July 2006

Catching up with Kinsey

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The union's new president shares his agenda

by Ambika Puniani Bailey
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Times certainly have changed since Kinsey Robinson was earning $3.56 per hour working for Spokane Roofing Co., Spokane, Wash. Now, a starting wage for a union roofing worker is about $16 per hour plus $6 in medical and pension benefits, and Robinson—the newly elected president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers—is helping that worker earn every penny.

"I want contractors and owners to know the union represents the best-trained, quality-conscious and productive roofing contractors in the world," he says.

The agenda

Elected in April to a term that expires in October 2008, Robinson follows the presidency of John Martini, who recently retired after three years, and the long reign of Earl Kruse, who retired after 18 years. Kruse and Martini paved the way for Robinson, who intends to build on the worker training programs that began during the Kruse years and increase the recruitment efforts...

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