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The Building Trades on a Razor’s Edge –

The previous Blog entitled Building Trades Members, their Skills & Contractors are Being Transferred to the Non-Union – outlines the very real activities the non/anti-union entities are undertaking to diminish and/or eliminate the Building Trades. Our own strategies are being used against us – very smart on the business side of construction – not so… Continue Reading

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Building Trades Members, their Skills & Contractors are Being Transferred 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 this statement. Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) and their surrogates would need to: Have a primary starting point along with a structure and strategic plan. Labor Law Study Group started in 1965…. Continue Reading

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Grass Roots Activists – Alive and Growing Everywhere but in the Building Trades –

Even the AFL-CIO which is “Lobbing from the Cheap Seats” is growing active again. However the AFL-CIO may have taken a premature victory lap regarding passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, (TPP). The AFL-CIO has approx. 40 million for political activities and lobbing which limits the sophistication needed in these campaigns.  http://labor-unions.findthecompany.com/l/3/American-Federation-of-Labor-And-Congress-of-Industrial-Organzation Compare that with just… Continue Reading

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Building Trades – Painted into a Corner –

    For over 2 decades I have watched the sheer frustration and downright anger of the Rank & File regarding the bargaining of a new contract and loss of job opportunities, due to declining market share. Many members think that our negotiating team is in the room with the union contractors, when in fact… Continue Reading

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Union Owned and Operated Construction Management Company –

  A brief history, Approx. 25 years ago the Milwaukee Building Trades Council put into place a Construction Management Company called CCM (Complete Construction Management) It was designed by Brother Brent Emons to combat the construction managers cost/profit as it relates to the total cost of construction. This is the very definition of BOLD, game… Continue Reading

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The War Within –

Strip away all the talk of the Building Trades Leadership and let’s get to the numbers! This website is Find the Company – reliable info entirely from unions own federally required documents, without any bias either for or against unions. Just comparisons to other unions, started in 1970. http://labor-unions.findthecompany.com/ Scroll down to your International. At… Continue Reading

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Are Most of the Building Trades Market Share Losses Self Inflicted?

Here is the abbreviated history of that statement. In 1973 the US was hit with the Oil Embargo which started in October of 1973. Construction came to a complete stand still for several years and paralleled very strongly the shutdown of construction following the 2008, 4th quarter meltdown and subsequent major recession. According to the… Continue Reading

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“OUR” Labor Rising program is now 3 years old this May –

It is “our” program because it has taken the energy of the Field Organizers along with their initiatives to build this 21st century model of market development. A couple more milestones have been hit this past week with just over 600 total participants going thru the Labor Rising training and hitting over 5,900 Likes on… Continue Reading

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The Real Building Trades Numbers –

IBEW 658,812 members in 2014 – down from 740,869 in 2002 Laborers 557,999 members in 2013 – down from 795,335 in 2002 Operating Engineers 379,597 in 2013 – down from 388,526 in 2002 UA 329,954 in 2014 – up from 324,349 in 2002 NOTE: The UA is the union with the highest attendance in 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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