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  1. USIC employees gaining support to go union.

    by , October 28th, 2014 at 04:29 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 ...
  2. To those of you who opperate an HDD machine....

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    Mke
    , October 17th, 2014 at 07:05 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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  3. I think I'm a judgemental Pr*ck...

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    Mke
    , October 3rd, 2014 at 02:47 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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  4. Shot down agin...

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    Mke
    , September 11th, 2014 at 11:42 AM
    So, the verdict came in and I didn't make it to the next round. It's alright though, I did have to answer "no" to alot of questions they asked. I was just hoping my facility experience would carry me through to the next round. The one positive out of this has been that my current manager knew I was interviewing, and the interview came a week before our yearly reviews. Guess who got a decent raise?

    Still below the position I was interviewing for, but what can you do. ...
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  5. Got an Interview....

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    Mke
    , August 27th, 2014 at 11:32 AM
    So, My company posted a job for a dispatching position. It is two pay grades higher then what i'm at now. Where I'm at now is the highest pay grade for a utility locator.

    When I seen the job posting, I did a knee jerk reaction and applied because it was more money. I have made it to the preliminary interview (phone), which is this afternoon. Now that I've made it to the first step, it got me thinking about several things.

    One; I've got it pretty good. I know ...
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