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    unions perform. When I worked at a concert venue, we employed non-union stagehands for work that was semi-skilled and semi-dangerous. For work that involved stringing high-voltage electrical cables and operating dangerously hot, high-voltage lights while hanging by a harness 70 feet above the stage, we used union stagehands. The union 1) trained the 'hands; 2) equipped them or secured volume discounts for equipment that the 'hands had to buy for themselves; and 3) provided health benefits! This was crucial because work like this wasn't full-time and sometimes entailed working at one venue in the morning and another venue, maybe for a different employer, in the evening. For "casual labor" like this, benefits weren't going to be provided by the employer, they had to follow the employee from job to job, and the union made that happen.

    I'm a Democrat - I believe that government has a positive role to play in the lives of ordinary people.

    by 1BQ on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 03:26:23 PM PST

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