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#125439 - 03/22/05 12:34 PM general question regarding union
unsaint32 Offline

Registered: 08/24/04
Posts: 16
Loc: eden prairie, MN, USA
I am graduating from a local tech school with 2 yr electrical diploma.

I believe union is a way to promote workers' rights. I just have a

general question about the union operation. I am not dissing union or

anything. I know the administrators get pretty sensitive about that.

the other day I checked out the website of my local union. And it had

a webpage that showed a list of internet sources where laid-off workers

can look for jobs. It confused me becase...

I thought union-contractors cannot hire non-union workers (I'm 90%

sure). And the union workers cannot work for non union-contractors

(I'm 100% sure).

Why does a laid-off worker need to look for jobs on their own?
Doesn't union contractors go through their local union to find people

to work? and therefore if there was any job for a union laidoff-worker

could work, the union would be the first to know?

#125440 - 03/22/05 12:53 PM Re: general question regarding union
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Yes, generally speaking, it is totally against union rules for members to work outside of the union. And yes, all re-hires are done through the book(s) of laid off workers. The union is very strict in this regard.

That said, there are laid off union electricians out there working for non-union contractors and/or moonlighting. It does happen, in fact, it happens a lot. People have mouths to feed and families to support, after all.


#125441 - 03/22/05 01:01 PM Re: general question regarding union
Dnkldorf Offline

Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1091
Loc: nowhere usa
Lock it out Bill, Pls.

This Union worker Moon lighting thing might get me started.........

PLS, let's keep the Union, Non union thing away from this board. If you want to discuss this type of stuff, PLS use emails only.

#125442 - 03/22/05 01:25 PM Re: general question regarding union
WhiteRook Offline

Registered: 02/17/04
Posts: 49
Loc: Republic of Texas
It is not against Union rules to work outside of the union..."Salting", where union guys go to "work" for non-union contractors is exactly that. Also you do not have to belong to the union to sign "Book 4." You could get "placed" from book 4 if all other brothers seeking work are placed first. This generally only happens when there is a great deal of work in that local.


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