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Tag Archives: Market Share

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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Brent Emons – Milwaukee BT – CCM – Hours –

Labor Rising readers meet Brother Brent. Brent is the creator and author of CCM (Complete Construction Manager), which was a Construction Manager exclusively owned by the Milwaukee Building Trades in the early 1990’s. In our next blog we’ll provide more detail on his bio, as well as how valuable these concepts are to address the… Continue Reading

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The Reality of the Carpenters and the Building Trades Today –

Labor Rising got sidetracked from our goal of producing solutions in these next successive blogs; however, with all the responses from all the trades we wanted to respond to those who commented. The Labor Rising blog of 2 weeks ago, titled Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight, elicited many reactions – far more than we… Continue Reading

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The Building Trades Have Been Losing for a Long Time –

50 Years of Shrinking Union Membership, In One Map https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/02/23/385843576/50-years-of-shrinking-union-membership-in-one-map The Building Trades have collapsed disproportionately during this period as compared to public sector unions – steady and consistent loss of market share irrespective of the economy and political administrations “NET” over decades! Robert Georgine, who was the Building Trades President from 1974 – 2000,… Continue Reading

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Trades Founders Must be Turning Over in Their Graves –

Under the premise that we must “organize or die,” our Building Trades unions have invested heavily for the last 30 years in the following efforts (note that I am not calling these initiatives strategies, because they have proven that they are not): Market as a brand Sell a product, placing control of the Building Trades’… Continue Reading

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Uncertainty in Construction –

Why we can’t win without it, and what it is. It is also why we as tradespersons at the senior leadership level down to executive board members need to learn the discipline of ZIPPING IT! Think of a political campaign, a military operation, a corporation business plan – a union Building Trades marketing/organizing campaign? What… Continue Reading

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4 Reasons Why the Building Trades Need to Zip It –

At some point in time the new International President’s, Building Trades leaders and local leaders of unions need to see the correlation that has existed for nearly 2 decades. That correlation is simply stated – the more we as the Building Trades engage the end-users, developers, construction managers and general contractors; the more market share… Continue Reading

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Winning in the Crafts Looks Like This –

It is asked all the time – what is the difference between Labor Rising/Labor Combat and the training currently being offered by the trades? The difference is like night and day. Here is one of several differences. What is stunning is what isn’t taught to organizers and market reps in the classes now taught for… Continue Reading

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What does Disney and the Building Trades have in Common?

Both entities are training their replacements! Disney is overtly enforcing contracts employees signed stating that the employees have to train their replacements. With the use of H-1B visas, (Visas for technology) Disney is looking to erode the minimum workers’ rights at their properties; have forced, under the terms of the contract, that current employees train… Continue Reading

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Building Trades Senior Leadership Keep Lowering the Bar –

During the 2016 Keynote address, Brother Mc Garvey set a “Low Bar” for market share that is being echoed by some of the respective trades IP’s. “We are on a continued upward growth trajectory… that has remained fairly consistent since the onslaught of the economic catastrophe of 2008. Today, all across the board… our workhours… Continue Reading

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