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Who is the most skilled union member?

Posted on October 4, 2012
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America shared one big round of applause and personal sigh of relief as the professional referees of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) ran back onto the field for Week 4 of football. If one point could not have been made clearer, leave the important work to professionals.

To honor the difference union labor makes, here are four fun videos of fellow union members showing the importance of skilled workers.
Check out these IBEW Local 6 members working almost 800 ft. high on the Golden Gate Bridge. In this video, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members of Local 6 in San Francisco, California show what it takes to keep San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in top shape. Whether on the ground or hundreds of feet in the air, only the most skilled workers can keep a bridge that extends 8,980 ft. and services more than 120,000 cars per day the most beautiful in the world.

Check out the IAFF Fire Ops 101 Class. The Hamilton County Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 4416 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) in Indiana, host a daylong training program known as FIRE OPS 101, which includes hands-on fire fighting and rescue operations under controlled supervision. From using self contained breathing apparatus' in heavy smoke to battling live fires, leave safety only to the experts.

The union brothers of Ironworkers Local 40 are literally the highest paid. This video features members of Ironworkers Local 40 in New York City building the Freedom Tower. The Freedom Tower, currently known as One World Trade Center or simply 1 WTC, will be 104 floors and 1,776 feet high in Lower Manhattan, New York City. At almost a half a mile high, thank these real-life ironmen for building America.

For a professional performance, get a professional musician.  This video displays Jack Chernos of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 6 in San Francisco, California. Jack Chernos, a San-Francisco-based activist singer/songwriter, stops by the AFM booth at the 2009 SXSW Music Conference to contribute his song "My People Are Rising."

Do you take union pride in what you do? If you are a union member who wants to show off their skills, please forward your video/picture to info@unionplus.org to be featured on Union Plus' Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest page! Details to follow submission.

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