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Workers Own the Job – Work to Rule

Not management – not the senior trades leaders – we, the workers, do! Consider: Measurable market share over the past 50 years has continuously declined “NET” across the trades. Density of trades workers vs. non-union workers is worse than market share and is the better measure for senior leadership’s failures over the same 50 years…. Continue Reading

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Meanwhile on the Non-Union Side of Work to Rule –

Those who have taken the Labor Rising Foundations course on organizing know that we have a solid foothold with 17 non-union Facebook Groups. Combined “members” of these 17 groups total approximately 235,000. Part of an organizers mission! Those non-union group members interact to a high degree with our posts. They have followed the posts regarding… Continue Reading

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The Anniversary of The Crossing of the Pettus Bridge and Part 3 for Building Trades Members: Winning in the Trades

Before reading on, I strongly suggest you use the link below to listen to One More Bridge to Cross, a song composed by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band.  The song commemorates this week’s anniversary of the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge: https://soundcloud.com/hillipsand/one-more-bridge-to-cross?fbclid=IwAR2uus1smN5CLXS_pBut9W2kgAMBw0FTJ4Iyzwka8GshXtWQaSwTHDvnqr8 What happened on that now historic bridge is… Continue Reading

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Change is a Six-Letter Word that Evokes Self-Doubt in our International Presidents –

Thankfully, that was not the case for Brother Brent Emons. Throughout his career as an Ironworker BM/Agent for Local 8, he consistently demonstrated willingness to change as needed. He put in place strategies & solutions that worked and made his trade, and other trades, viable in the Milwaukee area and all-around Wisconsin. Oftentimes he maneuvered… Continue Reading

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55 Belair Coupe (construction today) & 2021 C8 ZO6 (construction in the OS2 era) –

Yes, Brothers & Sisters – that dramatic of a change is here with OS2 (operating system 2)! It will not be 60 years from now. OS2 is being implemented now and will be mainstream by the middle of this decade for most construction companies and for a couple of sectors – end of this decade…. Continue Reading

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Labor Secretary Marty Walsh & Prairie Dog OS2 –

Brother Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, just could not be a better pick for Labor Secretary! I like Bernie, but Walsh is better. I really like Sara Nelson, but Walsh is better – especially for the trades. Here we have to use the word BUT: But the trades are in for a transformation of the… Continue Reading

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OS2 & The Building Trades – The Final Nail In the Coffin – A Primer –

OS2 is Operating System 2, which is the first true wholesale change for North American top tier construction users and construction management regarding bidding & securing those bids along with operations. CURT (Construction Users Roundtable) and CII (Construction Industry Institute) have formed Prairie Dog. Prairie Dog’s mission is to implement OS2 for all construction related… Continue Reading

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Consolidation Contraction & Roll-ups – Organizing Part 9 –

As we all know, Value on Display (VOD) as a strategy to improve market share has proven to be a disaster. Every number that can be measured over decades clearly indicates this. VOD has several major weaknesses. Let’s discuss one of the major ones. Consolidation, contraction & roll-ups of companies and contractors. For the last… Continue Reading

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The Infamous “They” the Building Trades Presidents Bow Down Too – Organizing Part 7 –

The Infamous “They” the Building Trades Presidents Bow Down Too – Organizing Part 7 –

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Building Trades Members, their Skills & Contractors are Being Transferred by Design to the Non-Union

The anti/non- union would need a plan to do this – right?  Below we offer excerpts from our years of on-going research that validate the statement above. Value on Display has opened the flood-gates to the developed strategy listed next to each bullet point below by the non/anti-union. Why? Because the trades WILL NOT impose… Continue Reading

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