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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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Union Organizing & 4th and Goal –

With 248 Organizers/Agents attending @LaborCombat so far, most Organizers have described a feeling of getting very close to getting a CBA signed – but falling just short of that very important goal. Many have used the analogy of being in a position of a 4th & goal. Because so many organizers from so many organizations… Continue Reading

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Union Organizing & Arrogance –

Pride in one’s self, their organization & abilities as a leader is absolutely essential to the success as a leader, leading an organization. Pride allows for genuine participation of all members in the union and their value is appreciated and acted upon. Ego in one’s self, their organization & abilities as a leader is a… Continue Reading

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Union Organizing & Follow the Money –

The theatre of making President Obama the republican’s piñata is just that – it defines in public a perception of a Republican agenda.  It is subterfuge to their real agenda. Rhetoric and political theatre masks a very real high stakes poker game of power and greed playing out behind the curtain. Karl Rove’s masterful use… Continue Reading

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Union Organizing & Open Posting to the Building Trades General Presidents –

Dear General Presidents; This is the continuing research by LaborCombat of approximately 483 connected union individuals and groups. It appears that the major end-users are, among other goals, looking to dramatically reduce labor costs in order to increase their profits. They are working to strategically capture the skills, for pennies on the dollar, of a… Continue Reading

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Union Organizing and The Business Roundtable and American Labor

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… Continue Reading

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Union Organizing and the New Reality –

The loss of jobs in construction may very well be the new reality. The loss of jobs will be permanent for both union & non-union and is due to ongoing technology in construction delivery and will also accelerate as modularization advances. Why there is a lack of hard discussion about jobs at the national and… Continue Reading

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Union Organizing & Initiative

It is important that we remember the word initiative to the extent that when initiative is reduced in the Building Trades, our progress as a union will be slowed. The “status quo” & politics is the killer of initiative in the building trades and has now been prevalent for almost 3 decades. Conversely, if we… Continue Reading

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