Strike Vote Could Affect Numerous Pro...

Strike Vote Could Affect Numerous Projects

There are 33 comments on the 1340 WJOL story from Jun 30, 2010, titled Strike Vote Could Affect Numerous Projects. In it, 1340 WJOL reports that:

The countdown is on to tonight's vote on a possible strike by operating engineers and laborers unions.

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good riddance

Wheaton, IL

#1 Jun 30, 2010
They're lucky to have jobs. Let them leave - hire nonunion.
taxpayer

AOL

#2 Jun 30, 2010
good riddance wrote:
They're lucky to have jobs. Let them leave - hire nonunion.
As Sarah Palin would say "You Betch ya"
Bres

Hanover Park, IL

#3 Jun 30, 2010
Totally agree! What more do these overpaid workers want when there is NO construction work in Chicago!
Get a Clue

Gilberts, IL

#4 Jun 30, 2010
They are not asking for any more. The contractors are trying to take money/benefits from them.
Road Rage

Chicago, IL

#5 Jun 30, 2010
More money and bennies for the road crews! Yeah, that makes sense. Weren't they the biggest reciepients of the stimulus packages?I see the signs everywhere: this road project funded by the American Recovery and Investment Act. What a joke! These whining constuctioners have great paying jobs and killer benefits as it is. The laughable part is this: how many times driving past a road crew do you see them yucking it up, drinking coffee and generally sitting on their a$$ NOT working? Uh, all the time? Explain to me how they can build a completely new highway (355 extension) in 2 years but it's taken 4 years to redo Rt. 59 through Shorewood and Plainfield? Frigging unions are a big part of why this state is broke and headed towards bancruptcy. Truth.
find yours

New Lenox, IL

#6 Jun 30, 2010
The unions have a strangelhold on Illinois. Union workers don't want benefit or pay cuts? Welcome to reality. Do your job or someone else will.
Blah

Batavia, IL

#7 Jun 30, 2010
Get a Clue wrote:
They are not asking for any more. The contractors are trying to take money/benefits from them.
Everyone else has taken pay/benefit cuts, join the club!
EZ Fella

Plainfield, IL

#8 Jun 30, 2010
Road Rage wrote:
More money and bennies for the road crews! Yeah, that makes sense. Weren't they the biggest reciepients of the stimulus packages?I see the signs everywhere: this road project funded by the American Recovery and Investment Act. What a joke! These whining constuctioners have great paying jobs and killer benefits as it is. The laughable part is this: how many times driving past a road crew do you see them yucking it up, drinking coffee and generally sitting on their a$$ NOT working? Uh, all the time? Explain to me how they can build a completely new highway (355 extension) in 2 years but it's taken 4 years to redo Rt. 59 through Shorewood and Plainfield? Frigging unions are a big part of why this state is broke and headed towards bancruptcy. Truth.
355 is a TOLLWAY---They have a ton of money and are making more every time a vehicle turns onto 355-Hence a rapid project .
Rt 59 is an IDOT project--the state is broke and can't pay the contractor in a timely manner---How fast would you push a project when your payments are delayed for many months?
Both are union jobs--follow the money, not the worker when you need answers.
I agree that $45+/Hr is a high rate of pay and the continuious cycle of more money every contract must be held in check.
As far as coffee/yucking --the next time you stop at the water cooler think about drinking/yucking with 30,000 cars per day wizzing by you at 70MPH---hazardous condition should recieve proper compensation
And finally ,has your work computer/E mail/Telephone/cig break /gossip with the hot new secretary/ ever been commented on by 30,000 drivers/day?
Life in a fish bowl is working on roadways.
Neighbor

Wayne, IL

#9 Jul 1, 2010
Your analogy is silly. Look at what Firemen & Policemen get paid... You are already paid more than them Bubba. <lol Let's look at what we pay he kids in the drive up windows at MickeyD's. What's really different than the toll booth collector? As for the physical laborer digging on the road? Well one does not have to have an education there huh? It's physical work. Lets see, what do I pay the guy that mows my lawn? Oh wait, it's 1/10th of what you make!

I say please strike. We need to start fixing these salaries somewhere, why not here and now.
grow a pair

New Lenox, IL

#10 Jul 1, 2010
Bunch of overpaid babies that run the slowest construction projects in the country. This state is the worst financial disaster and this is a primary reason why. Illinois has some of the highest union wages in the country already.

Let's be a right-to-work state. Hire non-union folks who get paid fair and competitive wages and receive fair and competitive benefits.

Strike now and leave, please. Do the state a favor. There are plenty of hardworking people out here who will gladly take your place. And if you can find a higher paying job, by all means go take it. Good luck with that.
unions must go

Carpentersville, IL

#11 Jul 1, 2010
Yes, strike away! Then I PRAY they hire non-union workers and realize they can do this work for a lot less!!

Unions are ruining this state. I could care less if they are out of work. A lost of people are.

How arrogant - they make too much as it is.
peeved in pfield

Plainfield, IL

#12 Jul 1, 2010
If there is a strike and the 59 project sits.....WATCH OUT...road rage on the rise, and how in the heck is that gonna help our down town area?? If this happens, we might as well watch our houses fall more in the toilet as we pay out the ears with taxes!!! I agree with many on here, hire nonunion and lets get this construction over and done with, I am sick and tired of sitting at light after light coming from Pfield/Naper Road because (for some reason) EVERYONE on route 59 feels they have the right away to BLOCK that intersection!!!
Just frustrated and tired with the 59 project
Henry

Wayne, IL

#13 Jul 1, 2010
That's because of these Union deals really... It takes 3 Union Laborors to get one brain. It takes three supervisors to get one laboror to work a shovel properly. Give me a team of real men, non-union and willing to earn their pay and these jobs would get done in half the time at half the cost.

