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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 of the NYC Building Trades members.

A “grass roots” organic MOVEMENT of R&F members in the streets gave the NYCBTC leadership some much needed leverage in the construction market. And, the NYCBTC grabbed that advantage and usurped the MOVEMENT and GOALS of the street members by placing themselves in charge over time. Now they present the goals of the MOVEMENT as being the NYCBTC goals; at least to the field Rank & File!

Once the NYCBTC attached themselves to the field members, things changed very subtly, far outside the purview of the Rank & File. As a veteran organizer it was easy to see the evidence – items like permits, times for rallies & marches, barricades and routes, having union officers speak, disclaimers on communication materials such as fliers, etc…

The NYCBTC needed the legal framework that complied with the NLRB Labor Law, so they didn’t get sued directly and the member union affiliates had limited liability.

Who was watching the interaction of the organic R&F MOVEMENT of members and the senior leadership of the NYCBTC was management?

So, a great organic MOVEMENT of R&F Building Trades members was usurped by parties that have far different goals than the members in the streets. Management’s goals were to get the heat off them. Have a successful launch and opening of the properties. Get labor to concede on wages & terms, such as both union & non-union on projects. Have a continuing framework (contract) in which management by-and-large sets the terms for future work commitments. And…

The Trades’ senior leadership goals were much simpler. To use the pressure of a pure MOVEMENT of workers to get a seat at the table – period! It is a diminished seat, but heck at this point if you’re the piss poor senior leaders of the NYCBTC, a diminished seat is better than nothing. They want to spin this as a Win – Win! Of course, they do. The NYCBTC has been losing market share, wages, conditions for well over a decade now! So, the organic R&F MOVEMENT that sprung up was a gift to both the senior NYCBTC leadership and even to management. The trades are clueless following the totally failed Value on Display BS game plan for approximately the same amount of time.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, the trades have done nothing but lost market share in EVERY category “NET” for decades, as in plural! That is one heck of a statement – which is also unfortunately 100% true!

To my Brothers & Sisters who founded the true and organic New York City Rank & File members, consider this – the NYCBTC did you a 2-part favor.

#1 – You as R&F understand being usurped! Welcome to the plight of nearly all R&F frustrations: constantly seeing the conceding and losing of the Internationals and/or District Councils/Building Trades because thay have no plan past the failed Value on Display. So, these entities keep losing. They do what NYCBTC just did and concede and capitulate to get any hours they can! The senior leaders stay relevant only by a hair. They also keep their titles and checks flowing, which for them is NOT so irrelevant!

To you Brother & Sister R&F who think you helped secure this deal and believe that if not for your actions all may have been lost. Absolutely correct, and the other consequence was securing even more hard and real concessions off the backs of workers while senior leadership of the NYCBTC, management and the non-union jobs remain completely intact. Also, the history of management forever has been that the paper the deal (PLA) is struck on historically isn’t worth being in the porta john unless it is a CBA!

#2 – The organic R&F MOVEMENT that you all have developed is still completely alive should you chose to stay in the streets and guess what – it is unfettered by anything the union affiliates and/or management can do. Our Founding Fathers knew workers in the street trump all if it remains non-violent. They practiced the quote of Oliver Goldsmith who said, “you can preach a better sermon with your life, than with your lips”. You do not need permits, schedules, notification of a march, barricades etc., to talk workers on workers en masse. DO NOT ever tell either the union and/or management of the R&F plans do the degree possible. Never in a formal way such as letter, text, call, email. You do have to follow some laws/rules that will be applied at the time – and based on circumstances then. What you’ll come to understand is you control the outcome far more than you now know with the peaceful use of labor unrest and even some civil disobedience! Your actions will also become the tip of the sword for R&F activism more than with any group in the U.S. for decades! No drama in this statement even a bit! No organic R&F MOVEMENT in the U.S., and I think Canada, can put the number of members in the streets that you can. Our Founders would have your back and not those of the senior leadership of the NYCBTC, or even the International Presidents.

You had some officer(s) who did remain true to what was being done in the streets. You know who they are because they were purged (fired) by the affiliate/international unions even though they are elected.

If you have read this far then know that if you go back in the streets you are not only bettering workers lives – both union and non-union – but you are playing for all the marbles. What can derail the organic MOVEMENT is again letting anyone OTHER than yourselves deal with issues going forward.

“IF” the original organizers, the glue are still activist and have not been lured by the “good ole boys” club – all the better.

What will be lost is the name or brand that was organically created – cannot be used any longer. Call it a casualty of learning and adapting. This would be about legal stuff that could stop you before you even resurrect version 2 of a true R&F MOVEMENT! Don’t use the former name!!

