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A “net” kinda of guy in market share! labor college

The DOL report on union market share continues to drop like a rock. (see article below) However we as Organizers and Agents continue to try to build market share with strategies and programs that have failed for over 2 decades.

Since the “net” result of our combined activity is dramatic loss of market share in the Building Trades, one could reasonably expect leadership to jettison what has not worked! 

However, we continue misusing the word “NEW” as a way to prop up old & tired ways of increasing market share. A “NEW” value proposition that is even more business friendly than before – if that’s even possible!                                                         labor college

A “NEW” Organizing school where the core concepts of  “bottom-up”, “top-down” & “pressure campaigns” are re-packaged & which not only as a strategy has failed, but move so slowly that the  “open shop” knows exactly where you are at on the market share battlefield at all times! Time to change Brothers & Sisters, or we fade into the past!                                                      

LaborCombat – original strategies/programs that emphasize an asymmetrical approach to organizing the “open shop” contractors by exploiting their clients, credit & social footprint as the PRIMARY way to build market share! No excuses about the economy, laws, RTW, or anything else. “NET” increase in Building Trades market share. Hit those that are putting us out of business, in their pocket book.                                                     labor college

TechCombat – using technology to control the hundreds, if not thousands of residential, light commercial & light industrial contractors overwhelming our markets today using the internet; and that grow into future threats! No organization will control this market with existing organizing methods. These markets are the bulk of new member’s & contractors by a better than 3 -1 margin to increase market share and by definition will protect up-stream market share.                                                                                           labor college

CombatConstruction – Getting this item on all building trades’ agendas will change the course of the building trades as we now know it; and it will change the method of construction delivery in building. No theory here, the laws enabling this legal platform are exactly the same as when they were written years ago. Go to and hit the CombatConstruction icon and download the template.

“NEW” definition of insanity! “Doing the same thing over & over (even if it said to be new) – and expecting a different result! Just put the old programs right next to the “NEW” ones – and be a man, not a politician; NEW?

DOL Reports Union Membership on Decline

Posted on January 23, 2013

Wednesday, January 13 – The United States Department of Labor (DOL) reported today that in “2012, the union membership rate — the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union — 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011.”

The report was released by the DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics and details union membership numbers in the public versus private sectors. The reported stated that public-sector workers had a union membership rate of 35.9 percent (down from 37 percent in 2011), which more than five times higher than that of private-sector workers at 6.6 percent (down from 6.9 percent in 2011). Construction had one of the highest unionization rates at 13.2 percent (compared to 14 percent in 2011). The report’s complete breakdown of unionization by industry is HERE.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement today that working men and women “urgently need a voice on the job today, but the sad truth is that it has become more difficult for them to have one, as today’s figures on union membership demonstrate.” President Trumka went on to remind all workers that what “what will define the labor movement of the future, however, is not assaults or the changing economy, but how working people come together to respond to them. We enter 2013 with our eyes open and understand that these challenges offer real opportunities for working people to reshape the future.”                        labor college

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