I disagree with some of you. Labor unions are not inflationary. Hedge fund managers are inflationary. Lifelong employees don't deserve pensions? That's ridiculous. I suppose that none of your spouses deserve any inheritance, either. I mean, they are only a lifelong partner right?
Moldova wrote about stagehands in New York City. Prevarication, pure and simple. I have a very good friend who is a union stagehand. In fact, he's a Lead Man (slightly higher pay), and his wife has to work full time. Their home is only worth about $400,000 in Massapequa, NY. Oh, and he has no family members in the trade
I am a proud member of the IBEW Local Union no. 3 in NYC. Our dues are $398.00 a year. That's just a bit over $1.09 a day. Not hundreds of dollars per month. I sense a lot of propaganda going on here, and not many facts from all of you.
Did you know that the average construction worker has a seven times greater chance of being killed on the job than the police and fire departments, combined?
Electricians are amongst the highest paid in the construction trade. In NYC we earn $49.00 per hour (as of 2011), with health and dental benefits, 401K, and pension. However, this isn't typical. In the Broward County area of Florida, they earn about $22 an hour with no 401k. In Miami, it's a dollar more.
Nobody in the labor sector is getting rich (except maybe the employers; mine comes to the job site in a chauffeur driven limo. No lie), so the next you're complaining about the unions, go live in your back yard with no electricity, running water, blankets, clothes, all the things that you cannot create from you natural surroundings, then tell me how good your life is without labor. Oh, and you don't have a job, because there's no building, desk, computer, electric etc.
Labor is the driving force of the world economy, no matter what. Without labor all other positions would be eliminated. So next time you get that pay check, remember labor built the printer that printed that check, and the paper mill that produced the paper, that built the bank, and printed the money that you're so greedy to keep for yourselves. Like it or not we're here, and we just want to earn a decent living.