May 16, 2015
Dad was a union plumber from 1964 until his death in 2001. Dad believed in the brotherhood. The values Dad instilled in his children are the values he honored as a member of UA Local 469 Plumbers and Pipefitters. These same values I have passed on to my children and my siblings have passed on to theirs. And even though the state of unions in America have taken a hit, the tradition Dad cultivated and handed down, continues to this day.
I’m not about to debate the merits of belonging to a union. However, I think it’s time to give credit where credit is due. I cannot speak for all unions nor all union members; I wouldn’t want to. However, I can speak from experience.
These are the values with which Dad instilled in me. These are also time-honored union values, American values:
Although some may not agree, I know I am in the company of men and women I both respect and admire. This short list not only includes my dad, it also contains my brother Alex and my brother Daniel. Though my dad is no longer active, Alex and Daniel have continued in the union tradition. The above values epitomize who they are and what they bring to a society bereft of values of days past.
Readers, this post is in honor of all the union men and women keeping with tradition and time-honored values. Specifically, this post is to honor my brothers, Alex and Daniel, whose lives and families have been blessed and, dare I say, cursed to hold such high values. Alex, Daniel and their families are about to embark on a life changing journey; from Arizona to New York. Work is scarce in Arizona and so are most unions. However, loyalty and the need to provide for their families trump familiarity. I love you both and I wish you and your familieshappiness. I am proud of you, Alex. I am proud of you, Daniel.
Unions: Rank has its privliges. Peace, ~v.