I don't understand how you skipped from the IBEW to the USW to UPS. You were wiring coal mines, then became a structural fitter, then became a pkg car driver??? If so, that's a wild trajectory. Effectively 3 apprenticeships (of course, progression at UPS was much shorter in your time, but it still takes time to get your bearings in pkg car even though we're 'just driving around and humping boxes' as the naysayers put it).One question at a time.
IBEW allowed forced overtime in the coal mines of East Texas ,per contract.
USW had the same language when I was a structural fitter.
Also, I worked a second job when I was a fitter. Newly married and dead ass broke.
4hrs sleep was a lot for me back then and until the day I retired from UPS.
While working for UPS I had a side business doing custom metal work.
I don't know why you were dead ass broke, but again, working that much of your life away is terrible.
Obviously not. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't think you've been around much in the past couple years since I joined.Obviously, you have not read my past posts.
Kudos, I hope you've been enjoying it.In 1979 I found the land and the lifestyle I wished to live.
Basic hard work, planning, and investing paid off for me being able to retire at 60 totally debt free.
Oh damn, are you saying the IBT controls my life, and not capital/the damned 'market'? My mind is blown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For the record, I'm in a RTW state and my choice to join the union was a no-brainer. My problem with the Teamsters is not the very menial dues I pay LMAO. You're a fool if you think UPS would offer the wages (company-paid benefits are also wages) they do without the union, let alone the job security, etc.Legal guarantees?
Opp's, if you do not belong to the union, in certain parts of the USA, you can not work for the company.
Other part's of the country your life is in danger for not joining.
I need another beer while you contemplate who really controls your life.
You should drink another beer and consider why in the hell you had to work '7 days a week for 40 years' in order to retire. That's miserable.