August 2016
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Also In This Issue Powering Down
Calif.'s last nuclear plant
to close read_more

Living by the Code
Las Vegas utility partnership fuels cooperation read_more

How to Win in Organizing
Persistence and a good message read_more

What's the NLRB?
Don't know? You should.
Here's why. read_more

High Visibility Plea
Del. local seeks
kidney for member read_more

Water, Rest, Shade
The key to a safe
summer outside read_more

North of 49°
B.C. Local Wins Contract on Province's Largest Hydro Dam Project read_more

Au nord du 49° parallèle
La section locale en Colombie-Britannique remporte le plus grand contrat de projet de barrages hydrologiques dans la province read_more





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Does Trump Build Union?

EDITOR'S NOTE: To assure members of the accuracy of the information included in this article, it contains endnotes. The rest of the information and quotes are from our interviews with IBEW leaders.

At the height of the real estate boom in 2005, Donald Trump announced a colossus would rise in central New Orleans. The 70-story Trump Tower would be the tallest building on the Gulf Coast outside of Houston and the highest point in the state of Louisiana.

The development ultimately failed. But before it did, New York City Local 3 Business Manager Chris Erikson hosted a meeting in Donald Trump's office to talk about the job. In Manhattan, Trump's home and the site of many of his developments, the building trades are strong and nearly every steel beam and electrical wire was put in place by union hands.

Former Local 3 business representative Austin McCann — who was the shop steward on the original Trump Tower — arranged the meeting with Trump, not for Erikson, but for New Orleans Local 130 Business Manager Robert "Tiger" Hammond.

"We were pitching Trump on using the same union in New Orleans that he has been using for decades in New York City," Hammond said. "I went with good intentions and thought we had an honest chance."

Trump, Erikson, McCann and Hammond met in the executive suite of the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, and Hammond made his pitch. Local 130 did all the work on Harrah's $1.6 billion casino on the waterfront and does every electrical job in the city over $1 million. He had a stack of letters from customers saying Local 130 did its work on time and on budget. Would Trump consider a project labor agreement?

Trump's response: Why me?

"He said 'There are 10 projects on that block. Why do I have to be union? Why are you picking on me?'" Hammond said.

Trump, Hammond said, thought unions only did 10 percent of jobs in New Orleans. read_more

  Local Lines

Officers Column Stephenson & Chilia:
Why We Endorsed Clinton read_more

TransitionsJoseph J. Penna read_more

CircuitsModesto Local Hears Call, Raises Flagpole Over Community Center;
Boston Local Hosts
First-Ever Trade
Conference for Girls;
Michigan Retirees Step Up to Miller Museum Challenge;
Eighth District RENEW Prepares for Election Season read_more

LettersElection 2016: The Debate read_more

In MemoriamJune 2016 read_more

Who We AreTrailblazer Still Opening Doors for Others read_more


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