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