For the individual workers, these duties translate into physical evolution involving repeated bending, stooping, lifting, carrying and climbing. To be a unionist was like being Catholic. Being a rather independent young man, Jack decided to join the United States Navy. Munoz and Pile Drivers Local Union Number 34. After moving to California, both grandfathers became union members—one a union boilermaker, the other a union foundry worker.
Sandy Cate assisted me in the layout and mechanics of this book. States with the highest employment level in this occupation: State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 460 0. This involved a change from the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. During my first day on that S. .
Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation: Industry Employment Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 1,390 1. During his twenty-five years as business agent for Local 34, he played an active part during the period of San Francisco's labor history when labor triumphed over management, and made this area the example it is today. My first job involved cutting off piles on the Southern Pacific Building at Mission and Steuart Street, San Francisco, for the Willamette Western Company. Corporations now have a free ride. They are skilled at determining load-carrying capacities, gauging hammer performance, and accommodating lateral, compression, or tension loads.
His guidance, encouragement, and friendship helped me to complete this book. Piledrivers construct deep foundations, bridges, wharfs, docks and sub-sea structures which require construction deep sea divers. Program The minimum term of Apprenticeship requires 48 months, 4800 work hours and completion of 612 hours of related instructional classes taken at a carpenters training center. A seven-member crew, including 6 pile drivers and an operating engineer, work with a pile-driving hammer and a crane mounted on a derrick barge that they move up and down the San Francisco waterfront repairing piers. Munoz and by Jeff Johnson, Radical Elders Oral History Project. And the best part of the job is the camaraderie of the crews, not only the pile driving crews, but all the other trades we work with as well. Maintaining the piers is a never-ending job.
Underwater you do everything by feel. With free time on my hands, Local 34 president Gary Bakke appointed me as an unofficial historian. The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. When I first started we used steam rigs built in the 1940s. During the early 1920s the Pile Drivers and the Carpenter locals had their charters revoked. Most ports are now built out of concrete, but San Francisco wants to keep the tradition of the heavy wood.
He taught me to always be aware of your surroundings. We worked together side-by-side on the Bay Bridge and the Carquinez Bridge. This process has gone on for generations. They are also called upon to reconstruct, repair, maintain and even demolish existing structures. Bending and stooping, often for prolonged periods, are also a routine part of the work. The International agreed to all the Blue Cards' demands except that Local 34 must not stay a member of the Maritime Council. Local 510 has approximately 800 members in the greater bay area.
The San Francisco Building Trades negotiated an agreement with the employers without ratification of the members. The industrial unionist was underpaid, so he stood to lose less. Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation: Metropolitan area Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 210 0. In 1924 Jack Wagner came to Oakland, California broke and looking for work. Pilebutt Emerson Franks broke me in and I dedicate this book to him, as well as to Arden Searls, and to others who took the time to teach me. The former officers opened up a union hall on Valencia St. Safety belts are not always practical and are seldom worn.
Seventy-five percent of the members stayed with Jack's Committee of Ten as they were called and twenty-five percent with the old guard. I do hope that pilebutts throughout the Brotherhood will write histories of their local unions and craft experience. Jack Wagner and ten other men took over the building and the books of Local 34, evicting the officers and electing new ones. We have supplied our contractors with skilled manpower to build docks, ports, bridges, building foundations, oil platforms and other structures for over 62 years. He retired at the age of 58 and traveled to South America, Canada and the Soviet Union. We do a lot of falsework for the other trades. During 1982, I met Archie Green, a retired shipwright who had left his trade to study and write in the area of labor folklore.