Friday, March 12, 2010
Don't mess with this beaver she's on the attack. Kind of like how I feel right now. Got a letter from the union today. I didn't used to be big on unions having grown up during the Jimmy Hoffa era but with todays environment it at least affords some support. In their letter they pointed out that unemployment in the construction industry is at 35%. I'd like to point out that it's worse than that. When I went down to the hall last month I looked through the out of work lists and found over 1000 names. That's closer to 3/4 of all the workers. If that weren't bad enough there are 10 bills in the state legislature to get people working and nothing is getting done. The state faces a 2 billion dollar budget shortfall that they are trying to plug but much of the money for these jobs bills was part of the stimulus. There was a big hupla about retraining for weatherization and they even had a big photo op last September. And now...crickets. No jobs and little indication of jobs. It makes me want to sent my legislator some fishnet stockings leather boots and some very red lipstick if you get my drift.
So you might ask why not just find something else? I have been looking for months and found only three jobs. One required a degree in environmental engineering and the other two were for journeymen under a different union and they were temporary on call positions. The other thing is that I don't want to lose any additions to my retirement fund. That reminds me I need to check on another retirement fund I'm vested in.
Keep your drums upright.
Almost forgot: Four more banks bit the dust this week 2 NY 1 Fl 1La