I agree w/Galaxie in the case where I work. I have been a union member at a very large paper mill for 36.5 yrs. and the Maintenance workers are pothetic as far as work ethic.We will have machinery down that needs to be fixed for production to stay up. Well,Maint. clocks in at 7pm and goes to shops. Leaves the shop at 7:40 go to the job to look it over.
Go to get tools and chit chat for 20 min.
Work for 40 min.
go for 9 o'clock break at 8:40
go back to job at 9:30
cobble the job until 10:30 (while bitching about rumors of outside contractors taking their jobs)then get ready for lunch
11 till 12 lunch(talking about ways to get to work overtime later)
go to job from12pm until 12:40
break from then until 1:30
drag their feet on the work order hoping to do their backlog of work on overtime. (and they usually always workover)
Guy's none of that is exaggerated, it really is that way. BUT,the maintenance Boss's are as much to blame as they are for letting them get away w/it. But union or non, a Boss should not have too Babysit you to do your job
I can't say other plants and work places are this way, but sometimes it makes me wonder.