Labor Rising has long attached to a quote Vernon Johns said prior to the advent of MLK:

“if you see a good fight – get in it”

Many individual and even affiliated unions have tried to restore that mantra to their respective organizations; however, only the NYC Rank & File have come this far with your numbers being sustained, along with valuable lessons learned!

This has ramifications far past NYC. Could this be the start of the Building Trades becoming a MOVEMENT again!?!

“NYC members have seen a good fight – will they continue it”

In Solidarity,

Brother Danny L Caliendo

Book#993321

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 of the NYC Building Trades members.

A “grass roots” organic MOVEMENT of R&F members in the streets gave the NYCBTC leadership some much needed leverage in the construction market. And, the NYCBTC grabbed that advantage and usurped the MOVEMENT and GOALS of the street members by placing themselves in charge over time. Now they present the goals of the MOVEMENT as being the NYCBTC goals; at least to the field Rank & File!

Once the NYCBTC attached themselves to the field members, things changed very subtly, far outside the purview of the Rank & File. As a veteran organizer it was easy to see the evidence – items like permits, times for rallies & marches, barricades and routes, having union officers speak, disclaimers on communication materials such as fliers, etc…

The NYCBTC needed the legal framework that complied with the NLRB Labor Law, so they didn’t get sued directly and the member union affiliates had limited liability.

Who was watching the interaction of the organic R&F MOVEMENT of members and the senior leadership of the NYCBTC was management?

So, a great organic MOVEMENT of R&F Building Trades members was usurped by parties that have far different goals than the members in the streets. Management’s goals were to get the heat off them. Have a successful launch and opening of the properties. Get labor to concede on wages & terms, such as both union & non-union on projects. Have a continuing framework (contract) in which management by-and-large sets the terms for future work commitments. And…

The Trades’ senior leadership goals were much simpler. To use the pressure of a pure MOVEMENT of workers to get a seat at the table – period! It is a diminished seat, but heck at this point if you’re the piss poor senior leaders of the NYCBTC, a diminished seat is better than nothing. They want to spin this as a Win – Win! Of course, they do. The NYCBTC has been losing market share, wages, conditions for well over a decade now! So, the organic R&F MOVEMENT that sprung up was a gift to both the senior NYCBTC leadership and even to management. The trades are clueless following the totally failed Value on Display BS game plan for approximately the same amount of time.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, the trades have done nothing but lost market share in EVERY category “NET” for decades, as in plural! That is one heck of a statement – which is also unfortunately 100% true!

To my Brothers & Sisters who founded the true and organic New York City Rank & File members, consider this – the NYCBTC did you a 2-part favor.

#1 – You as R&F understand being usurped! Welcome to the plight of nearly all R&F frustrations: constantly seeing the conceding and losing of the Internationals and/or District Councils/Building Trades because thay have no plan past the failed Value on Display. So, these entities keep losing. They do what NYCBTC just did and concede and capitulate to get any hours they can! The senior leaders stay relevant only by a hair. They also keep their titles and checks flowing, which for them is NOT so irrelevant!

To you Brother & Sister R&F who think you helped secure this deal and believe that if not for your actions all may have been lost. Absolutely correct, and the other consequence was securing even more hard and real concessions off the backs of workers while senior leadership of the NYCBTC, management and the non-union jobs remain completely intact. Also, the history of management forever has been that the paper the deal (PLA) is struck on historically isn’t worth being in the porta john unless it is a CBA!

#2 – The organic R&F MOVEMENT that you all have developed is still completely alive should you chose to stay in the streets and guess what – it is unfettered by anything the union affiliates and/or management can do. Our Founding Fathers knew workers in the street trump all if it remains non-violent. They practiced the quote of Oliver Goldsmith who said, “you can preach a better sermon with your life, than with your lips”. You do not need permits, schedules, notification of a march, barricades etc., to talk workers on workers en masse. DO NOT ever tell either the union and/or management of the R&F plans do the degree possible. Never in a formal way such as letter, text, call, email. You do have to follow some laws/rules that will be applied at the time – and based on circumstances then. What you’ll come to understand is you control the outcome far more than you now know with the peaceful use of labor unrest and even some civil disobedience! Your actions will also become the tip of the sword for R&F activism more than with any group in the U.S. for decades! No drama in this statement even a bit! No organic R&F MOVEMENT in the U.S., and I think Canada, can put the number of members in the streets that you can. Our Founders would have your back and not those of the senior leadership of the NYCBTC, or even the International Presidents.

You had some officer(s) who did remain true to what was being done in the streets. You know who they are because they were purged (fired) by the affiliate/international unions even though they are elected.

If you have read this far then know that if you go back in the streets you are not only bettering workers lives – both union and non-union – but you are playing for all the marbles. What can derail the organic MOVEMENT is again letting anyone OTHER than yourselves deal with issues going forward.

