That is exactly why I got out of the union back in 1990. local 26 in the Northern Virginia/DC area. Didn't find that out till about a year and a half into it. They definitely loved the contractors more than the members. But like you said I did learn a lot from most of the guys I worked with.Just be aware that sometimes the local(BA) takes better care of the contractors than they do the members! The training and experience is great,the best available.