Business Agent: Striking a Balance Between Operators and Unions

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

Kate Permenter, Pipeline News Editor

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…

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