“IF” the original organizers, the glue are still activist and have not been lured by the “good ole boys” club – all the better.

What will be lost is the name or brand that was organically created – cannot be used any longer. Call it a casualty of learning and adapting. This would be about legal stuff that could stop you before you even resurrect version 2 of a true R&F MOVEMENT! Don’t use the former name!!

Labor Rising has long attached to a quote Vernon Johns said prior to the advent of MLK:

“if you see a good fight – get in it”

Many individual and even affiliated unions have tried to restore that mantra to their respective organizations; however, only the NYC Rank & File have come this far with your numbers being sustained, along with valuable lessons learned!

This has ramifications far past NYC. Could this be the start of the Building Trades becoming a MOVEMENT again!?!

“NYC members have seen a good fight – will they continue it”

In Solidarity,

Brother Danny L Caliendo

Book#993321

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Dan, your class has given our local some much needed tools to utilize in the construction market. Its obvious that you have had proven success as an organizer.

This class is a must if we choose to rise to the top increasing Union density. I plan to continue any classes that you have to offer in the future.

Your the real Deal brother!
Thank You!

John Hutter
Organizer
IBEW Local 659
Oregon

John Schalagheck

…”It was refreshing to see that your class had a unique blend of high-tech and old school organizing techniques. I found each segment of the class interesting, engaging & thorough.

I enjoyed TechCombat and the chapter on how to develop compression charts. I was particularly impressed to learn how our Building Trades can act as a Construction Manager.

We have a high turn-over of union reps in the trades. Right-to-Work is now a reality in Indiana & Michigan, and we hear about it every day here in Ohio. We need every advantage we can get. I would recommend this class to every local union in every Building Trades Council”…

John Schalagheck
Executive Secretary
Northwestern Ohio Building Trades

The Blow Up Rat is Not Why We Are Losing Market Share!

Brother J.C. Turner’s white paper, entitled The Business Round Table and American Labor and written in 1979 (http://www.laborcombat.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/The-Business-Roundtable-and-American-Labor-2.pdf), provided the Building Trades with a road map of the motivation & strategy that the Business Roundtable was planning & implementing even back then – the total destruction of union construction.

LaborCombat’s research this past 5 years, in writing a book, has independently confirmed this ongoing destruction of the Building Trades led by the Business Round Table. The primary group of end users we deal with in construction are all represented by the Construction Users Round Table (CURT), which is part of the Business Round Table.

The Building Trades’ ongoing message of “Value” has not raised net market share in any environment, in any place, over time.

Consider the message of “Value” in the real world of construction through the perspective of the wingtip shoes of the open shop.

Skills – The open shop has access to all of our training materials for our apprenticeships & journeymen, from many sources. Why would you pay for this extensive training when you can access it for free? The Business Round Table (CURT), thru entities such as the Tea Party, RTW groups, AGC, Chamber of Commerce, Alec and others, has prevented much needed infrastructure from advancing for several years. Their strategy is to starve out the Building Trades and the American Labor Movement. Because of the lack of work in Heavy & Highway, and other public sector prevailing wage jobs; highly skilled building trade’s members have been forced to take their skills to the open shop.  And as technology and modularization rapidly advance the need for heavily skilled tradespersons declines.

Safety – Union contractors have to pay their fair share in workers’ compensation and fairly report accidents & incidents. Union contractors are at a huge disadvantage because the open shop absolutely abuses and/or ignores paying their fair share through misclassification, under-classification and 1099’s, just to mention a few. If they are caught, the penalties are no more than a cost of doing business in most cases. Enforcement doesn’t even rise to the level of a joke.

Politics & Legislation – A huge part of our problem is our over reliance on entities that have zero integrity and only go where the money & votes are. Organized labor’s job is to take on organized capital directly and not put it in the hands of whores – even if they are supposedly our whores for the moment. As long as we are knocking on the doors of politicians and organized capital, we are in an inferior position and will continue to complain about what we get & the process!

Concessions out of Fear & Weakness –Within the entire Building Trades market – low wages, under-par benefits & poor working conditions correlate with low market share 100% of the time!

Perception – The American public likes winners – period! They like and respect entities that show up for the fight and demand their rights. That is how we create the necessary environment for all parties to sit down and hammer out agreements – we call them CBAs in our world. We continuing to go “hat in hand” to “junk yard dogs” and wonder why we get bit – that is just not improving the lives of workers, union or not!  “if you see a good fight – get in it” This is shaping up to be the cage match of all time!

The Business Roundtable (CURT) is not buying the “Value” message. They send generation after generation of building trades leadership on never ending misdirected missions to create subterfuge to their clear and real agenda – the total destruction of union construction!

In Solidarity,

Danny L Caliendo

LaborCombat

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