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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

The Good Ole Boys Building Trades Presidents are Jettisoning the Defined Benefit Pensions –

Value on Display, run by the “good ole boys” club of senior leadership, will be responsible for the demise of the Taft-Hartley multi-employer pension plans in the trades. They have already run market share and organizing into the ground, so why stop there with this abysmal leadership! The “hot potato” of insolvent pensions will be played off. And in saying “hot potato” we mean real workers losing or getting substantially reduced benefits in retirement! The trades presidents must get rid of the defined benefit pension because they are so vastly underfunded and because management has told them that they will not deal with the withdrawal liability issues any longer! https://www.benefitspro.com/2019/01/14/rehabilitation-for-multiemployer-pensions-act-introduced-in-house/?slreturn=20190524210707 So, enter the Federal Butch Lewis Act: Senator Sherwood Brown, D-OH introduced the Act; and now the rebranded version introduced by Rep. Richard Neal, D-MA, Chair of the House Ways and Means. The purpose of the BLA is to underwrite… Continue Reading

May Day – International Workers’ Day – May 1st –

May Day – International Workers’ Day – May 1st –

This picture does a great job portraying the historical progress of the Labor Movement, nearly all achievements on the list are more than 50 years ago. Frederick Douglass had it right then and today, if only senior leadership would heed his words. For a perspective of the state of labor today, consider the following: Labor, and more specifically the Trades, haven’t advanced the interest of workers for many decades – simply showing up for work is not enough – training isn’t and has never been the cornerstone, much less a building block, of why the middle class was established The Trades founders dealt with “NEED TO HAVE” values of raising families, dignity in retirement, solid health care and conditions that don’t kill you protected by a CBA – NOT “nice to have” values like training! NEVER did the Founders cite being COMPETETIVE with wave after wave of non-union or immigrants… Continue Reading

Building Trades Members, their Skills & Contractors are Being Transferred by Design to the Non-Union

Building Trades Members, their Skills & Contractors are Being Transferred by Design to the Non-Union

The anti/non- union would need a plan to do this – right?  Below we offer excerpts from our years of on-going research that validate the statement above. Value on Display has opened the flood-gates to the developed strategy listed next to each bullet point below by the non/anti-union. Why? Because the trades WILL NOT impose a CBA on the non-union contractors and put out of business the anti-union contractors per a structured strategy – case closed! That is Organizing! Only Labor Rising/Labor Combat has a developed strategy that incorporates strategies to do this. It is called building and using a Compression Zone. It reshapes the business market of contractors and by extension increases union BT market share. Our Founders understood that controlling the workers is NOT enough to win market share and control the market. They knew you HAD TOO/IMPOSE the “VALUE” of the Middle Class on non-union contractors to… Continue Reading

To: NYC Building Trades Field Rank & File –

To: NYC Building Trades Field Rank & File –

Dear Rank & File: You have been usurped by the leadership of the NYCBTC! Definition of usurped: “to take the place of someone, (or in this case something, your MOVEMENT) in a position of power, to supplant”; in other words, seized, taken over, expropriated, ousted, annexed the true intention of the field Rank & File of the NYC Building Trades members. A “grass roots” organic MOVEMENT of R&F members in the streets gave the NYCBTC leadership some much needed leverage in the construction market. And, the NYCBTC grabbed that advantage and usurped the MOVEMENT and GOALS of the street members by placing themselves in charge over time. Now they present the goals of the MOVEMENT as being the NYCBTC goals; at least to the field Rank & File! Once the NYCBTC attached themselves to the field members, things changed very subtly, far outside the purview of the Rank & File…. Continue Reading

To: NYC Building Trades Field Rank & File –

To: NYC Building Trades Field Rank & File –

Dear Rank & File: You have been usurped by the leadership of the NYCBTC! Definition of usurped: “to take the place of someone, (or in this case something, your MOVEMENT) in a position of power, to supplant”; in other words, seized, taken over, expropriated, ousted, annexed the true intention of the field Rank & File of the NYC Building Trades members. A “grass roots” organic MOVEMENT of R&F members in the streets gave the NYCBTC leadership some much needed leverage in the construction market. And, the NYCBTC grabbed that advantage and usurped the MOVEMENT and GOALS of the street members by placing themselves in charge over time. Now they present the goals of the MOVEMENT as being the NYCBTC goals; at least to the field Rank & File! Once the NYCBTC attached themselves to the field members, things changed very subtly, far outside the purview of the Rank & File…. Continue Reading

 


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