But if you ever did need to haul something it can't be spontaneous. You have to know in advance, and arrange for some help. I'm glad that works for some people but that's why I'll probably always have a soft roll-up tonneau. Find something at a garage sale or need to haul something for one of the kids I can be ready in a matter of seconds. and the roll up tonneau's also give full access to the entire bed so large items can go all the way up to the front of the bed where they are safest from tipping or moving during an emergency stop. Again, I'm not bashing the hard tops, they look much better than the soft roll-up tonneau's but they just take the versatility out of a pick-up truck for me.
I think that the fiberglass hard covers are very nice looking, especially when painted the same color as the truck. But I always wondered what someone does if they have to haul something tall, like this compressor for instance?
I thought that I may have purchased it at RealTruck but I just checked my account and it didn't show, so I may have bought it from AutoAnything. I used additional 3M double faced tape because the grill won't stay on very well with what is provided from the manufacturer.
I went with this box from Northern Tool. Even with some 1" redwood bolted to the bottom to keep the box off of the bed it still fits under the tonneau cover. http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200620943_200620943
1% is really economical. Aren't you represented whether you pay it or not? We pay 3.5% plus $25 a month.
Calgator73-The Economist article was interesting. The comment section even moreso. I couldnt read the WSJ article because I'm not a subscriber (Huff Post and Mother Jones subscriber). I think that one of the problems with the perception of Unions is that people that are not part of them bunch them all together. There are vast differences between industrial, construction, service and public Unions. Construction for instance: there is no job security but you know that up front. Work 15 minutes and it rains, you go home with 15 minutes pay. Too cold for two weeks, you have two weeks without pay. Dont produce to the bosses liking, you most likely get your check and head down the road (likewise, if you dont like where you are working you can pack your tools up and head down the road by your own choice). Wages and benefits are the main reason to belong to a Union in the construction industry along with benefit reciprocity if you decide to travel. There may be more protections of various sorts in other Union segments. Maybe more in the auto industry but I'm not qualified from first hand experience to answer that.
Private sector Unions represent less than 7% of the workforce in the US, the lowest level since WWII. Please explain to me how that equates to something powerful? Germany has a much higher Union density rate with higher wages and they seem to compete in the world market just fine. Of course CEO's make much less and company profits are a smaller percentage of the gross so that could account for something I suppose.
I would like to mention something that hasn't been touched on yet. It was mentioned that Unions only represent certain workers and not other workers. Well first, the Union legally is supposed to represent everyone in the bargaining unit. Second, if a member wants to file a grievance, the Union has a legal obligation to represent that worker/member whether they think the member is right or not or whether they have a legitimate grievance or not. Once requested, if the Union does not file a grievance on that member's behalf the member could go to the NLRB and file a Duty of Fair Representation (DFR) claim against the Union and get back pay or monetary damages from the Union. The Union has to walk a thin line at times. So that being said, there may be the appearance to some that the Union only represents certain members but if a member wants to file a grievance or many grievances the Union's hands are tied and they have to follow through even if they know it's wrong.
As I stated before I am a Bricklayer/Stone Mason. In 1990 during our negotiations we had indicated to the employers that our craft had fallen behind many of the other trades and we needed to catch up. The contractors on the negotiations team had a real stubborn silver-spooned college boy leading their negotiations. We were looking for an additional .26 (26 cents) spread out over three years. They would not budge one penny so ultimately after many negotiations sessions we went on strike. The strike lasted two weeks and we got our .26. Now the 26 cents did not make up for the two weeks of lost pay at the time, however we did better each successive contract and caught up with the other building trades and more than made up for those two weeks because the contractors knew that we weren't afraid to walk if need be. Was it fun? Hell no! Are strikes fun? Absolutely not. Should they be a last resort? Of course. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. Thousands of Bricklayers in the Chicago and Northern IL area and not one crossed a picket line. If I were a non-union Bricklayer I would be by myself begging for a raise. That being said, I have found that the non-union Bricklayers will get raises when the Union Bricklayers do because the contractors know that they have to give them something or they will go Union. So the non-union workers benefit from the Union's presence without paying any dues. Of course this only happens in high Union density areas. Take a place like North Carolina and the tradesmen there make considerable less because there is no Union density. I know that this doesn't have much to do with the UAW however there was a lot of strike and Union talk (and Union bashing) so I just thought that I would share a personal experience with a large strike. Hank
Unions will support politicians that will help their membership and that happens to be Democrats. Look at MI, IN, WI that recently passed right to work laws. The laws which were all written by ALEC were all urged and signed by republican governors. The only thing that recently stopped MO from becoming a RTW state was the Democrat Governor that vetoed the bill. The only thing stopping IL gov Rauner from turning IL into a RTW state is a Democratic House and Senate. RTW can be wrapped up and disguised as giving people a choice but everyone knows that it is an anti-union law made to weaken Unions, plain and simple. Republicans say that there are too many freeloaders in this country but RTW by law gives those that choose not to belong to a Union but working at a Union workplace the same pay, benefits and union representation as those that are dues paying members so who supports freeloaders now? Being that republican politicians propose and support anti-union legislation why wouldn't Unions want to support Democrats? It may be a simple matter of supporting the lesser of two evils however you don't reward your enemies by supporting them. As far as liberals flooding the country with unskilled workers. I don't think that the Democratic politicians are driving across the boarder and bringing them in. People come here for one reason; to make money and have a better life. They would not come here if companies wouldn't hire and exploit them. Most owners of companies support republicans so if these companies would not hire undocumented workers they would quit coming here.
