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Gotta love Union Work - New Window just fell out in my office!!

Old 04-13-07, 12:10 PM
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Gotta love Union Work - New Window just fell out in my office!!

We are in a large glass building the windows are 7' x 3' .

Well one of the windows was cracked - and it has taken over 3 months for someone to come and fix it .. because the building needed a Union worker to replace the window.

Well 3 guys show up today - take out the cracked window and put in the new one.

I'm sitting at my desk and hear a crash - I think it is the workers.

I find out that the window fell out and there is is smashed on the ground.
1) The only thing holding the window in was some tar.
2) The glass is not tempered - if something were to hit the window shards of glass would come flying in on us
It took 3 MONTHS to get a new window !

So now we have a huge hole in our office (We are on the 1st floor)
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yup. Union work. If only you could FIRE people for being incompetent idiots!
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now someone will come in through the window and steal all of the candy!
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Well, good thing it is April. The temps should rise between now and July when you will get a new window.
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Make the hole into a new drive-in service area!
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One time I was working in an auto plant (one of the big 3) and I needed a union worker to remove a large hand screw in the floor, like this one:



This ended up in a 1 hour debate on which union should do the removal. Technically it was a pipe-fitter job since it entailed unscrewing something. The kicker was that the end of the screw triggered a limit switch (electrical). So we had to stand around for the debate to occur between the electricians and the pipe-fitters about who would do the work. (I don't recall, but it was possible they were each arguing it was the other unions responsibility ) I believe some sort of steward came and made the final decision.

I don't remember in the end who ended up doing it, but the 5 minute adjustment ended up taking almost 1.5 hours.
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Well the Candy is safe! They put Cardboard on the window!

Gee - I hope no bad people come over the weekend and take all of or computers, plasma tv's etc.

It would take one sophisticated criminal to get past duct tape and cardboard at a ground level window bigger than a person
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
Well the Candy is safe! They put Cardboard on the window!

Gee - I hope no bad people come over the weekend and take all of or computers, plasma tv's etc.

It would take one sophisticated criminal to get past duct tape and cardboard at a ground level window bigger than a person
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
Well the Candy is safe! They put Cardboard on the window!

Gee - I hope no bad people come over the weekend and take all of or computers, plasma tv's etc.

It would take one sophisticated criminal to get past duct tape and cardboard at a ground level window bigger than a person
Yeah that would suck if somebody broke in to...

Where was it you said you worked again? Just so I can listen to the police scanners in case something is attempted...

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Have the property mgmt provide a security guard for this weekend and after-hours during the business week until the window has been replaced and secured.
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
(We are on the 1st floor)
Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
...a ground level window...
So, is a first floor window the same as a ground floor window? Is this a US thing? In the UK "first floor" means the floor above ground level. Just curious.

Similar thing happened in my office building. An aluminium (or aluminum if you prefer) framed, double-glazed window fell in, hitting the desk of a colleague who was sat with his back to the window. I'm guessing that these things weigh a good few pounds. It dented the desk pretty good.

Also, some years ago I was walking through a foot tunnel beneath a block of flats (OK, apartment block then if you insist). About 20 feet from reaching the end, and coming out into the open again I saw a sheet of glass hit the concrete path, just by the exit to the tunnel. When I came out and looked back at the building a pane of glass was missing from a window about 10 floors up. I guess it would have sliced me in two if I had been underneath it.
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Originally Posted by imperator505
So, is a first floor window the same as a ground floor window? Is this a US thing? In the UK "first floor" means the floor above ground level. Just curious.
Yes, here, the first floor is the same as the ground floor, lobby, etc. The UK practice isn't completely unkown here (and is also generally used throughout Europe) but it certainly isn't very common.
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Originally Posted by imperator505
When I came out and looked back at the building a pane of glass was missing from a window about 10 floors up. I guess it would have sliced me in two if I had been underneath it.

Woahhh!! close call
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Originally Posted by OldDude
Yes, here, the first floor is the same as the ground floor, lobby, etc. The UK practice isn't completely unkown here (and is also generally used throughout Europe) but it certainly isn't very common.
Thanks. Makes sense I s'pose. The first floor being, well, the first floor.
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
Woahhh!! close call
It was a route from where I was working at the time to the local shops, which I used most lunchtimes. I took a different route from then on.
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god europe is so stupid

first they are stubborn and won't adapt to our feet/gallons/pounds measurement style, now they refuse to call the 1st floor what it should be called
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
god europe is so stupid

first they are stubborn and won't adapt to our feet/gallons/pounds measurement style, now they refuse to call the 1st floor what it should be called
And that "-our" thing. Colour. Flavour. WTF is up with that?
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
god europe is so stupid

first they are stubborn and won't adapt to our feet/gallons/pounds measurement style, now they refuse to call the 1st floor what it should be called
It's not so much that we call the first floor by the wrong name - ground floor seems quite sensible to me - but we call the second floor the first floor. That's just confusing.
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Originally Posted by namodnaB
And that "-our" thing. Colour. Flavour. WTF is up with that?
[back on topic] Blame the unions [back on topic]
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Update:

Ok - so the building called in the Non-Union window place they wanted to deal with in the first place.

They were here with a new window and installed it in about 1 hour (and it has not fallen out)

Moral of story

Union = 3 weeks wait and window falls out

Non-Union = 1 hr same day service window stays in

Now I know why - the auto industry and Cities in the North East run so efficiently.

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