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  1. F'ing Contractors..... Part II

    by
    Mke
    , January 5th, 2015 at 01:45 PM
    So.... I met with the contractor this morning. Walked them through and let them know we located the main runs, but their is a crap load of empty, unlocateable conduits in the area and they should be running with or parallel to the live utilities. And I proceeded to leave.

    I get back to the office and I get a call that they hit something. It wasn't even 10min and they already hit something.

    I head out there because these guys love telling everyone that "It" ...
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  2. "Insert Union Tag Line Here"

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    Mke
    , November 4th, 2014 at 10:07 AM
    I know I get some flak for being "Anti-Union". I really am not. I work for a company where alot of the people I work with are in unions. IBEW, ILWU, SEIU, Operating Engineers, etc... etc...

    My Mom was union. My dad was union. I can go on. My headache does not come from being represented by a union. If Locating had an existing union specifically designed for locators, I would be wearing the shirts proudly and paying the dues.

    My main complaint about ...
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  3. USIC employees gaining support to go union.

    by , October 28th, 2014 at 03:29 PM
    In the Midwest areas USIC employees are bonding together and working toward unionization. If you support the move and are a current employee of USIC, contact your nearest IBEW business manager and let him know. Also talk amongst your coworkers.

    Everyone has their own opinions about it,, but here are several key opportunities that could come from unionization.

    Better wages ( that cover more than just union dues.)
    Better and more affordable healthcare
    No ...
  4. To those of you who opperate an HDD machine....

    by
    Mke
    , October 17th, 2014 at 06:05 PM
    I know i'll get knee jerk responses stating that you are the "bee's knees" to directional drilling and that the following statements do not pertain to you and your operation.... Good on ya! Obviously there are guys out there that do not follow the typical standards put forth by the majority of HDD operators near my area.

    To those of you HDD operators in my area....

    Why do you care about the utilities in the work area only after it has been damaged or like ...
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  5. I think I'm a judgemental Pr*ck...

    by
    Mke
    , October 3rd, 2014 at 01:47 PM
    I was on-site yesterday with a contractor and a new company that just started performing Private locates. I have no issues with people opening private locate companies.... Good for you and I hope you make a killing. (This is where my judgemental tendencies come in.)

    I have issues with people opening private locating companies who know nothing of private locates. Fortunately the owner of this company was smart enough to employ a guy who has been doing privates for quite a while. ...
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