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Tag Archives: Market Share

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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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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Uncertainty in Construction –

Why we can’t win without it, and what it is. It is also why we as tradespersons at the senior leadership level down to executive board members need to learn the discipline of ZIPPING IT! Think of a political campaign, a military operation, a corporation business plan – a union Building Trades marketing/organizing campaign? What… Continue Reading

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4 Reasons Why the Building Trades Need to Zip It –

At some point in time the new International President’s, Building Trades leaders and local leaders of unions need to see the correlation that has existed for nearly 2 decades. That correlation is simply stated – the more we as the Building Trades engage the end-users, developers, construction managers and general contractors; the more market share… Continue Reading

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Winning in the Crafts Looks Like This –

It is asked all the time – what is the difference between Labor Rising/Labor Combat and the training currently being offered by the trades? The difference is like night and day. Here is one of several differences. What is stunning is what isn’t taught to organizers and market reps in the classes now taught for… Continue Reading

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What does Disney and the Building Trades have in Common?

Both entities are training their replacements! Disney is overtly enforcing contracts employees signed stating that the employees have to train their replacements. With the use of H-1B visas, (Visas for technology) Disney is looking to erode the minimum workers’ rights at their properties; have forced, under the terms of the contract, that current employees train… Continue Reading

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Building Trades Senior Leadership Keep Lowering the Bar –

During the 2016 Keynote address, Brother Mc Garvey set a “Low Bar” for market share that is being echoed by some of the respective trades IP’s. “We are on a continued upward growth trajectory… that has remained fairly consistent since the onslaught of the economic catastrophe of 2008. Today, all across the board… our workhours… Continue Reading

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Brother Mc Garvey: Context Matters –

Flanked by the International President’s Brother Mc Garvey’s Keynote treated market share as trivial and inconsequential to the 3,000 members in attendance. Either that, or he purposefully disrespected the combined state & local building trades leaders and knew they would “go along to get along”. Here is a link to the 2016 Keynote  http://www.bctd.org/Newsroom/Press-Releases-and-Speeches/Speeches/President-McGarvey-Keynote-Address-to-2016-Legisla.aspx  –… Continue Reading

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Unions Irrelevant When it comes to Technology and Social Media –

Get out your smart phones please! Google search (enter your trade – such as plumbing, electrical, painting, etc) contractors in your city. So an example would be hvac contractors in Columbus, Ohio. Overwhelmingly the results for that search will be as follows – directories (Manta, Dex, Yahoo, etc), paid ad words (top and right side… Continue Reading

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Dancing with the Devil –

The Labor Combat/Labor Rising group started their research in September of 2007. In May 2012 we produced our White Paper with a state by state assessment of how that state should proceed with Organizing and the prospects for success. In that White Paper we stated that there exists a 3 to 6 year window for… Continue Reading

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