that sounds like an offer rob?got med benifits to boot? whats the job req?what type of work? im game for living in a climate that i can ride in year round!sp2pilot said:Hard work was something that I did with the best attitude and actually enjoyed getting it done. I am sure I could classify the physical aspects of my profesion as some of the most dangerous and taxing in the civilion world. In just plain numbers we lift and carry materials that can and does kill us when it goes wrong.(more often then you would ever accept in most vocations) A a glazier I was trained to work in extreme exposure to both height and compression. I did High steel in San Francisco and set monolithic plate that weighed in the thousands of pounds. During this part of my life I was a card carrying journeyman making damn good money and was constantly pursued by competitors of the company I worked for. This is a rare thing in todays era of employees and employers being at odds with one another.
My point is I am quite aware of the fiscal enrichment the union has brought to the high skilled blue collar workers in this country.
I also flew up the ranks as the majority of my work mates were more interested in not being outshined by their peers by beating down any co-worker that outperformed them. They would drop their tools mid task at the second the lunch brake arrived. Never do a second of work that was not being payed for. And I do mean Second. like it would cause cancer to work 5 minutes over to complete something they had been working on for 3 hours, only to shut down put away their tools and trot out to their cars only to return and set up the next day to get the 5 minutes of work done and then move on the next phase of the site.
It takes 5 years of very high intensity instruction both class room and on the job training for a glazier to get his Journeyman card, then another 5 to 10 years to achieve a lead man position on a commercial stacking crew then another 5 years to be in contention for a foremans position. Average large level Commercial glass companies will have a 20 plus year highly expieranced technician with strong managment/orginizational skills in the foremans role.
I reached the foremans position in 12 years. Believe me there was nothing but animosity and outright backstabbing among the men that I leapfrogged passed as I have always worked for the company, not for the paycheck. If I put the job ahead of my life I was labeled a workaholic. If I stressed quality and pride in the jobs we did I was considered a kiss ass or a brown noser by the rest of the crews. The thing is I was working for the Job, not the company. I was performing to my highest level because that is how I was brought up.
As an owner of my own glass shop I pray nightly for an employee to come to work for me that would work like I did. I would pay him double the union rate and be glad to have him.