I have a client who pays substantially above the going rate for comparable blue collar jobs, warehouse forklift operators, and class a driver/ forklift operator. The drivers are bringing down $32hr with a forklift certification when the union is only getting $28 for a driver and you have to be crane certified to get it. Forklift cert is a $100 and 4 hours. The crane cert is $890 and 40hrs.. These guys get full paid benefits too. The union guys don't get that, they have to chip in. Thing is these guys are routinely doing 50-60hrs a week when gets busy so that $32hr goes to $48 after 8hrs and 40hrs. These guys bring home bank. I charge to my client for a bobtail unit to pull their trailer $75hr 4hr minimum. My contractors who their own equipment give me a 10% cut for billing and dispatching, which comes to $67.50hr.. My contractors out of that have to pay for fuel, maintenance, taxes ect. They make less than the straight time my clients drivers are making. I wish I could charge more but my competitors keep the market tight. The problem they are having with some of their people is they get lazy when they make that kind of money, and in my clients business you have bust ass when the work is there. They have a boom bust cycle which means they cant have lazy.
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Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
Unions aren't the reason for your premise, Sangha. Just sayin'
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