Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
On June 10th in a blog post entitled “The End of Journey?” I alerted readers about rumors of Journey Electrical Technologies, Inc. having financial troubles. Contacts at wholesale houses said large sums of money were allegedly owed suppliers so future deliveries would only be made C.O.D. I spoke to the workers on the job sites. For the most part the workers seemed unconcerned, which didn’t surprise me. I’ve seen this happen before. The workers are always the last to know. They said, “That’s old news” and “our foreman says everything is fine”.
Bounced checks were just “accounting errors”.
Trailers recalled to the shop meant “they’re making repairs”.
Lack of material just meant “everyone has to make due”, etc……
Well apparently everything wasn’t “fine”. Industry insiders say that as many as 200 employees were told Friday that they no longer have a job with Journey.
Remember- you heard it here first.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
On Monday Gene Morrill from the National Labor College gave a great presentation on communicating with unrepresented workers. Organizers were challenged to approach Gene on stage posing as an unrepresented worker and try to persuade him to accept a better life for himself.
On Tuesday my favorite training session was the Developing New Contractors session by Matt Kolbinsky president of Pro Union Consulting, Inc. His company trains union members to become successful union contractors. To date Pro Union Consulting is credited with creating 50 new construction contractors and has set a goal of creating 1000 within 10 years. I have no doubt that this number will be far exceeded.
On Wednesday motivational speaker Gary Zelesky took the stage and challenged everyone to say YES to their passion. If you’ve ever seen Gary, you know just how funny he can be. I purchased his new book when I got home. The book is entitled “The Passion Centered Professional- How to Go from Having Just a Career to Having a Life”. It’s not even out yet and I have no doubt it’s going to be great! I recommend everyone pre-order a copy at his website.
Overall the conference was great! The sound system was amazing. The training sessions were informative and the mood was upbeat.
Monday, October 1, 2007
I've been meaning to do it for awhile now; join the Sierra Club that is. I finally went ahead and did it. For the last 6 months or so I've been participating in Apollo Alliance meetings and providing input on how to promote green union jobs and support the creation of a green career ladder. We're making progress. So it just makes sense that I would become a member of the Sierra Club. It's a great organization. Have you been putting it off and waiting for someone to invite you to make the move? Consider this an invitation.