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Mon Sep 6, 2021, 05:07 PM

Daddy was a union man.

It was then called, I believe, the "International Laborers and Hod Carriers Union". My first memory of union activity was when Dad and others went on strike and picketed a job site for a couple weeks to win an over $2.00 hourly pay rate. As I have mentioned before, I thought they were called "picket lines" because the signs the strikers carried were stapled onto pick handles. Later, I found out the pick handles were sometimes used for other purposes.

The union struck for, and won, disposable paper cups on job sites because infectious hepatitis was spread by the shared tin cup employers furnished at the water can.

They struck for, and won, shoring for any trench over five feet deep after too many died trapped when deep excavations caved in and buried them.

I recall being taken to every Labor Day parade as a child. They were very well attended by the entire community and many brought picnic baskets to the park where the parade ended. Since in those days most were uninsured, four labor union men carried a sheet along the entire parade route, each holding a corner. By the end of the parade, the sheet was sagging from the cash tossed into it by generous folks. Depending on who needed help, the proceeds were distributed to "brothers" who had unpaid medical bill's due to injury or illness or, sometimes, to their widows and children. I was proud that my dad held a corner of that sheet every year.

During a summer when I was home from college and every man in our local was working, I worked "on permit" on highway and pipeline jobs. I was happy to pay "temp dues" to the local coffers in exchange for getting to bank union wages into my school account.

I wish we could restore a society in which the "Look For The Union Label" jingle could again be heard on TV.


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Reply Daddy was a union man. (Original post)
Atticus Sep 2021 OP
FoxNewsSucks Sep 2021 #1
Duncanpup Sep 2021 #2
True Blue American Sep 2021 #9
Heartstrings Sep 2021 #3
True Blue American Sep 2021 #10
Luz Sep 2021 #4
RANDYWILDMAN Sep 2021 #5
multigraincracker Sep 2021 #6
Lady Freedom Returns Sep 2021 #7
ProfessorGAC Sep 2021 #8
True Blue American Sep 2021 #11
leftieNanner Sep 2021 #12
niyad Sep 2021 #13
Joinfortmill Sep 2021 #14
crickets Sep 2021 #15
trof Sep 2021 #16
Evolve Dammit Sep 2021 #17
George II Sep 2021 #18
Sherman A1 Sep 2021 #19
VGNonly Sep 2021 #20
bottomofthehill Sep 2021 #21
bottomofthehill Sep 2021 #22
bluboid Sep 2021 #23
mopinko Sep 2021 #24
senseandsensibility Sep 2021 #25
mopinko Sep 2021 #27
Atticus Sep 2021 #29
Demovictory9 Sep 2021 #26
Texaswitchy Sep 2021 #28

Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 05:11 PM

1. As Lincoln said,

"Labor is more important than capital."

That's so true, but it's been forgotten

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 05:18 PM

2. Respect for your father

34 year teamster here

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Response to Duncanpup (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 06:30 PM

9. I still pay Union Dues voluntarily

Why not? I owe them my Standard of Living. I also Buy
American any time I can.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 05:37 PM

3. I'm the child of 2 teacher members in WEA union.

And the wife of a retired UAW Union member. I know full well what a strike is and how the union backed my husband many times. He retired with a great pension and benefits.

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Response to Heartstrings (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 06:31 PM

10. So do I!

IUE/CWA.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 05:41 PM

4. Proud daughter of OCAW here ❤

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 05:46 PM

5. My daddy was a Teamster for 42 years !

I have been in the Teachers union for 20 years!

Never forget, Reagan busted unions and America has never been the same since!!!!!


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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 05:50 PM

6. 49 years a dues paying

UAW member. Not perfect, but United we have power.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 05:59 PM

7. My Grandfather was a Teamster shop steward back in the day.

But my father thought Unions were a group of guys out to take advantage of people. He blamed my Grandfather for putting all these Democratic ideas in me. Heck he even blamed my late Grandfather for me wanting to go to college.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 06:04 PM

8. Mine, Too!

A Teamster.
He drove a semi full of milk to the supermarkets in the south suburbs of Chicago each day.
Did that until the company decided to have a customer service rep, also union. He got that gig, so it was Chevy instead on an International Harvester.
When he was 61, the corporation closed all but ice cream operations in Illinois & Indiana because they couldn't compete with the big dairy co-ops in Wisconsin & Michigan. So, he was done, along with everybody else.
He sold Buicks, after that, until he was 67.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #8)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 06:32 PM

11. And I drive a Buick!:)

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 06:36 PM

12. Look For The Union Label

The ILG. I remember those ads. They were stirring.

And now I have that song in my head!

Wish we could buy more clothing with that label these days.

Thanks for the wonderful memories.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 06:40 PM

13. My father was a union organizer for the steel mills before he joined the mliitary. As a

Proud daughter of union organizing, I stand with the unions. The contract negotiations for the grocery stores are underway again, and time for my daily phones calls to corporate explaining that, should the lines go up, I will be walking them, not crossing them. They beg me not to pick on the temporary workers, otherwise known as "scabs". Cannot imagine why.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 06:46 PM

14. Love this.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 07:04 PM

15. Thanks for sharing this, Atticus. Union! 💙

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 07:17 PM

16. 35 years ALPA

Air Line Pilots' Association.
AFL/CIO member.

When our cabin attendants went on strike one winter, we took hot chocolate and hot buttered rum to them on the picket line.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 07:18 PM

17. Union! 32 years! Stronger Together. Only recourse against labor abuse.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 07:22 PM

18. Excellent. My father was one of the first non-African American members of the.....

....Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, also known as "The Pullman Porters", in the late 1930s.

Don't know how much he was paid, but a decade later around the time I was born he was making less than $20 a week in a non-union job. He was supporting a family of five.

My brother was a union man before he retired, and thanks to the union he has lifetime unlimited healthcare coverage.

I belonged to three unions early in my working life.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 07:52 PM

19. Retired Union Grocery Worker

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 655 after 43 years on the job.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 07:56 PM

20. Union since 1978

NALC Also with the UFCW 74 to 75.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 08:09 PM

21. Massachusetts Nurses Association at St Vincent's hospital in Worcester MA

Have been in strike for 6 months. Show them a little love if you can. That is a long time to be out.

https://www.massnurses.org/news-and-events/p/openItem/12179

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 08:10 PM

22. Where is Trof

He spent years working under the 1934 railway labor act. The railroads and airlines are some of the most organized industries out there.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Mon Sep 6, 2021, 08:26 PM

23. wow, powerful memories... thanks! I also would like to see a resurgence of union consciousness...

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 01:21 AM

24. for anyone who doesnt know what a hod carrier does-

 

a hod is a leather sachel that is used to carry bricks.
iow, brickie laborers.
believe it is an irish word.

hard damn job.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #24)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 01:37 AM

25. Wow.

Thanks for the iinfo.

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Response to senseandsensibility (Reply #25)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 02:00 AM

27. the irish laid alot of bricks, all over the british empire.

 

a song about one-


stupid youtube has the best vid age restricted. why? i dont know.

sorry, link woes.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #24)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 01:50 PM

29. This is the type of hod I have carried---a v-shaped tray open at one end, closed at the other

and mounted on a 2 inch diameter wooden pole. We carried bricks and mortar---"mud---up ladders as in the photo. Not fun.

https://images.app.goo.gl/4vwPkGuMAk4AAiK98

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 01:50 AM

26. ..

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Tue Sep 7, 2021, 01:24 PM

28. My father also

Made the difference in wages.

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