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Laborers International Union of North America, Local 435; United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 85; Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen, Local 11; International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 832; Ice, Oil, Construction and Supply Drivers and Allied Workers, Teamsters Local 398/Can of Worms Project (Perini)

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People will be able to appreciate the Can of Worms
   when it’s done.
It should move traffic around a little faster.
People will be able to stay home five minutes longer
In the morning and then go a little faster —
And get a speeding ticket.

I’ve been doing this job five years.
If I’d have known
I’d have been doing it years before that.
I like working outdoors.
I did secretarial work before this
And that was a hard job, you know.
I worked in a real estate office —
You’ve got telephones, you’ve got people.
At least now I get fresh air and sunshine,
I really like it.

We used to bet.
He had all of his professional ways
And his staff to estimate
How much concrete we’d need to finish.
And I would figure it out
With my hand calculator,
Standing there, signaling the crane.
We bet diet coke
And I think I won about four cases
Of diet coke
From him.
And he couldn’t figure it out
How I could figure it so close.
After a while
You just get used to it.
I’d watch the guys when they’re finishing
The concrete,
When they’re vibrating it,
And I can tell.
You get used to being on a particular site
And know all the little quirks
About how it usually goes,
And you’ve got a kind of biological clock
In your head
About how long it usually takes.
And all the guys are like that in the crew.

We do a lot of flat work, bridges, concrete —
A lot of concrete.
There’s a lot of work involved, but it’s not hard work,
It’s not something you’ve got to continue to work with.
When you’re doing floors, you have to continue
   to work with it —
Go over it and go over it and go over it
Until it gets flat, flat, flat, flat, flat, flat.
This is a rough edge
And it’s going to look just like that.
A lot of work you do, when you finish it,
It looks like glass —
You can see your reflection in it.
When you do floors, then you have to work.
To finish you have to go over it
And go over it and go over it and go
Over it and go over it and
Go over it.
This is not very hard work.

Altogether, we end up here
It’ll be about eight hundred holes.
This hole here is supposed to go fifteen feet
But I’d say, for the most part,
Holes are around twelve feet
For the retaining wall and noise wall.

Once you’re on one of these machines
You can run any of them.
We’ve got smaller ones
And bigger ones.
This is one of the bigger ones.
This machine here
Is capable of digging one hundred twenty feet.