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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

Why Won’t McGarvey Throw a Change Up –

Why Won’t McGarvey Throw a Change Up –

What’s up with this? Is he afraid? Is he controlled by the management side of construction? Does he lack the ability to read the times and situation? For most of the readers, you understand that when Labor Rising asks these questions; that this and other questions are not only pointed towards the President of the National Building Trades Sean McGarvey, but also the trades respective IP’s. (International Presidents) Change up – what kind of Change-up? Is it the kind in baseball? Which BTW the pitchers needed to develop, to maintain parity with the hitters or perhaps die! One heck of an irony. Here is a good link for baseball fans and fans of the Building Trades (your jobs) on why Sean better develop one NOW – or the IP’s need to go out and find us a leader that can. https://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/2011/03/06/changeup_is_key_to_the_art_of_modernday_pitching.html The Change-up for the trades is in becoming “THE”… Continue Reading

Private Sector/Building Trades Unions Lose 240,000 Jobs in 2016 –

Private Sector/Building Trades Unions Lose 240,000 Jobs in 2016 –

Private sector/Building Trades jobs went down to 10.7% from 11.1% in 2016, per Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 240,000 good paying jobs! A big chuck where retirees, however many where early retirees due to lack of work. Some of the jobs where erased due to technology in construction delivery and modularization; and the trades did not pick up a corresponding percentage of non-union jobs. However, recruitment of union workers in the trades, now in its 4th year was what makes this number so large. What makes this even worse is that construction spending in 2015 and 2016 were at record levels, with 2017 on pace to make it a trifecta! So, while we in the trades bring in helpers, quasi-trainees, apprentices and some unorganized – the non-union recruits vetted and top experienced hands. Not only do they get the hands, they get their network of co-workers and the union clients… Continue Reading

 


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