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NEWS: Michael Bloomberg Advises Some To Skip College And Become A Plumber

Michael Bloomberg Advises Some Graduates To Consider Skipping College Altogether.

Mayor Bloomberg’s advice to ‘so-so’ students is to skip college and become a plumber. His argument is that they won’t waste time, would have a nice income, and could avoid student loan debt. Plus, this is one profession that can’t be outsourced.

The former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, spoke at a Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) meeting in New York City where he gave some pretty controversial advice to young high school graduates. The question is whether or not it is good advice, and for some, the answer is a resounding yes. Bloomberg recommended that some graduates would do well to consider not going to college but instead join the workforce right away.

“If he’s not going to go to a great school and he’s not super smart academically but is smart in terms of dealing with people and that sort of thing, being a plumber is a great job because you have pricing power, you have an enormous skill set,” Bloomberg explained. In today’s day and age, college is an expensive investment and could leave students saddled with loans for the rest of their lives.

Instead of going that route and accruing student loan debts, consider becoming a plumber’s apprentice and earn $50,000 to $60,000 a year. While being a plumber might not be considered glamorous the payout can be handsomely rewarding, especially, if you stick with it and start your own company. Bloomberg cited the father of one of his very own employees who heads a successful plumbing business and chose not to attend college. “He’s got six plumbers working for him, he’s a scratch golfer, he goes around playing courses I only dream about,” Bloomberg said of the man.

Few people grow up dreaming about becoming a plumber or a garbage man or a sewer inspector but these are all worthwhile careers to pursue because you can make a handsome living doing them, without attending an expensive college or university. Garbage men make up to $60,000 a year and have the satisfaction of knowing they make a huge difference in the community every day. A sewer inspector makes an average salary of $47,000 a year. Crab fishermen can make up to $50,000 over a 3 month period. Porta-potty cleaners maintain 10 to 60 porta-potties a day and take home an average salary of $50,000 a year. Owners of businesses that provide these services make even more money and don’t have to get their hands as dirty. So is college the best and only answer for everyone? Perhaps, the answer is no.


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Ney York City Housing Authority Paid $106 Million Dollars in Overtime to Workers in 2014: Plumbers Received Over Half of the Money

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is in serious financial trouble and is facing a deficit of $77 million. However, It’s good to be a plumber for NYCHA right now. Plumbing supervisor Robert Procida earned more money in the fiscal year 2014 then NYCHA chairwoman Shola Olatoye and also surpassed than Mayor de Blasio. Procida’s base salary is $88,288 a year, but he earned another $142,425 in overtime. That is a total of $232,459 for Procida, while Olatoye earned $210,000, and De Blasio earned $225,000 in 2014.

The extra money for Procida adds up to 1,481 hours of overtime or the equivalent of an extra whopping 37 workweeks. NYCHA is in a tight spot because New York plumbing is old and needs constant maintenance and upkeep, but it is having a hard time paying plumbers what they are owed because their deficit keeps growing larger.

The increase in overtime should not be seen as a negative reflection of the workers in any way because they are there to serve the tenants who have valid needs for service. The problem NYCHA is having is getting the required workforce they need to fulfill the jobs. Plumbing supervisors are required to be on duty at all hours when services are rendered because they need to allocate resources and solve problems.

NYCHA is declining to speak about its problems with paying so much money to plumbers in overtime, but there are some possible solutions on the table. Plumbers work day shifts throughout the week, and any work done after hours or on the weekend is considered overtime. It is reported that NYCHA is trying to find employees that would be weekend only staff to help alleviate some of the cost of paying so much overtime to regular employees.

NYCHA is scheduled to sit down at the bargaining table on Tuesday. On Monday, they issued a general response to the public about the problem. “As landlords, homeowners and renters everywhere know, too often plumbing and other repairs arise as an emergency response, and for NYCHA, the real solution to the challenges of addressing these costly and emergent maintenance issues that can happen at any time is to assure that public housing has the long-term resources to make necessary, permanent and sustainable capital improvements.”

