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BalugaJoe: Everyone in Long Island is in the mafia.
factoryconnection: Well there it is... the IBEW went too far. And then they went back on it, figuring that the shoddy work done by the low-wage guys will have to be redone.I guess I'll vote "no" on unionization at my electrician shop, and then vote yes later.
RexTalionis: If the first time you reported this story turned out to be completely fabricated, why should I believe you when you report this story again?
LowbrowDeluxe: I work in insurance talking with a lot of small time contractors. Don't generally deal with unions, but from the people I've dealt with I bet I can tell you how this happened, and it's not some bullshiat omg unions are evil thing. There's a lot of companies who chase the storms, and since they have the manpower, tools, and experience to deal with disaster relief, they get hired. Unfortunately, there's enough of them nowadays that a lot of the local guys are getting less or none of the recovery work, and it's creating a lot of bad blood. I wouldn't be at all surprised if an organized collection of local workers tried to force their 'share' of the work. It's a disaster, their home and neighborhood is farked, fixing it is within their job description, and the money instead of going to them and helping them get back on their feet is going out of state. I don't know which method is actually better for disaster recovery, I can personally understand local governments and associations giving the contracts to people who specialize in that sort of work, but for instance if you're a tree trimmer, ain't no one getting their hedges manicured right now and there is a whole lot of work clearing limbs and felling dead trees. Sucks to be benched while some out of towner is taking your lunch.
super_grass: But keeping labor prices high thanks to government-legislated monopolies after the same disaster is okay?
BooBoo23: super_grass: But keeping labor prices high thanks to government-legislated monopolies after the same disaster is okay?Are you insinuating that the linemen out there should take a pay cut to clean up this mess?
angryjd: Are the people on this page saying unions don't actually do this? Methinks they have never had any exposure to unions...