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  •  I worked a union job.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Budlawman, kraant

    Earning $24 an hour to just make sure a machine stayed full for the 3-4 hours it was actually running in the 7 1/2 shift (30 min unpaid lunch but 40 mins of paid breaks). My dues were $8 a shift, thus I paid my dues off in the first hour. The top rate of pay (based on senority) topped $30+.

    The reason for the high wage? The company posts profits in the tens of millions. Collective bargaining is going to tie into the overall strength of a corporation. Not everyone is going to earn the same amount for doing a similar job. I knew of other workers (albeit non-union) working for smaller companies making $12 an hour working the same machines.

    When you get a seat at the table, your options are vastly diferent than otherwise.

    "How do you ask a man to be the last to die for a mistake?" -John Kerry, 1971 but what we needed to hear in 2003/2004

    by Demise on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 09:40:47 PM PDT

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