OK, I just don't get the Union bashing. A Union is just a mechanism for workers to have a voice at the workplace. Rather than have to bargain with the boss (who basically has all of the power) individually, a group of employees vote whether to have Union representation at the workplace. I have been a Union Bricklayer/Stonemason for 41 years. A 3rd generation Union Bricklayer/Stonemason. I have made decent enough wages to have a house, put three kids through college while having good health benefits and building a pension that I look forward to collecting soon. The pension won't make me rich but combined with my SS I will retire with dignity, live my remaining years comfortably without having to eat dog food. The only job security in our craft is your ability to make the employer money by being productive. There is not a spot as a Bricklayer, or any construction job that I have seen in my lifetime for that matter, for anyone that is lazy. The Union does not protect lazy workers and not does it encourage holding back. It just doesn't work. You don't produce, you get your check and go down the road. So for the people that say that the Union protects lazy workers it just does not happen in construction. I have noticed a trend of jealousy of Union workers over the past generation or so. When I first got into the trade I had friends that would say "you have a good Union job with good pay and benefits, how do I get one of those jobs?" Now, I hear people say "you have a Union job with good pay and benefits, I don't have that so you shouldn't either. To those people I say grow some balls and start an organizing campaign at your workplace, win an election and bargain a collective bargaining agreement and quit whining about what other people have. Turning an industry like construction or any other industry Union didn't happen out of the goodness of the employers heart. They are in business for one reason and one reason only.....to make money. It can be hard to stand up for yourself all alone but if you are all together and you can provide the employer(s) with a productive trained workforce like none other that he can find in the non-union sector than you can usually come to terms and have a cooperative working relationship. I don't claim to know everything about the auto industry or the UAW but the members pay dues for representation and then they get to vote on the contract. If the terms are not acceptable they have a right to withdraw their services. That's all a strike is, withdrawing your service. People do it all of the time just not in large groups. Anyone at a non-union workplace can go on strike too but they rarely do mostly because they are afraid of the boss. Wages for the working class have been stagnant for the last 30 years (basically since the Reagan years). I did a quick google search and ended up with a few thousand hits on how the middle class is shrinking and the rich keep getting richer. I attached just one: http://money.cnn.com/2011/02/16/news/economy/middle_class/ Lastly, people seem to dislike the fact that GM and Chrysler got bailed out. Did it even occur to anyone that it may be a matter of national security? When the U.S. was bombed by Japan and we entered WWII it was our ability to mass produce weapons that won the war for us. The auto companies retooled and were manufacturing weapons faster than our enemies could and faster than our enemies could imagine. It was our steel industry and auto manufacturers that helped win that war. If we lost two auto manufacturers to bankruptcy leaving only Ford it sure would leave us vulnerable. Could we depend on Toyota, Nisson and Honda to manufacture our defense weapons? I wouldn't want to count on that! The government bailed out the banking industry. They give subsidies to oil companies. I don't think that it was a bad thing to save two auto manufacturers that helped the U.S. in the 40's in our time of need. They probably saved as many if not more white collar jobs as they did jobs for Union workers. My Silverado was UAW built in Fort Wayne, IN. I have other cars all UAW or CAW built. I won't buy a car that doesn't have a "1" or a "2" for the first number of the VIN. I hope that a strike does not happen with any of the US three but if comes to that and they don't come to terms, I support them. I have found that you get out of the Union (or probably any organization) what you put into it. I always attended Union meetings so I saw first hand how being a Union member helped me and my family. Hank, proud Union member.
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