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The IP’s Don’t Have the Courage to be a Labor Movement –

The IP’s Don’t Have the Courage to be a Labor Movement –

Samuel Gompers, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Rosa Parks, Lady in White, A. Philip Randolph, Frances Perkins, John L. Lewis, Cesar Chavez, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams, Florence Kelley, et al. MOVEMENT – something you are a part of that you may never see the benefits of! It is greater than you! Now look at these names of our General Presidents below – do you see any of them that rise to the level of MOVEMENT caliper, and in line with those “LEADERS” listed above!! James P. “Bud” McCourt, Newton Jones, James Boland, Lonnie Stephenson, James P. Hoffa, Frank Christensen, Eric Dean, Daniel E. Stepano, Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, Kinsey Robinson, Joseph Sellers, Jr., Mark McManus, Terry O’Sullivan and James T. Callahan; along with their point man Sean Mc Garvey preside over a totally failed culture of Value on Display! A business model of selling! Most of the… Continue Reading

12 Reasons Why IBEW IP Stephenson et al are Going in the Wrong Direction in Advancing the Trades Thru Membership Development as a Primary Strategy –

12 Reasons Why IBEW IP Stephenson et al are Going in the Wrong Direction in Advancing the Trades Thru Membership Development as a Primary Strategy –

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Huerta 12 Reasons Why IBEW IP Stephenson et al are Going in the Wrong Direction in Advancing the Trades Thru Membership Development as a Primary Strategy – In the IBEW Hour Power International President’s Message: A Pew Research study was cited, here is the link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxAgYY7ZN7U&feature=youtu.be while optimistic about the favorability of a “UNION” – The Pew study was both corporate and union favorability. Here is the correct title: Most Americans see labor unions, corporations favorably – Listed below is what will take all the wind out of the sails of big membership increases using a Strategy of Membership Development as a go too strategy! Unions in the research was NOT defined. Most of the responders would think of teachers, public sector, industrial, nurses, etc. Here is a link to an overview of the research which is well rounded and unbiased written by Shiva Maniam, he is a former research… Continue Reading

True Union Organizing & The Dow @ 26,000 –

True Union Organizing & The Dow @ 26,000 –

The strong correlation between the rich getting richer and the decline of Organized Labor has been evident across all sectors for the past 30 plus years. In our capitalist society, the balance between labor, management and government is needed to ensure that all have a seat at the table. Management serves a mindless piece of paper called a corporate charter whose religion is profits – pure and simple. Government regulations and taxes are needed and the debate about the form and reach of those regulations and taxes is healthy. However, government oversight, once agreed to, is tantamount to a door locked to keep an honest person honest. Money interests buy every loophole! One of the critical components of a free capitalistic society is organized labor. But, Organized Labor, and especially the Building Trades, have been an oxymoron for the better part of 35 years. In the Trades, it is clear… Continue Reading

Buckle Up Building Trades on Labor Day –

Buckle Up Building Trades on Labor Day –

Every number measurable in every area of the Building Trades has absolutely demonstrated Value on Display to be a huge failure for Building Trades Members, which are rapidly being replaced by employees via recruitment! Who has embraced and benefited from Value on Display are all International Officers and appointees (good ole boys) and construction management which BTW are breaking new record levels of profit. For 30 years the wages of workers vs the wages for leadership and construction company’s profits have gone in the opposite directions. Building Trades members disappearing from the ranks to be replaced by employees of a temp agency! Wages, benefits, conditions and hours disappearing in massive numbers along with the membership rank. All to be COMPETITIVE with non-union wages and conditions. The real reason for the “Race to the Bottom.” Our Founders on this Labor Day would have nothing to do with the leadership of today,… Continue Reading

McGarvey and the IPs with a Nowhere to go Strategy –

McGarvey and the IPs with a Nowhere to go Strategy –

Soon after the inauguration leaders of the Building Trades, led by Sean McGarvey, met with President Trump. The video of the leaders’ effusive phase of the Trump meeting will be in scripted on the tombstone of the Trades. “We have a common bond with the President. We come from the same industry. He understands the value of driving development, moving people to the middle class.” In the video, McGarvey describes the meeting with Trump as probably the most incredible of our careers.  https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=video+of+sean+mcgarvey+after+meeting+with+president+trump#id=1&vid=6c3a5387eae46e44587ca0049475ea04&action=click The Trade Unions seem incapable of understanding that Trump is not our friend – and even “IF” he was/is – what does that say about who we are? Jobs at any cost? Of course, JOBS AT ANY COST! The current International Presidents and McGarvey, along with the leadership of the trades for the last 30 years, have created the perfect storm of incompetence across the board. They… Continue Reading

