August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

Q&A

Business Agent: Striking a Balance Between Operators and Unions

For many, pursuing a family trade is a rare endeavor. My great-grandmother would float in a canoe on the murky waters of East Texas, shotgun in hand, hunting alligators. No one in my family chose to follow suit, but we all know the legend she was. Still, there is a lingering sentiment that surfaces with a story like David Butterworth’s. His father, Bob, started in Local 798 as a welder’s helper and moved up to a welder in 1982. David knew at a young age that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and work in pipeline construction. Over 30 years later, Bob still welds periodically for a small contractor in Nitro, WV. It is clear how proud David is of his father who is also his biggest

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