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Tag Archives: Union Organizing

Who has been Negotiating Your Union Contract?

The anti/non-union has! Now for over a decade I have watched the sheer frustration and downright anger of the Rank & File regarding the bargaining of a new contract. Many members think that our negotiating team is in the room with the union contractors, when in fact it is the increasing non-union market share that… Continue Reading

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Part 1 – How CURT would destroy the Building Trades –

Information gathering. The Construction Users Round Table (CURT) was established in 2000. As reasonable people in the Building Trades, we consider collaboration and marketing. In contrast, businesses focus on weakness, opportunities and information to be acquired, used and exploited for higher profits. At the root of CURT’s strategy is information gathering. Without this first-hand knowledge… Continue Reading

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80 – 20 Rule on CBA

Consistent with the 80 -20 Rule, being a member of a Building Trades union drives as much as 80% of your total package (wages, benefits & conditions) by being a union member. It is the collective and not the individual power that we wield as a connected union that demands a given package anywhere in… Continue Reading

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Construction Spending Up but so are the Threats –

As this link and many more show construction spending continues to rise. http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/02/construction-spending-rises-to-nearly-5-year-high/ The Dow and S&P are at record highs and so is the profits made by big construction so the work is there, however the Building Trades total “net” market share of available work continues to drop. Hundreds of millions of dollars spend… Continue Reading

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Dow Jones & S&P at Record Highs in 2013 –

U.S. stocks closed 2013 at record highs, with the S&P 500 posting its largest annual jump in 16 years and the Dow its biggest gain in 18, after positive reports on consumer confidence and housing boosted sentiment on the final trading day of the year. And yet the Building Trades are conceding to the large… Continue Reading

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Labor Rising or “Value on Display” –

Having a Value strategy and positioning the Building Trades as a “product” puts the “Value” of the product completely in the hands of the purchasers, which are the contractors and the end-users’ executives. We’re depending on the purchaser to accept our proposition – not a good position when 85% of them use non/anti-union contractors. The… Continue Reading

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The NLC: A Rising Phoenix or Death by Culture?

The potential end of the National Labor College speaks volumes about the AFL-CIO Leadership. In researching the LM-2 of the AFL-CIO it is clear there is a dramatic need for an infusion of cash! With declining overall membership and the respective affiliates focusing inward on their own needs, the need for cash is paramount. Reviewing… Continue Reading

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Union Organizing & Value on Display –

The Building Trades Department is searching for success stories that showcase the “Value Proposition”. This strategies primary goal is to bring “new” construction end-users to the Building Trades, and also has a mission of increasing work with existing end-users – “net”. The mark of a leader is critically examining existing strategies to see if they’re… Continue Reading

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Union Organizing and Construction Delivery –

Solve the problem instead of constantly complaining about the problem. These #CombatConstruction documents do exactly that! In 24 RTW States and several more states where the combined market share of the Building Trades is in the single digits, these documents are the solution. The Building Trades in those areas can absolutely and legally become the… Continue Reading

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Union Organizing & the 21st Century

“He who defines an issue – wins the issue.” An old but true adage. The Building Trades, with millions of members but poorly organized to work to support each other through structured use of the internet (which is the currency of the 21st Century), have clearly been out flanked by a dedicated anti-union movement. The… Continue Reading

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