Heavierthanair wrote:AngMoh wrote:I live in Asia and overall I think the US unions are nuts and try to make themselves irrelevant. That said, my only experience is with the UAW and they are among the worst of the worst. Good example, we (coming from Asia but working for a GM subsidiary) were not allowed to take photographs at the Detroit motor show as that could only be done by a UAW approved photographer. That was even if the photos were for personal use only. We also had at one time very high grass around our US office as at the only UAW approved grass cutter was on medical leave for 5 months and the other gardeners were not allowed by the UAW to cut the grass and the contract forbade them to hire a contractor while the lawn mower man was on medical leave. Absolutely nuts (from an Asian perspective).
US union regulations are a joke, not only for Asia. In commissioning equipment (for a European manufacturer) I had to use "certified" unionized electricians to connect the control systems that was supplied with the equipment. Since they were unable to read wiring diagrams I had to tell the person step by step what to do - take the red wire and connect it to terminal 1, then take the blue wire and connect it to terminal 2 and so on. Took forever to get the job done, raising costs for the customer as well as for us. When commissioning the same type of equipment in Europe or Asia the wiring was typically completed by the time I got there. So much for efficiency.
Slightly off topic, I apologize
So true. Convention centers in major U.S. cities often require AV equipment be done through union covered personnel. Carrying a slide deck on a flash drive or using your own speakers, projector, etc is prohibited unless you pay for a Union warm body to preside over your usage of *your* own equipment.
Or go to any construction project in New England that hasn’t been “closed out”. You will be met with a union mandated elevator operator seated on bucket (cushy job for a senior member) who simply pushes your floor and otherwise enjoys high paid downtime.