I dunno. My shop, is one of the biggest across the state, started only 8 years ago, all 4 founders are pro union.
Nobody in my shop is choking anyone. All the rant on here about the concepts of Union are blown to he ll in almost every category in my experience working for this company. The most notable one, about being employed on Merit. Performance is the foundation of employment where I work. As a service technician, doing what we do, which is anything commercial refrigeration, that means a whole lot. And no slouch can or will survive, 1 minute past losing the confidence of the boss. Any guy at my shop is there becuase he earned the spot, not because we are union. The UA, is nothing like a UAW.
I can yell and moan all day about my bosses, but you know the one thing that makes up for a lot of the BS, is that there fair and they embrace the concept of your talent and why it costs them as much as it does via the Union relationship. I went to work for where the most money was to be had. That was union. non union doesn't come close in my area. Since the better talented guys most often want the better money, they seek out the union employment. The union contractors understand that. They know the majority of the real talent is going to also seek out the union because of the compensation.
I am not saying there is no talent in the non union world. There is plenty. I was one of them at one time. All the more reason I can not understand their anti union beliefs.
The minute a guy starts talking about our labor costs, in our business, and starts to massage the balance sheet with that in mind, it's all too often that everyone forgets the larger picture of what it takes to produce and nurture a guy to become experienced and skilled. And that price should not be taken lightly. There is enourmous value in our prices today. The average price the industry charges per labor hour is still very low. But should I say to the customer, "hey that's okay, I'll go home with less myself". Heck no. It took me years to be as experienced and as good as I feel I am. It takes me serious effort all the time to become better and better. I aint gonna let someone call it a "labor Cost".
Were not a friggen idiot on a assembly line punching a press. We are a skilled individual, which takes years to produce.