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