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International President Eric Dean’s Vancouver Ironworkers Sign Exclusive Agreement with CLAC –

International President Eric Dean’s Vancouver Ironworkers Sign Exclusive Agreement with CLAC –

Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) is a “BS” phony union working throughout Canada and increasingly in the U.S. It is the Canadian equivalent to our anti-union ABC contractors on steroids! CLAC always undermines free and independent trade unionism wherever it is found. Its entire existence is to feed off Building Trades unions and sign BT contractors to a CLAC “union” – void of any representation and democratic principles for its members. It openly transfers/recruits Building Trades members for membership, once a former Building Trades contractor signs with CLAC. Here is a link to the Agreement made between Ironworkers Local 97, Vancouver, with the full approval of the Business Manager, Director of Canadian Affairs and International President Eric Dean! Link to IW 97 & CLAC Agreement: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AmKOi71GyLcgxgrs0LkvYFAx73XB This is the new lowest bar to date for The North America Building Trades unions. International President Dean has demonstrated that his administration… 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

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

 


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