Friday, August 29, 2008

Millwrights looking for work

Millwrights...Looking for work?

Thanks Millwright Ron

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Millwright Ron

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Definition of a Union:

Definition of a Union:

A combination so formed, especially an alliance or confederation of people, parties, or political entities for mutual interest or benefit....

If you belong to the Chamber of Commence.You belong to a Union that is against raising the Minimum wage. The Chamber lobbied congress against raising the Minimum wage. .

Millwright Ron

Friday, August 15, 2008


Companies who use unionized workers are 27 percent more productive, according to a recent report published in Scientific American.
Millwright Ron

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Jobs are moved over seas to the cheapest labor cost and less
government control..... Does that mean that we who work with our
hands,our brains and our hearts have to make third world wages? Does
this mean that we have to work in a unsafe environment? Do we have to
sacrifice our health, our bodies and our loved ones?
There is always someone who will work cheaper, with less safety
and less concern about our environment.
Just look at big business..... The owners of mines,factories and
companies who are fined or arrested each year for pollution,safety
violations,harassment,lying,endangering their employees.
The Ceo's that steal hundreds of millions of dollars from their
companies and stock holders. If you think Unions are corrupted? You
hand better take a good look at big business.

Today we need organization of Labor more than ever......

Unions .... "The people who brought you the Weekends"

Union Millwright and Damn Proud Of It
Millwright Ron

The Future Belongs To The Millwright's

"Excellence Is A Process Not A Goal To Do Better"
* * The Future Belongs To The Millwright's
Millwright Ron

Monday, August 11, 2008



A standard attack on unions is that the government needs to repress
unions because workers have a history of violence in strikes. The
historical record shows that the violence, and especially murder, has
overwhelmingly from the other direction, through government police,
spies, security guards, and Pinkerton forces employed to break

One of the first great strike waves of this country occured on the
railways in 1877; in that strike, US federal troops repeatedly opened
of strikers battling with the monopolistic railways, killing twelve
in Baltimore, killing twenty-five in Pittsburg, and using troops
throughout the country to break the strike. Local police in Pittsburg
actually supported the strikers because public opinion so supported
strike, but President Hayes made sure federal troops were used to
the railroad monopolies.

In July of 1892, Carnegie Steel declared war on the Amalgamated union
iron, steel and tin workers as they went on strike. A private
army marched against the union's position armed with Winchester
strikers died and three Pinkertons died from return fire. Under this
attack, the union was broken and teh steel industry would not be under
union contract again until 1937, forty-five years later.

In coming years, strike after strike would be broken at the hands of
militias: switchmen in Buffalo, coal miners in Tennessee.

In 1894, Eugene Debs and the American Railway Union led a strike after
arbitrary firings of Pullman Car workers; the strike escalated
Despite protests from the Governor of Illinois who noted there was no
coercion or violence by the strikers, President
Grover Cleveland, sent in four companies of the 15th Infantry to crush
strike. Injunctions were ordered and 200 strike leaders were arrested
th strike was broken. Eugene Debs would be imprisoned under the
Anti-Trust Act and went to jail and his union was crushed.

In 1898, 1200 western miners on strike were imprisoned without charge
break a strike in Idaho.

To note the repression by the government in other ways, note that in
the United Hatters union announced a national boycott against a
company in Connecticut. THe company sued the hatter's union under the
Sherman Act and the courts upheld damages against the union that led
union members having home foreclosures against their homes and the
bankrupting of union coffers. Other boycotts were matched by a
of two years prison for the head of the American Federation of Labor
(although he eventually had the conviction dropped).

Unions found that if they struck, the government would issue an
and jailed; if they called for a boycott, they'd be bankrupted by the
courts or threatened with imprisonment. At the same time, attempts by
unions to use legislation such as limits to the working day or
minimum-wage laws were voided by the courts (until 1937 and the New
Unions found that whether through the ballot, through a strike, or
speech and boycotts--the employers and government would attack them.

