I can leave the union any time I choose, but to me its convienent to stay...its like a giant temp service. They find the jobs and call me to go work them for anywhere from a few days to a few years, and thats what I pay my dues for...that convienence. I cant opt out of the worthless benefits package. Also, another issue is that a lot of employers in the business hire only union workers. All the ones in this state do. I work at nuclear power plants(well, at least on a lot of jobs). Nuke plants in TN are all owned by TVA...which was nationalized(along with all power plants) under Carter I think? TVA hires only union workers. Other owners such as the ones in NC and SC, KS etc. hire non-union workers. I travel a lot over the country working at different plants. There is definately something to be said for union workers in this field(union workers follow procedures much better than non union ones do...and when you are dealing with nukes, procedures are EVERYTHING.....look at cherynoble for an example of what happens when you dont...or 3 mile island). I have been thinking of moving on to another field...but this one pays well and allows me more time off than I would get in a normal 9-5 job.
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