These union guys have to be ashamed of themselves really....
cegliberty

United States

#14 Jul 1, 2010
Strike you union crybabies. Most people would be more than happy to make half as much as you spoiled, pampered lazy asses do. Unions are destroying this nation.
EZ Fella

Plainfield, IL

#15 Jul 1, 2010
Neighbor wrote:
Your analogy is silly. Look at what Firemen & Policemen get paid... You are already paid more than them Bubba. <lol Let's look at what we pay he kids in the drive up windows at MickeyD's. What's really different than the toll booth collector? As for the physical laborer digging on the road? Well one does not have to have an education there huh? It's physical work. Lets see, what do I pay the guy that mows my lawn? Oh wait, it's 1/10th of what you make!
I say please strike. We need to start fixing these salaries somewhere, why not here and now.
Well it's obvious you never dug a ditch or poured concrete--that is called physical labor---it's a lot different than mowing a lawn (I like to drink beer while I lazily cut grass)
As far as harms way ---when was the last time you saw a construction worker turn on his siren call for back up and contact air support .
When people see a cop they slow down and obey the law --when people see a construction worker they throw soiled diapers out the window and call them #$@#$.(got hit one day--nice thought)
Can't disagree with you on the toll booth guys--I think I'd rather be a burger flipper than sweat my ass off all day in a 3 foot box.
Bottom line I kinda agree with you for the most part . Don't know what the fix is ----I do know that $45/is a monster wage and should be capped . Now if you want to talk about $ for doing 0 lets look a Cub pitcher ---he should be cutting the grass--not smoking it.
i got the answer

United States

#16 Jul 2, 2010
Do away with all unions and have a open free market work place. Then companies will compete with each other and increase their benifits to draw better workers. then the unions will be null and void. problem solved!! NEXT!!!!
friend

AOL

#17 Jul 2, 2010
Neighbor wrote:
Your analogy is silly. Look at what Firemen & Policemen get paid... You are already paid more than them Bubba. <lol Let's look at what we pay he kids in the drive up windows at MickeyD's. What's really different than the toll booth collector? As for the physical laborer digging on the road? Well one does not have to have an education there huh? It's physical work. Lets see, what do I pay the guy that mows my lawn? Oh wait, it's 1/10th of what you make!
I say please strike. We need to start fixing these salaries somewhere, why not here and now.
Mr Neighbor, I would have to say I agree with a lot of your posts but when you say you pay someone to cut and trim your lawn thats whats wrong with america nobody wants to do labor work anymore, how tough is it is it to run a lawn mower, or weedwacker,or trimmer, or cut bushes, in my oppinion that is the height of lazyness but that is my oppinion
concret finisher

New Lenox, IL

#18 Jul 7, 2010
I have been a union cement mason since 1979. I currently make $41 per hour plus excellent health care and retirement benefits.

My trade is one that requires endurance and the ability to work in extreme weather conditions. In addition concrete waits for no one it must be placed and finished in a timely manner. When it rains I cannot wait till the next day to finish it must be done in all weather conditions

I have live traffic inches from me, if I'm lucky traffic is 45mph. This is usually not the norm.

I work when work is available.

I am not lazy but proud of my trade.I dont feel overpaid for reasons mentioned.

My fellow tradesmen and I dont stand around we work per the direction of contractors. contractors who have firm bid projects and need as much work performed daily as the Contractor has bid for daily production. Production level increase qith each project due to the rule of supply and demand.

Your thoughts???
non union rep

United States

#19 Jul 8, 2010
concret finisher wrote:
I have been a union cement mason since 1979. I currently make $41 per hour plus excellent health care and retirement benefits.
My trade is one that requires endurance and the ability to work in extreme weather conditions. In addition concrete waits for no one it must be placed and finished in a timely manner. When it rains I cannot wait till the next day to finish it must be done in all weather conditions
I have live traffic inches from me, if I'm lucky traffic is 45mph. This is usually not the norm.
I work when work is available.
I am not lazy but proud of my trade.I dont feel overpaid for reasons mentioned.
My fellow tradesmen and I dont stand around we work per the direction of contractors. contractors who have firm bid projects and need as much work performed daily as the Contractor has bid for daily production. Production level increase qith each project due to the rule of supply and demand.
Your thoughts???
Hey, A concrete finisher needs an IQ equal to a ice cube.So I say hire a kid with a strong back and have one guy that knows concrete and is non union run the job.That will do away with all that wasteful union pay going down the toliet for nothing.Billions will be saved and the unions wont have us by the short hairs anymore.Problem Solved!!!!
cement finisher

New Lenox, IL

#20 Jul 8, 2010
non union rep wrote:
<quoted text> Hey, A concrete finisher needs an IQ equal to a ice cube.So I say hire a kid with a strong back and have one guy that knows concrete and is non union run the job.That will do away with all that wasteful union pay going down the toliet for nothing.Billions will be saved and the unions wont have us by the short hairs anymore.Problem Solved!!!!
I dont take your comment personally.You are entitled to your opinion. I understand the differance between ignorance and the uneducated.

You are ignorant in your reply due to the fact you dont understand the professionalism of skilled labor regardless of union or non union affiliation.

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