I only was ever faced with joining the teamsters once. The shop I worked in wasn't union when I started, but they got voted in about a year later. I didn't join, and only made it a couple more months before bailing out.
We found a local place ( about 60 miles away ) that has full grown trees for sale. $200-$250 a tree. We are going to be buying a couple of those and having our landscaper transport and plant them at the scene of the crime.
Thanks to everyone who responded.
Whew! That's pricey! And so awesome of you to replace the plants.
Yeah. Here's the deal. These guys are all the big, knuckle dragging Alpha males. Most of them, I am sure, have been in cuffs, at one time or another. They all think they walk on water and my guys all have shirts that say "Power Lineman Member IBEW: Even Police and Firemen Need Heros".
Needless to say, the best way to punish them is take away their overtime & give them crappy trucks to work with. Physical violence is a bad idea, even if you also are a big guy, because their crews are like little gangs.
Someone's crew will be working 5 days 8 hour days for the next few weeks. They hate that.
JD, I know of what you speak. The contracting company I worked for mostly in the 1990's contracting mostly to Pac Bell now SBC AT&T had a bail bondsman on retainer to get mostly the linemen that got into trouble out of jail so they could keep them working. Are you working for utility company management? Or, are you management to a contracting company to the utility company?