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NEWS: Plumber Dies From Electrocution

In Lewisham, South London a plumber was unblocking a sink for a couple who lived in a flat. It is believed that the plumber was shocked by a faulty washing machine causing him to begin to convulse from electrocution as currents of electricity ran throughout his body.

A plumber was fatally electrocuted as he tried to unblock a sink – and a couple who ran to help him were hospitalized with electric shocks.
The man who employed the plumber tried to help him but was immediately electrocuted as well after he touched the plumber. The man’s wife entered the scene and touched her husband in an attempt to help, and she too was subsequently electrocuted.

The unnamed plumber died at the scene and the man and woman were both rushed to the hospital for severe burn and cardiac arrest treatments. The neighbor Yohandes Berhe said that he was alerted to the trouble when the couple’s 14-year-old son knocked on his door and said that his parents were in trouble.

This same young boy saved his sisters life when she tried to touch her parents in an attempt to help them, and her brother restrained her telling her that she could not touch her parents.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and gave the father CPR and helped the mother who was vomiting, but the plumber was beyond recovery at that point. The neighbor Mr. Berhe said, “They are a very good family. They had just finished celebrating the New Year. It was very sad to see the next day.”

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NEWS: Texas Plumbers Truck Being Used For Terrorism

Plumber Discovers His Used Work Truck Has Become A Mobile Gun Platform In Syria

When Texas City plumber Mark Oberholtzer gave his used Ford pick-up truck to AutoNation as a trade-in, he never thought he’d see it again. Unfortunately, a picture of the truck (with his Mark 1 Plumbing decal on the side) surfaced recently online. It was posted via Twitter feed by the Islamic extremist brigade Ansar al-Deen Front, according to a CBS news report.

The picture shows his truck with the same plumbing decal, on the front lines of the Syrian civil war and shows an anti-aircraft gun bolted to the bed of the truck. Mark Oberholtzer has owned Mark 1 Plumbing for 32 years and has confirmed that his truck is the one in the picture, but he claims he has no idea how it came to be in the hands of an Islamic extremist brigade, or how it ended up in Syria.

Mark Oberholtzer said he traded the truck into AutoNation three years ago. He said that he usually takes the decals off of his work trucks before he sells them but he thought that AutoNation would remove the decal so he left it on the truck. AutoNation did not remove the company decal. “They were supposed to have done it and it looks like they didn’t do it,” Oberholtzer said. “How it ended up in Syria, I’ll never know.”

After the picture surfaced online people began calling his company to complain and ask questions. After 24 hours the picture was posted he had received over a thousand calls and faxes about the image. “A few of the people are really ugly,” he said. “We have a secretary here. She’s scared to death,” he said. “We all have families. We don’t want no problems.” Jeff Oberholtzer, Mark’s son noted, “To think something we would use to pull trailers now is being used for terror, it’s crazy. Never in my lifetime would I think something like that.”

A representative at the AutoNation dealership said that the truck was immediately put up for auction and likely changed hands many times before it ended up being driven by terrorists in Syria’s civil war.

People across the US are jumping to conclusions and assuming Mark Oberholtzer is aiding terrorists. “We have nothing to do with terror at all,” commented Oberholtzer. Mark regrets not removing his company decal before giving it to AutoNation. When asked about all of the attention his company is receiving he said, “I just want it to go away, to tell you the truth.”

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NEWS: Plumber Dies From Trench Caving Waist Deep

Plumber Accidentally Dies While Working on Pipelines in Myersville, MD.

Myersville, Md. – A tragic story of a young plumber who died at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Robert Craig was 26 years old while working as a plumber on pipelines for a home under construction on Hunter’s Knoll in Myersville on Tuesday, 11/25/14. It is reported that Craig fell into a trench next to the home’s foundation where he then became trapped under rock and debris for more than two hours.

