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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… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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Chronic Losing Record of the Building Trades Hits Record Low in 2018 –

Union membership in the US hit a record low in 2018:                                                                 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/union-membership-declined-in-2018/ “Just 6.4 percent of private-sector workers belonged to a union last year (a slightly higher figure, 7.2 percent, were represented by unions but were not officially members.) Real estate firms, utilities and construction industry players saw drops in the rate of unionization.” Perhaps… Continue Reading

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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,… Continue Reading

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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,… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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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:… Continue Reading

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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’… Continue Reading

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