Good info. My stance on unions is so wavering. In theory, I think they're great, as regular-Joe's certainly need organized protection and to make a livable wage, but unions typically wind up being almost as greedy as the corporate corporations, nearly grinding business to a halt with unreasonable demands (the auto industry is a perfect example). Ah, well. This is one of the truly two-sides issues. On one hand, unions protect the interests of those that can't really protect themselves, but on the other hand, union employees could pretty much 69 customers, or do nothing all day, and get away with it without being fired. Unfortunately, I don't think there's a real plausible solution, other than government regulations which would restrict CEO pay and more fairly distribute it among employees at the bottom of the pyramid. That will never happen in the states though, with the Joe the Plumber types arguing that'd be socialism and voting against it, even though it'd be in their best interest. Anyway, my apologies for being so harsh. Still, you're probably in the top .2% of wage earners nationwide (according to the article you posted, ~$17 was the ceiling wage in 2007, and even if it's gone up $2 since then, no where east of CA/WA/OR is going to pay that). Tell you what, next time I come to the Pac NW, first 5 rounds of Patron are on me, dawg!!!