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How Vision Can Help Your Local Union Grow

How Vision Can Help Your Local Union Grow
Note: This is my third post on how we should address the challenges facing the labor movement today. Click here to read Part I focusing on leadership development. Click here to read Part II focusing on communications. Make Vision Your First Priority So many of us get caught up in the...

Do Unions Have Trust Issues?

Do Unions Have Trust Issues?
Building trust between a union and an employer almost seems counter intuitive. The media is filled with stories documenting hostilities between organized labor and management with threats of strikes and boycotts and lots of back and forth posturing. They make great TV. I have negotiated hundreds of...

When the Earth Shakes, Prevailing Wage Becomes Law

When the Earth Shakes, Prevailing Wage Becomes Law
I’m a fan of prevailing wage. Prevailing wage sets a minimum hourly rate on public construction projects and can include standards for health and pension benefits. In my tenure as the Business Representative for IATSE Local 16, we expanded prevailing wage in San Francisco to include theatrical...

How My Brother’s Passing Changed My Life

How My Brother’s Passing Changed My Life
My life changed forever when my older brother John died. He was only 52, married, with two young children. John worked hard his entire adult life, most recently as a Business Agent for the Sprinkler Fitters Union. Growing up in a strong labor union family, John and I and our eldest brother Joe,...

How to Grow Your Union Membership

How to Grow Your Union Membership
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.  Benjamin Franklin Last week, I had the privilege of serving as a delegate to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees’ (IATSE) Quadrennial Convention in Boston, an opportunity I’ve enjoyed since 1988. As union membership in...