Posted 02-10-2005 at 16:29:17
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For those of you that think "unions have never done a thing for me" I will have you know a few things that you may have never thought of. I am not saying all unions are good nor am I saying that many have out lived themselfs.
Do you have a safe working enviroment? Do you have drinking water where you work? Do you have restrooms? Do you get overtime pay? Do you get a lunch break? Do you have health insurance? Do you have a savings plan? These things are found in nonunion shops too, because the union forced management and the government to pass laws protecting workers rights. Those rights are for union and nonunion workers.
I joined the bricklayers union back in 72 took a three year break to go into the service and I am a Nam Vet and life time member of the VFW. I have paid union dues for over 30 years now. At one point I was the BA for the Bricklayers in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. Our members put over 1000 brick a day in the wall or 400 block or they hit the road. Slackers do not make it long around here. As I said I was the BA for three years and then the senior VP for five more years. I just gave up my seat on the Executive board of the Harris County AFL-CIO.
When I retire, in about three more years I hope to have social security(but that don't look really bright) I will get three(3) retirement checks from the unions. One from the local in Houston, my home base, one from the international because our local was a member with them also and the third pension will come from the officers pension fund for being an official for 8 years.
I would love to stay and rant more about unions being the folks that brought you weekends, but I need to get ready to go to bed so I can do 12 hours of laying bricks tomorrow. I have an old wore out acid plant to repair. I also feel sorry for the nonunion illegals from Mexico and points south that the open shops will be bringing in the plants too. When they get hurt or sick no one see or hears from them again.....sorta like they fell into the Houston Ship Channel or the 99% acid tank. I am sure some one some where misses them but then again they hate unions too.
Sure would like to see the world wake up one day. Has anyone heard about the Wal*Mart in Canada. Guess Wal*Mart showed the world what it thinks of its workers.