Mr. Hunter is taking a somewhat limited view of the union/non-union world within the construction industry. His statement that his father did not want anyone telling him who he could hire and who he could fire is not at all accurate. In fact, union workers are hired most often from a union hall for what ever time the contractor needs - until the job gets done, then they are laid off and go back to the hall to wait for the next job. Most union workers work very hard because they know that their name and their work is what will get them the next job.
And it must be a very different construction industry in South Carolina. In most states and yes, throughout the construction industry you need skills and abilities to make it...and the more skills and abilities you have, the more you work and the longer you work. So you must have merit as a construction worker to have seniority and longevity.
And finally, I must say that the final statement in the fourth paragraph is absolutely wrong, especially if you are talking about the American worker. Merit pay is at least 25% less than union pay....oh, I get it....Merit pays for the contractor and not the workers.....
In our consumer economy, I would rather have a construction worker who works hard, works long in the industry and then makes 25% more to spend for college educations for their children and grandchildren, washers and dryers, food and every so often a vacation within the good old USA....that would be the free market working at it optimum.
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