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Union Organizing: 10 Reasons why “Value on Display” isn’t raising Union Market Share

  1. “Big Business” is exactly who is putting the Building Trades out of existence. Every single sourced number measured over time, which is the “net” number, confirms this. Private sector union market share is 6.7 and a little higher in construction. “Big Business” is holding their enemies’ close!
  2. Bottom-up, top-down and CBA concessions of all types – has not worked as a “go-to strategy”
  3. Brother J.C. Turner, former General President of the Operating Engineers White Paper, entitled The Business Round Table and American Labor and written in 1979 (
  4. Major end users, such as CURT (Construction Users Roundtable) affiliated companies, are major contributors and muscle behind increasing anti-union laws and legislation.
  5. Behind the scenes is the largest pot of totally legal cash of all time – the Rebuilding of America. The Republicans will do everything they can do to put off the infrastructure needs of this country.  They will starve out the Building Trades unions; between 2007 & 2009, 1.1 million long-tenured workers in construction unions lost their jobs. By January 2010, 44% of these long tenured displaced workers were re-employed, but only 21% found jobs in construction. Most of them being non-union.
  6. Substantial numbers of union trained, skilled construction workers are employed by non/anti-union firms and/or self-employed.
  7. In 2010, 2.5 million construction workers were self-employed (1099’s); the proportion of unincorporated self-employed workers in construction increased from 16% in 2007 to 19% in 2010. That 3% represents 1.7 million construction workers that aren’t protected by OSHA. When they suffer an injury, they are on their own, with no workers’ compensation to cover medical and lost time expenses.  That trend continues to rise thru 2013.
  8. About 12% of construction firms used day laborers: 22% of employers firms had no full time employees on their payroll, and 8% hired temporary workers through temporary agencies.
  9. Concessions out of Fear & Weakness –Within the entire Building Trades market – low wages, under-par benefits & poor working conditions correlate with low market share 100% of the time!
  10. Advances in modularization & technology in construction will reduce overall numbers of construction workers and the associated skills needed to do that work.


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Danny L Caliendo

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