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Tue May 10, 2016, 06:50 PM

19. I was a member of IBEW 613 for several years.

There were scant few of us in our own little unit of that local, but it wasn't a line of work that was ever going to burgeon. It was a technical specialty; the scope was large, and the legal responsibility huge, from a liability standpoint.

In the rest of the country, the job was not organized - BC was DEEP union territory in those days, and I have no idea why those other employees took on that kind of pressure for half the money we in BC were paid.

To give you an idea of what the corporation thought of the situation, consider that vital training on new equipment was carried out in head office for all the tech people across the country...except us. We didn't merely get the training at a different time, they sent the trainers out to the coast to train us in our own facility, lest we somehow infect the other employees with Union Flu.

I was DAMNED glad to have staunch and powerful representation. I never "needed" the protection, because I was responsible and knew what I was doing, but the wages and bennies negotiated for us were pretty damned good.

Unions were a HUGE part of why the middle class became what it did, and the weakening of those organizations and concurrent diminishing of the middle class are no coincidence.

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