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Tag Archives: Organizing

Remove “THE” From Work to the Rule and You Have Work to Rule –

Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument – “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.” Labor Rising has many legit organizers and historians in our rank & file. I got beat on as the author of the last blog and appropriately so. One organizer who we work with… Continue Reading

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Work to the Rule in Safety – Only Safety –

Work to the Rule brothers’ and sisters’ with regard to safety only! We’re not advocating a wildcat strike whatsoever. Doing so doesn’t come under the NLRB and isn’t in our PLAs or constitutions. We are referring to safety, pure and simple, following the safety measures that we are held up to the letter – not… Continue Reading

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The Building Trades “Our Movement – Our Moment” Convention Anthem: Yet Another BS Slogan?

Since Georgine in the 70’s right through to this year’s conference, we hear hollow slogans crafted for the masses. If the slogan was indicative of a strategy, it would be backed up with structure. We challenge you to go to NABTU website or anywhere and find structured strategy to back up “Our Movement – Our… Continue Reading

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Brother Chris Smalls – Organizer for Amazon Labor Union  

What a contrast to the Building Trades’ 60 year losing streak of market share. Brother Smalls is an organizer who was left to act on his passion and learned how to channel it. He witnessed and acted on an injustice to fellow workers consistent with what the Founder of the trades witnessed. He took concerted… 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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Organizer or Fraud –

Before we get into Labor Rising’s Part 3 discussion about the trades’ multi-decade losing streak & how to change it, I will respond to the numerous requests I’ve received through the years to provide some accounts of my direct organizing experiences and campaigns – some good campaigns and some not so good. Here is a… Continue Reading

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The Passion of a Labor Movement Replaced by a Business Union Model In the Trades –

What drives a MOVEMENT defines its success. For many centuries, that very purpose and passion has been reflected in working people’s songs. In times of strife and secured justice in the workplace, the music has provided the anthem that advanced a MOVEMENT! Where can we find the songs of the trades? Thankfully, labor writers like… Continue Reading

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The International Presidents of the Trades Have Given Themselves Up – Labor Leaders They Are Not – Not For a Long Time!

Labor Rising did not forget about part 3 on how the trades can quit losing market share & become a MOVEMENT again! However, we have been very busy these last few months with unions and Building Trades Councils around the U.S. Those leaders may take flack for working with Labor Rising, but they know the… 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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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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