In 1912, a massive strike in the wool mills of Lawrence, MA showed
employer violence overstepped its bounds and backfired. Despite the
deployment of the militia and the arrest of strike leaders, the
could not break the strike. In order to survive economically,
planned to send their children to supporters in other states. The
and its supporters declared that no children would be allowed to leave
city. When the strike committee undertook to take the children to the
railway station, the police and militia surrounded the station, the
closed in and began to beat mothers and children mericilessly.
Despite the
jailing of 296 strikers, public protest and continued resistance
forced the
company to raise wages although the union was never recognized.

Possibly the most bloody attack on unionists was Ludlow, Colorado in
1913 where J.D. Rockefeller and his Colorado Fuel and Iron Company
had state
militia and hired special deputies attack and
try to crush coal miners there. Conflict ranged for months until the
militia opened machine-fire on a tent city of mineworkers family and
soaked tents in oil and put them to the torch. Women and children
in pits to escape the falmes; in one, eleven children and two women
found burned to death at the hands of the militia.

Because more radical union leaders in the International Workers of the
World (IWW) opposed World War I, several hundred of their leaders were
arrested in 1917 solely for speaking out against the war. Eugene Debs,
leader of the Pullman strike in 1894 and now leader of the Socialist
Party, would spend the war years in jail (and poll a million votes for
President from his jail cell). Others were forced to flee the

In 1922, 400,000 railway workers went on strike and faced tough
opposition. The federal government stepped in in September and issued
injunction that barred the following: not just picketing, but strike
meetings, statements to the public, use of union funds for any strike
activity, use of "letters, telegrams, telephones word of mouth" to
anyone to strike. This helped set the stage for the general decline
unions in the 1920s where courts declared pro-worker legislation
unconstitutional and most strikes illegal.

Only with the New Deal did the government and business stop universal
oppression and violence against striking unions. Part of this was the
1932 Norris-LaGuardia Act that banned use of the federal injunction
against labor disputes (which would be repealed with the Taft-Hartley
of 1947). It was in this period from 1932 to 1947, when the
stopped its coercive violence against unions that most unions had a
to organize and gain their rights. With the reimposition of
injunctions with Taft-Hartley in 1947, new organizing became much
where troops could be deployed to break a strike.

One of the most violent strikes of the 1930s was the "Little Steel"
of 1937 (after US Steel recongized the union) where the company
attacks on picket lines, tear gassing union headquarters, the arrests
of union
leaders, and finally a bloody clash in South Chicago. There, the
opened fire on a holiday picnic of steel strikers and their families
Memorial Day, killing ten strikers. And while the federal government
not attacking strikers now, the Governor of Ohio deployed police to
the strike.

It is worth noting the findings of the La Follette Civil Liberties
Committee which released a report on corporate activies from 1933 to
In the report, it was gound that 2500 companies had hired labor spies
spy in union meetings and even becoming union officials in order to
undermine the organizations. Almost $10 million ($76 million in 1993
dollars) had been spent by companies in this period for spies,
strike-breakers and munitions--GM alone had spent $830,000. In one
strike, the so-called Little Steel strike, Youngstown Sheet and Tube
Company had on hand eight machine guns, 369 rifles, 190 shotguns, 450
revolvers, and 109 gas guns. The Republic Steel Corporation had
$79,000 of tear and other gas weapons, making it a larger buyer of
weapons than law enforcement officials.

With World War II and the post-war period, labor conflict has
been quieter, both because of the continued use of labor injunction
Taft-Hartley and a slightly saner collective bargaining relationship.
However, that relationship broke down in the 1980s with PATCO and a
anti-union drive by employers.

On the net, a couple of people cited street fights in Las Vegas as
evidence of representative union conflict. Aside from the fact that
Las Vegas as representative of anything is a bit laughable, let's put
street conflict in a bit of context (other than the general violence
the town).

