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Specific Strategies & Tactics for the Building Trades to Win – Part 1 –

For those in the trades who feel the trades are marked for death in our lifetimes – you are right “IF” we continue with the tool of Value on Display. That is correct, VOD is a tool – nothing more. So, it begs the question of what the trades’ master strategy and tactics are, which… Continue Reading

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Riddle me this IP’s – Why do You Call Them Market Development Reps??

Be it military, business, politics, sports, construction et al – success always starts with a written plan. Not a Mission Statement – detailed, specific written plan. Here is a link to the Labor Rising integrated strategies. https://1drv.ms/w/s!AmKOi71GyLcgkRDGsNrLWiSeduGk This Blog will cover Bullet points 3, 4, 5 of the Strategic Organizing Outline above. This section of… 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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Buckle Up Building Trades –

President Obama was elected because he created a wave of optimism and hope for America in 2008. His top priority was getting America back to work ASAP after the crash of the stock market in the 4th quarter of 2008. He spoke of this more often than even getting the ACA/Obama Care legislation passed. He… Continue Reading

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4 ½% and Value on Display –

This is a very solid number and represents what 20 plus years of Value on Display has provided in return as the primary strategy of the Building Trades. Currently most valid and credible sources place the total market share of the Building Trades @ approximately 12% maximum nationally. As you do your own research into… Continue Reading

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Culture Eats Strategy – Unless it Rolls Over

The Culture we live in as members of unions needs to be changed – if by change we mean grow a back-bone and spine and defend all workers, then I’m right there with you. If by change we mean quit accepting the crumbs big business will let us have when it is in their “interest”… Continue Reading

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Here we go again – Stripping!

Stripping has always been involved in organizing! However starting with the construction downturn in the late 80’s, it has evolved into being used as a means to an end or strategy. Stripping is an activity that has helped produced a negative long term improvement in union construction market share. We get the worker and leave… Continue Reading

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A partial posting of a real discussion in class of a developed strategy built to win!

When the Building Trades can apply these bullet points listed below to their market chart (example below is a real building trades union market dealt with in class, 1016 total contractors in the jurisdiction) then and only then can we raise our numbers! 1. Create separation of recognitional intent & understand credibility at the NLRB… Continue Reading

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