Labor Rising Logo
Call (630) 373-0774
danny@LaborRising.com

Labor Rising focuses on 4 areas of training
using state of the art techniques in:

labor-buttons-_01 labor-buttons-_02 labor-buttons-_03 labor-buttons-_04

About

Opposition-Research-Button   testimonials-Button

We have developed an integrated program designed to help you identify, understand, and grow your market. We are bringing state of the art technological and business solutions to bear in order to help ensure a future that has a middle class, safe jobs, and living wages.

Recent Blog Posts

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

May Day – International Workers’ Day –

May Day – International Workers’ Day –

For those who post/see the picture attached to this blog of what Labor has done should understand: Labor and more specifically the Trades hasn’t advanced the interest of workers for decades. That we have coasted on the shoulders of giants. That bad ass shirts and stickers can’t do a damn thing to advance workers. That the trades specifically prohibited any form of communist from membership in the trades in there early years. Go read your Constitution – it is right up front! That communist to this day hate unions. When I was the moderator for the re-dedication of the Haymarket Monument several years ago – Anarchist showed up to disrupt the re-dedication – they soon learned that unions would not tolerate that. My apprentices for over a decade took care of the Haymarket Monument; and that of approx. 30 other labor leaders in the “outlaw” cemetery called Waldheim Jewish Cemetery… Continue Reading

4 Reasons Mc Garvey & Trump are Made for Each Other –

4 Reasons Mc Garvey & Trump are Made for Each Other –

Both use workers to advance issues for themselves! Both exploit workers in the name of business! McGarvey – concessions and business friendly International and Building Trades Agreements on behalf of the BT’s; Trump – demonstrated history of not paying workers and contractors. Both fancy themselves as world class negotiators, just ask them! Both have a habit of saying everything is/will be great, especially the trades when there aren’t any numbers to support that statement.   Both like to use Alternative Facts. McGarvey and the Board of IP’s insist Value on Display has been a winning strategy. EVERY number, in every economic situation, over the entire tenure of VOD, in context & NET, demonstrates in absolute numbers that it is a loser! Similarly, Trump can take demonstrable facts and hard numbers and create an alternative set of facts to fit the narrative.   Both run meetings with a heavy hand! Trump… Continue Reading

Good Morning and Welcome to the Legislative Conference –

Good Morning and Welcome to the Legislative Conference –

The North American Building Trades Conference CAN BE a very good event for the trades “IF” it changes with the circumstances and reflects that in action. Something we are not too good at so far! This year’s conference is unlike previous years’ in that the future for unionized construction is no longer business as usual. Some senior level leaders have been correct in stating that the trades may be facing “extinction level” events in the very near term. If “anyone” can predict what Trump and this Congress will do – you’re guessing, period! And the BS wisdom out there is having a seat at the table. There isn’t a table. Every current scenario has the trades getting kicked in the teeth. Which BTW includes Trump looking for D’s support. Hell, the D’s have the lowest approval rating of all parties in DC. Looking at the agenda for this year’s Legislative… Continue Reading

Alternative Facts of the Building Trades President Sean Mc Garvey –

Alternative Facts of the Building Trades President Sean Mc Garvey –

Alternate Facts to the max, the Building Trades Sean McGarvey released the statement below. This isn’t “spin” – it is rearranging “FACTS” in a manner to deceive. What is pathetic – is not the Trades BS SPIN, it is that members just accept it. Good ole boy wannabees and mostly men that just go along to get along. February 7, 2017 FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE Contact: Tom Owens 202-756-4623 towens@buildingtrades.org   Union Construction Continues to Expand – And That’s No Accident WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was released today by North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) in response to the recent release by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics of its annual report on union labor membership and market density: “The recent release by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reaffirms the fact that the union construction sector continues on an upward growth trajectory for membership and market share.  Construction unions… Continue Reading

A Response to GP Dean of the Ironworkers and Unfunded Pensions –

A Response to GP Dean of the Ironworkers and Unfunded Pensions –

Here is a link to the recent President’s Page by Eric Dean, General President of the Ironworkers, so you can see what was written and compare it to what may be said in our own trades case. Most of the trades GPs may find themselves in a position to write this type of letter to both Locals and their own respective entire U.S. membership. Only the International Union of Elevator Constructors are pretty much exempt from our comments, mostly because their current IP ceased control of their International years ago, to change the course of the underfunded and insolvent pension. https://1drv.ms/b/s!AmKOi71GyLcgvwu9aIwUFbflwpb1 One of the highlights or lowlights on the Presidents Page is that “Pension obligations are a promise – one that our union intends to keep – to everyone who has worked to earn credit in the plan, retired or not.” Are the IW’s or any of the Internationals going… Continue Reading

 


Our Opposition Research Training video series is live!