6 Reasons Why Internationals Presidents Want to be Organizations and not Movements –

6 Reasons Why Internationals Presidents Want to be Organizations and not Movements –

See who the women in the picture is at the end of the blog – Controlling employees is much easier than controlling members. Employees do what they are told, have a job, and think about themselves. A member belongs to a Movement that lifts the standards for all workers. They don’t have a job, they have a passion to balance the needs of capital and the needs of family and community. The trades leadership is jettisoning members asap and replacing them with recruited workers who keep their mouth shut. Leading a “MOVEMENT’ is flat out hard work to the IP’s of the last 30 years, especially when you can be an employment agency. Their checks and benefits are still the same – so why work hard?   Yes, men and women. In organizations, the mission defines “what we do”, which in the Trades case is Value on Display. Value on… Continue Reading

Lesson’s Not Learned by New Crop of International Presidents –

Lesson’s Not Learned by New Crop of International Presidents –

A return of “bottom-up” organizing is now underway by a few trades. Blitzes of workers and select market contractors in several states. What it is – is a recruitment blitz, under the guise of organizing. There may be a few traditional bottom-up campaigns that develop and file for NLRB elections. We’ll see. It is mobilization of Organizers, Agents and staff along with hundreds of thousands/millions of dollars of membership money, already spent, to recruit non-union workers. With RETENTION rates at or under a 1:1 ratio the trades are sucking wind for people. Between retirement of union workers and reverse recruitment of trained union workers by the non-union’s head hunters, along with work in most local markets now non-union, the trades simply are getting their asses kicked. At the heart of this butt kicking are the International Presidents without a game plan. The IPs are sending troops out to RECRUIT enough… Continue Reading

Work to the Rule for R&F – and – Follow the Money IP’s & Management –

Work to the Rule for R&F – and – Follow the Money IP’s & Management –

Many great hands that understand this – think of Work to the Rule in Collective Bargaining terms. They are smart to do so. Under Collective Bargaining, much of it, would NOT be “PROTECTED ACTIVITY” under more traditional work to the rule campaigns. Google this term. An education of the Rank & File is underway and foundational to changing our trades back into a MOVEMENT! DO NOT try to enforce the CBA and/or grievances terms and procedures under a “WORK TO THE RULE” campaigns until we have much better understanding of these terms and the tactics needed to win because the R&F have no one covering their back! So, let’s follow the money and understand what work to the rule in this blog means. Right now, and for the last 5 plus decades our Senior International leadership has managed to lose Labor/Management cases/deals/negotiations most of the time. Even when locals/DC’s have… Continue Reading

Work to the Rule –

Work to the Rule –

This is for those members and agents feed up with being dismissed in most if not all decisions regarding their very own futures, and that of their families and union! As such, this is not for the politicians in the R&F. It is for sober tradespersons to pursue and enforce on the job. It is not for piss-ant journeypersons with an axe to grind at a personal level with someone in leadership, be it union and/or management. Journeypersons who otherwise don’t like each other need to set aside those differences for a time to reestablish a lost MOVEMENT! This is for jobs where the membership has been sold out in every way. Dictated to by the International as to what wages, benefits and conditions will be. Create a workers Safety Committee on the site and educate on the exact rules. DON’T NEGOIATE! Don’t fall for the seat at the table… Continue Reading

The Business Roundtable  and  American Labor –

The Business Roundtable and American Labor –

The Business Roundtable   and   American Labor                                             By J.C. Turner, General President International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO   May 1979       Today I would like to try to do some plain talking about what’s happening to labor unions in this country.  And particularly I want to look at what is happening to construction unions and our members. The building trades unions are experiencing a multi-faceted attack which is coming from at least four directions:  first, we are seeing the erosion of local bargaining patterns and practices which have existed and worked well for years; second, we are seeing a wedge being driven between union contractors and the building trades unions by the burgeoning open shop movement; third, we are seeing business financing for court… Continue Reading

 


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