B.C. Ashley: 65-Year Member

65-Year Member: Life in the Union Is the Only Way to Go

It's said that once a person becomes a union member it's in his blood. In Waco, Texas, a member who just received his 65-year member pin is living testimony to that fact.

Mr. B.C. Ashley, now 94, has spent a lifetime working as a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and most of the time his chosen craft was as a millwright. His mark can be found at the former Houston Light & Power (now NRG Energy, Inc.), at several plants where he was known to expertly help install new turbines, and as helping to start ADA Maintenance (now Atlantic Plant Maintenance - APM). He also started his own shop, Ashley Maintenance Service.

Mr. Ashley says he is proud of his time as a union man, and wouldn't have spent his career any other way. Mr. Ashley also thinks young people should take a look at being a union member as a viable profession, especially in today's economy.

"Whatever craft you are good at, get recognized for those talents and let the union help you," he said. "You won't get anywhere near as far on your own."

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