I was in the Union for 32 yrs. Commercial construction, Hotels, Hospitals, casinos in Atlantic City NJ. But I started out building houses on Long Beach Island, that Sandy wiped out.
In the union we did mostly metal framing and drywall, and would be called sheetrockers. I would always say "I've never been so insulted in my life, I'm a Carpenter". Now there were some guys that could only sheetrock, that's all they ever did, couldn't frame on 16" centers to save their life.
You could tell the guys that came from housing. I think they made better carpenters than someone that had no housing experience. It's something my Father would call "Carpenter Fashion", maybe it was old fashioned, but it was the right way to do it.
In the union, some guys got a job with a ceiling company and work their whole career with one company. Boring.
There is only the Few that build from start to finish, the way it used to be. A carpenter would do everything. My Father told me, that when he was young he had jobs that started by building the steps to the job trailer and ended with tearing them down so the trailer could be removed 2 years later.
But now speed is King, there are some ceiling guys I could not keep up with if I tied both of their hands behind their back. And so work became "Specialized". You don't get a Rocker to put a panic bar on a door, not that he could.
Thus ends my trip down memory lane, I'll be quiet now......lol
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