In 1984, there was a citywide strike of the casinos. The city passed
ordinance making picketing illegal and proceeded to arrest and jail
strikers. Security guards in one televised incident beat the hell out
striking workers at the Hilton, an image that helped win the strike
people didn't want to vacation in hotels where security guards felt
to beat up non-violent strikers.

Now, we have a strike at the Frontier Hotel that's been going on since
1989. If you point a camera on a street corner for four years, you
inevitably going to have a street scuffle at some point in time. If
actions were consistent day-after-day, you might have a case, but to
one or two fights over four years of a strike and identify that as
union actions is ridiculous.

The point of all these posts is simple: violence in our society in
struggles has come overwhelmingly from employers and the goverment.
Millwright Ron

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Buy your Millwright decals and books

Buy your Millwright decals and books at the Millwrights Store.
Millwright Ron

Why do we need Unions

Our good conditions of employment came from union action over the past century.
Unions provide the level playing field and the balance needed for justice. Employer organization's refer to union bosses' excesses. They ignore the excesses of the company bosses, their failures and their obscene pay, 130 times the average workers' pay.

Why do we need Unions?

Only an idiot refuses to see the writing's on the wall.

Millwright Ron

Friday, August 08, 2008


Excellence Is A Process Not A Goal To Do Better"
The Future Belongs To The Millwright's

Millwright Ron

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Millwright Work

Millwright Work

Millwrights install, repair, replace, and dismantle the machinery and heavy equipment used in many industries.

The wide range of facilities and the development of new technology require millwrights to continually update their skills�from blueprint reading and pouring concrete to diagnosing and solving mechanical problems.

The millwright's responsibilities begin when machinery arrives at the jobsite.

New equipment must be unloaded, inspected, and moved into position.

To lift and move light machinery, millwrights use rigging and hoisting devices, such as pulleys and cables.

With heavier equipment, they may require the assistance of hydraulic lift-truck or crane operators to position the machinery.

Because millwrights often decide which device to use for moving machinery, they must know the load-bearing properties of rope, cables, hoists, and cranes.

Millwrights consult with production managers and others to determine the optimal placement of machines in a plant.

When this placement requires building a new foundation, millwrights either prepare the foundation themselves or supervise its construction.

As a result, they must know how to read blueprints and work with a variety of building materials.

To assemble machinery, millwrights fit bearings, align gears and wheels, attach motors, and connect belts, according to the manufacturer's blueprints and drawings.

Precision leveling and alignment are important in the assembly process, so millwrights measure angles, material thickness, and small distances with tools such as squares, calipers, and micrometers.

When a high level of precision is required, devices such as lasers and ultrasonic measuring tools may be used.

Millwrights also work with hand and power tools, such as cutting torches, welding machines, and soldering guns, and with metalworking equipment, including lathes and grinding machines.

In addition to installing and dismantling machinery, many millwrights work with mechanics and maintenance workers to repair and maintain equipment.

This includes preventive maintenance, such as lubrication and fixing or replacing worn parts.

Increasingly sophisticated automation means more complicated machines for millwrights to install and maintain.

For example, millwrights may install and maintain numerical control equipment�computer-controlled machine tools that fabricate manufacturing parts.

This machinery requires special care and knowledge, so millwrights often work closely with computer or electronics experts, electricians, engineers, and manufacturers� representatives to install it

Millwright Ron

Proud Member Of The Union Millwrights

Peach Bottom needs Millwright

Peach Bottom Atomic Power station annual fall outage is scheduled to go down Sept. 14. I will need approximately 50 Millwrights to help me with this outage.
Thank you!

Millwright Local 2237,
council Roy Earnest

MMillwright Ron

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Fort McMurray Canada


Fort McMurray.

Here is our email address.

If you are interested in working in Fort McMurray send your updated CV/Resume

through to us.

We will then forward your CV/Resume to our clients.

Remember there will be a rotating shift scenario and camp accommodation or subsidised housing.

Obviously dependant on availability.

Plus trips involved back home.

If you know any other interested colleagues send our details to them.

We are looking for Millwrights, Iron Workers, Pipe Fitters/Welders, Shutterers & Power Engineers.

