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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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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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Who has been Negotiating Your Union Contract?

The anti/non-union has! Now for over a decade I have watched the sheer frustration and downright anger of the Rank & File regarding the bargaining of a new contract. Many members think that our negotiating team is in the room with the union contractors, when in fact it is the increasing non-union market share that… Continue Reading

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Part 1 – How CURT would destroy the Building Trades –

Information gathering. The Construction Users Round Table (CURT) was established in 2000. As reasonable people in the Building Trades, we consider collaboration and marketing. In contrast, businesses focus on weakness, opportunities and information to be acquired, used and exploited for higher profits. At the root of CURT’s strategy is information gathering. Without this first-hand knowledge… Continue Reading

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80 – 20 Rule on CBA

Consistent with the 80 -20 Rule, being a member of a Building Trades union drives as much as 80% of your total package (wages, benefits & conditions) by being a union member. It is the collective and not the individual power that we wield as a connected union that demands a given package anywhere in… Continue Reading

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Construction Spending Up but so are the Threats –

As this link and many more show construction spending continues to rise. http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/02/construction-spending-rises-to-nearly-5-year-high/ The Dow and S&P are at record highs and so is the profits made by big construction so the work is there, however the Building Trades total “net” market share of available work continues to drop. Hundreds of millions of dollars spend… Continue Reading

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Dow Jones & S&P at Record Highs in 2013 –

U.S. stocks closed 2013 at record highs, with the S&P 500 posting its largest annual jump in 16 years and the Dow its biggest gain in 18, after positive reports on consumer confidence and housing boosted sentiment on the final trading day of the year. And yet the Building Trades are conceding to the large… Continue Reading

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