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Union sign shops? Strikes?

Discussion in 'Business Management' started by Texas_Signmaker, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Me being in the south, we don't have unions here... But I've heard of "Union Shops". What is a union shop? Is it a small sign shop who's employees formed a union? Do they or would they strike like GM? Whats the difference in a union shop VS regular shop? Aren't union shops at a disadvantage?
     
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  2. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    I think there is a print workers union. I've done something for a member that was running for a union position. Had to put his print union bug on it. Was really an odd situation. I don't think a smaller shop could union-ize. I don't know if they could join a larger group? People at 4over could probably form a union.
     
  3. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    OK, I don't know how to move this thread...or even if I'm allowed to... Could someone move it to a regular thing?
     
  4. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Just start a new one, but in a category where others can participate. Don't wanna let anyone out....................

    This one will just fizzle out......................... :sleepin:
     
  5. dburner

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    My shop is a union shop. We are members of IUPAT - the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, otherwise known as the painters’ union. It’s the most common union for sign shops.

    Because we are a union shop, we get a fair amount of political work in addition to the other kinds of work we do. On net, being a union shop is a win for the business.

    And: a shop doesn’t have to be huge to unionize. We had, I think, 5 or 6 people when we joined the union; that’s not uncommon for IUPAT.
     
  6. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

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    I worked at shop where the owner couldn't get his signs install up north because we were not Union & he went out and shopped for the Union that best fit his needs and made it a Union shop, all so he could put a "Union Made" sticker on his signs.. It was United Electrical workers.
     
  7. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    LOL, coming from a union guy

    There is a reason why 99% of shops in the US are not union, couldn't support the wages
     
  8. Reveal1

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    No union shops here but many print-related shops in nearby St. Louis. Or I should say there were many as those seem to be the shops closing right and left. Growing up, my father was a shop steward with the Teamsters, and I can remember his rantings against 'the company' as if it were the enemy. All while we enjoyed the Teamster country club, Teamster medical clinic etc funded by the enemy, that is until the company moved the jobs to a non-union area in a failed effort to stay competitive with Asian competitors. A Union friend (now out of a job) who growing up was on the surface seemed the most right-wing guy I knew, voted Obama twice; when I asked why he unabashedly said 'because my union told me to' - a direct quote.
     
  9. fresh

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    is this a stupid question... can an owner of the shop join a union? Like, aren't I the "man" the union is trying keep in line?
     
  10. Reveal1

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    Could be wrong, but I believe the answer is 'yes' because several construction contractors with employees I know are union so they can get government jobs.
     
  11. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    I've wondered the same thing. I'm assuming it means that the business is willing to accept union workers and everything that may be involved. I can't imagine they'd tell the owner that he couldn't unionize his shop.
     
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