Best Regards,

Andrew Tarrant

Regional Manager

4 Royal Mint Court
London EC3N 4HJ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)129 352 3588
Fax: +44 (0) 207 990 7933

Millwright Ron

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Millwrights

The word "millwright" has long been used to describe the man who was marked by everything ingenious and skillful. For several centuries in England and Scotland the millwright was recognized as a man with a knowledge of carpentry, blacksmithing and lathe work in addition to the fitter and erector. He was the recognized representative of mechanical arts and was looked upon as the authority in all applications of winds and water, under whatever conditions they were to be used, as a motive power for the purpose of manufacture. In other words, as the above definition would indicate, he was the area engineer, a kind of jack of all trades who was equally comfortable at the lathe, the anvil or the carpenter's bench. Thus, the millwright of the last several centuries was an itinerant engineer and mechanic of high reputation and recognized abilities. He could handle the axe, the hammer and the plane with equal skill and precision. He could turn, bore or forge with the ease and ability of one brought up in those trades. He could set and cut in the furrows of a millstone with an accuracy equal to or superior to that of the miller himself. In most instances, the millwright was a fair arithmetician, knew something of geometry, leveling and measurements, and often possessed a very competent knowledge of practical mathematics. He could calculate the velocities, strength and power of machines; could draw in plans, construct buildings, conduits or watercources, in all the forms and under all the conditions required in his professional practice. He could build bridges, cut canals and perform a variety of work now done by civil engineers. In the early days of North America millwrights designed and constructed the mills where flour and grist were ground by water power. Water was directed over hand-constructed wooden mill wheels to turn big wooden gears and generate power. Millwrights executed every type of engineering operation in the construction of these mills. The introduction of the steam engine, and the rapidity with which it created new trades, proved a heavy blow to the distinctive position of the millwrights, by bringing into the field a new class of competitors in the form of turners, fitters, machine makers, and mechanical engineers. Although there was an extension of the demand for millwork, it nevertheless lowered the profession of the millwright, and leveled it to a great degree with that of the ordinary mechanic. It was originally the custom for the millwrights to have meetings for themselves in every shop. These meetings usually included long discussions of practical science and the principles of construction which more often than not ended in a quarrel. One benefit of these meetings was the imparting of knowledge, as young aspirants would frequently become excited by the illustrations and chalk diagrams by which each side supported their arguments.
Millwright Ron

Monday, August 04, 2008


This is America, where we have freedom...of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly—and the freedom to join a union.

In theory !!!!!

For most working men and women today, the freedom to form a union—a fundamental human and civil right—is an elusive freedom. When employers block workers’ efforts to form a union, it is no small infringement: Some 42 million nonunion workers say they want to be part of unions

Millwright Ron

Friday, August 01, 2008

China trade costs jobs in every state

Economic Policy Institute

China trade costs jobs in every state

Unbalanced U.S. trade with China since 2001 has had a devastating effect on U.S. workers. Between 2001 and 2007, 2.3 million jobs were lost or displaced, including 366,000 in 2007 alone. These jobs were displaced by the growth of the U.S. trade deficit with China, which increased from $84 billion in 2001 to $262 billion in 2007.

Growing China trade deficits between 2001 and 2007 eliminated jobs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Jobs displacement exceeded 2.0% of total employment in Idaho, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Oregon, California, Minnesota, Vermont, Texas, and Wisconsin. The effects of growing trade deficits with China have been felt widely across the United States and no area has been exempt from their impact. While traditional manufacturing states such as Wisconsin, Tennessee, and the Carolinas were certainly hard hit, so too were states in the tech sector such as California, Texas, Oregon, and Minnesota. Rapidly growing imports of computers and electronic parts accounted for almost half of the $178 billion increase and eliminated 561,000 U.S. jobs. Idaho, which lost an estimated 9,000 jobs in computer and electronic products alone, was the hardest-hit state in the country in terms of share of total state employment.

Millwright Ron