Excellent point. The trade folks DO work their butts off. It is a point of pride for them. My problem with unions comes from what happened to my father who was in the sheet metal workers union(A/C and Heating). One day he was cleaning up and found a tool that a friend of his(a plumber) had left on the job site, picked it up and took it to his friend before he left for the day. His union rep saw him do it and jumped all over him for doing it saying the he was not allowed to do work outside his trade and when Christmas bonus time came around that year, he got nothing.