Firefighters and fire units at the scene included those from Frederick County and Montgomery County and the rescue operation was assisted by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office as all parties were engaged in actively trying to free the young man without inflicting further serious physical damages or harm.

Kevin Fox of Fire and Rescue Service said, “Upon arrival, units found that there was an adult male patient that was conscious. He was pinned from the waist down, from dirt and rock.” Craig was successfully rescued at about 2:15 p.m. He was flown to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore via medevac helicopter but unfortunately passed away due to the number of serious injuries he had sustained.

Dr. Lindsay Keith

We interview Dr. Lindsay Keith because we were curious about how someone could die from injuries waist down.

“The young plumber tragically died from the injuries he sustained while he was pinned from the waist down by rock and dirt for over two hours. While it is impossible to determine exactly what caused his death without more information, it is entirely likely that his death was precipitated by a process called Rhabdomyolysis, which was induced by his crush injury. During crush injuries, bones are ofter broken, muscle is damaged, life-threatening hemorrhage may occur and extremities may lose their blood supply from compression and/or blood vessel injury.

Rhabdomyolysis, by definition, signifies the destruction of the skeletal muscle causing its breakdown products, or “cellular debris” of proteins and electrolytes, to be released into the bloodstream. It can be caused by massive crush injuries, laying on the ground (found down) for a prolonged period of time, massive burns, and many other causes. The damaged muscle cells release Myoglobin into the bloodstream, which causes obstruction of the “filtering-system” in the kidney. This obstruction along with fluid shifts in the body causes the kidneys to fail. Furthermore, when the crush is relieved and perfusion to the limb is restored, the electrolytes potassium and phosphorus are also released into the bloodstream. This can cause lethal arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, and can further exacerbate the kidney failure. Reperfusion may also lead to compartment syndrome or increased pressure within the fascia-encased areas of the extremity, which can impede blood flow to and drainage from the limb, as well as damage the nerve supply. This compounds the damage to the crushed area, increasing the risk of Rhabdomyolysis and subsequent kidney failure, and further threatens amputation of the limb if the patient is not treated very quickly.”

Says Dr. Lindsay Keith.


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NEWS: Woman Sexually Abuses Two Plumbers

Two Plumbers Receive Compensation After Being Sexually Abused by a Woman

In October of 2013, a French housewife hired two plumbers to work on a radiator at her home in Arras, France. The 50-year-old woman accosted the men verbally, and in a sexually explicit manner, when they arrived to do the repairs. It was reported that the woman referred to only as “ID” (ID are her initials), touched their backs and requested that they meet her in her bedroom when they were done fixing the radiator.

The men both refused her offers and tried to proceed to work, but ID would not let them work without causing interferences because of her illicit behaviors. As the men tried to work she forced herself onto their rear ends whenever they had to bend over. She reportedly would not stop the lewd behavior despite repeated requests from both men.

When the men continued to refuse her sexual advances and ask that she please stop, she became angry and physically lashed out, slapping and hitting them. The men fled the scene, leaving their tools and equipment in her home so that they would stop being attacked.

They both later returned with police officers to collect their belongings. The woman became enraged and attacked the two police officers and a building manager where she lived. The men were able to retrieve their belongings and the woman was taken to jail.

The woman was found guilty of sexual abuse and later in court, ID was given a twelve-month suspended prison sentence and forced to take classes that would help her battle alcoholism, which she reportedly had been struggling with for 15-years.

Both of the workers claimed to have smelled alcohol on her when they first arrived to do the work and again when the police officers arrived. The woman claimed in court that she was not acting herself because she had been drinking and that she was battling addiction with alcohol. She also stated, “I’ve now decided to take my life in hand. I’ve not drunk for more than eight months, and I’ve started training to be a life coach.”

Each of the plumbers, who were forced to endure her drunken advances and were even physically attacked for not succumbing to her, received a verbal apology from ID and were also paid 1,000$ each for damages as a result of her illicit and violent behavior.