I joined back just after high school like 15 years ago. One of my best friends from school, his dad was a BA at the local union and called me up one day and asked if I wanted a job. It was making $4 an hour more then I was at some office job so I did it. When ever I was laid off from a job, I just called him up and said they laid me off. He would have a job for me the next day. There would be 500 guys on the out of work list, starving, and I would get a job without even losing a days pay. He retired after a few years, so I lost that inside connection. Back then I didn't know anything about politics or how the union was connected. All I wanted was a job. After that I did residential non-union for years. Still do some commercial work with the union, but not very often.BK can I ask why you joined?
That's the truth! I've seen it all first hand.They promise you a lot but don't deliver on much. Their medical insurance is sky high.
The business agent keeps two list of out of work workers. One on the board and the other one in his brief case for his buddies.
:bangin:It is very sad that most people today have a dislike for Unions- They don't remember the good old days when people stuck together & fought for their rights, Wages & yes health care. They also tried to fight the big Companies from closing down & going overseas for cheap labor. They lost the battle as certain politicians got together with big business & declared war on the Unions. Well we know who won. Now we are all hurting & most people, as like right here, still bad-mouth the unions. You don't get it !
Yes, I was Union when I worked for a big Co & glad I was, even though they did have faults- but I wasn't standin alone !! There were some good people there and most immigrants that came to work here-learned that the unions were good for them & helped them with a better life.
This saying "they had their place in History" was started By the "big Business" Politicians & it is repeated over & over again ! Welll History has turned & it has been against the working people!!!!!!!!!! Who's fault is it?? Not the Unions as some of you think!!