I'm new here and have a question. But 1st some background.
I'm 46 and have been in the Hvolt Testing and commisioning business for 21 years and in Industrial Construction prior to that. I graduated from Oklahoma State Tech in 1985.
I'm not Union But my father was.
My father was a union guy out of West Texas and was from LU-460 I think. He joined in the early 50's and ran a Shop out in Pecos Texas. My "apprenticeship" basically took place from the age of about 12 working weekends and summers with him or his guys before I ever thought I would be an electrician or go to tech school. It gave me a huge head start in practical knowledge once I got out of tech school. I love and thank him to this day for that.
He sold that shop in the Late 60's and had to go on the road due to a 5 year no-compete clause that was part of the sale. He was on a lot of very big Union Jobs like Glenn Canyon Damn etc. Mostly Bechtel Jobs I think. I know he stayed in a lot of Man Camps.
He died in a Service truck wreck while I was still in College in 1983, and I still have his wallet locked in my safe.
I was going through it again the other day and found a FLE's card hidden in it that I had not seen before.
I asked my Mom about it and all she knew was that it had something to do with the Union and that it was supposed to have been useful for a traveler to get better treatment in a strange local.
It is a normal size business card, with a union printed printers mark center bottom.
In the upper left corner is a stick figure flea standing uprite.
across the top it says;
Ancient and Honorable Order
ROYAL ORDER OF THE FLE'S
This is to certify that Brother Glenn McNeil
has paid his dues in full and is a member of this order and is declared to be a member in good standing for life.
It has two signatures across the bottom
The "position title' under the signatures says
Grand Chancroid and Imperial Chancroid
So I guess these guys had a little humor, and perhaps some of the mentions of them being "subversive" may be true, since Chancroid is kinda synonymous with "pain in the ass'
I know I did hear some stories about unclean porta-cans being set on fire and a foreign car driven by a Bechtel guy ending up in the lake at Glenn Canyon.
There's something else, maybe a membership number or date at the bottom left but it is not legible anymore.
My question is what can anyone tell me about this order,
It's history, conception or beginnings,
How membership was obtained, what FLE stands for (note that the card did not say Flea or Flie, it said FLE's) and what the function of this order was within the union.
My Father was an extremely Honorable man born in '28 who had a very old school mentality about work and the union and his union Brothers place in life and family.
In searching the web I've seen alot of hearsay but nothing that sounded certain.
I did see somewhere that someone said it stood for federation of lineman electricians,
He was most assuredly not a lineman, and would hire union light company guys part time when he has line work that had to be done.
I have asked a lot of union guys around Houston and have yet to run across anyone who has even heard of it, or will admit that they have.
I want to know these things for the sole reason that it would help me know my father better, he died when I was only 21.
Any Help would be greatly appreciated, you can email me if you wish.