Any organization that regulates the amount of work one person can do in a day is not looking out for anyone but themselves. As a union trades person the amount of work you are expected to do is the amount you do. no more. If the union states you run two hundred feet of pipe in 8 hours that is all you can do. If it is a easy run and you can run 100 feet per hour you make that work last all day other wise you will" work yourself right out of a job". One of my co-workers went to the union after his apprenticeship. He was a 1st year journeyman working with guys that had more experience then him but he was twice as fast and did better work. He was warned on the job by some of his coworkers that he did not have to impress anyone. He did not think anything of it and kept working at his normal pace, not rushing, just working at a steady pace and getting the job done. the following Fri. the job foreman sent him to the hall. When asked why he was no longer on the job ( 2 floors done out of 15) he was told " We don't want your kind on this job". What ever is considered good for the company is bad for the employees in the union. That same shop refused portable sawzalls from the employer free of charge saying they cut pipe smaller then 1" with a hack saw and if the owner wanted them to use the cordless sawzalls on all size pipe he would have to give them a pay increase to compensate for the time lost on the job.
He sat at the hall for 6 months before calling it quits. He is now a respected foreman at one of the larger non- union shops in Milwaukee.
How can anyone say that a organization that will picket and terrorize your customers is good for anything. It reminds me of when I was a little kid and the crybaby in the neighborhood did not get his way, I am taking my ball and going home.
You know, I have heard that story before.
But then again I have laid under the raised floor of a computer center with nine IBEW guys who knew that we had a project due and their attitude was, we work until the J O B - I S - D O N E. No BS, no constraints that I was pulling cable with them and when eight hours was over and the job was still not complete, they tried to get a couple of other guys in. They couldn't I could and we completed the job with three geeks on top while the rest of us mapped and laid the system for the test that started at 9am. We finished at 5:30am, an 18 hour day for everyone. That was in the middle of New York City.
I can list similar stories in San Jose, LA, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta and Vegas with IBEW, CWA, SEIU, UE and AFGE. I had most trouble with AFGE of that group but believe it was because they were government workers not union.
Not all union interfaces have been perfect. I have had to fight for some work to get done on time/on schedule and getting various companies with various unions took a while to sync up while in NYC. But it can be done. Most want to work.