Don't look for much sympathy from union drywallers
, who know that their bosses have to pay those very same premiums.
As for remodeler complaints that drywallers
are sloppy, clean up in neighbor's yards, and have no idea that GCs are in the service business, Redden admits, "They're probably right.
"Maybe the drywaller
can do 10 homes a week, but the painter can only do seven," says George Casey.
In the past, he said, the association also had provided legal services against deportation and criminal-detention cases, "which had given it credibility with the militant immigrant drywaller
He served in the Army National Guard and worked as a drywaller
for Ehlers Construction in Eugene.
Father Salandini has invited his friend Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers' leader who has already given the drywaller
strikers his encouragement.
He worked as a roofer for many years and most recently was a drywaller
for Hathaway's Inc.
Thanks largely to a slow market, the drywaller
is charging the same as before.
"We use them as a tool to get our regular subs to drop their prices." (In 1992, falling wages also sparked a violent drywaller
strike that has since petered out.)
Also coming by the thousands upon thousands are painters, roofers, landscapers, drywallers
, construction workers, care takers; you know, all the hands on work that used to provide the middle class with a decent standard of living.
For instance, we see that Sacramento area builders cannot effectively compete with San Francisco Bay Area builders for drywallers
due to dramatic pricing differences - Bay Area drywall contractors pay much higher piece labor rates than drywall contractors in Sacramento.
The various state-level realtor organizations collect hundreds of millions of dollars a year as well, not to mention the trade associations for the homebuilders, mortgage bankers, roofers, drywallers
, plumbers, tile installers, title insurers, and the like.