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One of those black and white guys, Rich? No shades of gray?
Draw there are always certain employees that have to be carried no matter where you go- union or not.
No Rich since I have always been the one man gang.
But you have no problem forcing the union to represent someone that isn't paying dues? Let me ask you something. Would the National Association of Manufacturers or the Chamber of Commerce represent a company that didn't pay their dues?
Well Draw we are going to try really hard to get by without him.
Hey Kirk this is a scene from a very underrated movie named " Vision Quest". The poem they are discussing is the one i just posted.
To a young child Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? Ah! as the heart grows older It will come to such sights colder By and by, nor spare a sigh Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie; And yet you will weep know why. Now no matter, child, the name: Sorrow’s springs are the same. Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed What heart heard of, ghost guessed: It is the blight man was born for, It is Margaret you mourn for. Gerard Manley Hopkins 1880
Got a story for you, Wood Butcher. When I was a union laborer the company I was working for got a job building a store in a new mall going up in Plano, Texas. The carpenter running the job called up the boss one day and said he needed some help so the boss asked me if I wanted to go. I said sure, why not? I drove down and noticed that me and the carpenter were the only union guys down there. Anyway to make a long story short they had Mexicans hanging all their drywall. The guy running the job right next to us asked us who hung drywall up in Illinois. The carpenter looked at him kind of funny and said "the carpenters". He laughed and said " We get these Mexicans to do it for peanuts". Oh and the gal laboring right next to our store making about eight dollars an hour was complaining to me about the Mexicans defecating in plastic bags and then throwing it in her cart to be hauled down to the dumpster because they wouldn't let them run down to the Johnny on the Spot. So I guess it's a good thing you aren't a young carpenter.
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep."
One of the rare times I agree with him.
Well a shop steward is in a tough situation. Half the membership thinks you are Jimmy Hoffa reincarnated and the other half thinks you are in bed with the company. When I was a Teamster shop steward the company was always pushing the envelope just to see what they could get away with. Since it costs thousands of dollars to take something to arbitration and management wins about 80 per cent of all arbitration cases they know the union has to pick its battles. But that doesn't sit well with some members who want to fight anything and everything.
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