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“I think that anyone who attended this conference would have to admit that very honest, and straightforward labor-management dialogue was the driving theme of the conference… And in times such as these, that is exactly what people are looking for in their leaders. What the Ironworkers have clearly set forth is that “activities” should not be mistaken for “results”. The more labor (and management) leaders who embrace this approach, the more market share will directly result.”

Mark Breslin
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Breslin Strategies Inc
San Ramon, CA

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"I'm So Proud of Dad"

08/18/2015

By Teresa Magnus, Principal, Magnus & Company

“I’m So Proud of Dad”

Last week I was invited to attend the Iron Workers District Council of Texas and Mid-South apprentice competition in Houston.  The last event of the two-day competition is the column climb.  I know.  We don’t allow column climbing anymore.  The Ironworkers know that too.  It is antiquated, just like grown men saying the Pledge of Allegiance at attention before the start of a meeting, but they do that too.  This column climb, though, (tied off and compliant with OSHA) is no longer a test of a work skill; rather it is a testament to strength, pride, and heritage.  I never understood this until I experienced it in person.  But this story isn’t about me or why I love this industry this time.  It is about this family.  Because, you see, their dad was one of several who completed the column climb.  His children ran to hug him and celebrate his success.  And on the way back into the school to have lunch together, I saw his daughter turn to his son and say, “I am so proud of Dad.”

And in that instance I was reminded of all that is good in this industry.  It’s not really about heat maps of labor demands or spending projections or workforce curves or any other macro graph that consumes my work day.  It is about craft workers, proud of their trades, and their families.  FAMILIES.  Children proud of their parents.

And while this apprentice finished second in the competition, to his children he won…and as an industry, so did we.

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