Jim, it wasn’t my intent to make any snide personal remarks about your letter and if you were offended in anyway I do apologize.
After all that, I have a few things to say. I was elected business Mgr. of local 1026 Pile Drivers, Dock Builder’s Divers, Bridge BLDS Will Wrights a part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. We serviced most of Florida plus the islands. I became a union brother around 1956. I spent about nine years in the Navy and Marines. I was a corpsman. Back from Korea ended up in St. Alban’s Naval hospital, met a beautiful girl from Brooklyn, a USO girl. We married by the way, it’s 63 years in November. We moved into a cold water flat on Knickbocke Ave. in Brooklyn. Needed a job, a friend told me about a union called local 1456 Dock Builders of N.Y. had a special deal for veterans. I applied and was given a union membership in that local. No, it wasn't a mob guy or a political hock.