here is my deal with the union. i am a union carpenter, and i make good money. i still need the assistance of my one man business with the work i get a few hours a week after my carpentry job. with the union i get all my benefits paid for after 600 hours of work from the time the job i am put on starts. usually when one job is over i have a month to get put on another one, or maybe 5 or 6 weeks i think it is. if i don't get put on another i have to buy cobra insurance, and pay the full amount. if it weren't for my son i wouldn't even take the cobra, because while i have two fairly serious conditions i don't care enough to spend ridiculous amounts of money for myself to buy health insurance. lately i have been lacking work. ever since 2008 i have been having a hard time being on a steady job. i have been on this last job since the week before 4th of july, and it's over tomorrow. supposedly we will be moved over to another job going on, but only be able to work 3 out of 4 weeks a month. that isn't bad if i can get enough jobs with my side business. i won't need as much money in gas commuting. i spend $600 bucks a month commuting to work. i have a 63 mile commute one way to work. the next job i am being put will be 90 miles one way! i was laid off from thanksgiving 09 to fourth of july this year. i been in this union since june of 2002, and aside spending 6 months being laid off from october 03 until may of 04 i didn't spend more than 5 weeks without work from the union aside from that one time, and the recession, and lack of construction from 08 until now.
i get a pension when i am 66 cause that will be when my 30 years is done. at this point i don't care if i get it or not. i don't care at all. if i can move, sell my house, and find one upstate cheaper that i can buy in cash, and get a job doing something lighter even if it only pays half as much i am fine with that. my wife, and i have split now, but we live in the same county, but i won't relocate to move from our son. for years we planned to move. had the house on the market for years. one year they raised our property taxes from $1100 bucks a year up to over $11k grand a year, and i put it on the market once again. this was in 08, and the first time was 05-06. no luck either time. i would have taken at least $30k grand below it's value either time. no one wanted it though. so i work for the union, because it pays most of my bills. not all. i do what i gotta do to get by. also you would be surprised, but many on my job including myself have started to turn against the democratic party. we have turned our backs on it.