Strike Vote Could Affect Numerous Projects

There are 13 comments on the Jun 30, 2010, 1340 WJOL story 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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not sorry for you

Crystal Lake, IL

#21 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???
IF you have all that, then shut up and get back to work. You are selfish. I own a business and wish I had half your benefits. Can't stand GREEDY union people who do simplton work for too much money. Like I said...get back to work and be greatful for the abundance you have for the basic work you do. No one is feeling sorry for you!!
friend

AOL

#22 Jul 8, 2010
cement finisher wrote:
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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.
Boy are you right some people make comments like that just to see if they can get under your skin. I know nothing about concrete but I was involved in pouring a garage floor and a patio It's not as easy as everybody thinks, I was just a guy that did the grunt work [2 friends projects] one guy knew concrete because thats what he did, the rest of us were the guys being told what to do, if you do not know how to do the expansion joints right the pitch of the floor for drainage its a problem. I was only involved in 2 projets in 20 years it was a learning curve it's like a roofer job only did one time[ball busting job] but if it's not done right nothing but problems so unless you have walked in your shoes they do not know what they are talking about take their comments with a grain of salt. Have a good day
cement finisher

Frankfort, IL

#23 Jul 8, 2010
not sorry for you wrote:
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IF you have all that, then shut up and get back to work. You are selfish. I own a business and wish I had half your benefits. Can't stand GREEDY union people who do simplton work for too much money. Like I said...get back to work and be greatful for the abundance you have for the basic work you do. No one is feeling sorry for you!!
My local is not on strike. My local is satisfied with our existing contract. We are not able to work due to lack of laborers and operating engineers currently striking.

I am not selfish. I am a member of a trade union that has been negotiating wage and benefit compansation with contractors for 100 years. Trade unions and contractors have contractual promises which are subject to change from time to time. I personally did not negotiate these contracts but thru 30 plus years of hard work and skilled craftmanship have benefitted thru these contracts.

I dont know the issues involved between striking labor unions and contractors. I would hope a contract is sigbed so thousands of men and women can return to thier productive trades and carry on.
cement finisher

Frankfort, IL

#24 Jul 8, 2010
grow a pair wrote:
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.

Illinois is a "Right to Work State".

By law,work completed on projects financed by federal, state, and/or municipule funding must pay the prevailing wage. Most employeers or contractors qualified to meet the contractual spec and standards have contractual agreements with organized local trade unions.

This is why most road projects have union contractors performing work.
Small Business Owner

Frankfort, IL

#25 Jul 8, 2010
not sorry for you wrote:
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IF you have all that, then shut up and get back to work. You are selfish. I own a business and wish I had half your benefits. Can't stand GREEDY union people who do simplton work for too much money. Like I said...get back to work and be greatful for the abundance you have for the basic work you do. No one is feeling sorry for you!!
As a local business owner it is neccessary for me to engage in contracts with AFL-CIO Unions. I would not be in a position to compete with out these agreements.

My employees are skilled, loyal, hardworking tradesmen who make my business profitable.
non union rep

Bolingbrook, IL

#26 Jul 8, 2010
cement finisher wrote:
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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.
Well sir in my life I was a union carpenter and a non union carpenter. the union always worried about how mant hours I got in a quarter.When I was non union all the bs was gone and just a good days pay for a good days work.Unions are mobsters!!!
Silver cross delayed

Crystal Lake, IL

#27 Jul 8, 2010
Well well...now our hospital is going to be delayed becasue of these yahoos. Thanks!! This hospital is going to bring JOBS to you and me and yet they decide to postpone that. What jerks.

They are bargaining for their employers to pay for their higher insurance costs (thanks to Barry...whom unions supported...happy for your stupid choice now union folk!?). Boo hoo...welcome to the real world people. Yes, it's going to cost you more to have healthcare...join the club, it's growing thanks to the Dems.

I own my own business and when costs go up I don't get to whine to some union. Grow up and quit bitching...no one feels sorry for you. I think when I drive by Silver Cross I will throw rotten tomatoes at all of you losers!
EZ Fella

Plainfield, IL

#28 Jul 19, 2010
cement finisher wrote:
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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.
It's about time we got a well spoken union member to let the pasty pencil pushers know what work is .I doubt if any one who shoveled even one shovel full of concrete will not agree with you . The toll on your knees /back/and heart is unbelievable . The sweat runs from your nose and dowm the crack of your ass while the boss stands and push/push/push. Kudos to all the hard workin men who spend their bodies for public projects
Roy

Romeoville, IL

#29 Jul 22, 2010
"The professionalism of skilled labor" you have got to be kidding you can teach a monkey to accomplish most of the trades. "
cement finisher wrote:
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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.
Roy

Romeoville, IL

#30 Jul 22, 2010
Some of us where smart enough to get an education and obtain a high paying career and there are those that chose to shovel dirt for a living what is your point. paying postions the rst
EZ Fella wrote:
<quoted text>It's about time we got a well spoken union member to let the pasty pencil pushers know what work is .I doubt if any one who shoveled even one shovel full of concrete will not agree with you . The toll on your knees /back/and heart is unbelievable . The sweat runs from your nose and dowm the crack of your ass while the boss stands and push/push/push. Kudos to all the hard workin men who spend their bodies for public projects
street tough

Bolingbrook, IL

#31 Jul 22, 2010
Roy wrote:
"The professionalism of skilled labor" you have got to be kidding you can teach a monkey to accomplish most of the trades. "<quoted text>
Hey Roy, Zigfreed called he wants you back!!!
you are kidding

AOL

#32 Jul 22, 2010
Roy wrote:
"The professionalism of skilled labor" you have got to be kidding you can teach a monkey to accomplish most of the trades. "<quoted text>
The post you are replying to was july 8th today is july 22 it took you 14 days to respond to this post hope you work a little faster than you read.
Sal

United States

#33 Jul 22, 2010
In today's troubling times, one could only consider the act of going on strike for anything other than safety issues is INSANE
and the insane should be removed from the work place for everyone's safety.

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