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Tag Archives: Building Trades

The Ranger Handbook vs Building Trades Academy & Organizing –

Delta Force, Seal Team 6 and MARSOC all have developed and structured battle plans for engagement. They ID friend from foe and understand that today’s ally may be tomorrow’s foe! Contrast that with the Building Trades (BT), which have tools to sell Value on Display on one axis of market development and bottom-up on the… Continue Reading

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Building Trade Owned and Operated Construction Management Company –

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 rising use of construction managers then coming into being. A construction manager’s entire purpose is to reduce costs to the end-user/clients… Continue Reading

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A Defining American Experience is Happening Right Now –

The Trades have not cornered the market on racism – but, we have certainly contributed to it! If you see Brother Floyd as an individual, with the flaws of an individual person – stop reading now. More than likely you are part of the problem! If you saw a Black man lynched in broad daylight,… Continue Reading

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If You Can’t Throw a Jab – The Trades Will Never Win Market Share –

Yep, a jab my Brother & Sister Organizers/Members/Boxers! For the past 40 years or so the trades have fought with both arms tied behind their backs. Value on Display has not knocked out, much less won, most decisions on points in 40 years. A loser with the record to prove it! The Internationals are the… Continue Reading

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Trump Did Not Cause Chaos – Chaos Caused Trump –

  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 majority of U.S. citizens gravitate towards the center, with most tilting right or left but not… Continue Reading

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CONSTRUCTION ANALYTICS ECONOMICS BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Band of Brothers & Sisters – For those of us not familiar with the work of construction annalist Ed Zarenski – here is a link to his latest construction updates.  https://edzarenski.com/  He is a non-alarmist or drama queen in his assessments. He does call it the way the numbers stack up.  The trades need a… Continue Reading

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Will COVID–19 Sound the Death Knell for Value on Display –

Surviving COVID-19 is going to require a plan for the trades to continue to exist much less grow. Prior to this pandemic, the big construction users were very close to consolidating their business models into specialty contractors and vendors. If anyone in senior leadership down to the apprenticeship doesn’t think that coming out of COVID-19… Continue Reading

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The Same Building Trades Hacks Who Sunk the Pensions Sunk Organizing –

Hacks is as strong a term as I can find given the circumstances of my generation of leaders – starting in approximately 1970 and persisting through today. Let us see if it unfortunately fits! Many times, in our Blogs, Labor Rising has been less than flattering to senior Building Trade leadership. Read on and you… Continue Reading

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Is COVID a Wild Card for the Building Trades and Labor?

You may think this is no time to be talking about organizing. Let me shed light on a perspective worth addressing. While the plight of COVID takes shape and affects all North America, be assured that some (most) people’s pain offers an opportunity for extreme groups to advance their agenda. Fighting the battles of organizing… Continue Reading

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Does the UA See the Iceberg in the Building Trades Waters –

If they do NOT – then the trades are in their final decade of viability as a free and independent trade union. Why? In reports from organizer after organizer doing the UA blitzes, they report big numbers of ex and current UA members working non-union. This is also confirmed by the organizers who have attended… Continue Reading

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