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    Default Thoughts about United States Infrastructure Corp

    Please let me know what you think about this company

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    Default Re: Thoughts about United States Infrastructure Corp

    You could look at almost half the threads on here and get a good idea of how locators feel about USIC. I have never personally met anyone who worked or is working for them, but doesnt seem to be a lot of positive things said about their management in this forum.

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    Default Re: Thoughts about United States Infrastructure Corp

    wouldn't it be a period and not a comma?

    Like wise, no real oppinion on U.S.I.C. but a quick search through the threads can get you a rough gambit of the way people feel. Good luck on Unionizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unionusic View Post
    Please let me know what you think about this company
    Based on first hand reports from a number of their lcoators NOT a place for anybody to seriously consider working at.

    As for unionizing that place you will find you could easily get the locators to sign up to a union.

    The trouble you will face is that there are no unions that still have the capacity to organize a local where the employer is hostile.
    They will want you and yours to openly try to organize and do all the work. The employer being hostile will just fire the lot of you. The union position is that when they fire you the union will file suit. The problem you well know is that nobody wants to face years of unemployment while the suit goes through Federal courts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProfessionalLocator View Post
    Based on first hand reports from a number of their lcoators NOT a place for anybody to seriously consider working at.

    As for unionizing that place you will find you could easily get the locators to sign up to a union.

    The trouble you will face is that there are no unions that still have the capacity to organize a local where the employer is hostile.
    They will want you and yours to openly try to organize and do all the work. The employer being hostile will just fire the lot of you. The union position is that when they fire you the union will file suit. The problem you well know is that nobody wants to face years of unemployment while the suit goes through Federal courts.
    Exactly.

    Without the support of the unions of USIC's clients you are trying to achieve the impossible, but there are rumors that a couple of those client unions would not be opposed to taking plant locating back, or at least having a larger voice in how it is performed and what the policies are. USIC has a couple clients in Illinois that are not happy with the service they are getting, the same can be said for Oklahoma and parts of Michigan, start there.

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    I think you're username tells me you're agenda.

    As far as USIC goes I don't have any problems. There are so many companies still in wage freezes with sky rocketing insurance premiums which USIC has neither.

    Alot of the problems you hear on this website are district specific.

    As far as your union agenda I think everyone on this website knows how I feel. Unions are weak and you would probably loose more than you would gain by going union.

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    i work for usic and to honest i actually like working for them, however, i've never worked at another locate firm to compare them too. to me, the only thing that matters is that i see my family and i get paid, and while they do require alot of hours out of me, i get paid pretty well (for where i live). when im not getting OT like crazy, im seeing my family, so im happy. also, im just happy to be in the locate industry, it seems pretty steady and since its required by law i feel like the more time i spend in the industry the more i feel like i could always go back to it regardless of what i end up doing. for now though, im sticking with them and have no plans on leaving, and im even gonna try and get into a trainer-type position ( a move up).

    i do have one compaint, and its just that i feel like usic is too much at the mercy of their customers. granted, customer satisfaction is necessary to keep business, but it would be nice to see some sort of policing of the actual one-call laws in regards to who is liable for doing what, and putting an end to the one call system abuse (emergency fence installs anyone?) The demands of the customers superceed the requirments of the law in ways that make life even harder for the locator. i guess im saying it would be nice if the company could stand up for itself agains the customer's requirments when they dont even coincide with what the law requires. instead it always falls on the shoulders of the guy in the field to try and figure out everything for himself, and he is held responsible for not taking that one-more extra step (after the 10 extra steps he's already taken) to keep the plant safe.

    for example, in oklahoma the law clearly states that the contractor must call in a locate no more than 10 days and no less than 2 days in advance. however, there is no information that i can find regarding an "update and reflag". if the work takes place outside of the 10 day limit and a damage occurs, the customer still would look to usic first, because in oklahoma the customer says that it doesnt matter how old the paint is as long as it is still legible. i agree that the marks should be accurate, but the contractor isn't even complying w the law and they still look at what we did first?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy View Post
    I think you're username tells me you're agenda.

    As far as USIC goes I don't have any problems. There are so many companies still in wage freezes with sky rocketing insurance premiums which USIC has neither.

    Alot of the problems you hear on this website are district specific.

    As far as your union agenda I think everyone on this website knows how I feel. Unions are weak and you would probably loose more than you would gain by going union.
    USIC is union in some states, and they get better benefits from being union.

