing – Parts 1, 2 & 3 are at the end of this blog. Standard Industrial Classifications developed in 1937 and the North American Industrial Classification System developed as part of the NAFTA deal to eventually replace SIC codes. It is a big deal! SIC/NAICS table link – these tables listed side by side are next to never found on any search engine. https://1drv.ms/x/s!AmKOi71GyLcgqzcIBPFf3RBJ1SJ8?e=7MtngK Without knowing what SIC/NAICS codes mean to effective organizing and market development, and how to use them, the Building Trades are going nowhere. Just like a 1,000-piece jigsaw… Continue Reading

What You Don’t Know is Done by Design – Part 3 Organizing –

What You Don’t Know is Done by Design – Part 3 Organizing –

The local/DC organizer/market rep (MR) is under-trained by design. Conversely the trades have gone from organizing to market development to that of recruiting in one generation by design of the IPs! The IPs are using the strategy of VOD, which is not solidarity! It is that of a temp agency. This blog and others will cover the work needed for Strategic Organizing. This section of instruction gives a local/DC a detailed and precise map in which to develop strategies and tactics. Warning: It will put a target on your back should you proceed in the current environment. At the minimum, a strong BM is needed – one who respects the IP but doesn’t fear them. Labor Rising knows this because the 82 organizers/MRs who have built out their entire markets are all gone! They have quit, been fired (because they are blocked from doing the job) or promoted up and… Continue Reading

The “Why of the Pinch Point” That Keeps the Building Trades Losing – Part 2 –

The “Why of the Pinch Point” That Keeps the Building Trades Losing – Part 2 –

Here is the link to Part 1 – Specific Strategies & Tactics for the Building Trades to Win: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AmKOi71GyLcg11WuG__2UPghknwB To understand this “pinch point” is to understand why Value on Display (VOD) is only a TOOL, and why VOD has been such an abject loser to the trades for decades! Put your organizer/market rep/officer hat on. Rank & File, you may want to follow along. Think of the hourglass concept as described in Part 1 in the above link. “At the top of the hourglass is the entirety of all those that need the trades’ services, including new construction, maintenance, service, residential, etc. How in the heck do the organizers, now called business development people, exist in that environment?” The trades are always saying we must use all the tools in the toolbox – what tools come to mind that the trades use to organize/market to this huge group? Typically,… Continue Reading

Specific Strategies & Tactics for the Building Trades to Win – Part 1 –

Specific Strategies & Tactics for the Building Trades to Win – Part 1 –

For those in the trades who feel the trades are marked for death in our lifetimes – you are right “IF” we continue with the tool of Value on Display. That is correct, VOD is a tool – nothing more. So, it begs the question of what the trades’ master strategy and tactics are, which are needed to win market share; and to again become champions of workers’ union or not – to be a MOVEMENT! The next several blogs are for organizers, activists and officers tired of losing. The blogs will be detailed, and some may be long. We are way past the one-line solutions and pandering to those who want to be victims, blaming everyone but ourselves for almost entirely self-inflicted wounds. We are not the Breslin-style BS or the pie in the sky trades labor academy with talking heads. Both have had their “day in court” and… Continue Reading

Mass Texting a Value Not Used –

Mass Texting a Value Not Used –

We are going to lay out the comprehensive strategies of Labor Rising/Labor Combat training. It will be done in parts and is for organizers and activists to evaluate. We have said since 2012 that what the Trades need to do in order to win back market share and restore Middle Class Values is to become a MOVEMENT and not a business union. Let’s start with a component of the overall strategy that can be done, in a hurry, by senior leadership who continue to live in the caveman era of communications – mass texting platform to talk/instruct/educate R&F membership to take action. Mass texting is but 1 of 3 parts of an overall communications platform long overdue in the 21st century. The 3 parts are mass texting, e-mail & smart phone app. Various unions and internationals use some of these communication parts; however, none are used effectively. Without a mass… Continue Reading

 


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