When I was a child, my mom taught me to always pay attention to the union welders that worked in her shop. After she passed away, I started an etsy shop selling handmade items from her shop. It has grown to something beautiful.
I started the shop with a $2,000-to-1-percent commission on each item sold, but things have rapidly gotten more interesting since I was able to work with the best people in the business to create a quality product. Most of my customers come through e-mail which has been my way of keeping in touch with them. I also sell to customers who want the work to be done by hand.
As a result of sales to e-mail customers, I’ve seen the salary of a union welder climb to a cool $30,000, and I’ve also earned a few more from customers who are just plain crazy about my shop.
I’m a member of the union welder’s union, and I actually like those numbers. I’m the oldest of four brothers. My father was the manager of the company for years. He built the shop and the company. He raised my brothers and I and worked to ensure that we were doing things the right way. He was a very decent person, but at times he tended to be a little too nice about things.
I have many friends who are just as good, but not as nice. I’m not a good person, I’m not nice, but I’m a good person. I do like the union welder thing though, so I have no issues with that.
Yes, union welder is a good deal. Yes, welder is a good salary. And yes, it’s a good thing to have a union welder. But it’s definitely no way to make a living at a company that’s built around the idea that the line of work is one that allows you to work at your own pace and no one’s expected to be super fast.
The truth is, I wouldn’t even mind having a union welder, but the truth is I wouldn’t want to work at a company where the average worker is supposed to be doing the exact same job. I hate it when people say, “Yeah I’m a union welder.
If you are a worker who does not want to wait for your coworkers to get a good pay rise or a bigger paycheck, then you are probably not a very good worker. I think a lot of the reason unions are dying is because the work is really repetitive. But I also think there’s a reason why we are so obsessed with automation and making work simpler. The truth is, automation can make us all very happy.
I have been an employee for a man who was a union welder. I was never happy to be there. The union welder makes me feel like there is something more I could be doing in life. There was a time where I thought I was going to be a writer. And I thought I was going to be a filmmaker. And I thought I was going to be a novelist, or a playwright, or a novelist. I thought I was going to be a scientist.
I was wrong about all of that. Turns out, I want a job where I can actually do what I want to do. I want a job where I can make the decision as to whether I want to sit in an office with an actual human being or whether I want to work on some invisible piece of machinery. I want to work on something that actually matters and that I actually enjoy, but I’m not going to give you an answer.