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    Anyone trying to organize a Union in Texas is just 'pissing into the wind' because of the simple fact we have more applicants than positions. Also, with the 'Right To Work' laws here, the Unions are notoriously weak now.
    I'm in no way shilling for USIC but they do a fairly good job of explaining exactly how they want me to do my job and supply me with the tools(mostly) to get the job done. There are rules in place to protect me if I fall behind and as long as I show up , put in an honest day's work, help others when I can, treat the customers, homeowners, clients and anyone one else with respect, and don't idle too long, then they pay me a decent wage and leave me alone to do my job.
    Maybe I have 'drunk the Kool-Aid' too long, but I seem to have called a truce with this job and now am able to take advantage of some of the benefits and enjoy what I am doing and not worry too much about what Management does, or doesn't do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprayandpray View Post
    Anyone trying to organize a Union in Texas is just 'pissing into the wind' because of the simple fact we have more applicants than positions. Also, with the 'Right To Work' laws here, the Unions are notoriously weak now.
    I'm in no way shilling for USIC but they do a fairly good job of explaining exactly how they want me to do my job and supply me with the tools(mostly) to get the job done. There are rules in place to protect me if I fall behind and as long as I show up , put in an honest day's work, help others when I can, treat the customers, homeowners, clients and anyone one else with respect, and don't idle too long, then they pay me a decent wage and leave me alone to do my job.
    Maybe I have 'drunk the Kool-Aid' too long, but I seem to have called a truce with this job and now am able to take advantage of some of the benefits and enjoy what I am doing and not worry too much about what Management does, or doesn't do.
    Reminds me a lot of an Utiliquest locator telling me how they coped with the degrading of the company. They show up, do a good job becasue that is what they do, go home and once a week collect a check. They no longer care or go the extra yard, they just do the minimum required of them. This person's productivity is a fraction of what it used to be but they need locators that can put the paint over the utility so badly they gave him a raise fearing he might leave. That raise is quite an achievement in an area where nooboes get $12 an hour, in one of the highest cost of living areas in the country, and after a year many to not get to see $13 an hour.

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    To the owner of the thread you might wat to contact the people in NC. If memory serves me right they are one of the union shops in usic. The countless of older post will let you know how many people feel about usic. I am sure if there was a sheet sent around you probably get 60-70% first signing. Like many have said unions are weak now and with unemployment so high i am sure they could replace a lot of people with warm bodies. Becareful what you wish for this Christmas

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProfessionalLocator View Post
    Reminds me a lot of an Utiliquest locator telling me how they coped with the degrading of the company. They show up, do a good job becasue that is what they do, go home and once a week collect a check. They no longer care or go the extra yard, they just do the minimum required of them. This person's productivity is a fraction of what it used to be but they need locators that can put the paint over the utility so badly they gave him a raise fearing he might leave. That raise is quite an achievement in an area where nooboes get $12 an hour, in one of the highest cost of living areas in the country, and after a year many to not get to see $13 an hour.
    Well, you can 'be reminded of someone else" all you want, but I care about my reputation and good name in this business and no matter what the Company does , as long as I'm taking their money I will give them my best. Just because "someone else" has no pride or does not want to do this job or believes they are being under-compensated does not mean that "everyone else" should feel that way.
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    I work for USIC and have worked for several different locate companies and I have to say USIC is by far the worst. Their policies are head scratchers. I honestly think they are clueless when it comes to locating. Damage Prevention Specialist is my job title, but with USIC its all about making money first and damage prevention second. We are so restricted on how we can manage our tickets through out the day with useless policies. Soon we will be told what tickets to do first and in what order by a pre-routing system. Taking away any managing your own area anymore. Basicly we will be robots out in the field. I could go on for hours on whats wrong with USIC. I have been locating for over a decade and have loved every minute of it up until 6 months ago when USIC lost their mind and put gps and other policies in place. They lost so many good experienced employees and replaced them with newbies who have no clue what they are doing. My last days at USIC will be this spring and I' am counting down the days. Anyone thinking of working for USIC, please PM me and I can feel you in on the reality of working for a company who treats their employees like slaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintitnow View Post
    To the owner of the thread you might wat to contact the people in NC. If memory serves me right they are one of the union shops in usic. The countless of older post will let you know how many people feel about usic. I am sure if there was a sheet sent around you probably get 60-70% first signing. Like many have said unions are weak now and with unemployment so high i am sure they could replace a lot of people with warm bodies. Becareful what you wish for this Christmas
    You can't be fired for trying to unionize, it's in the national labor laws, and no company wants the NLRB pointed at them, it isn't pretty, just ask the folks that run Major League Baseball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locator00566 View Post
    I work for USIC. Damage Prevention Specialist is my job title. I have been locating for over a decade and have loved every minute of it up until 6 months ago when USIC lost their mind and put gps and other policies in place.
    Hey Damage Prevention Specialist - I too am a USICer. Thing is, I can't imagine myself doing anything else but locating for USIC. I would hope I'm not the only one that truly likes his job at USIC. I make more money now as a locator than I ever did in management or sales jobs in my past. I feel as though I'm working less hours now than I did in my previous jobs and I'm experiencing a lot less stress. I would be hard pressed to find a job that would pay me more to start than what I make now. I'm not happy I have the GPS bullshit to deal with, but I ain't upset enough to quit. Luv Ya Man!

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