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Dan Wills August 2, 2013 at 10:03 am
Union companies tend to have slightly higher rates. I can only speak for the piping and serviceRead More industry but I feel more confident about the quality and qualifications of union labor. Locally, two years of full time school and 5 years of night school are the minimum required to weld a pipeline or service the furnace or A/C in my home. When money is tight, it's tempting to cut corners but some things, like the gas piping in my home or commercial pipelines, are worth having well trained professionals.
lbfixer August 2, 2013 at 02:44 pm
My introduction into a union came in 1962 at the age of 19. I was taking home $50 per week and hadRead More apprentices status at a job I had just started. 2 days after I began two union reps came to the shop and insisted I join immediately or wouldn't keep the job. I explained I had a newborn child and didn't have the $35 to join or the $9 per month dues could I please have a couple of weeks. They took me out back and literally push me around until I agreed to borrow from my boss. Over the next 19 years I witnessed the union coerce members to vote democrat, report any member working overtime or two jobs and the financial officer abscond to south america with the pension fund. In th 70's when the meat cutters went on strike we supported them. when retail clerks went on strike we supported them. when we were contemplating striking they wouldn't support us--we only had @ 400 members. I quit the union, went to work as a non-union employee and retired as a company rep for 5 states and now make more money retired than I ever could at the union retirement rate. I did much better out of the union as my employer was able to compensate me what I was worth--not what some union rep negotiated for all. I agree, I am never impressed by anybody in a union. Did I mention my Dad, uncle and brother were in the navy
Paula Overby August 3, 2013 at 01:09 am
Thank you for the comments. There is always value in recognizing real experience. No solution fitsRead More everyone. There will always be opportunity for those with greater aspirations or ability.
Paula Overby August 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm
David: If you are opposed to training our own work force, do you then support expanding immigrationRead More to hire our workers from overseas. That's Kline's position.
Roy Roscoe August 8, 2013 at 04:10 am
Paula, I do. I think people should not be subject to the force of government trying to fix theseRead More kinds of problems. I think they do more damage than good. There are kids in school that are really wasting their time and somebody's money. Part of the reason is the money is too easy to get. Too easy to get also drives up the cost. If they had to work for it or serve in the military they might make better decisions and study harder if they do go to school. I think legal immigration for people who have demonstrated the studied hard and were successful students and are more capable than domestic at difficult to fill jobs, should be expedited for citizenship. If we don't the business goes overseas anyway.
Paula Overby August 15, 2013 at 09:59 pm
very good points