I am a retired lifelong union member and proud of it. Mr. Russo, when it comes to criticizing Jim Beamer and the unions, you are, apparently, not very well informed. As I still serve on the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, I can tell you that every electrician completes a five-year-long rigorous class room study program along with five years of on the job training. They work side by side with a skilled electrician who is teaching and instructing them every day at the work site. Only after these requirements are met, are they able to work by themselves.