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#1 posted 11-03-2009 04:37 PM

In Chicago the union carpenters are a joke. I have been a carpenter since I was a kid due to the fact that my father was a carpenter, and have built custom homes for most of my career. When I turned 21 I bought my journeymans card and went to work for the union(for 2 1/2 years) building houses in Plainfield at the rate of one house every 3 days. The houses had panel walls, roof trusses, and prefabbed stairs. The sad thing was that I knew more about how to stick build a house than any of the people on my crew. Most of the journeymen in my company only knew how to “color by number” which is what I call working with panel walls. Most workers couldn’t cut a roof or even a set of stairs! Now you wonder why the unions are hurting, it’s because they have a very untrained workforce that is only geared up for mass production.

Chicago is one of the last cities to still have a political machine, and it’s fueled by the unions. In todays world the carpenters union has become a joke. All they want is that money to pay for the b.a.’s jobs and pay for those black cars they drive. Oh, and don’t forget the big inflatable black rats that they have to ust while picketing us non union workers.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL


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