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Our Own Tammany Hall – But all Trades Internationals Have a William “Boss” Tweed at the Helm –

The electricians shuffle. Fresh out of convention the current International President has resigned, and an appointment will fill the remainder of his presidency starting January 4th, 2023, with their small cabal of insiders exclusively dictating who that is. All trades, by and large, have done this. The rank & file seldom gets a vote. Before… Continue Reading

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Biden & the Railway Workers – Nothing Our International Presidents Haven’t Done to Us for 50 Years –

  Which, by the way, is giving the management alliance bosses what they want! In fact, the numbers over the last five decades demonstrate that our senior officers have perfected being “toadies” to the “bosses”. Consider – How much has the price of a dollar increased since 1975? The dollar had an average inflation rate of 3.70%… Continue Reading

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My Pension is “GREEN” – You are an Idiot Labor Rising. Well Let’s See –

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPP) created the zone statuses of red, yellow & green. The Act helped define funding levels of multiemployer pensions among making many other substantive changes! Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 expanded zone status to fine tune options for funds in trouble, giving them the ability to potentially cut… Continue Reading

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So, The Rank & File Thinks They Have a Pension Thru 2051?

At Labor Rising we deal with measurable facts in the full light of day! We have written 4 versions of this blog with the longest being 3,983 words, this is number 5. The issue of multiemployer pension underfunding and pension failures is setting up average R&F members for a very real financial haymaker! The American… Continue Reading

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Work to Rule Regarding Safety on PLA’s is NOT…

a strike(s), sympathy strike(s), work stoppages, picketing, slowdowns, interference with the work or other disruptive activity by the Trades on a PLA job. This is what is being told to union building trades members throughout the U.S. by officers of the respective Internationals where Work to Rule is unfolding on PLA’s, and even a couple… Continue Reading

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Workers Own the Job – Work to Rule

Not management – not the senior trades leaders – we, the workers, do! Consider: Measurable market share over the past 50 years has continuously declined “NET” across the trades. Density of trades workers vs. non-union workers is worse than market share and is the better measure for senior leadership’s failures over the same 50 years…. Continue Reading

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WWOFD – What Would our Founders do?

Many of the founding fathers were not looking for trouble. An example is Archibald Barnes, 1888 First General President of the Tin-Knockers. Brother Barnes wanted the tin-knockers to be recognized as a valuable partner within the industry and with employers. Sound familiar? However, employers believed to their core that capital and labor had “nothing to… Continue Reading

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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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