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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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The Business Roundtable and American Labor

By J. C. Turner, General President International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO  May 1979 Today I would like to try to do some plain talking about what’s happening to labor unions in this country.  And particularly I want to look at what is happening to construction unions and our members. The building trades unions are… 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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Value on Display Ironies

@LaborCombat/#TechCombat is a strategy to fight for what is ours – our jobs! If any strategy or combinations of strategies and tools currently worked, we would know it by now. Strip away all the rhetoric, egos, spinning of facts and BS, and the numbers speak for themselves. Market share continues to drop across the board…. Continue Reading

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Union Organizing and the Titanic

No different than the fact that moving the deck chairs around on the Titanic would have not prevented her from sinking, is the likelihood that the current strategies the Building Trades unions have been using –  going to increase market share in this environment. Even when the Captain of the Titanic had the cold North… Continue Reading

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