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Are Labor Unions no longer necessary in today's globalized technology economy?

Are Labor Unions no longer necessary in today's globalized technology economy?

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My union (Ironworkers) as well as others provide an apprenticeship where you get all of the required safety training and certificationsI went to school 3 nights a week for 4 years while workingWhen you become a journeyman, and are sent out on a job, you are qualified to do anything in the tradeIf you can't you are firedI can go on a job and be told change a cable on a 200 ton crane, welding on a bridge, connecting, tying rods, install curtain wall, or pre-cast, etcWe have osha 30 hour CPR scaffold erector certaerial lift cert rigging card TWIC card Welding certs in SMAW 1 4,5,6G, TIG, FluxcoreWould you want some hick off the street welding on the bridge you drive over, or some illegal installing the fire sprinklers in a high rise? Our accident rate is a fraction of the non-unionNon-union contractors bit at the same rate as union contractors, and pay 1/2 the wage, with no benefitsI have been on jobs where non-union were hired prior to us, and they were thrown off the job because every weld cracked! I saw a scab get his leg crushed trying to hook on a 2000lb beam.

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