You are correct.
Indiana is an "Agency Shop" state. The difference between a "Union" shop and
an "Agency" shop is that in the latter, an employee need not actually join
the union but must, nevertheless, contribute dues and initiation fees as if
he were a union member.
I regret the error. Coming as I do from a Right To Work state, I hope I'll
be forgiven for lack of expertise on union matters. We just don't have much
contact with unions or union members in Texas.
Except for the UPS drivers, of course.
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Averages are so misleading. Average UPS drivers pay at this time 12/07/2007
is about $72,000 cash, and benefits of about $30,000.
But driver with enough senority can get more overtime by "bumping" junior
employees and with 15 hours of OT can earn over $90,000 and with 20 hours OT
can earn over $100,000 cash not including benefits.
So a senority driver can earn OVER $130,000 in cash and benefits. There are
ways to earn a few thousand more by working vacations and over lapping
vacations with paid holidays.
Many thanks to all who responded. I've been reading and thinking all day
about what you've said - and copied what you've written into a permanent
directory so that I can expand my perspectives by review.
It may very well be that I was mis-directing my efforts by trying to
contribute to the recovery of terminally-ill patients. I jokingly call
my CNC "Sancho Panza" - but in real life I try to avoid head-to-head
confrontations with windmills. :)
I think I should have made clear that I wasn't (actively) looking for
ways to expand /my/ enterprise (I do that, but that's not what this is
about). Rather, I hoped to improve the prospects for those who might
benefit from diversification into "green energy", and to keep /their/
employees on /their/ payroll.
Y'all have given me a lot to think about, and I'm grateful.
There are many communities in the midwest that have economic development
organizations whose major purpose is to assist companies in relocation.
As one would assume, companies with immediate needs for hiring
hundreds of employees get the lion's share of attention, but a smart EDO
would want to hear your story. As others have written, put your focus
on local chambers of commerce and similar organizations. They will have
staff who know how to read a business plan. The right organization will
come bearing gifts like tax incentives and relo assistance.
I'm in the Milwaukee area and if I can be of any assistance drop me a
note (drop the nospam from my email address).
Morris Dovey wrote:
I give them a little more time to respond.
It's been my experience that most city governements have a hard time
responding to anything within a couple of weeks.
If you still don't get any action, as has been suggested by others,
you might want to go directly to one of the manufacturers.
How about the Left Coast? Our Governor is trying to leave a legacy of
setting Oregon on the path to being a center for alternative fuels,
technologies, etc. Several RV manufacturers have gone bankrupt and
unemployment is 5th in the nation. You would probably get a lot of incentive
from Portland, but it may not be the best place to be. See opportunities
throughout the state:
and a toll free number:
You could set up everywhere from the Pacific Coast, to rural wine producing
areas, to Cascade Mountain foothills, to high desert, to full Urban. In the
Portland area you even have access to a high tech workforce.
If I can help with more information, just ping me.
On Sun, 15 Mar 2009 09:34:08 -0500, the infamous Morris Dovey
A) They likely felt that to sub-out to you would seriously undermine
their workforce by spoiling them with fun new work.
B) Big RV mfgrs are clueless as to how to do things "small." Don't
sweat it. That's how small business stays in business while large
corporations die off during downturns. The bigwigs (and smallwig
manager-types) do only the things they have been doing and are
incapable of thinking outside the box, as it were.
Asking many months later, did any ever call, write, or email back?
A friend of mine used to work at the San Marcos, CA 'Windybagel'
assembly plant. They did absolutely everything in-house, often at a
much higher end cost. Oddly enough, they hired very independent,
creative types, but harnessed them into old, staid assembly plans.
I doubt that Windybagel management was alone in its narrow thinking.
A book burrows into your life in a very profound way
because the experience of reading is not passive.
No response of any kind - I would guess that there might have been
enough federal stimulus money available to take care of the plant owners
and the municipality, and there probably wasn't much need to take care
of the townsfolk who moved away to find other work.
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